Event

TriTheCreek Event
Tri the Creek

Courses

The entire race is held inside Potato Creek State Park.

A rectangle swim in a clear, relatively shallow lake.

The bike is mostly flat, but does contain 2 somewhat false uphills and a short climb right out of the Transition Area. 2 loops for long course athletes.

The run takes place mostly on a great 8 foot wide groomed trail on the hiking nature paths around the lake. We have a great finish line set up as you come back off the nature trail between the lake/beach and Transition Area.

All Kayaks must have an IDNR permit. If you do not have one, they can be purchased for $5 at the park.

Course Overview

Transition Area

Opens - 6:00am 
No friends or family members allowed in the transition area for any reason. The race director and race officials will close the transition area 30-45 minutes before race start to ensure all athletes are at the starting area for mandatory course meeting and announcements. Once the transition area is closed, you will NOT be permitted back in before the race starts. Family/Friends will not be permitted in for any reason at any time throughout the event. 

Re-Opens
When the last cyclist is off the course and has headed out for the run. This time is variable and we will make announcements at the event when the transition area is ready to re-open. 

Any athletes removing gear from transition areas before the announcer or race director has officially opened the transition area will be DISQUALIFIED from the race! This pertains to all athletes of all distances. All athletes deserve a clear transition. 

In the event of inclement weather, it is recommended you have warm, dry clothing outside the transition area to put on following your finish due to other athletes still being on the bike course. 

Timing Chip
When you have completed the race, please do NOT enter the transition area wearing your timing chip. PLEASE remove your chip before re-entering the transition area and exiting again. This will cause a timing error. 

Racking
You must rack according to your race number, based on the sequence numbers placed at the end of each row. Please remember racks will hold 7 bikes racked with the seat tip on support bar. Please be courteous to fellow athletes to ensure there is space for 7 bikes on a rack. If there is not enough room for your bike on your designated rack, please see a 3D Team member and we will help. Please do not move another athletes bike or gear. 

Aid Station
Located at the run in/out chute with water and electrolyte replacement. 

Directional
Run In/Out and Bike In/Out chutes are clearly marked on the large structures at either end.  It is your responsibility to go the right direction while racing in the transition area.

Swim: 200m, 500m or 1000m

This will be a rectangle course. Sprint course is indicated by the large yellow triangle buoys, orange for long course. It is a beach start and a clear lake swim. The lake averages 7-15 feet deep, so it should hold its warmth pretty well. Water temps have been in the low 70s the last few years. 

Wave starts will be posted at packet pickup/registration.

Super Sprint 
SWIM: You will be the final wave of the day, approximately 10-15 minutes after the last sprint wave. This is to ensure you are going out on the bike course immediately following the sprint athletes. Specific directions of your swim course will be determined based on the sprint course buoys and be given by the event director on the beach.

Kayak / Paddle Board

You will have a staging area on either side of start and finish area. You will head out and follow the swim course before veering off and following neon green buoys, bringing you back to the finish area for your 2 mile course around the lake.  

Then exiting the water, placing your board on the beach staging area and continuing thru the swim finish chute up to transition.

You are required to wear a life jacket.

Bike: 6mi, 11mi or 22mi

We’re keeping things as simple as possible here. Exit the Transition Area in the parking lot to an immediate RIGHT. We are taking you this way first for one reason: there is a nice short climb about a tenth of a mile up the road. This will create some separation right out of the gate. 

Then a quick jaunt past the nature center and simply follow the park road around to the other side of the lake, then head back. 

Long course athletes: you get to do it again. Simple, flat course with very little traffic inside the park.

Super Sprint 
BIKE: You will turn around the 4' A-Frame with the Super Sprint logo you see here, that is your turnaround point. This may or may not be directly at the 5k mark. The turn will be placed at the safest spot on the road in this vicinity. So go until you see the Super Sprint Sign.  

Remember this is an OPEN course! You will be sharing the road with vehicular traffic. Use caution at all times. It will be your responsibility to print maps and know the courses. It is the athlete’s responsibility to know and understand the courses. 

Helmets are a must. No helmet - no race. MP3 players on the bike course are an automatic disqualification. 

Due to the actions of a few athletes in past events, we are making you aware not only in this event, but ALL events, whether hosted by us or any other event management company, YOU MUST OBEY ALL OFFICIALS and EMERGENCY VEHICLES on the course AT ALL TIMES!! The bottom line here is that your race time is not more important than an EMERGENCY or OFFICIAL on the course. In the event of an emergency, you MUST obey official’s requests and you MUST STOP and pull off the road for any and all EMERGENCY VEHICLES to get through. This is not only to ensure that emergency vehicles can proceed, it is for your safety as well. Any athlete who does not adhere to this rule will be disqualified from this race and all 3D Discipline races for the rest of the year.

Run: 1mi, 5k or 10k

Both runs will take place on a very well-groomed 8-foot wide nature path that goes along the lake and park property. A much improved out and back course this year. A rolling mostly tree-lined beautiful nature trail. 

Super Sprint
RUN: Same directions as the bike, you will turn around at the 4' tall A-Frame with the Super Sprint logo. This will be placed at the half mile mark. You will turn around there and head to the finish line.  

Aid stations: Located at approximately every mile with iced water, lemon-lime Gatorade Endurance Formula and energy gels.

Run Course

Super Sprint: 200m Swim, 10k Bike, 1mi Run

 200m swim, 10k bike, 1mi run

SWIM: you will be the final wave of the day, approximately 10-15 minutes after the last sprint wave. This is to ensure you are going out on the bike course immediately following the sprint athletes. Specific directions of your swim course will be determined based on the sprint course buoys and be given by the event director on the beach.  

BIKE: you will turn around the 4' A-Frame with the Super Sprint logo you see here, that is your turnaround point. This may or may not be directly at the 5k mark. The turn will be placed at the safest spot on the road in this vicinity. So go until you see the Super Sprint Sign.  

RUN: same directions as the bike - you will turn around at the 4' tall A-Frame with the Super Sprint logo. This will be placed at the half mile mark. You will turnaround there and head to the finish line.  

Welcome to Triathlon, Have Fun! 

Aquabike

You will start with your specific swim wave. Check the information cube at the event for wave start information.  

You will complete the Swim and Bike disciplines of the event. Following your Bike discipline, you will dismount your bike, cross the Bike In timing mats and place your bike back at your spot on the rack in the Transition Area.  You will then proceed across the Run Out timing mats and you are done! Your finish time will be when you cross the timing mats at that point.

DO NOT re-enter the transition area through Run In/Out or Bike In/Out. This will cause a timing error.  

Finisher Memento 
If the event offers a finisher’s memento, please proceed to the finish area to receive the item. Tell the support crew at the finish line you were in the aquabike race and they will hand you the finishers memento. 

You will keep your timing chip & strap on until all the bikes are off the course. Once we announce the transition is open, you may turn your chip & strap in at the designated collection point and retrieve your gear at that point.

Race Tips

The rectangle swim course is simple. Just relax at the start, breathe and remember we’re having fun here!

The bike is a hammer fest. You’ll pass lots of athletes, use that energy to have a great bike split!

The run for the Super Sprint and Sprint is relatively flat. Don’t be afraid to push hard on your way back - it’s slightly downhill and with the music playing you’ll have the energy! Olympic Distance athletes have a tough hill just after 1.5 miles, a FAST downhill 1.5 to the turnaround point and then a gradual uphill back to the finish. Focus on efficiency and being smooth at mile 2 - you’ll thank yourself come mile 4 and 5.

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