Located behind the River Place Shops. We have designed an incredible spectator friendly course that will bring the true essence of the run - bike - run format to one of the best venues in the United States. With a cross-country style start mixed with a road course that will take you down Main street and through the iconic covered bridge over the Cass River.
The bike course and run course will bring you back by the finish line right in front of friends, family, and spectators with an aid station there as well. This will make for both exciting racing and great athlete and spectator experience.
Located in the large grass area just behind the River Place Shops.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Located at the run in/out chute with water and electrolyte replacement.
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.
Transition Area Map
Bike: 15k, 30k, 60k
You will be hard-pressed to find a more flat course out there as there is not even a hiccup out there.
Athletes exit the parking lot to a RIGHT turn on Weis, LEFT on Jefferson, and then straight out from there to the rest of the course. RIGHT on Lewis, LEFT on Townline, LEFT on Bray, LEFT on Ormes, back to Jefferson where they will make a RIGHT on Weiss, LEFT into the parking lot heading towards the Transition Area, to the turnaround just in front of the Transition Area. It is a 2 loop or 4 loop course for athletes respectively.
This course is a mixture of country farm roads - flat and smooth. The aid station will be located right in front of the Transition Area, as well as the finish line. It is a 9.2 mile loop which you complete 2 times for the Powerman Sprint Distance and 4 loops for the Powerman Distance.
Aid station: Powerman Distance athletes only - you will hit this 4 times on the bike. Water, lemon-lime Gatorade Endurance Formula and energy gels will be available.
Bike Course Cut off time: 12:00pm
Bike Course Map
Run: 2.5K, 5K, 10K
1.5 mile or 2.5k loop. Classic distance 4 loops, Sprint distance 2 loops. Keeping the entire race fast and exciting for both athletes and spectators.
8:00am followed by the age groupers at 8:05am. Sprint about 8:30am.
The run course takes you right through Frankenmuth, but will have an old school cross country style section as well. You start out of transition to a straight flat cross country course on the large grass section adjacent to the bike course, parking area, and finish line. After that short section, we will take you down the sidewalk on Weiss to a RIGHT on the inside lane on Jefferson to the inside lane on Main Street. This will take you up to a RIGHT on Covered Bridge Lane where you will run through the historic covered bridge to a RIGHT taking you in the Powerman chute all the way back for your next loop. This will bring you next to the finish line and back out.
Aid stations: Located at every mile with water, lemon-lime Gatorade Endurance Forumula, Hammer Gel, pickles and jolly ranchers.
The course will be clearly marked with flags and cones.
Run Course Cut off Time: 2:00pm
Run Course Map
The bottom line to the new course is it is a barn burner. There is not much out there to separate you so this is just going to be some good old fashioned red line racing!
You will have to watch your fellow competitors and gauge how they are looking and race hard but race smart. I know that is not a huge tip, but this is just a flat, fast, red line type of course. It will be easy to get in the zone, get focused and let it rip.