39th Seahorse Challenge
Kalamazoo County’s, Coldbrook County Park is the scene for this year’s 35th Seahorse Triathlon and Duathlon, which has been the state’s big season opener to kick off another great year of multi-sport.
Plenty of lodging opportunities between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, as well as both modern and rustic camping available at the park. Sleep in, wake up and be 800m from the transition area. The swim is in a small clear lake with two loops for the Olympic distance athletes. The transition area, finish line and post race festivities are all located in the back of the park, closed to traffic.
The bike course is a great all right turn affair with one short climb and again two loops for the Olympic distance. The run is entirely enclosed inside the park with a half cross country, half pavement course. A great course that will keep you motivated and pushing as you can hear the finish line from almost every spot on the course. A few short uphill and downhill sections as well.
Date / Location
Olympic Triathlon - 1500m swim, 42k bike, 6.5mi run
Sprint Triathlon - 500m swim, 21k bike, 3.3mi run
Olympic Aquabike - 1500m swim, 42k bike
Sprint Aquabike - 500m swim, 21k bike
Super Sprint - 200m swim, 7.5mi. bike, 1mi run
**Relays offered for both the Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlon
Age Up Rule
Your age on race day is the same as how old you will be on 12/31 of that calendar year.
Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women Overall in each event and excluded from their age group.
Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women within each of the following age groups:
19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39,40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+
*In the event there may not be at least 4 athletes within an age group, an age group may be combined, for example 2 in 20-24 and 2 and 25-29 = 20-29 age group combined.
*Sprint Triathlon - Typically offers 15 and under and 16-19 in addition
*Masters - First place 40+ masters in Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlons
*Top 3 Clydesdales in Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlons (Clydesdale = Male 225lbs or more)
*Top 3 Athenas in Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlons (Athena = Females 165lbs or more)
Aquabike - First place Olympic Aquabike and first place Sprint Aquabike
Kaya-Tri - Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women Overall (when applicable)
Super Sprint - All athletes will receive a finisher medal when crossing the finish line. This category is designed for those wanting to Try the Tri or to enjoy a fun, family-friendly race. In that spirit, no awards are presented. Everyone is a winner!
Awards will in NO circumstances be given out early, or individually before the awards ceremony. If you must depart before the awards ceremony, you may opt to pay a shipping and processing fee and have the award mailed to you. Please click on the link below to be taken to the Transition Bag Store where you can select the AWARD Item.
REQUEST AWARD MAILING
For an extra $35 select the PURPLE option at the registration process. You will have until 2 weeks before the event to add this to your registration as well. To plan for each Purple event this will close 2 weeks prior to each purple event. Exclusive PURPLE Tent for those registered will be set privately adjacent to the post race area.
In addition to the tent you will enjoy these PURPLE Amenities:
- Morning coffee, tea, hot chocolate
- Fast trac packet pickup, including body marking and chip pickup
- Preferred parking (where applicable)
- Preferred racking in transition
- Exclusive 3D recovery tent: recovery boots, lounge chairs, fan, cold towels, rollers, food & beverage
- Purple results
- Purple portable toilet (where applicable)
This is a Kalamazoo County Park. You must either have an annual Kalamazoo County Park pass or purchase a daily pass for $5. This goes straight to the park to help maintain the nice facilities at the park. This $5 only allows you to enter for the day. If you come to check-in on Saturday, you will need to pay the $5 again Sunday for the event.
- Custom event shirt
- Custom finishers medal
- Custom latex swim cap
- Sponsor supplied samples
- Professional chip timing with results available online
- Awards to top three in each age group
- Great sponsor supplied raffle and awards ceremony following the last finisher
- The best post race snack table out there
Coldbrook County Park
Kalamazoo County Parks
Kalamazoo County Sherriff
Kalamazoo County Search & Rescue
Due to an increasing amount of athletes entering events that may not be properly trained, we are asking each athlete to be responsible and honest with his/her ability to complete the distance they are registering for. Due to safety concerns for everyone involved, including you the athlete, but also support crew volunteers and officials like police, sheriff, fire department, EMS, etc. we must implement course cut off times at 4 hrs. Raffle and awards start at 3 hrs and 30 minutes in Olympic distance events and 99% of all athletes are finished by that time. So, you must register for an event you can finish under the 4 hour time limit. Being a responsible athlete means if you cannot complete the Olympic distance comfortably under that time we recommend you participate in the sprint event. We encourage you to train for the goal to reach that Olympic distance under the 4 hour time limit. If you do not have a clear idea as to how to achieve that goal we are here to help, please let us know.
An athlete will be informed he/she has reached the 4 hr. cut off, at which time the athlete will acknowledge he/she understands completely and he/she will be brought in off the course by the course coordinator. If the athlete refuses this he/she will be informed that there will not be any support left on the course from that point and he/she must acknowledge this and understand he/she is continuing under those circumstances at which time the athlete will remove the timing chip/strap and give to the course coordinator.
Again an athlete must take the responsibility on as an athlete understanding his/her ability at the time of the event. Knowing that support crew volunteers, as well as other personnel out on courses, must be kept in safe conditions as well.