SunriseSide-e1510983391263 Event
Sunrise Side


Tri-1-Logo-Final-01 Event Our exclusive TRI - One program was launched many years ago when athletes raced as part of their training, rewarded themselves for all the training they were doing and to gain all that important race day experience you cannot simulate.  As the multi-sport community has evolved to the opposite now we are bringing back the program.  it is really simple, you need more open water swim training? great, cmon out and get it with our lifeguards and courses.  Want to get a nice hard time trial on the bike in?  cmon out and race on our course.  Need to get a run in and want to do so with aid stations?  cmon out and join other runners.  

Each TRI - One will have a designated start time, you will simply head to the TRI - One start flag for the discipline you choose, line up, and when the clock strikes and the horn sounds you are off.  With our events, time trial swim starts now you will line up accordingly.  Or if you want to take the Kayak or SUP out for a nice paddle with others where offered.

The cost for these is a flat $25.  For that, you get a finisher's medal and access to the post-race food tent.  You may purchase a shirt for $10.  

You can register online or onsite.  If onsite it is cash only!  

The Scene

With a heavy heart, the popular, long standing half distance event on one of the countries best half bike courses has been deleted.  With athletes choosing to support a billion dollar chinese corporation versus a Michigan based small business we had to make this unfortunate decision.  Kenny's father personally designed this course years ago to take the place of the old "Paul Bunyan" event before he passed so it is a sad decision for him.  

The beautiful Lake Huron port town of East Tawas hosts the Sunrise Side Triathlons. The jewel of the east side of Michigan’s coastal tourist destinations is perfect for multi-sport. Plenty of shopping and restaurants await you on Newman Street.

Deleted half event means a new venue and site plan for the Olympic, Sprint and Super Sprint events.  All festivities will take place on Westover st. between Newman and Main.  A block off of US 23, and two blocks from Lake Huron.   The swim venue is perfect, on the bay in crystal clear Lake Huron, with a swim along the shoreline.

Spectators enjoy the perfect vantage point on the pier, white sandy beach, 
The bike and run courses are second to none. The run course takes you out past the finish line, down and returning on Newman street, past some quaint shops, and through the residential area to the turnaround point.

"Great way to wind down your season, a fun clear cool swim, my favorite bike ride, smooth roads that challenge you all the way, with a nice run that has some great volunteers cheering you on!"  
-Greg Glowicki

Date / Location

Saturday, September 12, 2020
8:00 am
Tawas Bay
113 Newman Street
E. Tawas, MI 48730

Venue Site Plan - Transition/Finish


TIME TRIAL START:                                                                                                                                   

Olympic Triathlon - 1500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run
Sprint Triathlon -  500m swim, 20k bike, 5k run
Sprint Duathlon - 2.5k run, 20k bike, 5k run
Olympic Aquabike - 1500m swim, 40k bike
Sprint Aquabike - 500m swim, 20k bike
Sprint Kaya-Tri: 2 mile Kayak/SUP, 20k bike, 5k run
Super Sprint - 200m swim, 10k bike, 1mi run

**2 and 3 person relays offered for both the Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlon


Athlete Comments

What athletes are saying about Sunrise Side Triathlons:

"You guys are really the best triathlon folks in the state, and I wanted to say that emphatically even though I’m guessing you get your fair share of complaints. No other company "gets" the experience as well as y’all. Best wishes with the PowerMan series, and I’ll see y’all next summer! Cheers!"  -Todd S. 

"We did enjoy the event overall. We are hooked on triathlons and will participate in more soon!"  -jddsherrie

"I have done several 3D races, and as usual your staff is extremely friendly and happy. It is the opposite of a WTC event. Thank you again for hosting a great race, and please try to heat Lake Huron for next years event!" -Bob

"Thanks for making my first race an amazing overall experience. I had a blast and will definitely be back to this and other events!"  -Berlinb

"Other than the water being so cold…lol not in your control… I loved it! It was a well run race and I liked being body marked and having all my race things the night before. Our time was limited or we would have enjoyed all the shops and the dinner afterwards. Thanks to everyone for a job well done!!"  -Vstrong

  • There is city parking throughout town. Please follow all city parking ordinances. 
  • Registration/Check-in is located between Newman and Main on Westover street.  This is one block west of US-23.  2 blocks from the beach.  Plenty of parking located in the lot at the beach as well. 
  • Custom event shirt
  • Custom finishers medal
  • Custom latex swim cap
  • Sponsor supplied samples
    Great post race snack tent
  • 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



Age Up Rule
Your age on race day is the same as how old you will be on December 31 of that year.

Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women Overall in each event and excluded from their age group.

Age Groups
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.
*Clydesdales (Male 225 lbs or more) - Top 3 in Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlons. 
*Athenas (Female 165 lbs or more) - Top 3 in Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlons.

Aquabike:  Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women in Olympic and Sprint Distance Aquabike.   

Sprint Duathlon:  Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women.

Kaya-Tri:  Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women (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.



City of E. Tawas

Pepsi Co
Gatorade Endurance
Rudy Project

Support Crews
Knights of Columbus
Programs from the high school

Athletes Responsibility
Due to an increasing amount of athletes entering events they may not be properly trained for, we are first asking each athlete to be responsible and honest. Due to safety concerns for everyone involved including you the athlete, but also the support crew volunteers and officials like police, sheriff, fire department, etc. we must instill 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 the event you will finish under that 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.
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.
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