41st Seahorse Challenge
TRI - ONE
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!
Kalamazoo County’s, Coldbrook County Park is the scene for this year’s Seahorse Challenge Triathlon, which has been the state’s big season opener to kick off another great year of multi-sport.
Moving to Wednesday night this year as times change folks are wanting their weekends, so we give the opportunity to come put a race in on a Wednesday evening.
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
TIME TRIAL START:
Sprint Triathlon - 500m swim, 21k bike, 3.3mi run
Sprint Duathlon - 2.5k run, 21k bike, 3.3mi run
Sprint Aquabike - 500m swim, 21k bike
Super Sprint - 200m swim, 7.5mi. bike, 1mi run
**2 and 3 person relay offered for the Sprint Distance Triathlon
- 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
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 the sprint distance triathlon 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.
*Clydesdales (Male 225 lbs or more) - Top 3 in Sprint Distance Triathlon.
*Athenas (Female 165 lbs or more) - Top 3 in Sprint Distance Triathlon.
Aquabike: Top 3 Men and Tope 3 Women in Olympic and Sprint Distance Aquabike.
Sprint Duathlon: Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women.
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
Coldbrook County Park
Kalamazoo County Parks
Kalamazoo County Sherriff
Kalamazoo County Search & Rescue
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.
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 3 hrs. So, you must register for an event you can finish under the 3-hour time limit. Being a responsible athlete means if you cannot complete the Sprint distance comfortably under that time we recommend you participate in the super sprint event. We encourage you to train for the goal to reach that sprint distance under the 3-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 3 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 responsibility for 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.