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March 18, 2023 7:30 am

Lake Havasu City, AZ
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The Havasu Triathlon has a rich history of hosting national triathlon events. It was the site of the USA triathlon trials for the 1999 Pan American Games, as well as the 2004 and 2005 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships. In addition, the race has served as the Mountain Collegiate Triathlon Conference Championships for the last eight years.


Opens – 5:30am 
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. 

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. 

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. 

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: 500m or 1.5k

 The spring event swim will be 10-15 degrees cooler than the fall event for that reason it will be a mandatory in the water start. Everyone will need to get acclimated before they start. A quick 25m left around the light house and down the channel you go. Swimmers will keep the shoreline along their left, buoys on right to each turnaround buoy. Then back and around exiting the beach up into transition. Lifeguards on paddle boards and waverunners will be patrolling along the course. Wetsuits will be mandatory for this event, expect water temps in the upper 50’s to low 60’s. Email to reserve a wetsuit.


Bike: 20k or 22.5mi.
The bike course will keep you along the lake on the rolling London Bridge road. This is rolling the entire way, and is a typical sun baked, cracked Arizona road. So this is rough in some sections. Super Sprint and Sprint athletes will turnaround at your turnaround points, 5k and 10k indicated by large 4′ tall A – frame sign and cones in the road. Olympic distance athletes will continue to a turnaround point just before the highway by the mall. From that point back to a right turn taking you back in the residential Crystal Beach section. This is TWO LOOPS back here!! Failure to complete Two Loops will result in a disqualification. This is a very challenging section, great heart pounding, out of your saddle climbs and fast exhillerating decents. Then exiting Crystal Beach, back on London Bridge road to the transition area.

Run: 6.2mi or 3.1mi

The run course will take you out next to the bike out, heading left on London Bridge road following the sidewalk up and under the bridge, past the hotels, out to the city park where you will jump on a city park trail down to the lake. An awesome section through the desert here before jumping on the Channel boardwalk. This will take you past all the restaurants, and shopping under the historic London bridge to the end of the boardwalk. From this point you will have a 200m section on the beach before jumping back on the state park path into the finish line. A 5k loop, Olympic distance athletes will make a Right just before the grass af the end of the beach and head back out for Lap 2.

You will have iced water, and Gatorade Endurance Formula at every mile. 

Run Course


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.

Duathlon - 2.5k run, 20k bike, 5k run

Run – Bike – Run: here we go for the folks who would rather not swim:

Starting out under the duathlon start flag in front of the transition area aid station and #3 aid station tent.  you will head out basically doing a “Mini” loop instead of heading left into the city park, you will continue straight down to the channel onto the boardwalk and back to the park, entering the transition area where the swimmers are.  Then following your bike discipline you will transition back to the final run to finish it all off.  Click here for the Run #1 course map

Kayak/Paddle Board /Canoe - 2 mile Kayak/SUP/Canoe, 20k bike, 5k run

Canoes, Kayaks and Paddle Boards are all welcome and will race in their own division.  You will be starting lined up along the shore. You will follow the same course as the swimmers only going under and around the London Bridge and back.  Finishing next to the Kayak Finish flag.  

You are required to have a life jacket on board.

Super Sprint Tri

200m swim – your swim will always start following the final sprint athlete in every super sprint event.  These will be an out to the first buoy, over and in.  

10k  bike – will be an out and back.

1 mile run – will be an out and back as well.  

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