Michigan’s newest state park, Belle Isle sets the scene for arguably the fastest triathlon course in the entire country. If you’re looking for a PR, this is the place to do it!
Both Motor City and the Michigan Championship will use the exact same venue and courses. This is a 2 Transition event, Transition 1 at the beach, 1 mile north of Shelter 1 area for Transition 2, which is located directly behind the flower clock / flag pole when you come on the island.
You will again have a dedicated closed Bike lane and vehicle lane for the bike portion of the event as well as a lane for the run course making this a closed course for your PR. Moving to a 7:15 a.m. start time will get the majority of athletes off the island road before the park gets busy. With the backdrop of the Motor City skyline on the west side and Windsor Ontario Canada on the east side this is truly a perfect multi-sport venue.
Sunday, June 18, 2023
*Follow the 3 Disciplines Event Parking signs once on the island
TIME TRIAL START:
7:15 a.m. – Olympic Triathlon – 1500m swim, 22.8 mi bike, 6.2 mi run
7:40 a.m. – Sprint Triathlon – 500m swim, 11.4 mi bike, 3.1 mi run
7:43 a.m. – Sprint Duathlon – 2.5k run, 11.4 mi bike, 3.1 mi run
Olympic Aquabike – 1500m swim, 22.8 mi bike
Sprint Aquabike – 500m swim, 11.4mi. bike
8:00 a.m. – Super Sprint – 200m swim, 5.7mi. bike, 1.2mi run
**2 and 3 person relays offered for both the Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlon
|3.1 – 4.30||$125||$150||$65|
|5.1 to online closes||$135||$150||$65|
Online Registration Only
Closes the Thursday before the event at midnight
Refund Policy: NO REFUNDS for any reason unless you have been double charged or accidentally signed up more than once, military transfer or death in the family.
Standard event industry policy: states that when emergency conditions such as weather, threats of terrorism, medical emergencies, or any potentially unsafe condition out of our control force cancellation of an event, refunds cannot and will not be provided since funds have been spent on race day already.
Athlete Amenities: Guaranteed to those pre-registered 14 days out!
Must pay a $15 One Day Fee (collected ONSITE cash or check ONLY)
This fee was NOT collected online
​Proceed to Cement Paddock lot for Parking ONLY!
Michigan Coast Guard
Detroit Yacht Club
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 $30. 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!
Arguably the fastest triathlon course in the country! Dozens of athletes have broken the elusive two-hour barrier over the years for the Olympic Distance, as well as the one-hour barrier for the Sprint course.
The swim is always the question in new athlete’s minds, but it’s also why this event has grown each year, as it has almost produced a PR swim every time. The water in the Detroit River has been tested to be among the cleanest in the state. Because the water is constantly moving, you can see clear to the bottom almost 20 feet down, and you can take advantage of the current to get you your fastest swim ever.
The bike is awesome, featuring a closed course that offers some great scenery, with the large freighters floating through on the Canadian side of the island and the Detroit skyline and Ambassador Bridge on the south end. The course is flat, lightning fast and has been the site for many PR bike splits as well.
READ THIS SEVERAL TIMES!
TRIATHLETES: RUN GEAR ONLY at T-2! Swim and Bike gear at T-1.
DUATHLETES ONLY: You must keep your bike gear at T-2
This event will have two transition areas because the beach is one mile from the finish line, parking area, and T-2 located at Shelter #1. PLEASE park at T-2/finish line, on Central. Then go set your running gear and ride your bike to T-1. Again PLEASE DO NOT drive down to the swim start, T-1. We will transfer your gear from T-1 to T-2. So when you finish it will be ready for your pick up. It is YOUR responsibility to label your equipment bag with your name and RACE #. We are absolutely NOT responsible for any lost items. Do not put valuables, keys, etc, in your gear bags for transport back to T-2. TIP: Use a bright colored bag that sticks out. There are 500 plus other gear bags at pick up.
Again, it is YOUR responsibility to bring a gear bag and mark it with YOUR RACE # and name. We will not be providing bags. Anything not put in a bag will be put in a general pile.
CHIP PICKUP will be at T-2 and Body Marking will be at T-1 near the RUN IN CHUTE.
Repeat, CHIP PICK-UP will be at T-2 (shelter #1, finish line, registration area).
Transition area #2 will be on the large cement pad in front of Shelter 1. When arriving on the island follow signs and support crew. Again you must park here, place your RUN gear in transition, receive your timing chip and strap, place that on your ankle immediately and head to T-1 with the rest of your race gear. (Race Management will not be responsible for any unbagged or unclaimed race gear; please make sure your bags are marked).
Following the last athlete exiting T-1, all gear bags will be taken to the finish gear bag claim area at T-2 just past the finish line along the transition area. You must have your race number to claim your gear bag. Sprint athletes, please give support crew time to sort and organize bags. To expedite loading trucks with bags, athletes should carry their own bag out of transition and toss it in the pile at exit.
Opens – 5:30 am
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.
New for all events will be a Time Trial swim start. For safety reasons it is important we ensure we are doing all we can to alleviate stress at the start and turning at buoys. A time trial start ensures everyone has a clear, stress-free swim. You will SELF SEED according to your 500m swim time. (THIS IS YOUR ACTUAL swim time, not what you THINK you will swim, or want to swim) this is important to ensure you are not swam over or create congestion by seeding yourself faster than you can swim. Don’t be that athlete that creates a traffic jam. See yourself appropriately and everyone will have a great time in the water.
Each athlete will report their number to the timer before crossing the timing mats and entering the water. Again your responsibility to report that number to the timer.
Time trial starts: Long course athletes first, followed about 30 minutes later with Sprint, then 20 minutes later Super Sprint athletes.
You will be swimming in clear, calm water between the Island and Detroit. Starting out, everyone heads to the Detroit Yacht Club, then into the current heading back south towards the Belle Isle Bridge, before making a LEFT towards shore and the swim finish. Water temps of course this time of year depend greatly on the weather. They have been as cold as 62 and as warm as 75.
The course will be patrolled by Coast Guard, and several lifeguards and police marine division. A Triangle style course for both events. Swim caps are mandatory, if you are allergic to latex, you will have to bring your own.
Exiting Transition 1 at the beach you will merge into the inside lane which will be coned all the way around the island. You will cross over heading through the bus drop all the way around past the casino. Then you will fly onto the north end of the island in a coned closed lane. You MUST use a little extra caution at the left through the bus drop area; this will also serve as your entry to T-2 up an engineered ramp.
Super Sprint athletes will complete 1 full lap with an additional mile to get back down to Transition 2 Finish/Registration area.
Sprint athletes will complete 2 full laps with an additional mile to get back down to Transition 2 at Finish/Registration area.
Olympic Distance athletes will complete 4 full laps with an additional mile to get back down to Transition 2 Finish/Registration area.
Once you have completed your 1, 2 or 4 full laps, you will make your way onto the bus drop/Transition 2 area where you’ll see a large yellow sign with purple lettering indicating BIKE IN. You will merge up on the ramp and down into T-2. This is another slow, caution area into Transition 2. SLOWER athletes MUST stay to the right along the cones, so faster athletes are not blocked on the INSIDE of the island; this is opposite of what you’re used to. The island is flat, fast and smooth; but it often has windy conditions, being an island. It will be your responsibility to count your laps. You will enter T-2 right in front of the Fountain making a LEFT into that area.
The run course keeps the entire run course on the south end of the island. We lose the trees in the nature path, but keeps the athletes closer for spectators as a short walk across the street from the finish puts them in a position to see runners multiple times. Also keeps the event away from all the park users on the north end of the island. It is a really fast, and flat course, just no shade out there. Olympic distance athletes will loop along side the finish line for lap 2 and head back out.
Super-Sprint athletes will do the first mile with everyone, then just past the pay station you will head across the bridge and over to the finish line. 1.5mi.
Aid Stations: Ice Cold Water, Gatorade Endurance Formula at each mile.
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.
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.
One of the first to launch the Super Sprint back in 2014, the goal with it was to provide an intro to Triathlon. No matter your age, 6 yrs to 80+ yrs. the final wave of the day to start gets you out of the chaos of the start, and keeps you with like-minded athletes. A perfect introductory distance that we try to keep non-competitive with no awards, but of course, everyone gets a finisher medal. Come on out and Try your first TRI. Questions, don’t hesitate, any question is a good question! email@example.com.
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. Following all signs indicating SUPER
1 mile run – will be an out and back as well. Following all signs indicating SUPER
Starting with a 2.5k run. FIRST and Most Important: this is a 2 transition event, so you MUST leave your BIKE GEAR and 2nd Run Gear at TRANSITION 2 (finish line, checkin area) not at the beach!!
You will start at the Duathlon start flag across the street from the beach and Transition 1 on the corner. About 5-10 minutes before your start announcements will be made to report to the start flag where the Run Course coordinator will be waiting to give you further instructions. He/She will lead out the first run, which will take you back down to Transition 2, where you will head into transition and out on the bike course. You will complete 2 loops of the island before heading back into Transition 2 again, where you will grab your run gear for the final 5k.
Again, make sure you leave your bike and run #2 gear at the finish / Transition 2. Do not take it down to the beach. Then report to the start at the beach by 7:00 a.m.
At registration you will receive ONE bib number that the runner must wear on the front of their chest, since they will be crossing the finish line.
All relay members will get body marked with the bib number assigned to them, so they can all be identified on the course.
Timing Chip and Strap
The athlete competing in the first discipline should securely attach the timing chip to their left ankle. The chip and strap should be handed off to the next relay member inside the Transition Area ONLY at the designated RELAY area. Each athlete should only wear the chip on the left ankle, never on the wrist. Do not just grab it and go. You must make sure it is secure on your ankle before leaving the Transition Area. Exchanging outside of the Transition Area could result in a disqualification.
There will be a designated rack(s) for RELAYS only. This is typically near one of the exit/entry points. Please make sure all relay member’s gear is in this designated area. Even when the Transition Area is closed, relay members may still have access to the Transition Area to warm up and prepare for their discipline.
Each athlete will be assigned a timing chip and strap. These will be available race morning unless otherwise stipulated in your race confirmation. After check-in, proceed into transition and your bag will be at your spot on the rack. Please ensure your bib number and timing strap match.
You are responsible for this chip and strap. Failure to turn it in for ANY reason will result in a $40 charge.
You must wear your chip and strap on your left ankle for the entire event, start to finish.
Following your finish you will be directed down the finish chute where there will be a chair and two bins with disinfectant solution for your chip/strap. Please remove your chip/strap, RE-VELCRO it and toss into the bin.
We provide all the timing and scoring services for each and every event we host. This will be with ChampionChip or ChronoTrack timing systems.
Throughout the course, there will be sets of timing mats or gators, typically under structures, indicating finish, bike in, run out, swim finish, etc. You must cross over these areas. Do NOT avoid them or attempt to jump over them.
Every effort will be made to supply you with a swim, bike, run, transition 1, transition 2, and finish times. However, it is explicitly expressed that the electronic timing systems are not foolproof. They are electronics and computers which are outside in the elements and they are not perfect systems. We along with any other timer out there can only score what is captured in a system.
This event will be scored live with ChronoTrack. You may track your finish via the Athlinks app or the ChronoTrack Live app. Search by event. There will be QR codes at the event for you to scan.
Your results will be posted on the event website under the RESULTS tab located on the home page as well as event page. Every effort is made to post these by the following morning or within 24 hours of the event.
ANY and ALL timing questions and inquiries must be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emailing or contacting event management in any other way will not guarantee an attempt to retrieve results.
All athletes and all relay members will be body marked with their race number. After picking up your chip and strap please proceed to the body marking area typically designated with a large BODY MARKING flag. You must have your bib number for this process.
Your RIGHT calf will be marked with your age (as of 12/31/2022)
Your LEFT calf will be marked with the event you are participating in
Due to an increasing amount of athletes entering events they may not be properly trained for, we are asking each athlete to be responsible and honest with his/her ability to complete the distance registering for. 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. 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.
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.
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) – 1st Overall in Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlons.
*Athenas (Female 165 lbs or more) -1st Overall 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.
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.
In our efforts to keep every race safe and fair, there are specific rules we have adopted and in some cases modified to ensure you and your families safety, as well as making the events fair for everyone.
1. Yelling at or using profanities in any way shape or form towards 3D staff or support crew will not be tolerated and will result in automatic disqualification and could result in a suspension from events.
2. Wetsuits will not be allowed in water above 80 degrees.
3. The filming of an athlete on a course will result in a disqualification.
4. Pacing will not be questioned. You cannot follow or be followed by a fellow athlete, friend, or family member at any time on the course by any means. This will be deemed pacing and therefore will result in disqualification.
5. Changing swim/start waves or switching events without informing event management BEFORE an event begins will result in disqualification.
6. Adjusting or moving another athlete’s gear in the transition area when their gear was placed first will result in a 5:00 minute penalty.
7. Throwing trash on the course at any time before, during, or after will result in a 5:00 minute penalty for the first offense and disqualification on the second. Designated trash throwing areas are only at aid station spots and approximately 25m before and after.
8. Failure to comply with emergency vehicles and event management staff during an event will result in automatic disqualification. Emergency vehicles and personnel have the right away at all times and an athlete must give them that right away by doing everything possible to get out of the way.
Specific to Multi-Sport events, your governing body for this event is USA Triathlon. The rules set forth by the governing body will be adhered to in most cases. However this event is owned and operated by 3 Disciplines, therefore we reserve the right as the owner, developer host of the event to add to, modify, or increase enforcement of a rules. Especially when safety could be compromised in any way. The safety of athletes will never be compromised in any way. If the water conditions are reported un-safe by the Coast Guard or officials, or are unsafe as deemed by the event director that swim course will be modified or canceled. There will be no refunds.
Specific to Multi-sport:
The center line violation rule will result in a disqualification! An athlete cannot cross the center line for any reason whatsoever. This is extremely dangerous and could result in serious injury or death therefore will not be tolerated.
First tip is to get out as fast as possible in the swim. I know I tell many not to get caught up in the craziness of the swim start, but to take advantage of this course you need to get to the first turn buoy fast. Even though we moved the swim in to lessen the currents in the event, it will still help your swim out.
Then on the bike, every time we ride the island, it has a windy side. If you can push 35 – 40mph, do it. When Mother Nature wants to help like that you must take advantage. We have had our entire staff in their biggest gears, with the flat fast nature of the island- you will not burn your legs out.
Finally on the bike, for you Olympic distance athletes, typically the slowest lap is lap 3, so keep that in mind when starting your 3rd lap. You need to push that one.
The run is a focus run, meaning you have long stretches where you can pick athletes off. Pick an athlete, focus on him/her, once you catch, pick the next. Try to keep that line of focus at least 50m ahead at all times, this way you will not slow down as you approach those closer athletes.
Take full advantage of that nature path section, this is heavily shaded and if it is a sunny, warm day; this should be where you run your fastest.
Event management reserves the right to postpone, change format, modify courses, or cancel the event at any time. The safety of athletes, staff, support crew, and officials is our top priority and will never be compromised.
Event management is not responsible for late arrivals, athletes not finding a venue, misdirected, or delayed for any reason. Late arrivals will NOT be issued a chip and strap and you will not be allowed in the transition area once it is closed. Again, there will be NO refunds for any reason.
Event management reserves the right to cancel an event due to inclement weather or the POTENTIAL of inclement weather. Every attempt will be made to host an event whether in it’s advertised form or altered form. Meaning a triathlon could be modified to a duathlon. A 1500m swim could be made a 500m swim, etc. A half marathon run could be made a 5k run, etc. Under any circumstance a refund or transfer will not be issued. Athletes safety will not be compromised.
If an event has mandatory bike check-in, you must check in your bike during the allotted check in times typically the day before. Failure to do so will mean you are not going to race and again no refunds will be given.
These rules are in place for a reason and deviation of them is not fair to the hundreds of athletes that follow the rules.
First time event, Athlete Experience:
Athletes participating in his/her first “long course” event will result in an interview with the onsite race director. His/her experience will be considered in a personal interview with the race director on site if a question of ability to safely finish is at stake. Failure to comply with the race director’s decision will result in a disqualification if there is an un-willingness on an athlete’s part to change events. Safety will NOT be compromised under any circumstances.
Age participation rules:
Kids 17 and under may NOT compete in half ironman distance events.
Kids must be 10 yrs. of age to compete in adult sprint events.
The race director will have final say for anyone racing at any event.
A lost chip will be billed directly to the athlete for a $40 fee and may result in no times for event. It is in no way event management’s responsibility to post a time for an athlete who has lost his/her chip during an event. It is his/her responsibility to ensure that chip is on at all times.
An un-paid bounced check will mean you will be put on the “banned” list. Not a great list to be on if you plan on racing in the future. If you made a mistake with your banking, we understand, but just be sure we are paid after corrections are made.
A t-shirt is only guaranteed if the athlete registered by the 14 day cut-off for pre-registration.
3D has a “lost and found” bin. If you have lost something during a race, please contact us at: email@example.com
All race fees are non-refundable. No refunds are allowed.
Transfer to Another Race
Transfers to another 3 Disciplines owned event are allowed. All transfers must be completed two weeks prior to the event in which you are registered or the event you would like to transfer to whichever is sooner. The transfer fee is $15.00 plus any potential difference in race fee.
Events that do not fall under our transfer policy include: I Tri for Mac.
Transfers may be made within the current race season only.
Transfer to Another Distance
You may switch between the Olympic and Sprint distances at any event. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to change your distance or you may do so at registration at the event. No fee to change distance.