Hawk Island Sprint Triathlon

Sunday, June 2




Sprint: 500m swim, 16k bike, 5k run.

Mini Sprint: 200m swim, 4.75 mile bike, 2.5k run. 



Swim: Counterclockwise from north beach to south beach. Mini sprint is counterclockwise around the perimeter of the beach buoy line.  

Bike: Single-circuit loop course around beautiful South Lansing.

Run: Scenic paved path out and back on South Lansing's award winning river trail. Half distance for Mini Sprint.



Registration for all 2019 Hawk Island Triathlons opens at midnight on December 6, with early bird rates through the end of the year. Rates increase on January 1, March 1, May 1, and May 26.


Sprint/Mini Sprint: $65 early bird / $70 / $75 / $80 / $85

Relays: $120 early bird /$130 / $140 / $150 / $160


Online registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 30 for the spring races (Thursday, September 5, for the fall kids race). Race day registration is available for an additional $5 ($10 for relays). Credit Cards accepted onsite with processing fee. 


Race Shirts

Technical race shirts are available as an opt-in purchase during Sprint/Sprint Sprint registration. We started this option years ago based on feedback from participants with excessive numbers of race shirts. Allowing only folks who want a shirt to receive a shirt eliminates waste and reduces the carbon footprint of our race.


Shirt sizes for June races can only be guaranteed if registered before midnight on Friday, May 24. Overruns in various sizes will be available for purchase on a limited "first-come" basis after the race. 


Below is the size chart for A4 Men's and Women's Cooling Performance shirts. 



Sprint/Mini Sprint are chip timed (ankle) with T1 and T2 splits.



All particiapants receive a finisher medal.

Sprint racers receive placement awards in the following categories: top three men and women overall, top three masters (40 & older), and top three winners in each age/weight division: Boys and Girls ages 10-14; Men and Women ages 15-19, 20-24, ... 80+; Clydesdales (men 220 lbs+) under 40, Clydesdales 40+, Athenas (women 180 lbs+) under 40, and Athenas 40+.

Top three Super Sprint racers receive placement awards in age and weight categories.



Hawk Island County Park is located at 1601 E. Cavanaugh St. between Pennsylvania and Aurelius Roads in Lansing, MI. The park features a beautiful beach and swimming area, splash park, playground, sand volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, picnic grounds and shelters, and a beach house/snack bar.


Park Policies

 No glass bottles or alcoholic beverages allowed in Hawk Island County Park. Dogs ARE allowed on leash in the park and off leash in the 17 acre Soldan Dog Park located at the northeast corner of Hawk Island Park.



On-site parking is available for $3 for Ingham County residents, $5 for non-residents. Free parking is available at overflow lots within a half mile of the race pavilion.


IMPORTANT: Parking during the Sunday Sprint/Mini Sprint Triathlon will be dictated by your arrival and departure times. Anyone who needs to leave before bikers are off the course (that includes racers, spectators, or volunteers) will be directed to park in overflow lots. The same goes for volunteers and spectators who arrive after the race starts.


There is only one route for vehicles in and out of the park (on Cavanaugh), on the same lanes triathletes use when leaving to and returning from the bike course. For the safety of our racers, we CANNOT ALLOW cars to enter or exit the park while the bike course is active. 



Early check-in for Sprint/Super is Saturday, 12-3 p.m., after the kids race. Participants receive bib#, swim cap, shirt (if purchased), and body marking (if requested, otherwise race day). 

Sunday check-in is 6-7:30 a.m. Timing chips and ankle straps are only distributed at race day check-in. 


Race Policies

BIB Transfers: If you are unable to compete, for whatever reason, it is your responsibility to find a replacement racer. Transfers can be completed through Active.com and a $25 transfer fee will be charged. Information on how to transfer is available here. Racers handle all financial transactions related to swapping registrations. No transfers allowed after 5 p.m., Thursday, May 30.


Note: If the registration being transfered included a shirt order, and transfer is complete by May 24, shirt size can be changed. After May 24, the new participant will get the original shirt ordered.


Transition Area: For the safety of particiants and the security of their belongings, the transition area is off limits to everyone except racers and volunteers wearing fluorescent volunteer shirts. Race numbers MUST be displayed to gain access to the transition area.

The transition area will reopen after the race at the discretion of Race Staff. 


Athlete Conduct: We reserve the right to disqualify anyone who behaves inappropriately toward fellow competitors, volunteers, or race management staff.


No Refunds: While we sympathize with athletes who register for our event but later find themselves unable to compete due to injury, illness or other circumstances, no refunds will be given under any circumstance. You may opt to purchase race insurance from Active.com. 


Safety/Medical Services

Lifeguards from the Park and local YMCAs will be on shore and in the water monitoring the swim. Onsite EMS is provided by Mercy paramedics. Resident physicians are stationed along the courses with emergency supplies. First Aid is available at the finish line courtesy of McLaren Greater Lansing nurses. The First Aid tent is equiped with: cots, IV supplies, gauze, BP cuffs, stethescopes, antibacterial ointment, bandages, alcohol wipes, ice packs, Benadryl, Ibuprofen, ambubags, anelgesic spray, and oxygen. 


Aid Stations

Water is available on the run course, under the race pavilion, and at the finish. We do not have water on the bike course – make sure to bring a bottle.



Massage therapists are available after the race thanks to Creative Wellness. Free!



Volunteers are needed to provide direction on the swim, bike, and run segments of the race. We also need volunteers monitoring the parking and transition areas, serving refreshments, providing body markings, distributing timing devices, and handing out medals. Teams, clubs, and other organizations are welcome to volunteer as a group. We provide training, shirts, and food! Follow the link to SignUp.com for detailed descriptions and available positions.



Our official race hotel is on the Sprint/Oly bike course! We are proud to have Candlewood Suites as our preferred accommodations for the Hawk Island Triathlon. This property is conveniently located on the last leg of the bike course at 3545 Forest Road, next to MSU’s University Club and Forest Akers Golf Course.

Hotel guest rooms have a kitchenette, free internet access, and on-site fitness center. And they are pet friendly! Room rate for triathletes and their families is $89 per night. Reserve your suite by calling (517) 351-8181.


See the Sights!

On Saturday, June 1, take advantage of Lansing's annual "Be A Tourist" event, where you can visit 80+ local attractions for $1 (that's one single dollar!). Visit as many places as you like: Potter Park Zoo, Impression 5 Science Center, the State Capitol Building, the Michigan Historical Museum, REO Olds Museum, Beal Botanical Garden, and so many more! Visit the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau for more great events in the Lansing area on race weekend. 



Proceeds from this event support South Lansing CDA programs that support community health, economic opportunity, and quality of life in South Lansing, e.g., urban farming, garden/nutrition education, and a weekly farmers market providing lower-income residents access to healthy, affordable fresh food.


Race Weekend Schedule

Friday (May 31)

6-7:30 p.m. Open Water Swim Practice (kids can practice the swim course) and Free Triathlon Clinics hosted by Lansing Triathlon Team.


Saturday (June 1)

8-9:45 a.m.   Kids Check-in

10:00 a.m.    Goldfish

10:20 a.m.    Dolphins

10:40 a.m.    Sharks

11:30 pm      Kids Awards

12-3 p.m.      Early Check-In (Sprint/Mini)


Sunday  (June 2)

5:45 a.m.   Gates open

6:00 a.m.   Check-In begins

7:30 a.m.   Check-in closes

7:45 a.m.   Transition area closes

7:50 a.m.   Pre-race briefing at the swim start

8:00 a.m.   Swim start (waves in order below)

                  Elite men (race times expected 1:10 or less)

                  Elite women (race times expected 1:20 or less)

                  Boys and Men 29 and under

                  Girls and Women 29 and under                 

                  Men 30-39

                  Women 30-39

                  Men 40 and older

                  Women 40 and older

                  Mini Sprint

9:30 a.m.   Post-race food

11:00 a.m.  Awards