2018 Fall Kids Triathlon

 Saturday, September 8, 11 a.m.



Goldfish (age 6 and under): 25m swim, 150m bike, 100m run.

Dolphin (age 10 and under): 100m swim, 3 mile bike, 1 mile run.

Shark (age 14 and under): 200m swim, 4.5 mile bike, 2 mile run.

Sprint: 500m swim, 16k bike, 5k run.

Olympic: 1000m swim, 40k bike, 10k run. 



Kids SwimGoldfish swim in shallow water parallel to shore (life vests and other swim aids allowed for this age group). Dolphins swim the perimeter of the shallow beach area, inside the buoy lines. Sharks swim the perimeter of the entire beach area, outside the buoy lines. Lifeguards are positioned on a floating dock and in the water along the entire course.  

Kids Bike: Golfish bike in an empty parking area (training wheels/scooters allowed). Dolphins bike 2 loops around the rivertrail within Hawk Island Park. 3 loops for Sharks.

Kids Run: Goldfish run in an empty parking area parking area. Dolphins run out and back along beach path and boardwalk. Double loop for Sharks.

Sprint/Olympic Swim: Counterclockwise from north beach to south beach. Olympic distance swim is a loop course. Wetsuits allowed, encouraged for beginners.

Sprint/Olympic Bike: Single-circuit loop (Sprint) and 2.5 loops (Olympic) course on paved roads through beautiful South Lansing and Michigan State University farms.

Sprint/Olympic Run: Scenic paved path out and back on South Lansing's award winning river trail. Double loop for Olympic distance.



Registration for the Fall Kids Triathlon opens at midnight on June 25, with early bird discounts til July 7. Rates increase on July 8, August 1, and September 1. 

Goldfish: $30 early bird/$35/$40/$45

Dolphins/Sharks: $40 early bird/$45/$50/$55

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

Sprint Relay: $115 early bird/$125/$135/$145/$155

Olympic: $75 early bird/$80/$85/$90/$100

Olympic Relay: $135 early bird/$145/$155/$165/$175

Online registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, September 6. Race day registration is available (add $5). Credit Cards accepted onsite with processing fee.


Race Shirts

Cotton race shirts are included with Kids registration. Click for youth race shirt sizing chart

Technical race shirts are available as an opt-in purchase during Sprint/Olympic 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 can only be guaranteed if registered before midnight on Friday, August 31, 2018. 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. 



Goldfish are non-competitive. No timing.

Dolphins/Sharks wear bib chips that record overall time. No splits.

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



Kids: Top three boys and girls in each age division (Dolphins and Sharks).

Sprint/Olympic: 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+.



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: Your parking location is determined by your arrival and departure time. Anyone who needs to leave before 12:30 p.m (racers, spectators, or volunteers) will be directed to park in overflow lots. The same goes for volunteers and spectators who arrive after 11 a.m.

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. 



Kids check-in is 9-10:45 a.m. Saturday before the race. Participants receive bib#, shirt and body marking.

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

Sunday check-in is 5:30 - 7 a.m. (Olympic) and 5:30-7:30 a.m. (Sprint). Timing straps are only distributed on race day.  


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 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., Friday, August 31.

Note: If the registration being transfered included a shirt order, and transfer is complete by May 25, shirt size can be changed. After May 25, the new participant will get the original shirt ordered.

Transition Area: For the safety and security of our participants, 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.

See Weekend Schedule below for times that transition area closes. The transition area will reopen after the race at the discretion of Race Staff. This is for the safety and consideration of all participants, no exceptions.

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 


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 Sunday 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 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!

As long as you're in town, Saturday, June 2 is also 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 Community Development Association's efforts to promote outdoor recreational opportunities, encourage physical activity, increase access to fresh foods, and improve overall community health.


Race Weekend Schedule


Friday, September 7

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, September 8

9-10:45 a.m.   Kids Check-in

11:00 a.m.    Goldfish

11:20 a.m.    Dolphins

11:40 a.m.    Sharks

12:30 pm      Kids Awards

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




5:30 a.m.   Gates open/Check-In opens

7:00 a.m.   Olympic check-in closes

7:15 a.m.   Olympic transition area closes

                  Olympic pre-race briefing at the swim start

7:30 a.m.   Sprint check-in closes

                  Olympic start

7:45 a.m.   Sprint transition area closes

                  Sprint pre-race briefing at the swim start

8:00 a.m.   Sprint 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

                  Individual starts

9:30 a.m.   Post-race food

11:00 a.m.  Awards