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500 yard swim, 12 mile bike, 3.1 mile run


Race Location - Fox Island Park, Bowman Lake - 7324 Yohne Rd. Fort Wayne, IN 46809

Race Start - 8:00 AM

Park Entry Opens For Racers - 6:00 AM

Packet Pickup and Day before(9-15-23) Registration - 5:00pm-7:00pm - Fleet Feet Coventry - 5661 Coventry Ln, Fort Wayne, IN 46804

Race Day(9-16-23) Packet Pickup and Registration - 6:00am-7:30am - Fox Island Park, Bowman Lake Parking Lot

Course maps scroll down

Ages 13(by 12-31-23) and up

Sprint Triathlon, Duathlon(1 mile run to start), Aquabike, 2 Person and 3 Person Relay Divisions

Limited to 250 racers

Limited to 250 racers


*Professionally chip timed event

*USAT sanctioned race

*All participants get a race t-shirt

*All finishers get a medal

*Swim in Bowman Lake at Fox Island Park

*Bike on flat county roads

*Run on paved trails and county roads

*1 optional large mass beach start followed by a single file beach starts for those less confident

*Option of either a Mass start, or TT start immediately following that

*Aid stations 

*Wetsuits allowed per USAT rulings on water temperature (eligible for awards 78 degrees and lower, still legal between 78.1 and 83.9 but not elibigle for awards)

*Age group and Overall Awards, scroll down for info


Friday, September 15th 2023

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Packet pickup and late registration @ Fleet Feet Sports Coventry

Saturday, September 16th 2023

6:00 AM-7:30 AM: Race day registration, timing chip pickup, body marking, and packet pickup

6:00 AM – 7:45 AM: Transition area open for bike and running gear setup

7:50 AM: Mandatory pre-race meeting

8:00 AM: Race start

9:30 AM: Grab and Go Awards begin


*There is plenty of parking on-site, signs will direct you to the preferred lot.   Most racers will park in a lot near the transition area.


*Bring a photo ID and your USAT License (if you have one) to packet pickup and registration.

*USAT waivers and one day USAT licenses will be taken care of here.

*Cash, check and credit card payments(3% fee) can be accepted for day before and race day registrations.


*The race will be chip time with results at post race

*Post-race results will be linked on this website and will be put up on display at the race site as soon as available.

*Results will include overall time, splits for all segments of the race including transitions, and placings.

*Timing chips will be given out in race bags for pre-registered and day before registration.   Race Day give as you register

*Soft neoprene ankle straps will be provided to secure the timing chips.


*All participants must be body marked race morning with a permanent marker by a volunteer, and will receive a wristband at packet pickup that is mandatory to wear during the race with their number on it.


*Males must wear speedo-cut bottoms, jammers, or shorts at minimum. 

*Shirtless torsos are allowed for men only.

*Females must wear swim suit bottoms and public swimming appropriate tops at minimum.


*Swim course map scroll up to COURSE MAPS button at top

*This is a lake swim at Bowman lake with a planned beach start, 3 main turn buoys on the course

*A optional mass start will precede the individual TT style start for those less confident

*Buoys will mark the course turns as mentioned

*Usually, we have 8-12 kayaks line this swim course with lifeguards in many of the boats

*For the TT portion of the race start, race numbers do not determine starting order.  This is a self-seeded start by choice.

*Your individual chip time starts when you cross the mat to enter the water, and stops at the run finish.

*Swim caps will be provided

*Water temperature will be borderline for cold enough for wetsuits this time of year. 

*Water temperatures up to and including 78 degrees wetsuits are allowed

*If the water temperature is between 78-84 degrees  you can still wear a wetsuit but will be asterisk in results

*Water temperatures is at 84 degrees or higher no wetsuits allowed.

*See ‘USAT Rules’ section below for more info on rules regarding wetsuits or follow link there to USAT website


*Participants are to place bicycles, helmets, sunglasses, run shoes, hats, etc in the transition area

*Maximum of 8 bicycles per rack, first come first serve placement, we have ample amount of racks at this race.

*Transition will be in the main Bowman Lake parking lot, or very near it.

*Only participants and volunteers can enter the transition area.

*Participants enter transition for the first time during the race after the swim finish to get their bicycles and head out onto the bike course.

*Remember to buckle your helmet BEFORE mounting your bike!

*Participants enter transition for the second and final time during the race after finishing the bike course, re-rack their bicycles, and start the run.

*There will be an aid station near the transition 

*No nudity is allowed in transition, please plan race clothing accordingly.


*Bike course map scroll up to COURSE MAPS button at top

*The bike course is open to traffic with police at the park exit and all intersections stopping traffic.

*There will be a few caution signs in place for the first and last 1/2 mile of the course as you are still in the park as their are a few curves in this section only.

*All turns, and turn-around points, will be marked with roadside signs and tape markings.

*We will have Andy Grote with MED SPORTS on hand to fix last minute bike mechanicals and help with tire pressure if needed.

*All participants are responsible for fixing their own flat tires and minor mechanicals while on the bike course.

*There are no aid stations on the bike course, but there is one near transition at the bike exit and on the run exit after finishing the bike (plus several on the run course).

*A vehicle will be sweeping the bike course, and can pick up any participant who has had a race ending mechanical if needed.

*See ‘Food and Water’ for details on bike course water.

*All bike styles are welcome as long as they do not have a motor of any kind and do not pose out of the ordinary danger to other riders

*See ‘USAT Rules’ for more info on cycling rules.  Cycling rule specifics and other rules will be gone over in the pre-race meeting


*Run course map scroll up to COURSE MAPS button at top

*The run courses will be mostly pavement, with minimal dirt trail and grass in the first 1/4 mile of the run.

*The courses will be marked with signs and tape.  Volunteers will also help direct runners.

*There will be aid at transition, 3/4 mile, 1.5 miles, and 2.25 miles - these will have water, coke, gatorade


*All participants must complete the bike portion wearing a helmet approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  Check your helmet for this sticker.

*Headphones, headsets, walkmans, ipods, mp3 players, or personal audio devices, etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race.

* See ‘USAT Rules’ below for more info on all rules, or visit the USAT link provided


*Relay teams will share a timing chip and transfer the chip in the transition area.

*Aqua bikers will swim and bike with all the triathlete racers and then need to do a short walk or jog after transition 2 to the finish area to drop their chips to race timer.


*There will be a few porta-johns on site near transition and the park has a small restroom closer to the swim start.

*During the race 1 of the porta-john will be available near the transition area.


*T-Shirts will be in the race packet. 

*Finisher medals will be given at the finish line. 

*Awards for top 2-3 in each USAT age group for the Triathlons, plus overall gender winnersr and 40 and over/Masters winners.  Duathlons and Aquabikes awards are determined by race turnout with a minimum of 39 and under plus 40 and over top 3's.  Relays are typically for overall winning teams only


*Water will be available at the transition area and on the run course (in addition to Coke and Gatorade on course).

*No water will be available on the bike course(minus at transition/start and finish of bike) so please plan accordingly. 

*Drinks and some snack food will be available post-race at the finish line.


*In the event it is unsafe to swim the race will become a duathlon with a 1 mile run start.

*If it’s unsafe to ride the race will become a swim and run.

*If it's unsafe to swim and ride the race will become just a run

*The race start may be delayed up to 1 hour if the weather is anticipated to clear up.

*If weather forces a cancellation we can offer a 50% discount to a future 2023/24 event.


*A complete list of USAT rules can be found at  A list of commonly violated rules can be found below  the course maps on this page. Rules will be gone over at the pre-race meeting on Saturday.

*If all participants do their best to follow the rules and race fairly, there should be no issues.

Most Commonly Violated Rules and Penalties

1. Helmets:

Only helmets approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may be used in USAT sanctioned events. Helmets must be worn at all times while on your bike. This means before, during, and after the event.

Penalty: Disqualification


2. Chin Straps:

Chin straps must be buckled at all times when on a bicycle. DO NOT unbuckle your chin strap unless you are off your bicycle.

Penalty: Disqualification on the course; Variable time penalty in transition area only.


3. Outside Assistance:

No assistance other than that offered by race and medical officials may be used. Triathlons and duathlons are individual tests of fitness.

Penalty: Variable time penalty


4. Transition Area:

All equipment must be placed in the properly designated and individually assigned bike corral. The wheel of the bicycle must be down on the side of the assigned space. All participants must return their bicycles to an upright position in their designated bicycle corral. No person shall interfere with another participant’s equipment or impede the progress of another participant. All bar ends must be solidly plugged. No participant shall bring ANY glass containers into the transition area.

Penalty: Variable time penalty


5. Drafting:

Drafting--keep at least three bike lengths of clear space between you and the cyclist in front. If you move into the zone, you must pass within 15 seconds.

Position--keep to the right hand side of the lane of travel unless passing.

Blocking--riding on the left side of the lane without passing anyone and interfering with other cyclists attempting to pass.

Overtaken--once passed, you must immediately exit the draft zone from the rear, before attempting to pass again.

Penalty: Variable time penalty


6. Course:

All competitors are required to follow the prescribed course and to stay within all coned lanes. Cutting the course is an obvious violation and going outside the course is a safety issue. Cyclists shall not cross a solid yellow center line for ANY reason. Cyclists must obey all applicable traffic laws at all times.

Penalty: Referee's discretion


7. Unsportsmanlike-Like Conduct:

Foul, harsh, argumentative or abusive language or other unsportsmanlike conduct directed at race officials, USA Triathlon officials, volunteers, spectators or fellow athletes is forbidden.

Penalty: Disqualification


8. Headphones:

Headphones, headsets, walkmans, ipods, mp3 players, or personal audio devices, etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race.

Penalty: Variable time penalty

9. Race numbers:

All athletes are required to wear race numbers at all times during the run. Numbers must face the front and be clearly visible at all times. Numbers may not be cut or folded or altered in any way. DO NOT transfer your number to any other athlete or take a number from an athlete that is not competing.

Penalty: Variable time penalty for missing or altered number, Disqualification and one year suspension from membership in USAT for transferring a number without race director permission.

10. Wetsuits:

Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wetsuit at their own discretion, provided, however that participants who wears a wetsuit within such temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Above 84 degrees, wetsuits are prohibited.


11. Abandonment:

All personal equipment and belongings taken out onto the course must stay on the athlete the entire time. No garbage, clothing, etc. shall be thrown on the course.

Sprint Distance Penaltys

1st Offense - 2:00

2nd Offense - 4:00

3rd Offense - Disqualificiation

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