The Women’s Triathlon is a celebrated event to all of us. The well-being of our athletes, volunteers and community is our utmost priority. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will not host a triathlon in 2021.
Instead, we invite our triathletes and neighbors to join us for our Race Against Racism 5K! Race Against Racism 5K is an accessible run/walk on a flat course around Lake Nokomis on August 8. Gather your friends, families and colleagues for a casual (or competitive) 3.1-mile run or walk in a safe, distanced outdoor setting. Open to all ages and genders. Strollers are welcome!
This run/walk supports YWCA’s mission and work to eliminate racism and empower women. After a year of virtual events, we are excited for our community of athletes, supporters and social justice advocates to come together in person and celebrate the strength and resilience in us all.
Date: Sunday, August 8
Time: First wave starts at 9:00 am
Location: Lake Nokomis
YWCA Minneapolis Women’s Triathlon is our most popular athletic event of the year! It’s a race that has participants trekking through the water and across the pavement through swimming, cycling and running. Here’s a brief rundown on what each race type includes:
The second weekend in August each year, more than 1,400 triathletes participate in these multisport races to recognize and celebrate the strength and resolve in all women. Add in 3,500+ spectators and 300 or so volunteers, and you have one of the biggest and most inspiring summer fitness events in all of Minneapolis.
We're the only all-women triathlon in Minnesota — and the largest all-women triathlon in the contiguous United States.
We offer unparalleled training support through a free training plan, free clinics and an abundance of training classes, including mini-triathlons and open water swim clinics.
We encourage women to race with buddies, guaranteeing a transition spot and wave assignment with a buddy or group of buddies, if they choose.
While a participant is racing, we offer unrivaled aquatic support, providing complimentary novice swim caps and noodle swimmers.
We have a popular "Friends and Family Finish Zone" that allows kids and family members to cross the finish line with their moms, aunts and grandmas.
We give special awards to sister-sister teams, mother-daughter teams, life-partner teams, and to those in first-timer categories.
We offer great giveaways to those who stick around for the awards.
Our triathlon is a "green" race, boasting a very low-waste rate (92% of our waste is diverted to compost and recycling).
Our course has been designated by the USA Triathlon Paratriathlon Committee as Paratriathlon Friendly. We encourage adaptive athletes to participate in our race, and ask that they contact our race management team as soon as possible so that we may work together on accommodations.
Congratulations to all racers who competed in the 2019 YWCA Women’s Triathlon! We were thrilled to see so many incredible families and friends lending their support and encouragement for these athletes, too.
We’ve compiled all the results for the Individual, SuperSprint and Teams. Just use the button below to see yours—and feel free to browse our gallery of photos from the event while you’re at it.
For media inquiries, contact Cori Mattli at 612-215-4107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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"Super open and friendly, accessible and supportive triathlon for all levels of fitness. Very well run by volunteers and staff to make all participants and supporters feel welcomed and important."
"I love the empowering nature of this event. The support for all racers, especially first timers, is truly phenomenal."
"I want to do this race every year for the rest of my life."
"It's the most amazing and supportive event you could be a part of! There is so much support throughout your training and YWCA is here to help you have a great experience on race day."
"It was such a great way to bring women together to support and encourage each other no matter their age or ability."
"The friendliest and most inspiring Triathlon around."
"I tell everyone that it is a love fest and all are enthusiastically welcomed. It’s beautiful."
"This event represents me taking fitness into my own hands and achieving something I have always wanted to do but been scared to."
"I am so impressed with all the dedicated volunteers that help put this event on! What an extraordinarily well-run race. I also love the diversity of ages, cultures, body types."
"First time in an event like this. Proud to have done it. It gave me a reason to exercise, which helps my physical and psychological health."