Join us in celebrating the strength of all women in next year’s YWCA Women’s Triathlon. On August 9, 2020, female racers from across the state and the nation will come together at Lake Nokomis to swim, bike, run and achieve athletic goals they may not have thought possible. All women and girls age 11 and up are welcome to participate — regardless of skill or activity level.
The 2020 YWCA Women’s Triathlon is the perfect opportunity to test your fitness, connect with the community and get inspired by athletes of every size, shape and level of ability. Whether you’re a veteran runner or just starting to break into the fitness scene, you’ll find encouragement and support every step of the way. So sign up now to join in on the fun; you’ve got this!
NEW for 2020 – Aquabike! For the first time ever we will offer an aquabike option. Participants will swim a 500-yard course and complete a 15.5-mile bike ride before heading straight to the finish line.
Voted race of the year in 2012, 2017 and 2019!
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.
You’ll feel even more triumphant as you cross the finish line knowing you raised money to support YWCA Minneapolis’ mission to eliminate racism and empower women! Consider joining our annual triathlon Racers for Change.
Support the more-than-1,400 triathletes at Lake Nokomis by registering to volunteer. There are many opportunities available, every volunteer helps! Groups welcome.
Our passion is to create an inclusive, supportive and celebratory race – and to help you get there. YWCA offers triathlon training support through our free training plan, an abundance of training classes and training tips from our race staff which can be found in this blog. We also collect inspirational stories from racers like you. Check out these tips and stories to help you as you train!
YWCA Women’s Triathlon event sponsorship helps support women, children and families in the Twin Cities.
There are a variety of sponsorship levels and race needs that can be met with a mix of in-kind service and cash donations. Your support stays local and empowers young people and families to live healthier lives. Proceeds from YWCA Women’s Triathlon support the powerful community programs at YWCA Minneapolis.
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 email@example.com.
Use the resources below to connect with us through social or our email newsletter. By doing so, you’ll be the first to know about updates and great stories related to the race.
"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."