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Women's Triathlon

Registration Coming Soon for 2022!

We are in the process of planning the return of the Women’s Triathlon in summer of 2022! We are excited to return to our race course and to welcome our fabulous triathletes back to the sport. Registration will open in early 2022. Stay tuned for more details!

YWCA Women’s Triathlon celebrates the strength of all women. 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.

Voted race of the year in 2012, 2017 and 2019!

Questions? Contact triathlon@ywcampls.org for more information.

YWCA Women's Triathlon Celebrates the Strength in all Women

What is YWCA Women’s Triathlon?

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:

four women with race medals at ywca women's triathlon

Sprint Triathlon Distance

  • 500-yard swim
  • 15.5-mile bike course
  • 5k run/walk

SuperSprint Triathlon Distance

  • 200-yard swim
  • 7.3-mile bike course
  • 1-mile run/walk

Aquabike Distance

  • 500-yard swim
  • 15.5-mile bike ride

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.

Registration Information

Race Day Information

What Sets YWCA Women's Triathlon Apart?

Largest All-Women Triathlon

We're the only all-women triathlon in Minnesota — and the largest all-women triathlon in the contiguous United States.

Exceptional Support

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.

Simple, Collaborative Racing

We encourage women to race with buddies, guaranteeing a transition spot and wave assignment with a buddy or group of buddies, if they choose.

Swim Equipment

While a participant is racing, we offer unrivaled aquatic support, providing complimentary novice swim caps and noodle swimmers.

Viewer Participation

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.

Top-Notch Awards

We give special awards to sister-sister teams, mother-daughter teams, life-partner teams, and to those in first-timer categories.

Free Giveaways

We offer great giveaways to those who stick around for the awards.

Clean & Green

Our triathlon is a "green" race, boasting a very low-waste rate (92% of our waste is diverted to compost and recycling).

We Welcome Adaptive Athletes

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.

Questions?

Check out Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) here.
Or contact triathlon@ywcampls.org for more information.

Get Connected

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.

Sign up for the Women’s Tri Email Newsletter
Join the Women’s Tri Facebook page

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