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Race Information

YWCA Women's Triathlon Race Info

2018 Race Date: Sunday, August 12

Get answers to all your questions about the Women’s Triathlon, as well as tips and reminders.

Race Numbers and Swim Start Assignments

Race numbers and wave assignments will be available here. Be sure to check back closer to the event!

Please make note of your race number and bring it to packet pick up.


Training Plan

Is this your first triathlon? Use our 12-week training plan designed to help beginners prepare for all three portions of the race - swim, run and bike.

View 2018 Training Plan


Race Guide

Knowing the course and the information in this guide will help you stay safe while maximizing your fun and enjoyment as you share the challenge of our triathlon.

An updated Race Guide will be available in summer 2018. Check out the 2017 Race Guide here.

View 2017 Race Guide

Race Day Schedule (Tentative)

5:00 am

Volunteer and Spectator Bike Corral OPENS

5:45 - 7:45 am

Transition Area, Body Marking, Timing Chip Pick-Up, Bag Check Opens We strongly encourage you to arrive early (5:45 AM), drop your bike at your transition spot and proceed directly to pick up your Timing Chip and get Body Marked. Lines become very long between 6:30-7:30 AM.

7:45 am

Transition Area CLOSES

8:00 am

Pre-Race Meeting (you will NOT be able to return to the Transition Area)

8:10 - 9:20 am

Swim Starts (see Swim Starts wave information will be sent in the two weeks before the race)

9:15 am

Massage/Bodywork, Post-Race Food begins

11:00 am

Transition Area reopens (approximate time)

11:45 am

Awards and Raffle Prizes (after final finisher)

1:00 pm

Transition Area closes (all personal items must be claimed by this time)

PLEASE NOTE: A weather delay could move the schedule back by up to two hours. 

Race Location

Lake Nokomis, 4955 Lake Nokomis Parkway West, Minneapolis, MN 55417


Race Expo and Packet Pick Up 

Pick Up Date 1: Friday, August 10, 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
Course Talks: 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm

Pick Up Date 2: Saturday, August 11, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Course Talks: 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm

*Course Talks are a 30-45 minute overview of the course.

Location: YWCA Minneapolis Midtown - Minneapolis Sports Center 2121 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Packet Pick Up Policy

  • Packet pick up is held the two days prior to the race.
  • You must be present to pick up your packet. Other people may not pick up your packet for you. This includes relays.
  • All participants must show photo ID at packet pick up. No exceptions.
  • Minors (age 11-17) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to pick up their packet. If you have questions about this, please email triathlon@ywcampls.org before packet pickup.
  • USAT members must verify their membership number at packet pickup. Those who cannot verify their membership must purchase a 1-day license for $15 ($10 for youth).
  • Race day packet pickup is discouraged, but available for $30 with your registration. 
  • Payment for Race Day Pickup is required if you do not pick up your packet during Expo times. If you have not paid for Race Day Packet Pickup, you will not be able to get your packet on race day without paying $50. No exceptions.


Course and Venue

Transition Area

  • You will be assigned a number to place your equipment at a bike rack. (i.e., if you are number 14, you will be on the rack with the 13-24 number range).
  • Please hang your bike by the seat
  • The wheel down side is your side of the rack
  • You may mark your spot with balloons or other items, but they must not interfere with racers


  • Sprint Swim is 500-yard (SuperSprint is 200-yard)
  • Swim course is a counter-clockwise triangle beginning at the public swim area
  • Elite Wave goes first, followed by time trial starts of the age group, buddy and SuperSprint participants
  • Sprint participants will start 3-4 racers every five seconds
  • SuperSprint participants will start one racer every five seconds (buddies may start together)
  • Wetsuits are allowed (and encouraged) per USAT rules
  • All swimmers are given a swim cap they must wear while swimming


  • Sprint Bike is 15.5-mile (SuperSprint is 7-mile)
  • Along Lake Nokomis and Minnehaha Parkway


  • Sprint Run is 5k/3.1 mile (SuperSprint is 1-mile)
  • Run circles Lake Nokomis counter-clockwise


Course Maps

2017 Bike Course Map

2017 Main Venue Map

Swim and Transition Area Map

Swim and Run Course

Interactive Sprint Run Course map

Note: Our Bike Course has changed for 2017 due to construction. Please see the map above. Some of the new course will still be under construction (under Godfrey Bridge on W. River Pkwy) throughout the summer but will be open for the event. As always this will be an area to ride through using caution. Learn More.



YWCA Minneapolis Women's Triathlon complies with USA Triathlon rules. All racers are required to know and abide by USA Triathlon Rules.

View Most Commonly Violated USAT Rules

View Frequently Asked Questions