Thank you to everyone who participated and volunteered in the 2016 YWCA Women's Triathlon!
YWCA Minneapolis' Women's Triathlon is our most-popular athletic event of the year, featuring a 500-yard swim, a 15.5-mile bike segment and a 5-kilometer run, held at beautiful Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis. In 2015, a new SuperSprint option was added that includes a 200-yard swim, a 7.3-mile bike, and a 1-mile run/walk.
The third weekend in August each year, more than 1,200 women participate in a race dedicated to celebrating the strength in all women: Annual YWCA of Minneapolis Women's Triathlon. More than 3,500 spectators witness the race, and more than 300 volunteers make sure that all aspects run smoothly.
We have been a popular race every year because there are so many aspects of the YWCA Women's Tri that make it unique. First, we're the only all-women triathlon in Minnesota. 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 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. And we offer great giveaways to those who stick around for the awards.
Finally, we pride ourselves on running a "green" race, boasting a very low-waste rate (94% of our waste is diverted to compost and recycling).
Results and Photos
View race results and photos.
Why You Tri
I hope that other women like me will challenge and believe in themselves. I know that I will have to find the little spark in myself to run to the finish line. But then and only then will the tears of my success flow and I will again be able to say, I did it!
Judi (Age 46, Eden Prairie)