ywca Minneapolis

Women's Triathlon

August 14, 2016

Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis

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 the complete 2015 results.

View the list of 2015 Most Improved Triathletes.

View 2015 photos on our Flickr site.

View race photos, portrait photos and awards ceremony photos taken by Minnefota Moments.

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)