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Don’t forget any of your gear including:

•    Timing chip and ankle strap
•    Swim cap
•    Swim Goggles
•    Wetsuit (Optional)
•    Properly fitted bike (with number affixed to bike)
•    Approved bike helmet
•    Tire repair kit
•    Socks
•    Cycling shoes
•    Running shoes
•    Running bib number
•    Sun screen
•    Towel
•    Filled bike water bottles
•    Energy bars and gels



The transition area opens at 6:00AM and regardless of your wave, your equipment MUST be checked into transition by NO LATER than 7:30AM. The racks provided will be numbered according to your race number. You MUST rack your bike accordingly. You must also return your bike to the same location in the transition after the bike portion before your run. You will not be able to remove your bike until the last cyclist is back from the bike course. Your equipment must be removed from transition by 1:00PM. THE EVENT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST OR STOLEN ITEMS.

ONLY participants and volunteers will be allowed in the transition area before, during and after the event.

Extra equipment (wheels, 2nd helmet, 2nd wetsuit, etc.) will not be allowed in the transition area. Transition will be fenced and secured. Gear bags over 24” will not be allowed in transition. NO COOLERS, EITHER!!

Current ANSI, CPSC, or SNELL approved helmets are required during the cycling portion of the event. You will be PROHIBITED from participation if you don’t have an approved helmet. Helmets MUST be buckled in place during ALL aspects of the bike, including while in transition area. Failing to have your helmet buckled will result in a D.Q.

You must walk your bike in racks area and walk or jog with your bike in the transition lanes to the designated mount and dismount areas at the perimeter if the transition area.


Your race number must be visible on your body and bike frame. Your race bib number must be on your jersey or race belt during the run.

Body marking will be written on the shoulders, lower quadriceps and calves.


This event is timed with an electronic timing chip system. Participants MUST wear their timing chip strapped to their ANKLE throughout the entire event. Both, the chip and ankle strap are provided by the timing company.

NO CHIP = NO RACE SPLITS OR FINISH TIME!!!! (This means your results will not be counted)


The first wave of the swim will start at 8:00AM (unless there’s a weather delay). Each wave is designated by event (Olympic or Sprint), gender and age group. Waves will be designated by a specific color swim cap. The same color swim cap may be used for more than one wave. Do NOT change waves. If you lost your cap, see a race official at the swim start to get the correct color cap. You need to confirm your wave start time at packet pick up.

The swim course will be a clockwise triangular course in Bear Lake with a beach start. You should seed yourself according to your swim ability (faster swimmers in the front). You are prohibited from intentionally striking or swimming over another swimmer. Failure to obey the warnings and commands of an official or lifeguard, will result in a D.Q. and ejection from the event.

If you are using a wetsuit, make sure you are using a wetsuit which is designed for “open water” swimming. If you are new to using a wetsuit, it is suggested you purchase or rent one from a reputable dealer and insure a proper fit. It is also recommended that you train in your wetsuit under supervision before wearing the wetsuit in competition.



It is strongly recommended that you have your bike properly fitted and tuned no less than 3 weeks before the event. This would include inspecting your brake pads and tires. Breakaway Bicycle and Fitness will be at the race site Saturday and Sunday providing technical support. The bike leg takes place on city and county roads that are open to vehicular traffic. Although the traffic will be relatively light and volunteers and police agencies will be assisting on the course, you MUST stay alert at all times to your surroundings. It is always very easy to get caught up in your cycling and the race itself, however, you NEED to be watchful of what’s going on. This includes watching for vehicles, intersections, watching out for fellow athletes and paying attention to course volunteers. It is the athlete’s responsibility to know the bike course.

Since the race shares the road with vehicular traffic, you are required to ride to the far right of the roadway if you are not in the act of passing. You are ONLY to pass other riders on the LEFT. If you are not passing another rider but are riding on the left, that is termed as “blocking” and is a D.Q. offense. BY NO MEANS SHOULD ANYONE BE RIDING 2 OR 3 ABREAST ON THE ROAD. Drafting marshals on motorcycles will be on the bike course and will strictly enforce rules including the prohibiting of drafting. Failure to obey the commands of a race official may result in being DQ’d and ejection from the event.

There may be areas of the bike course (transition area, sharp turns, bumps, etc) where you will be given instructions. Again, race officials will be on hand and failure to obey their commands will result in a penalty or being DQ’d. YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITED FROM USING A CELL PHONE OR WALKMAN –LIKE DEVICE (RADIO, CASSETTE PLAYER, I-POD, MP3 PLAYER, CD PLAYER, ETC) DURING ANY TIME OF THE EVENT. Use of such equipment is an automatic DQ offense from the event. NO QUESTIONS ASKED!!!!

If you break down on the bike course you must get at least 6 feet off to the side of the road to tend to your repairs. If you are unable to repair your bike, you must remove yourself from the bike course. Vans or trucks will be circulating the course to bring you back to the transition area, however, you must turn in your timing chip at that time. If you breakdown and you feel you are close enough to the transition area after completing most of the course, you may run or walk your bike to transition and continue the race.


The run courses take you from the park and will go through the scenic residential city of North Muskegon. Aid stations will be provided every 1 to 2 mile intervals with water and Gatorade. Volunteers and local residents will be guiding and cheering you along the way. While the course will be staffed with numerous volunteers, it is strongly suggested to keep your eyes open to all things around you and watch for vehicles and other adverse conditions. It is the athlete’s responsibility to know the course.

This page was last updated: Mar 12, 2015

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