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The star of the show

Life Time Tri Trinona presented by Fastenal showcases the bountiful outdoor beauty that Winona has to offer! The race starts with a swim in the serene, refreshing waters of Lake Winona. Next, racers begin the bike section through big, scenic bluffs and fun, rolling hills. The event ends with a run around Lake Winona and a finish line at the historic bandshell.

International Course
.93-mile swim | 24.85-mile bike | 6.2-mile run

Sprint Course
.25-mile swim | 11-mile bike | 3.1-mile run

Battle for the Bluff presented by Dahl Toyota – King and Queen of the Bluff
Winona is home to one of the top 100 hill climbs in the US (Bicycling Magazine) which Tour de France winner Greg La Monde did his training on in 2008. The International Distance athletes will take on the Garvin Heights Hill Climb in the Battle for the Bluff climbing 540 feet in 1.15 miles with a grade of 9.2%.

This race within a race will be timed from the bottom to the top of Garvin Heights putting the racers in competition for the King and Queen of the Bluff Award (fastest man and women up the climb) that includes a Battle of the Bluff Dahl Toyota cycle jersey and has ultimate bragging rights! Embrace the epic in the Battle for the Bluff within the International race!

Our course is wheelchair friendly, and we gladly welcome para-athletes to participate. Please email MNEvents@lifetimefitness.com if you plan to register in our wheelchairs division.

Course Map

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Course Description

All bikers ride English from leaving transition to return trip at E Lake Blvd./Garvin Heights Road. At this intersection, International bikers take a short left turn onto Garvin Heights Road and Sprint bikers take long right turn back onto Huff St. International bikers coming back on E Lake Blvd. will take a short left turn on Huff St. to ride English all the way back into transition.

The entire Sprint bike course is rode English.

Swim
The swim leg will take place a short walk from the transition area, just east of the Bandshell. Heats will depart every three minutes. The international course will form a wide, clockwise triangle around the inflatable buoys, while the sprint will form a smaller triangle inside the international route. The super sprint course will be a short swim going north to south along the edge in shallow waters. International turns will be at large yellow tetrahedrons, and sprint turns will be at large orange tetrahedrons. Both courses will have little yellow tetrahedrons every 100 meters.

Bike
All bikers ride English from leaving transition to E Lake Blvd. On this road, all bikers will cross back over to regular riding in the official marked ‘cross-over’ section. Riders ride normal out to Burns Valley Road, turn around, and go back over CR43 until reaching the ‘cross-over’ section. At the E Lake Blvd./Garvin Heights Road intersection, International bikers take a short left turn onto Garvin Heights Road and Sprint bikers take long right turn back onto Huff St. International bikers coming back on E Lake Blvd. will take a short left turn on Huff St. to ride English all the way back into transition.

Run
After that bike, you deserve a little reward, and that’s what you’ll get with this flat and fast run around Lake Winona in the shadow of Sugarloaf Bluff. The 1-mile super sprint distance will take runners on an out and back on the park road. The 3.1-mile sprint course heads east on the bike path for 1.5 miles before turning around toward the finish at the bandshell. The 6.2-mile international distance run course is shared with the sprint, but keeps on going past the turnaround for another 1.5 miles, where it will have its turnaround near the Winona Visitor Center on Huff Street. Runners will then head back the way they came for the remaining three miles and an exciting finish at the historic bandshell. Cross the finish line early to enjoy more of the music!

Aid stations

  • Bike aid station at the top of Garvin Heights hill climb
  • Run aid station 1 right out of transition
  • Run aid station 2 at Sprint turn around
  • Run aid station 3 at International turn around

Use caution
Risks are inherent in this sport, but Life Time Tri Trinona’s unique terrain demands a higher level of discretion while tackling the bike portion. While the signature ascent up Garvin Heights is challenging to say the least, extreme caution must be exercised when descending the bluff on Gilmore Valley Road. Tight turns, extreme downhill grade and narrow shoulders prohibit you from aggressively attacking this portion of the course. Please ensure your brakes are functioning properly prior to the race — you will need them.

On the swim leg, please also be aware that it is perfectly legal to rest for a few moments on any one of the kayaks or other watercraft located in the water. No penalty will be assessed as long as forward progress is not aided.

Relay Transition Area

A designated relay area will be available near the run out area of the transition. Relay teams will use this area for both transitions. Swimmers will meet their biker in the pen. Biker will run to their designated bike rack, put on the timing chip and exit. Upon return, biker will rack their bike and meet their runner in the relay pen. Runner will exit to complete the race.

Alert System

This race will utilize the EAS system, encompassing a color-coded system to reveal current event conditions. Participants will notice flags posted throughout the Race Venue, at the Finish Line and at each Aid Station on Race Day. EAS updates will be communicated through PA announcements, social media, web posts and/or dedicated emails.

EAS