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.
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.
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!
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.
We're committed to running a fun and, above all, safe race for everyone involved. We ask you to please share our commitment.
.93-mile swim | 24.85-mile bike | 6.2-mile run
.25-mile swim | 11-mile bike | 3.1-mile run
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.
An event status system will be displayed at each mile marker indicating the status of the race based on the current course and weather conditions.
GREEN – “Normal”
Good conditions; runners/walkers should be alert and enjoy the race.
YELLOW – “Caution”
Less than ideal conditions; runners/walkers should slow down and drink plenty of water.
RED – “Dangerous”
Potentially dangerous conditions.
• Heat – Runners/walkers should slow down and drink plenty of water.
• Lightening/hail/tornado – Runners/walkers should take cover at the closest shelter until the course is reopened.
• Timing of the event has stopped and no awards will be given out at this time.
• Medical remains in place on the course.
BLACK – “Cancelled”
Extremely dangerous conditions; event cancelled, participation stopped – runners/walkers should stop, seek shelter and follow instructions from race staff, volunteers and public safety officials.
Winona is conveniently located within a short drive from the Twin Cities, western Wisconsin and northeast Iowa, and the drive along Highway 61 is almost as beautiful as the bike course.
From Minneapolis/St. Paul:
From Austin/Albert Lea: