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We're back with The 2021 Cereal City Triathlon & Duathlon! This is a sprint triathlon/duathlon that showcases the City of Battle Creek and its amenities. Willard Beach Park will be the site for this high quality multi sport event. There is a sprint distance triathlon and a sprint distance duathlon. Relay teams of all types are also encouraged to participate. Swim 500 meters, Bike 12.4 miles (20K), Run 3.1 miles (5K). This is one of the best courses around for a sprint distance triathlon, duathlon, or relay.
This year the Cereal City Triathlon & Duathlon is offering both 2 and 3-person relays. Each team member will be able to register and pay individually as well, so no need to worry about who is footing the bill! Grab your fastest friends, your swim team teammates, and your cycling pals and put together a winning relay team!
Returning this year, ages 18 and under can participate in our "Super Sprint" option which consists of a 400 meter swim, 10K bike, and 3K run.
Each registration includes a t-shirt, finisher's medal, and post-race meal from our awesome food truck!.
Saturday July 17, 2021 starting at 6:00AM on race day at Willard Beach Pavilion
UPDATED AS OF July 1, 2021 - no additional restrictions needed for transition area
Racers will be assigned to a group for check in and for transition set up
Racers will be assigned to a specific tri rack position: A, B, C, or D and will set up his/her tri rack according to their assigned position.
Racers will be asked to remain 6 feet apart from adjacent racers when setting up.
UPDATED AS OF July 1, 2021 - no additional restrictions needed for transition area
Participants will be grouped in start waves according to Men, Women, Duathlon, and Super Sprint.
Duathlon participants will be asked to line up at the start remaining socially distant
Participants will be asked to remain socially distant while waiting for their designated starting wave
Participants will be asked be aware of social distancing
Aid station volunteers will be required to wear gloves
Aid stations will be equipped with masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer for volunteers
Sufficiently spaced garbage bins will be placed after aid stations to avoid participants from throwing their cups on the ground
Participants will be asked to not throw their cups on the ground, resulting in a volunteer needing to pick them up
In the incident that a volunteer needs to pick up waste from a participant, they will use gloves and sanitize after
Spectators will be encouraged to not gather in the same location and social distance if not from the same household
Finish line volunteers will wear gloves and sanitize frequently
Gloves, masks, and sanitizer will be provided for finish line volunteers
Finish line volunteers will hand medals to participants in lieu of placing them on their necks
Disposable timing bands will not need to be returned
All post-race food and drink will be prepackaged for easy grab and go
All age group awards will be announced digitally and mailed to participants
Race results will not be posted at the event, but available to participants digitally
Any spectator/participant/volunteer not actively racing will be asked to stay social distance when possible
Capacity will be limited in the post-race pavilion to adhere to the current state guidelines
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.
As of July 1, 2021 no additional restrictions will be necessary for outdoor events/races
Please social distance where possible and do not come if you have a fever or any symptoms.
UDATED AS OF July 1, 2021 - no COVID restrictions are required for outdoor events
UPDATED: We have cancelled packet pickup for Thursday evening because our shirts did not arrive in time for it. All athletes will check in on race day beginning at 6:00am
Saturday July 17, 2021 on race day beginning at 6:00AM at Willard Beach Pavilion
PLEASE NOTE: your age group is based on your age on 12/31/2021.
PLEASE NOTE: your age group is based on your age on 12/31/2021
Saturday, July 17th, 2021 - (NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION)
COVID procedures: UPDATED AS OF July 1, 2021 no race day COVID restrctions
COVID Preparedness UPDATED AS OF JULY 1, 2021 no restrictions required in transition area
Please social distance when possible
Transition Area Set Up begins at 6:00AM and closes at 7:45AM
There will be no awards ceremony in an effort to limit gathering. Awards will be mailed to participants as race results are posted.
Age groups are based on your age as of 12/31/21
Cereal City Athletics strives to promote healthy active events for families in our community. The beneficiary of the Cereal City Triathlon will be the Cereal City Youth Triathlon Club and The Cereal City Kids Triathlon. Exposing our youth to fun, challenging activities at an early age can help shape their views of what a healthy lifestyle looks like! A portion of the proceeds from this event will fund registration scholarships to the Cereal City Kids Triathlon. The more inclusive the Cereal City Kids Triathlon is, the more kids we can reach! Thanks for your participation!
The duathlon will utilize much of the same course as the triathlon with a 2 mile run, 20K bike, and 5k run to the finish.
The swim portion will start in the water on the western most sea wall of Willard Beach on Goguac Lake. Swimmers will always turn around buoys to their right. The swim portion ends on the beach and runs up to the transition area on a closed off driveway.
The bike portion of the event will take athletes from Willard Beach down George B Place to Capital Ave. Right turn on Capital Ave to West Minges Road. Right turn on West Minges Road. Athletes will turn left on to South Minges Road at the "T" intersection. Right turn (West) on Watkins Road, crossing over Helmer and traveling West to the turnaround on Renton Road, then returning the reverse way they went out. We will not be asking for road closures during the bike portion. We will be asking to utilize the bike lanes on Capital Ave and the shoulders of the roads that don’t have bike lanes. Officers and volunteers will be present to direct traffic.
The run course begins at Willard Beach Park in the transition area and proceeds down George B Place then turns left (North) on Capital Ave. Turn right (East) on Golden Ave (aka: G Dr N). Continue on Golden Ave (G Dr N) until you connect to the walking trail at Riverside Park. The trail loops around Riverside park to a designated turn around where there will be a water station. The return course backtracks on the same roads taken out.
The 2 mile run course begins at Willard Beach Park at the "Start/Finish" arch. Duathletes will proceed along the beach sidewalk until they run into George B Place and veer left. Once down George B Place, the course then turns left (North) on Capital Ave. Turn right (East) on Golden Ave (aka: G Dr N). Continue on Golden Ave (G Dr N) until the designated 2 Mile turnaround. There will be a water station at this turnaround. The return course backtracks on the same roads taken out.
The Super Sprint takes off from the Northern Sea Wall on Gogac Lake and proceeds 400 meters around the positioned buoys, and in to the finish!
Just under 6 Miles, the Super Sprint bike course turns right on Capital Ave out of the park, right on Minges Rd, Left on South Minges Road, and left on Watkins Lane to do a quick loop in the neighborhood and head back the way they rode out.
The Super Sprint Run turns left out of the park on to Capital Ave, run on the sidewalk on Capital Ave until they turn right onto Golden. A right turn into Riverside Park takes them to their water/aid station and to their turn around cone. They run back the way they came out and turn right in the park to run the beachside paved trail into Willard Beach Park for the finish line!
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