1. What can I do to prepare myself?
It is imperative that you read the Athlete Guide that will be sent out the week before the race and study the course to be as informed as you can be before the race.
2. What are the entry fees for the Life Time Tri Minneapolis this year?
Entry fees are published on our event site, click here to view prices.
3. What are the distances for each race?
Super Sprint Distance:
.25-mile swim | 3.92-mile bike | 2.41-mile run
.47-mile swim | 15-mile bike | 3.1-mile run
.93-mile swim | 24.8-mile bike | 6.2-mile run
Interested in a fun team event? There is also a relay option available.
4. Can a relay team compete in the sprint distance?
Yes, but there will be no super sprint relay teams.
5. Are pets allowed?
No dogs or other pets are allowed in the event area as they can be a danger to competitors, volunteers and spectators.
6. Where can I find USAT rules?
Official USAT rules are available at www.usatriathlon.org.
7. How many participants will the Life Time Tri Minneapolis allow?
A maximum of 3,000 total participants is allowed.
8. Who is your host hotel?
The Minneapolis Airport Marriott is proud to be the host hotel for the Life Time Tri Minneapolis! Across the street from the Mall of America and conveniently close to our race site at Lake Nokomis Beach, the hotel offers an on-site restaurant (open 6:00 a.m. – midnight daily), indoor pool and whirlpool, state-of-the-art fitness center, two outdoor courtyards and complimentary parking.
Life Time Tri Minneapolis participant Marriott perks:
• Special discounted rate of $89 a night (available Friday, July 10, 2015 – Monday, July 13, 2015)
• Single and quad occupancy rooms offered
• Complimentary shuttle service to/from the MSP airport every 30 minutes
• Complimentary shuttle service to/from Mall of America every 30 minutes
• Complimentary internet access
9. Where can I find triathlon training classes?
Triathlon training classes will be available at select Life Time destinations. Visit the Life Time Endurance website or Facebook page for more information on triathlon training programs.
10. I'm interested in having an expo booth at your event. Who should I contact?
Please contact Kip Rakos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
11. Can I wear a headset during any portion of the event?
No. Wearing personal stereo devices are illegal and will result in disqualification.
12. Will there be a lost & found?
Yes. Lost and found will be located at the Information Booth.
13. What time will the sprint course start?
The sprint distance will begin at approximately 9:00 a.m.
14. What time will the international course start?
The international distance will begin at 8:00 a.m.
15. How do I become a volunteer for your event?
Click here for information regarding online volunteer registration for a variety of volunteer positions. All volunteers receive a free T-shirt.
16. Is there a massage area for participants at the race site?
Yes. Life Time massage therapists will be available for post-race massages.
17. Where can I park?
West Lake Nokomis Parkway will be closed on race and expo day, so you must park in the surrounding neighborhoods and walk to the park.
1. How do I register?
Click here for online registration.
2. Can I register on race morning?
3. What are the entry fees for the Life Time Tri Minneapolis?
Entry fees are published on our event site, click here to view prices.
4. Can I transfer from the sprint course to international or vice versa (or make other changes to my registration)?
Click here to go to your Chronotrack registration and select “Change Race” to choose a new distance. All changes must be done two weeks prior to the event.
5. May I give or sell my # to someone else?
No. All entries are non-transferable.
6. Do you accept phone-in registrations?
No. We only accept online registrations.
7. Can I get my entry fee refunded?
No. Refunds are not available, however, we will defer entries to the following year.
8. Will I receive a confirmation packet?
No. All confirmations will be sent via email, so please have your correct email address listed or you will not receive proper race communications.
1. Can I pick up a race packet for a friend or coworker?
No. Each participant is required to pick up his or her own packet. No exceptions! You must have your photo ID with you to pick up your race packet.
2. Where is race packet pickup?
Packet pickup will be at the race site at Lake Nokomis.
3. Is there packet pickup race morning?
No. All race packets must be picked up prior to race day at the Expo at Lake Nokomis.
4. Can I pick up race packets for my relay team members?
No, each member of the relay team needs to show their ID in order to pick up their own packet.
5. Do I need a driver's license or USAT license for packet pickup?
Yes. A photo ID (current driver's license, certified state ID or passport) is required at packet pickup. If you are a USAT annual member you must present your current member card, otherwise you will be required to pay a $12 single-event licensing fee.
6. What will be included in the race packets?
Race packets will include the following: Race numbers for your bike and helmet; swim cap; race information; and rules and sponsor-related materials. You will also pick up your T-shirt and timing chip at the expo along with your packet.
1. What is the water temperature on race morning?
The water temperature will be checked by USAT officials on race morning and will be given during pre-race announcements.
2. What are the rules for requesting assistance from lifeguards?
If you need to rest during the swim, you may hold onto the rescue tubes and safety boats used by lifeguards along the swim course. However, you will be disqualified if you use one of these devices to assist yourself in forward progress.
3. Which equipment is needed for the swim?
Swim cap (provided in the race packet), goggles or mask (optional) and swimsuit or tri suit. Wetsuits are legal under USAT rules if the water temperature is 78 degrees or lower. When the water temperature is 79-83 degrees, you may wear a wetsuit, but you will be ineligible for age group awards. No wetsuits are allowed when the water temperature is 84 degrees or higher. Fins and other propulsion devices are not allowed.
1. What equipment is mandatory for the bike section?
A bike and a bike helmet are required. Your bike must be in good working condition with your bike race number properly attached. Your bike helmet must be ANSI- or SNELL- certified, and it must have your number sticker properly attached. We recommend having your bicycle checked through a reputable bike shop prior to the event. We also advise to bring along all necessary equipment for changing a flat tire or making minor adjustments to your bike.
2. Will drafting be allowed?
No. You must stay three bike lengths behind the rider in front of you. When passing, you need to complete the pass within 15 seconds. If you are being passed, you must drop back three bike lengths from the person passing you. Riding side by side within two meters of a rider is illegal. If you are caught drafting, you will be penalized. See race rules for more information.
3. Are you allowed to use a mountain bike?
Yes. You may use a mountain bike, hybrid/city bike, road bike, single-speed bike or triathlon bike. No motorized bikes, tandems, fixed-gear bikes or recumbent bikes are allowed. Fairings (windshields) are not allowed.
1. How many water stops will be on the run?
International distance triathletes can receive water and energy drinks a total of six times and short-distance triathletes can receive water a total of three times.
2. What mandatory equipment do I need for the run?
It is required to have your race number and timing chip during the run. Race numbers are to be attached on the front of your body and the timing chip must be securely strapped to your left ankle.
1. What is the t-area (transition area)?
The t-area is a common area where participants rack their bike, run and swim gear before and during the race. It is also your assigned spot where you will transition from swim to bike and bike to run. Relay teams have a designated region in the t-area where they exchange their timing chip strap from swimmer to cyclist and cyclist to runner.
2. Who is allowed in the t-area?
Race participants who have attached their bike race number to their bike, t-area volunteers and race officials are the only people allowed into the t-area. Please, no family members or friends in the t-area.
3. What time is the t-area open in the morning?
The t-area will be open from 4:40 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. and from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
4. What is the pre-bike check-in on Friday?
This is an option to make your race morning run smoother. You are able to set up your transition area on Friday without having to worry about getting to the race site super early on race day or walking your bike in. We will have multiple security guards overnight to watch over pre-checked bikes.