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Hawk Island Triathlon

When: June 5, 2021
Where: Lansing, MI
Race type(s): Triathlon

You know what they call the last person to finish a triathlon? A TRIATHLETE!!

The Hawk Island Triathlon is a beginner-friendly event designed for people of all ages, body types, fitness levels and abilities. We offer a safe and supportive environment for all ages, and we make accommodate wherever possible for persons with disabilities.

Sure, we have hardcore competitors who race for gold. We also have Aunt Betty, the kid who cuts your lawn, and Bob from finance. Whether they race to win or race to finish, they are all TRIATHLETES. Are you ready to join them?

On Sunday, we offer Sprint and Super Sprint options. The Sprint is perfect for beginners and experienced athletes who like a “warm-up” event to start the summer triathlon season.  The Super Sprint is available for those who want the multisport experience at a more doable distance. Participants in these categories range in age from 8 to 80+

The Saturday Kids race has three categories with varying distances for ages 1-14. The swim course is shallow enough that Goldfish and Dolphins can touch at all times, and the entire Kids race is within Hawk Island County Park, providing optimum safety for racers & visibility for parents. 

Think your child is too young? Think again… We see baby triathletes in swim diapers and floaties, and they are adorable! From toddlers to teens, we’ve got the perfect race for our next generation of multi-sport athletes. 

Make it a Family Affair!

Hey moms and dads… why not stay the whole weekend and make the Hawk Island Triathlon your go to event for family fitness? Use this time to model healthy habits that last a lifetime. Your kids are never too young to swim, bike, and run! 

Get the Race Day Run Down: Tips for Beginners

Event details and schedule

(Scroll to bottom for race weekend schedule)


Goldfish (age 6 and under): 25m swim, 150m bike, 100m run. 

Dolphin (age 10 and under): 100m swim, 3 mile bike, 1 mile run.

Shark (age 14 and under) 200m swim, 4.5 mile bike, 2 mile run.

Sprint: 500m swim, 10 mile bike, 5k run.

Super Sprint: 200m swim, 4.75 mile bike, 2.5k run.


Kids Swim: Goldfish swim in shallow water parallel to shore (life vests and other swim aids allowed for this age group). Dolphins swim the perimeter of the shallow beach area, inside the buoy lines. Sharks swim the perimeter of the entire beach area, outside the buoy lines. Lifeguards are positioned on a floating dock and in the water along the entire course.  

Kids Bike: Golfish bike in a cordoned-off parking area (training wheels/scooters allowed). Dolphins bike 2 loops around the rivertrail within Hawk Island Park. 3 loops for Sharks. 

Kids Run: Goldfish run in a cordoned-off parking area. Dolphins run out and back along the scenic beach path and boardwalk. Double loop for Sharks.

Sprint/Super Swim: Counterclockwise from north beach to south beach. Super Sprint is counter clockwise around the perimited of the beach buoy line (same course as Sharks). 

Sprint/Super Bike: Local streets through South Lansing and Michigan State University farms.  

Sprint RunScenic paved path out and back on South Lansing’s award winning river trail. Half distance for Super Sprint. 

Kids MapsSprint/Super Sprint maps


Rates increase on March 1, May 1, and May 22, 2021.   

Goldfish: $30 / $35 / $40 / $45

Dolphins/Sharks: $40 / $45 / $50 / $55

Sprint/Super Sprint: $70 / $75 / $80 / $85

Sprint/Super Sprint Relays: $130 / $140 / $150 / $160

Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. on June 3. Race day registration is available for an additional $5 ($10 for relays). Credit Cards accepted onsite with processing fee.

Race Shirts

Cotton race shirts are included with Kids registration.

Technical race shirts are available as an opt-in purchase during Sprint/Super Sprint registration. We have this option based on feedback from athletes  who have more race shirts than they know what to do with. Allowing only folks who want a shirt to purchase a shirt eliminates waste and reduces the carbon footprint of our race. 

Shirt sizes can only be guaranteed if registered before midnight on May 22.  Overruns in various sizes will be available for purchase on a “first-come” basis after the race.


Goldfish are non-competitive. No timing.

Dolphins/Sharks wear bib chips that record overal time. No splits.

Sprint/Super Sprint are chip timed (ankle) with T1 and T2 splits.


Kids: Top three boys and girls in each age division (Dolphins and Sharks).

Sprint: Top three men and women overall, top three masters (40 & older), and top three winners in each age/weight division: Boys and Girls ages 14 & under; Men and Women ages 15-19, 20-24, … 80+; Clydesdales (men 220 lbs+) under 40, Clydesdales 40+, Athenas (women 180 lbs+) under 40, and Athenas 40+.

Super Sprint: Top three men and women in each age division.


Hawk Island County Park is located at 1601 E. Cavanaugh St. between Pennsylvania and Aurelius Roads in Lansing, MI. The park features a beautiful beach and swimming area, splash park, playground, sand volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, picnic grounds and shelters, and a beach house/snack bar. 

Park Policies

No glass bottles or alcoholic beverages allowed in Hawk Island County Park. Dogs are allowed at Hawk Island with the exception of the area between the playground and the concession stand, which comprises the beach and Splash Pad® area. All dogs must be on a 6 foot or less leash.  


On-site parking is available for $3 for Ingham County residents, $5 for non-residents. Free parking is available at overflow lots within a half mile of the race pavilion.  

Parking will be assigned according to arrival time on race day.  Those who arrive earliest will park in the lots on the east side of the park.  Handicap parking is reserved in the area next to the transition area.  When these are full, drivers will be directed to overflow lots.


Kids check-in is 8-9:45 a.m. Saturday morning. Participants receive bib#, race shirt, swim cap, and body marking.

Early check-in for Sprint/Super is Saturday, 12-3 p.m., after the kids race. Participants receive bib#, swim cap, shirt (if purchased), and body marking (if requested, otherwise race day). 

Sunday check-in is 6-7:30 a.m. Timing chips and ankle straps are only distributed at race day check-in. 

Race Policies

BIB Transfers: If you are unable to compete, for whatever reason, it is your responsibility to find a replacement racer.  Transfers can be completed through The $25 transfer fee can be paid by either party. Information on how to transfer is available here. No transfers allowed after 5 p.m., June 3.

Note: If the registration being transfered included a shirt order, and transfer is complete by May 22, shirt size can be changed. After May 22, the new participant will get the original shirt ordered.  

Transition Area: For the safety and security of our participants, the transition area is off limits to everyone except racers and volunteers (wearing fluorescent volunteer shirts or orange vests). Race numbers MUST be displayed to gain access to the transition area.

*The only exception is for Goldfish. Parents are allowed to assist their child along the entire course. 

See Weekend Schedule below for times that transition area closes. The transition area will reopen after the race at the discretion of Race Staff. This is for the safety and consideration of all participants, no exceptions.  

Athlete Conduct: We reserve the right to disqualify anyone who behaves inappropriately toward fellow competitors, volunteers, or race management staff.

No Refunds: No, nada, zip, zero. While we sympathize with athletes who register for our event but later find themselves unable to compete due to injury, illness or other circumstances, no refunds will be given under any circumstance. This includes cancellation due to severe weather and natural disasters.

Medical Services

EMS provided by Mercy Ambulance paramedics. Resident physicians and medical students are stationed along the courses with emergency supplies. First Aid is available at the finish line courtesy of McLaren Greater Lansing nurses. The First Aid tent is equipped with: cots, IV supplies, gauze, BP cuffs, stethoscopes, antibacterial ointment, bandages, alcohol wipes, ice packs, Benadryl, Ibuprofen, ambubags, analgesic spray, and oxygen.

Aid Stations

Water is available on the run course, under the race pavilion, and at the finish. We do not provide water along the bike course – make sure to bring a bottle. 


Massage therapists are available after the race on Sunday. 


Lifeguards from Ingham County Parks, local YMCAs, and swim schools will be on shore and in the water monitoring the swim. There’s no such thing as too many lifeguards, so if you know anyone with current certification, we can always use more.

Volunteers provide direction on the swim, bike, and run courses. They monitor the parking and transition areas, serve refreshments, provide body markings, attach and remove timing devices, and hand out medals. Teams, clubs, and other organizations are welcome to volunteer as a group. We provide training, shirts, and food!


We are proud to have Candlewood Suites as our preferred accommodations for the Hawk Island Triathlon. This property is conveniently located on the last leg of the bike course at 3545 Forest Road, next to MSU’s University Club and Forest Akers Golf Course.

Hotel guest rooms have a kitchenette, free internet access, and on-site fitness center. And they are pet friendly! Room rate for triathletes and their families is $89 per night. Reserve your suite by calling (517) 351-8181.

See the Sights!

As long as you’re in town, you might consider taking the kids to one of 80+ local attractions like Potter Park Zoo, Impression 5 Science Center, the State Capitol Building, the Michigan Historical Museum, REO Olds Museum, Beal Botanical Garden, and so many more! Visit the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau for more great events in the Lansing area on race weekend. 


Proceeds from this event support South Lansing CDA programs that support community health, economic opportunity, and quality of life in South Lansing, e.g., urban farming, garden/nutrition education, and a weekly farmers market providing lower-income residents access to healthy, affordable fresh food.  

Race Weekend Schedule

Friday, May 29

6-7:30 pm   Practice Swim and Triathlon Clinics hosted by Lansing Triathlon Team.

Saturday, May 30

8-9:45 am   Kids Check-in

10:00 am   Goldfish

10:20 am   Dolphins

10:30 am   Sharks

11:00 am   Post-Race food

11:30 am   Kids Awards

12-3 pm   Early Check-In (Sprint/Super)

Sunday, May 31

6 am   Gates open/check-In begins

7:30 am   Check-in closes

7:45 am   Transition area closes

7:50 am   Pre-race briefing at the swim start 

8:00 am   Start (waves in order below) 

               Elite men (race times expected 1:10 or less)

               Elite women (race times expected 1:20 or less)

               Boys and Men 29 & under

               Girls and Women 29 & under

               Men 30-39,

               Women 30-39

               Men 40 & older

               Women 40 & older

               Mini Sprint

9:30 am   Post-race food

11:00 am   Awards