This FAQ is designed to answer the most commonly asked questions regarding the Lake Minnetonka Triathlon. If you have a question that is not addressed here or if you would like further clarification, please feel free to contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No, sorry. Our website and registration page both state that transfers, refunds, and deferrals are not permitted.
You will receive three of your race numbers in your packet:
If there is severe weather, the Race Director reserves the right to convert the triathlon to a duathlon (no swim portion of the race for safety reasons). If there is extreme weather, the Race Director reserves the right to cancel the event entirely. No refunds will be given.
Before the decision would be made to convert the race to a duathlon or cancel it altogether, the Race Director would attempt to delay the event up to 45 minutes, if weather patterns appear to be improving. The final decision resides with the Race Director, in consultation with the Excelsior Fire Department.
No, you must race in the heat that you are assigned to. This is due to safety reasons and the way in which our timing is done. If you do not go in your heat, you will be disqualified.
There is not! As long as the child and their parent/guardian(s) are comfortable, specifically with the child swimming in the lake on their own, they can participate in our triathlon. If your child would like a Swim Angel assigned to them for the swim portion of the race, please contact our team at email@example.com prior to race day.
No, sorry. Only racers and select volunteers are allowed in the Transition Area.
Tip: If you are concerned about your time in the Transition Area, practice prior to race day (i.e. quickly taking off your wet suit, drying off, putting on socks, shoes, and helmet, etc.). Then on race day, arrive early to set out your gear and familiarize yourself with the in and out chutes.
No, our race is not USAT-sanctioned.
Pedal straps? - Yes
Wet suit? - Yes, we recommend wearing a wet suit as the lake may still be a bit cold and a wet suit helps with buoyancy; however, wearing one is not required.
*If you do not have a wet suit, but would like to purchase or rent one, please contact Gear West.
Goggles? - Yes, we highly recommend wearing goggles for the swim portion of the race.
Swim cap? - YES! In fact, you are required to wear the swim cap that you are given during the entire swim portion of the race. You should only take off your swim cap mid-swim if you need help. If you do need help, take off your swim cap and wave it around in the air. Taking off your swim cap during the swim portion will automatically disqualify you and you cannot continue with the bike or run portions of the race.
Bike Helmet? - YES! All participants must wear an ANSI or SNELL approved hard-shelled helmet throughout the full length of the bike portion of the race.
Headphones/Airpods/etc? – Only during certain portions of the race:
During the swim? – No, swimmers need to be able to hear any instructions given by volunteers and lifeguards.
During the bike? – No, bikers need to be able to hear any instructions given by volunteers and law enforcement if anything were to happen (bad weather, accident ahead, etc.). Bikers may be sharing the road with vehicles in some areas and need to be aware of their surroundings at all times.
During the run? – Yes, but you must still be aware of your surroundings. Additionally, we are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged property.
Race Watch or Smart Watch? - Yes; however, we are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged property.