The Excelsior Commons park, also known as The Commons, is the central hub of the race. Race day packet pick-up, body markings, the mandatory pre-race meeting, transition area, finish line, awards ceremony, food & water tables, and vendors will all be located here.
The Commons is also a great place for family, friends, and other spectators to be able to watch and cheer on the athletes.
The triathlon begins from the Excelsior Public Beach.
This unique 1/2 mile swim goes along the shore of Lake Minnetonka's Excelsior Bay (not an out and back swim) so that spectators can view the entire swim from the hillside above.
Water temperature at this time of year is typically a comfortable 70-78 degrees; however, wet suits are legal and worn by most.
After completing the swim portion, athletes will enter the transition area and suit up for the bike leg of the race. Do not mount your bike while still in the transition area.
The 15 mile (out and back) ride has some rolling hills and goes through Carver County. All cyclists must observe MN traffic laws. ANSI or SNELL approved hard-shelled helmets are required and Drafting is prohibited.
The route is as follows: Depart on Lake Street, veer onto Mill Street (which becomes Powers Boulevard), turn right onto W. 78th Street, right onto Galpin Boulevard, right onto Lake Lucy Road and continue to the turn around and ride back (see map).
*Please review the course ahead of time so you are clear on the turns, particularly the intersection of Lake Street and Mill Street, as this intersection can cause confusion. We will have volunteers and police along the route, but it is your responsibility to know the course. Your safety is always our number one priority.
When you return from the bike portion of the race, you will return your bike to the transition area (at The Commons) and begin the run.
The run is 3.1 miles (5k distance) along the shores of Lake Minnetonka on the Three Rivers Park light rail trail. The trail is very flat and made of hard pack clay.
The finish line is located at The Excelsior Commons park next to the transition area.