• IMPORTANT DETAILS
Race Date: Thursday July 27 - Saturday July 39
Location: Washington Island, WI
Athlete Cap: 150 (2023 is SOLD OUT)
Ultra Categories: Triathlon, Swim, Bike, Run
- Solo or Teams of up to 8
• HOW IT WORKS | RACE FORMAT
The goal of this event is to log as many complete triathlons, duathlons, or single laps (for run, swim or bike only events) in the allotted time. You may choose to race as a solo athlete or as a team of up to 8 athletes. Choose from a 12 hour, 24 hour or 36 hour race. You and or your team will be given a "pit area" inside the Island Village where you setup camp for the duration of the event. This is where you sleep, eat, store your gear, etc.. - your home away from home. You are not required to change disciplines in between each leg of the event. For example, you may bike 10 laps in a row, then swim 5 and then run 8. You can complete laps of any discipline in any order. Teams are not requires to change athletes after each leg. For example, team member A can run 5 loops in a row, then bike 3 before handing off to team member B.
** All 36 hour athletes MUST start on the bike and complete at least one loop at the start of the event.
** The swim course is closed from 6:00pm - 7:00am. No swimming at night!
Whomever logs the most completed triathlons, duathlons, or single laps (for run, swim or bike only events) in the allotted time, wins the race.
Triathlon Scoring Example:
1. Bart has complete 10 swims, 8 bikes and 8 runs in 36 hours. His final score would be 8 complete triathlons + a swim.
2. Sara has complete 12 swim, 11 bikes, and 10 runs. Her final score would be 10 complete triathlons + a swim and a bike.
3. Lucas has complete 8 swims, 15 bikes and 15 runs. His final score would be 8 complete triathlons.
Duathlon Scoring Example:
1. Tanya has complete 20 runs and 9 bikes. Her final score would be 9 complete duathlons + a run.
2. Jerry has complete 24 runs and 12 bikes. His final score would be 12 complete duathlons.
3. Jack has complete 31 runs and 16 bikes. His final score would be 16 complete duathlons + a run and a bike.
Single Event Scoring Example:
1. (BIKE) Bill has complete 32 bike loops. His final score would be 32 bikes.
2. (RUN) Megan has complete 21 swims. Her final score would be 21 swims.
3. SWIM Jamie has complete 18 runs. Her final score would be 18 runs.
Please feel free to reach out to us if you're new to the event and have questions on the format / setup or anything at all. It's a very unique and different kind of racing. One that requires a lot of planning and strategy. We're happy to help answer any and all questions. you may have.
• SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
THURSDAY, JULY 27
2:00pm - 7:00pm | Pit are is open for setup / packet pickup at Gislason Beach
8:00pm - 8:30pm | 36hr athlete meeting on the beach (MANDATORY)
9:45pm | Call to start
9:55pm | Cyclists enter start coral for countdown to 10pm
10:00pm | 36 hour RACE START
FRIDAY, JULY 28
7:00am | Swim course open
7:00am - 8:45am | Pit are is open for setup / packet pickup at Gislason Beach
8:45am - 9:15am | 24 / 12 / 8 hour athlete meeting on the beach (MANDATORY)
9:45am | Call to start
9:55pm | Athletes enter start coral for countdown to 10am
10:00am | 24 / 12 / 8 hour RACE START
1:00pm | Lunch is served inside the Red Barn
5:00pm | Quiet hours begin inside the Pit area
6:00pm | Swim Course Closes
6:00pm | Dinner is served inside the Red Barn
6:00pm | 8hr race is finished
7:00pm | Night hours begin (lights must be worn on the bike and run)
10:00pm | 12 hours race is finished
11:59pm | Pizza is served inside the Red Barn
SATURDAY, JULY 29
6:00am | Coffee / Tea is served inside the Red Barn
7:00am | Swim course opens
7:00am | Night hours end (lights may be removed on the bike and run)
9:00am - 10:00am | Power Hour / Final hour of racing
10:00am | 24 / 36 hour race is finished
10:30am - 11:00am | Optional group photo / Awards handout
12:00pm (noon) | All gear and equipment must be removed from Gislason Beach
• COURSE DETAILS
1. NIGHT HOURS - Lights are Required!
Lights are required on the run and bike between the hours of 7:00pm and 7:00am. On the run, a headlamp or handheld flashlight must be worn at all times. On the bike, a white headlight AND a red rear light are required at all times. We do have a place where you can charge your batteries during the day to make sure your gear will last through the night.
PRO TIP: For 10 seconds, on the run course, when you've verified there are no vehicles or other runners around, turn off your headlamp - look up - and be blown away by arguably one of the best views of the stars you'll ever see. On a clear night, it's an absolutely breathtaking sight. Then - turn your damn light back and never do it again... ;)
2. SWIM COURSE - 0.25 mile open water swim
Swim Caps are required at all times when swimming. We ask that you try to wear a bright colored cap so you can be visible in the water. Wetsuits are allowed but not necessary. Since coming to the island the water temperature ranges from 62 - 68 degrees. You will exit the water after each swim lap to give our timer your number - then, you may re-enter the water for another loop or move on to a different discipline. A kayaker or paddle boarder with a floatation device will be present at all times when athletes are in the water.
3. BIKE COURSE - 10.04 mile single loop bike course
Helmets are required at all times while on the bike. Roads are OPEN and you must obey all traffic laws while on course. “Just like a training ride” is the mindset while on the route. It is the riders responsibility to know and understand the bike route. We do have glowing cones and reflective signs placed along the route during the entirety of the event.
There are a few rolling hills as you pass by the lavender fields on the north side of the route. Please ride with caution. It is HIGHLY recommended you practice some night riding before making your way up to the event. All 36 Hour athletes are REQUIRED to begin and complete one loop of the bike course to begin the event. White headlights and red blinking taillights are required during the night hours.
4. RUN COURSE - 2 mile out and back run
The run is on paved roads and takes you alongside the shore of Lake Michigan with plenty of shade but also a few sections of exposure to sun. Remember that roads are OPEN - please run with caution as vehicles will still be using the roadway
• GETTING TO THE ISLAND
FLYING IN TO RACE
1. Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport (GRB) - about a 2.5 hour drive to Washington Island
2. Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (MKE) - about a 4 hour drive to Washington Island
WASHINGTON ISLAND FERRY LINE
Yes, the race literally is on an Island. You are required to take a car ferry across Deaths Door Passageway to get to Washington Island. The Washington Island Ferry Line will be your ride across. Wait times to board the ferry at this time of year can be unpredictable. We've seen 2 hours waits and 2 minutes waits. It's best to give yourself plenty of time and plan on arriving early. You will purchase a ticket at the ticket booth upon arrival - follow the instructions of the ferry line and wait your turn to board.
YOU WILL DRIVE YOUR CAR ONTO THE FERRY. If you feel uncomfortable driving your vehicle onto the ferry boat, notify an employee and they will park your car on the boat for you. The, enjoy the 30 minute ride to the island.
GETTING TO THE RACE SITE
Upon arrival, drive your car off the Ferry and follow the main road (the only road) into town. Keep going straight until you hit a stop sign at a 4 way intersection. Then, continue straight until you hit the next stop sign. Turn right onto Range Line Rd and continue driving until you arrive at the race site (about a half a mile on Range Line Rd.). Just follow the signs :) If you happen to get lost, just keep driving until you hit water, then circle the Island - you're bound to find us!
• RACE DIRECTOR / CONTACT
Owner / Race Director
C - 423 633 4441