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Big Fish

May 29, 2016 - Ortonville, Michigan

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The Scene

This event has become so popular after it closed in 2009 we had over 100 calls and emails asking to open more spots. Unfortunately our number one goal is keep athletes as safe as possible.

We have determined to host a safe race therfore this event must be capped at 500 athletes. So register early.

The swim is in the small confines of Big Fish lake, which being small means a two loop swim course for Olympic athletes. Typically there are a few weeds right at the swim start.

The bike course and run course is what everyone loves. It is a very fast, but challenging rolling course. Flat in the middle and back, rolling in the first and last 5k. Same for the run but reverse, flat in the beginning and rolling in the back side. It is on a dirt road with farm and horse land on either side.

Date / Location

Sunday,  May 29th, 2016 * 7:45am
Big Fish State Park (Hadley Recreation Area)
Hadley Township, MI


Olympic Triathlon - 1500m swim, 23mi bike, 10k run 
Sprint Triathlon - 500m swim, 20k bike, 5k run 
Olympic Aquabike - 1500m swim, 23mi bike
Sprint Aquabike - 500m swim, 20k bike

Duathlon - 5k run, 20k bike, 5k run

NEW!  Super Sprint - 200m swim, 10k bike, 1mi run

*Relays offered for Olympic and Sprint Triathlon*

2014 Overall Winner

Duathlon Female: 1:33:03 - Staci Laurencelle
Duathlon Male: 1:30:17 - Kevin Luce

Sprint Female: 1:20:28 - Jill Putt
Sprint Male:  1:08:02 - Joe Lombardo

Olympic Female: 2:36:07 - Christine Rosender
Olympic Male: 2:01:08 - Brian Francis


This is a state park, all vehicles must have a Recreational Passport to enter the park. Michigan residents can purchase a passport at the Secretary of State when renewing vehicle tags or at the park office, the pass is good for an entire a year. 

All non-residents can purchase a one day pass for $8.40 or an annual pass $33.40 at the park office. There is very limited parking and partly the reason for the cap, so please plan to arrive early.


-Custom event shirt
-Custom finishers medal
-Custom latex swim cap
-Sponsor supplied samples

-Professional chip timing with results available online
-Awards to top three in each age group
-Great sponsor supplied raffle and awards ceremony following the last finisher.  

Also the best post race snack table out there.


Please CLICK HERE for awards mail form.

There are no awards for the Super Sprint Distance.

Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women Overall in each event, excluded from their age group
Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women within each of the following age groups 
19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+

Top 3 Clydesdales in Olympic and Sprint Triathlons 39 and under and 40+ categories (Clydesdale =  Male 220lbs or more)
Top 3 Athenas in Olympic and Sprint Triathlons 39 and under and 40+ categories 
(Athena = Females 160lbs or more)

Masters are awarded to the 1st place Male and 1st Place Female who is 40+ within the Olympic/Long Course and Half distance Triathlons and excluded from age group

Awards will in NO circumstances be given out early, or individually before the awards ceremony.  If you must depart for the awards ceremony, you may opt to pay a shipping and processing fee and have the award mailed to you.  Please see the link above and under the forms page. 

You MUST send the form within 2 weeks following the event with a check or money order, one fee per award in order to receive your award.  Please understand we have NO control over the US postal service.


Hadley Recreation Area

Hadley Township Police
Lapeer County EMS

Pepsi Co

Support Crews
Girl Scouts
Lego Group

Wet Suit Rentals Available


T-Shirts available online


Gallery Big Fish