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Festival of Races

September 12, 2015 - East Tawas, Michigan

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The Scene

Beautiful Lake Huron port town of East Tawas hosts our Festival of Races.  The jewel of the east side of Michigan’s coastal tourist destinations is perfect for one of the countries best Half Ironman distance events.  Plenty of shopping and restaurants await you on Newman street which will be transformed into Triathlon central as the Festival of Races takes over the street.  With the finish on the first block and transition area on the second perfect to keep friends, family and spectators busy with all downtown East Tawas has to offer.  The swim venue is perfect on the bay with crystal clear Lake Huron and a swim along the shoreline.  The perfect vantage point on the pier, white sandy beach, and a huge park to host the pre and post race festivities with live band and catered post race meal.  The bike and run courses are second to none which takes you through the national forest, along the ausable river.  The run course will take you past the finish line, quaint shops, and through the residential area to each events turnaround point.  Then Downtown East Tawas and Newman street hosts the best finish line in the state!  Following that a post race catered meal with awards and raffle with over $10,000.00 in prizes.  

Date / Location

Saturday, September 5th, 2015 * 7:45am
Tawas Bay
E. Tawas, Michigan


Half:  1.2mi. swim, 56mi. bike, 13.1mi. run
Olympic:  1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run
Sprint:  500m swim, 20k bike, 5k run
Half Aquabike:  1.2mi. swim, 56mi. bike
Olympic Aquabike:  1.5k swim, 40k bike
Sprint Aquabike:  500m swim, 20k bike
Sprint KayaTri: 2 mile Kayak/Paddle Board, 20k bike, 5k run

2014 Overall Winners
Female Half: 4:58:17 - Holly Smith
Male Half: 3:38:49 - Roy Youngmann
Female Olympic: 2:37:34 - Maggie Rettelle
Male Olympic: 2:15:20 - Chris Swiecicki
Female Sprint: 1:16:50 - Katie Fries
Male Sprint: 1:03:46 - Greg Seaman
KayaTri Sprint: 1:37:03 - Kirk Tews

Kayak rental available by Alcona Canoes 989-735-2973

Please reserve rental Kayak prior to event. Kayaks will be delivered to race site.


There is city parking throughout town, Please follow all city parking ordinances.  Registration/Checkin is located at the city park on the corner of Newman and 23 between the city campground and Tawas Bay Beach Resort under the tent. 


A custom event shirt, custom finishers medamento, custom latex swim cap, sponsor supplied samples, professional chip timing with results available online, awards to top three in each age group, a great sponsor supplied raffle and awards ceremony following the last finisher.  Also the best post race snack table out there.

Half Iron distance tri athletes: in order to guarantee your finisher hoodie and your finisher gear bag you must be registered by 8.23.2015

Boston Market Catered dinner opens at 4:15, Dinner served at 5:00, Raffle and awards at 6:00



Keep in mind USAT sanctioned events have the USAT age up rule.  Your age on race day is the same as how old you will be on December 31st of that year.

Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women Overall in each event, excluded from their agegroup
Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women within each of the following agegroups
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 (Clydesdale =  Male 200lbs or more)
Top 3 Athenas in Olympic and Sprint Triathlons (Athena = Females 150lbs or more)

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.


City of Tawas

Hammer Nutrition, Rudy Project, THETRISHOP, FINIS USA, Pepsi Co


Support Crews
Knights of Columbus


Wet Suit Rentals Available


T-Shirts available online


Gallery Festival of Races