Race Information

Winona Lake, Indiana
Saturday, June 30, 2018 8:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Questions? Contact the Administrator

Contact: Ron Donkers, USAT Certified Race Director
Phone: 574-265-5699
Website: http://triathlon.warsawoptimist.org/

Although we are primarily a competitive Adult Sprint race, we are also family friendly. So we have expanded our race to include an opportunity for youth to be involved. Youth will launch immediately after all adult waves have departed. Youth will use the same Swim, Bike and Run course as the adults but each event will be shortened. Additionally, we will create a new Adult Fun Kayak /Bike /Run wave opportunity for those that do not desire to swim but still wish to compete in the Bike and Run Adult Sprint length events.


Warsaw / Winona Lake is in north central Indiana, on US Highway 30, about 40 miles West of Ft. Wayne. Winona Lake Park is located on in the southeast part of the greater Warsaw area on the North East side of Winona Lake at 1590 Park Ave., Winona Lake, In.


This triathlon is sponsored by the Warsaw Breakfast Optimist Club, a not for profit organization whose theme is “Friend of Youth”. All profits are committed to the many youth activities supported by the Optimist Club in this community.



USAT Member   USAT   NON-USAT Member
Before After After   One-Day   Before After After
     Jun 1          Jun 1          Jun 15              Fee              Jun 1          Jun 1          Jun 15    
Adult Age Group          
$52.00 $57.00 $62.00   $15.00   $67.00 $72.00 $77.00
Athena $52.00 $57.00 $62.00   $15.00   $67.00 $72.00 $77.00
Clydsdale $52.00 $57.00 $62.00   $15.00   $67.00 $72.00 $77.00
Kayak/Bike/Run $52.00 $57.00 $62.00   $15.00   $67.00 $72.00 $77.00
Adult Team $130.00 $135.00 $140.00   $15.00   $130.00 $135.00 $140.00
Youth $15.00 $15.00 $15.00   $0.00   $15.00 $15.00 $15.00


Shirt Upgrade            $8.00 

Extra Lunch Ticket     $8.00     (1 Lunch Ticket is included with your registration)


Race Course Characteristics- ADULT Sprint

ADULTS- Swim-1/4 mile, out and back, 12+ waves, 3 minutes stagger, USAT rules govern the use of wet suits. Bike-14.4 miles on an open course-a few small hills to Pierceton and back. Bike helmets must be strapped at all times. You must furnish your own water bottle on the bike course. Run-3.6 miles on an open course -some curves but only minor hills, scenic on recently completed Greenway Trail through a wooded area, along a creek. Runners must wear the race number in front.

USAT Age Division Assignments- Youth and Adult

The age group of a participant will be determined by age on December 31 of the event year, NOT by age on race day. So, you will be assigned to an age division according to your age on 12/31/2017.

YOUTH Race Information (Ages 11/12 and 13/14)

The final waves of this race will be exclusively for youth participants. This activity is designed to introduce young athletes to the multi-sport lifestyle. The two Youth groups will use two year age brackets- 11/12 and 13/14 year old. Both brackets will be Co-ed, and race only as solo individuals. The youth group race is to considered participatory, as all finishers will be awarded the same prize without regard as to placement in their age group. Depending upon the number of participants, we will launch the number of waves as appropriate for safety of the participants. Both youth age groups will participate on a shortened version of each of the Adult Swim, Bike and Run courses. Each YOUTH participant will be issued a highly visible color race T shirt which MUST BE WORN during the race. YOUTH – Will also participate in a triathlon. Both the 11/12 and 13/14 year old waves will compete on a shorter version of the adult course. Distances for the 13/14 group will be Swim- 110 yards, Bike- 2.97 miles and Run- 2.29 miles. The 11/12 group will depart in the last wave and use an even shorter version of the adult course. Distances for the 11/12 group will be Swim- 110 yards, Bike- 1.8 miles and Run- 1.46 miles.

Special ADULT Solo – “Kayak / Bike / Run Wave”

The last ADULT Triathlon wave launched into the water will be a Kayak / Bike / Run event that will use a kayak to complete the water portion of the event. They will use a different portion of the lake, separate from the swimmers involved in the Triathlon Sprint event. They will launch and paddle, and be expected to return their own kayak to the designated grassy area along the beach before continuing to the Bike and Run events. They will then compete on the same Bike / Run course as the other participating adult triathletes. If you want to compete in this wave, you MUST select this option during the registration process and provide your own Kayak, paddle and personal lifejacket. This group will be limited to a maximum of 30 participants. We have applied to USAT for sanctioning of this event, but at this time, we are not certain of the outcome. It is certain that all participants in this wave will be disqualified from Triathlon Sprint prizes and the Timer will be instructed to NOT report participants times to USAT. We reserve the right to terminate acceptance of further DQ applicants when we reach approximately 30 participants. This wave is intended to be a fun wave to help introduce adult participants to the sport. Kayak option contestants MUST wear a personal floatation device and will wear a timing chip so that their times can be recorded. Participants must supply their own kayak, personal floatation devise and paddles. Top finishers in this group will be presented a race participation medallion.

Special Adult Team Kayak/Bike/Run

Athletes may also elect to participate as a Team in the Kayak/Bike/Run. All of the comments and Rules mentioned above will apply to Team Kayak participants. The team captain must register all participants in the order of Biker/Runner and Kayaker last. If you want to compete in this wave, you MUST select this option during the registration process and provide your own Kayak, paddle and personal lifejacket.

Special note for Kayak participants

 The Optimist Club recognizes that delivery of both bikes and kayaks on the morning of the event presents a logistics challenge. Therefore, kayak participants may opt to deliver to the designated area at Winona Lake Park beach, their kayak, personal floatation device and paddle on the evening before the race. All night security personal will be provided at the park on that evening. Kayaks may be delivered after 6:00 PM on Friday evening and must be removed by no later than 12:00 noon on Saturday. The Winona Lake Parks Department (574-267-2310) has a limited number of kayaks for rent and should be contacted early for rental fee and reservation information.

About This Event – ADULT Age Restrictions

The MINIMUM age for entry in an ADULT age group is 15 years old before 12/31/2017. This applies to a solo triathlete or as a member of a team. USA Triathlon requires five year age group divisions for age 20 and older – Adult: 15-17, 18-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85+

A Chip Timed Race

All participants MUST wear an assigned timing chip. You will be responsible for returning your timing chip at the finish line or pay a $30 replacement fee. Teams are only assigned one timing chip (same as Bib Number) and must transfer that chip to succeeding members of the team while at the bike rack in the transition area.

General Registration Policy -NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION.

Registration will be closed when the limit of 720 entries is reached or on the Tuesday before the race, WHICHEVER OCCURS FIRST. There will be NO SAME DAY registration. Get your entry in early. Registration entries are not transferable to other individuals nor can they be delayed to a subsequent year race date. Once registered, no refunds are permitted for either the Adult or Youth Race fee.

Rankings/ Discount for Annual USAT Membership

If you are an ADULT USAT member, you will be ranked nationally and regionally in your age group if you complete a minimum of three races while racing in your age group. Your tri club will also receive valuable points towards the club series for the Mideast Region of USAT. You are eligible to receive a $12.00 discount if you are a current annual USAT member. You may purchase an annual USAT membership by calling 719-597-9090 or log on to http://www.usatriathlon.org/ for membership information. Be sure to purchase your annual membership early in your racing season. USAT may require up to 4 weeks to get your updated materials to you.

Special Note – Team Registration Requirements

Team captains must complete the registration for all team members and be responsible for furnishing all team members with information and payment for the entire team. Minimum Age per USAT is fifteen years old for all team members. Be sure to register the team members IN the following ORDER (First- Runner; Second- Biker; Last- Swimmer). EACH AND EVERY TEAM MEMBER IS REQUIRED TO SHOW PHOTO ID AND SIGN USAT RELEASE FORMS AT PACKET PICKUP. Participant race packets will be located in the registration boxes marked “TEAMS” under the participants LAST NAME.

2016 Adult Winners






1st SCOTT ERBA  1:01:48 JENNIFER ZIMMER    1:13:05
3rd MATT YORK 1:04:37 SARAH RAY 1:13:40


Packet Pickup – ADULTS – PHOTO I.D. REQUIRED, YOUTH Parent / Guardian Requirement

Race Packets may be picked up at the Seinor Pavilion in Winona Lake Park on Friday, June 23 from 6-8 PM and Saturday morning, June 24 from 6-7:30 AM. Arrive early. All Adults MUST SHOW PHOTO ID AND USAT MEMBERS MUST SHOW CURRENT USAT CARD. YOUTH Triathletes (ages 11/14) must be accompanied at Registration Packet Pick up by a parent or legal guardian and present, IF ASKED, verification of age via use of a Federal or State or County or School issued document. A copy of a birth certificate is commonly used. All race packets and T shirts not picked up before the race starts will be distributed as premiums at the award ceremony held immediately after the race.

Late Registrations Forfeit the right to a Race T-Shirt

The entry fee includes the cost of an Optimist Triathlon race T shirt which is distributed at registration packet pick up in the Senior Building at Winona Lake Park. However, all Athletes that choose to DELAY registration until during the same week as the race will FORFEIT ALL OF THEIR RIGHT TO A RACE T-shirt, since there is insufficient time available to order a T-shirt for you.

Pre-Race Clinic Available

A no charge pre-race clinic will be conducted by Scott Erba, the 2016 Optimist Race winner on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 7:00 PM at Winona Lake Park, just east of the Senior Building, by the Beach area. For those new to the sport, Scott will answer questions and offer information and helpful hints for Saturday’s race.

Bike Check and Minor Repair

Tarkio Road and Trailhouse will be on site to make minor bike repairs and have some equipment for sale. Have your bike in racing condition when you arrive. HELMETS ARE MANDATORY, with chin straps snapped. Please make sure that you bring a bike helmet that meets the (CPSC) Consumer Product Safety Commission safety standards. You must bring your own water bottle for the bike portion of the race. Handle bar end plugs are required equipment.

USAT Referees and Safety Penalty

USAT Referees will be present for pre-race instructions to educate and help you eliminate any penalties or disqualification. Referees will enforce the USAT helmet rules prior to, and during the race. Additionally, in order to avoid a safety issue, the Race Director will STRICTLY ENFORCE A 30 SECOND DISMOUNT PENALTY on those participants that do not have one foot on the ground and off of their bike at the time their front tire breaks the plane of the dismount line, just prior to returning to the transition area.

Limited Access to the Transition Area

The transition area will be guarded. Only participants will be allowed to be in the ADULT transition area, and will be the only one allowed to pickup a bike and racing equipment. Your body ID must match up with your bike ID number. A separate area at the end of the ADULT Transition area will be provided for youth participants. Parents are discouraged from entering the YOUTH transition area and must vacate the immediate area when the race starts.

Insurance Coverage

Your personal insurance will be the primary carrier. USAT will be a secondary supplemental insurance carrier. The race entry fee includes the cost of this supplemental insurance coverage for the participant during the event.

Awards and Prizes at Award Ceremony

ADULTS – Awards will be presented to the female and male winners and runners-up by USAT age groups, clydesdales and athenas and teams. Not claimed race T-shirts, local sponsor merchandise and general prizes will be distributed at the award ceremony. Please note that participants that do not race in their age group are not eligible for age group race awards. YOUTH – Since this is a participatory event, all youth will be awarded a medallion for participation regardless of finish placement.

After Race Food and Refreshments

BBQ chicken, pizza, perogies, fruit and vegetables, and other food for the post race party will be available. All registered participants have automatically paid for one free meal with their registration. However, we will offer the opportunity to purchase an additional lunch ticket for $8.00 so that one support person can go through the lunch line with you. This opportunity will only exist at the time of registration so that we can get an exact extra “head count”. We will distribute these special lunch tickets in your race registration bag prior to the race. Please check the box on the registration form if you want to purchase an additional ticket at $8.00 each. Additionally, hot dogs and water will be available for family and friends at a reasonable cost.

Event Cancellation Policy

If Natural Disaster, Foul Weather or Community Disaster occurs, our action steps are as follows: 1. Optimist Triathlon Management in concert with local officials will make decisions based on safety first. 2. Courses and/or race segments will be altered as agreed to between Optimist Triathlon Management and local officials 3. Financial: It is not financially feasible for Optimist Triathlon Management to accept the risk of a disaster for everyone. Each registered participant needs to accept the risk of his or her entry fee. There will be NO REFUNDS or free entries to future races. The money you paid was spent developing the subject event. 4. The Optimist Club that sponsors the race does not save any money if one of our events has to be canceled for reasons beyond our control. All supplies and services needed for the events are purchased and/or arranged in advance. All event supplies and services associated with that event must be paid for, regardless of the outcome. Entries are NOT transferable, delayable or exchangeable. The Warsaw Breakfast Optimist Club is a 501 3 C charity and all proceeds from this event are donated to charity.

Race Safety Notice Adult and Youth

We reserve the right to remove anyone from the race if we feel that your safety, or the safety of others, is at risk if you continue. We will not allow you to make this an unsafe race for you, and / or other participants. Each YOUTH participant will be issued a highly visible color race T shirt which MUST BE WORN during the race.

Race Results / Penalties Posted

Race results will be posted ASAP at the race, and on website www.onlineraceresults.com Race Penalties will also be posted immediately after the race. For those participants that elect to not race in their age group, we will only record your times for our event, but the timing official will be instructed to NOT REPORT your results to USAT for rankings. Participants that elect to compete in the Kayak/Bike /Run option must be DisQualified by USAT rules and the timing official will be instructed to NOT REPORT your results to USAT for rankings.

Race Day Parking

There is limited parking close to the transition area. Registrants are recommended to arrive early. IF YOU NEED TO LEAVE EARLY, before the race concludes, TELL THE PARKING CREW AS YOU ARRIVE TO BE PLACED WHERE YOU CAN LEAVE CAREFULLY.

Other Things to See and Do in this area

In addition to the race, the Masterworks Concert Series present free performances in nearby Rodeheaver Auditorium (http://www.masterworksfestival.org/events.html). The Village of Winona Shops will be open for your enjoyment. The Wagon Wheel Playhouse Theater (http://www.wagonwheeltheatre.org/) will be presenting a smash new hit on both Friday and Saturday evenings. For more information on area activities and interesting sites & things to do in Kosciusko County, contact www.koscvb.org

Changing Waves

We do not offer an exclusive elite wave. The first wave will likely be men under 25. However, regardless of age or gender, if you feel (and have evidence) that you may be an overall race winner, you may contact the Race Director the week BEFORE the race to request a change to the first wave.You must first acknowledge that by USAT rules if you race out of your age group you will automatically be ineligible for age group awards and national rankings. We will only record your times for our event, but the timing official will be instructed to not report your results to USAT for rankings.

Race Evaluations are Appreciated

Athletes are encouraged to complete the event evaluation form (located in the food area at the park) in order to help us improve this event next year.

Questions? Contact the Race Director


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