Race Information

Event Format

  • 880 yard (1/2 mile) open water swim in Cherry Creek Reservoir. USATsanctioned
  • Bike 12 miles on smooth paved roads.
  • Run 3.1 miles on paved trails.
  • Chip timed, USAT sanctioned.

Schedule of Events

Event Location

Cherry Creek State Park
Smoky Hill
4201 South Parker Road
Aurora, Colorado 80014

Directions to Cherry Creek State Park

From I-225, exit South Parker Road and travel south for approximately 1 mile. Turn right on East Lehigh Ave. and enter Cherry Creek State Park via the east entrance gate. Continue straight ahead through the four way intersection for about one mile and follow the signs to Smoky Hill. There is ample parking in the Smoky Hill parking lot as the transition area is on the far west end of the lot. A park pass will be required to enter the park.

Packet Pick-up


USAT Membership

You must bring your valid USA Triathlon card and photo ID or pay for a single-event permit before you can pick up your race packet. This option is also available at online registration. If you have recently purchased an annual membership and have not received your card by race day, you can print a temporary card from the USA Triathlon website.

Mandatory Pre-Race Briefing

The mandatory pre-race briefing will be held in the transition area commencing 30 minutes prior to the start. This is not a forum to ask questions about the race, it is primarily to brief you on safety and any last minute course changes. You are responsible for knowing the course, race rules and other event information before you come to the briefing. Please contact us prior to race day if you have any questions.

Transition Information

Transition area opens at 4:00 p.m. Place your bike on the rack with your bike-to-run transition gear by it. There is no required bike check for the event. For security reasons, the transition area is closed to spectators from 4:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. All bikes should be removed from the bike lot by 8:30 p.m. but don’t worry if you are still racing at that time, the transition area will be held open until every last participant is off the course.

Lost & Found

Lost and Found will be held at the Information/Volunteer Check-In Tent. Lost and Found items will be kept for one month following the event, after which they will be donated to a local charity.


Wetsuits are highly recommended as the water temperature is typically in the low-mid 60s in June.

Aid Station

There will be one aid station at the first bike course turn around and one at the second run course turn around. Both aid stations will have coolers of water and possibly a sponsor’s energy drink.

Bike Course

The bike course takes place entirely inside Cherry Creek State Park. Park roads are open to traffic and most have a bike lane. Ride in the bike lane unless instructed by race staff or a police officer.

Run Course

The run course takes place on bike and run trails entirely inside Cherry Creek State Park. We have traffic marshals and signs at the two road crossings, but lease pay attention to traffic. Your safety is ultimately your own responsibility.


Race timing will be provided by Racing Underground, and results will be posted live to the results page.  You will receive your timing chip on race day at the entrance to transition.  Just show your paper bib number and you will be handed the matching chip.  Timing chips come on a comfortable neoprene and velcro strap, and should be worn on the LEFT ankle, under the wetsuit (if you are wearing a full length wetsuit). Timing chips will be collected at the finish line.  If you withdraw from the race early, please stop by the finish and return your chip to avoid a $35 replacement cost.

Prizes and Awards

All prizes and awards are equal for female and male athletes. All participants receive a finishing medal. First place finishers in each division or age group and first place relay teams receive unique trophies as well as prizes from our sponsors. If you are unable to stay for the award ceremony, we will hold onto your trophy for one month after the race, please email race@TriathlonFriday.com if you wish to have your award sent to you. Awards can be mailed for a shipping and handling fee.

Age Groups

Prizes to the first place finishers in each of the following age groups:
Under 16, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+.
Per USTA rules, “…age group athletes must participate and compete in the age group division corresponding to the athlete’s age on December 31 of the year of the event.”

Physically Challenged Athletes

Prizes will be awarded to winner of the Physically Challenged Athletes (PC) Division. If you qualify for this division, contact us about receiving a discounted entry fee.

Post-Race Dinner

All participants and volunteers will receive a catered dinner and beverages from Lodo’s Bar & Grill (3.2% beer too). Race participants’ friends and family are also invited to join in the post-race dinner for just $10 each. Additional meal tickets can be purchased when you register online or at packet pickup.


Professional photographer’s from CG Photography will be taking racers photos during the run and bike portions of the race and these images will be available online shortly after the event. Your race number (bib and bike frame sticker) must be visible to easily locate your photos after the event.

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