TRI Clear Lake

Sprint and Olympic Triathlon

NEW for 2020! Olympic Distance and Route

1500 meter swim, 24.8 mile bike, and 6.2 mile run

Sprint Distance and Route

500 meter swim, 12.4 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run

The scenic course will commence at State Park Beach with a 500 meter swim before a 12.4 mile bike course guides athletes out and back along South Shore Drive through the prairie and windmills south of Clear Lake. The race is capped off with a 3.1 mile run on South Shore drive heading north to the lakeside finish in City Park downtown Clear Lake.

About The Triathlon

The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 4th Annual TRI Clear Lake Triathlon sanctioned by USA Triathlon on September 4, 2020. NEW FOR 2020 IS THE ADDITION OF AN OLYMPIC DISTANCE RACE! The scenic course will commence at State Park Beach; the flat and fast 1 or 2-loop bike course course guides athletes out and back along South Shore Drive through the prairie and windmills south of Clear Lake. The race is capped off with a 3.1 or 6.2 mile run on South Shore drive along beautiful Clear Lake heading north to the lakeside finish in City Park downtown.

This is the perfect race for beginners, or for experienced triathletes alike looking for a great tune-up race for Ironman 70.3 Des Moines! Clear Lake a beautiful tourist destination conveniently located on I 35 2 hours North of Des Moines and 2 hours South of Minneapolis. At the completion of the race, you will experience a high-energy lakefront finisher party, complete with music, food and beverages!

Schedule of Events

Friday, September 4th

  • 4:00-8:00 pm --- Packet Pickup at the Clear Lake State Park
  • 6:00-7:00 pm --- Course open for OWS practice
  • 6:30 pm --- Tri 101 Meeting

Saturday, September 5th

  • 6:00 am - Transition opens
  • 6:00-7:45 am - Packet Pickup and Timing Chip Pickup at Clear Lake State Park
  • 7:45 am - Transition Area Closes
  • 7:50 am - Pre-race meeting at swim start
  • 8:00 am - Race Begins

Race Venue

Clear Lake is conveniently located right off of I-35. Only 2 hours South of Minneapolis and 2 hours North of Des Moines. Swim start and the transition area will be held at State Beach which is located about 2 miles South of downtown just off of South Shore. The race will finish lakefront downtown. Athletes and spectators are welcome to park at State Park or downtown. The trolley will shuttle people to and from State Park. Trolley times will be posted shortly.

Race Categories

Racers will be divided into categories by gender and age. Age groups for each gender are:

  • 19 and under
  • 20-24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70 and older

Clydesdale and Athena Divisions:

Men weighing 220 pounds or more and women weighing 165 pounds or more are able, but not required, to participate in the Clydesdale and Athena divisions. To do so, you must indicate this group on your registration form. Entrants in this category are eligible for Clydesdale or Athena Division awards, but not age group awards.

Relay division:

2 to 3 person relay.


The top three overall male and female finishers and the top 3 finishers in each of the other categories for sprint and olympic distances (Age Group, Clydesdale, Athena, Relay Teams) will receive an award. Award ceremonies will follow completion of each race.


The TRI Clear Lake will be sanctioned by USA Triathlon (USAT). Race participants are required to be annual members of, or have a one-day permit from, USAT. The $15 USAT one-day permit fee will be added to nonmembers’ entry fees prior to check-out. USAT members must present their USAT membership card and photo ID at packet pickup.

Packet Pickup

Packet pickup will take place on Friday, September 4th from 4:00-8:00 pm and on Saturday, September 5th from 6:00-7:45 am. Athletes must pick up their own packets, at which time they will be required to show a photo ID and their USAT membership card (if applicable). This applies to individual relay team members, as well.


Chips will be distributed at check-in on the morning of the event. Race participants are responsible for returning their chips to volunteers at the finish line. A $30 charge will be assessed to the athlete if the chip is not returned.`

Event Cancellation

If the swim portion of the race is cancelled due to inclement weather (i.e. heavy rain, lightning) or unsafe water conditions, the event will be duathlon, with run-bike-run. Please check the TRI Clear Lake website and Facebook page on race day for updates if you suspect delays or cancellation.

Refund Policy

Registration is non-refundable.


We need motivated volunteers to put on a memorable race! Please sign up below if you are interested in voluneering!

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Friday, September 4th:

  • Setup - Volunteers help set up the swim, bike, and run courses, as well as the finish line, transition, and registration areas.
  • Registration - Volunteers assist our event staff at registration by checking in athletes and distributing packets.

Saturday, September 5th:

  • Parking - Volunteers direct traffic to the designated parking areas.
  • Swim Course - Lifeguards direct and assist athletes in the water.
  • Bike Course - Volunteers direct athletes and watch for traffic.
  • Run Course - Volunteers direct athletes and watch for traffic.
  • Transition Area - Volunteers restrict entrance to athletes only.
  • Aid Stations - Volunteers hand out water to athletes.
  • Tear Down - Volunteers help tear down the courses when the race is complete.
  • Photographers - Volunteers capture the memories of our event.