2018 Final Race Day Information

Racer briefing, wave assignments

and race day information!

Dear Big Lake Triathlete,

Hopefully this email finds you healthy, rested, and fully primed for an amazing day at this Saturday's Graniteman Big Lake! Your race committee has been hard at work preparing the best Triathlon ever, and would like to provide you with details to help you have a great experience. All racers are reminded that you must attend the mandatory race briefing at 8:30am on race morning. We encourage you to read through the following race rules, procedures, and suggestions.

We will update our webpage (www.granitemanevents.com) on Friday evening if there is any further important news. We will also report any weather-related delays on our Facebook page in the event they occur. We recommend everyone check it before the race.

If you have any questions on race day, please look for the folks wearing a light blue T-shirt with RACE OFFICIAL printed on the back.

Good luck and have a fantastic Graniteman Triathlon experience!


Saturday, August 4th

* 6:30am Transition Area Opens

* 7:00am - 8:30am Packet Pick Up and Body Marking

* 8:30am Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting near the finish line

* 9:00am Race Start

*12:00pm Awards Ceremony


Lakeside Park is located only 30 minutes from St. Cloud and less than an hour from Minneapolis.

From St. Cloud, MN

Follow US-10 East into Big Lake. Turn left on Lakeshore Drive.

From Minneapolis, MN

Take I-94 West towards St. Cloud. Exit #193 to MN25 towards Buffalo/ Monticello. Turn right onto MN25 North. Turn left at Jefferson Blvd. Take your 2nd right onto Lakeshore Drive.

Google Maps Directions


All triathletes should park in the Lakeside beach parking lot or the abandoned A&W next to it. There will be parking attendants on hand to help direct you to the proper parking locations. All parking is a short walk to the transition area, and we ask that you do not unload your vehicle prior to parking. Parking is not allowed anywhere on the course. There is no room on site for RV parking and overnight parking is not allowed. Parking is also available on side streets. PARKING WILL BE VERY TIGHT. PLEASE CARPOOL IF AT ALL POSSIBLE.


Your race packet consists of your ankle chip, race bib number, swim cap, T-shirt, and race bag. You may pick up your packet Saturday morning from 7:00 until 8:30 am. All racers must have a photo ID and pick up their own packet, with the exception of spouses and parents, who may pick up for their spouse/children. Team captains must pick up packets for their entire team. Participants must sign a waiver. Participants under the age of 18 must have an adult sign for them.


All participants must have their race number marked on their arms and legs. Body marking is next to Registration/Packet Pick Up. If a participant wears compression socks, he/she is to inform those doing the body marking to mark race information where it is visible above the sock line.


You will receive your wristband at body marking (Yellow wristband for Sprint and White for Olympic). Only participants wearing a wristband will be allowed in the bike transition area after 8:15am. The Food Tent is for participants only who are wearing a wristband. No exceptions!


The transition area opens at 7:00am, but please plan on arriving in the park by no later than 7:15am in order to have adequate time to set up in transition, pick up your packet, get body marked, and be in attendance for the race briefing at 8:30am. You may put your bike anywhere in the transition area as there is no assigned racks.  Although there will be more than enough bike racks, transition bike racks are available on a first come first serve basis, so come early if you want the best spot. There will be no reserved bike racks for relay teams. Relay teams will rack their bikes in the mix of all bikes. Only participants will be allowed in the bike transition area after 8:15am. Please do not invite family and friends into the bike transition area. The bike transition area is for racers only!


The relay chip exchange for the incoming swimmer and outgoing runner is to take place at the bike rack in the transition area. The bike must be on the rack during chip exchange.


IPods, radios, mp3 players, etc. are allowed on the run, but not the bike. Pets are not allowed in Lakeside Park. Spectating pets outside of Lakeside Park are to be kept tightly leashed and clear of the immediate race course.


Triathlon is a rain or shine sport, and the race will not be cancelled or rescheduled due to inclement weather. In the event of severe weather, all attempts will be made to delay the race rather than cancel any portion of it. For those racers driving from other areas, keep in mind that we can have drastically different conditions, for the better or worse, than what you might encounter when first waking up at home and selecting your clothing.


Any helmet sold by a bike shop will comply with certification requirements. Under no circumstances will anyone be allowed to race without a helmet. The chinstrap must be fastened. All racers must wear the swim caps we provide, with the exception being individuals with latex allergies.


Waves are assigned based on age group and created to balance numbers in each wave.

You must start with your wave, which will be written on your hand at body marking. Failure to do so will give you an improper start time and disqualify you from the race. If you know that you went out in the wrong wave by mistake, then you must complete a "change form" at the swim start or at the timer's table and turn this in to the timer.

There will be 3 minutes between each wave and are mixed with males and females.

Heat 1  Olympic 39 and Under and Athena   9:00am
Heat 2  Olympic 40 and Over and All Olympic Teams 9:03am 
Heat 3  Sprint 29 and under and Athena and Clydesdales 9:15am
Heat 4  Sprint 30 - 34 and all Sprint Teams  9:18am
Heat 5  Sprint 35 - 44  9:21am
Heat 6  Sprint 45 - 54  9:24am

Heat 7  Sprint 55 and Up 9:27am


Staging for the swim will be on the south side of the swim beach between the two docks. Each racer will be provided with a swim cap that MUST BE WORN.

There will be a large number of certified lifeguards, as well as many other volunteers on boards, kayaks, and boats. Swimmers are encouraged to approach any of the lifeguards or volunteers if they become anxious or tired, and will be allowed to hang on to rest. If a lifeguard or boater thinks a swimmer is struggling and has concerns for his/her safety, they do have the authority to pull him/her from the race. If a swimmer is in trouble he/she is to remove their swim cap and wave it in the air (we use this as the universal sign of distress) and a lifeguard or boater will assist. If a swimmer wishes to pull out of the swim, he/she is to wave their swim cap and will be taken to shore where he/she must surrender their chip, but may continue racing without their timing chip.

If registered, and a participant decides not to swim, he/she is to report to a Race Official. The Race Official will have the participant complete a "change form" and then wait at the swim exit and continue with the participants in their wave as they begin to exit the lake.

When coming out of the water, participants will run the chute to the bike transition area.

Wetsuits are allowed. It is recommended that participants get in the water prior to racing to acclimate themselves to the water temperature.


The bike course is an open course, meaning that you must share the roadway with vehicle traffic. It is crucial for bikers to stay to the far right, and do not ride two abreast unless passing. Drafting is prohibited. The bike course is well marked on the ground and with volunteers. Some volunteers will be holding STOP signs, which are for vehicle traffic only. A large map of the course will be posted near the registration area. Please see the website for viewable course maps. You are responsible for your ultimate safety and bike at your own risk. Please mount/dismount your bike in the marked areas outside the transition area.


The run course is 3.1 and 6.2 miles, out and back. A large map of the course will be posted near the registration area.

All Course Maps available on website at granitemanevents.com 


There will NOT be mechanics available in the transition area. There will, however, be a self service bike stand with tire pumps and some tools if needed.  There will be two sag support vehicles to provide transportation back to the transition area. However, participants are to keep in mind that a sag wagon may not be able to reach everyone promptly depending on the number of bicyclists needing assistance. Please be patient as our sag wagon crew will get to you as soon as they can. Sag wagons will bring bikers back to the transition area and will not make repairs.


Several porta-potties will be located in Lakeside Park. One porta-pottie will be located at mile 1 on the run course.


There will not be water stations on the bike course. All athletes are encouraged to start out with a full bike bottle. Water stations will be located on the run course at Mile 1, 2, and the 10K turnaround. Mile 1 will also offer PowerAde. Water will be available in the bike transition area to fill water bottles if needed.


There will be a great spread of post-race recovery food available, which is for registered participants only. Participants must have their wristband on to be served at the Food Tent. Respectfully, please do not share the participant food and refreshments with friends, family, or spectators so that we do not run out for our racers. The Big Lake Legacy Foundation will be selling food and beverages; all proceeds go toward improvements at Lakeside Park.


All racers are encouraged to stay for the awards ceremony starting at 12:00pm. All age group winners must be present to claim their prize and have their photo taken for the website.  You must be there to get your medal as we will not mail medals and awards afterwards.  Be sure to check the posted results before you leave.


If you need it, medical personnel will be on hand to help, whether it is a Band-Aid, an ice pack, or an emergency. They will be located in a red tent that is clearly marked with a large MEDICAL teardrop banner.


Please find a race official for any key questions, as many volunteers may not be fully briefed to answer your question. Race officials will be wearing a blue T-shirt with the Graniteman logo printed on the front and RACE OFFICIAL on the back. Please remember to take a moment to thank our wonderful hardworking volunteers, as they are the ones who make this event possible.


Race results will be posted on the RESULTS board on race day. Participants can be tracked in “real time” at various check points during the race –Live race results during the race can be found at www.mtecresults.com.  Results can also be found at www.pickleevents.com.


Below is a sample checklist of items to bring to a triathlon and things to do.

What to Bring:

Bike shoes


Running shoes

Bike water bottle


Swim goggles


Body glide/Vaseline

Extra swim cap

Tire pump


Tri suit

Spare tube

Tools to repair tire

Sunscreen (waterproof)

Plastic garbage bag (cover shoes if raining)


What to Do Before You Leave Home:

Clean bike & chain

Charge Garmin

Air in tires

What to Check on Race Day:

Tire air pressure

Bike in correct gear

Tires and brakes not rubbing

Helmet in correct position

Body Glide/Vaseline on ankles/legs

Body Glide on shoes