2019 Buffalo Triathlon


Dear Buffalo Triathlete,

Our Active Central MN team is ready to host you this Sunday at the 2019 Buffalo Triathlon. As a reminder, all racers are to attend the mandatory race briefing at 8:15 a.m. at the band shell on race morning. We encourage you to read through the following race rules, procedures, and suggestions.

On Thursday, May 30 it was 69 degrees, which is up substantially from earlier in the week. With temperatures forecasted in the 80's on Friday we are expecting an additional increase of a couple degrees by race morning.  As a result, the swim will happen and the distances will remain the same.  

We will update our webpage (www.tribuff.com) on Saturday 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 volunteers wearing yellow vests. See you on Sunday!


Larry Stracke

Race Director


Sunday, June 4

6:00 a.m. Transition area opens

6:30 a.m. Registration/Packet Pick Up and Body Marking opens

8:15 a.m. Bike Transition closes; Mandatory race meeting at the band shell

9:00 a.m. Wave #1 Olympic start

9:30 a.m. Wave #6 Sprint start

Swim waves will be 3 minutes apart and will be organized by age group and swim cap color.  Waves will be marked on your hand and posted.

The address for Sturges Park is: 401 Lake Blvd S, Buffalo, MN 55313

Participants can park at locations along the streets of Buffalo.
There is no parking in Sturges Park and Montrose Blvd.
Participants will not be allowed to drive their vehicle in Sturges Park.
There is no parking on the bike or run course, which includes Montrose Blvd, along and in the cemetery near the park, and along Hwy 25.


  • Participants may pick up their packet Sunday morning from 6:30 a.m. until 8:15 a.m.
  • 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 relay team.
  • Participants must sign a waiver form. A participant under the age of 18 must have an adult sign for them.
  • Your race packet consists of your race BIB number, swim cap, and T-shirt, and swag.
  • Body Marking will be next to Registration.
  • You will receive your wristband at body marking (YELLOW wristband for SPRINT course & WHITE for OLYMPIC course). Only participants with a wristband will be allowed in the Transition Area after 8:15am and the participant Food Tent. NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • There is same-day registration.


  • The transition area opens at 6:00 a.m., but please plan on arriving in the park by no later than 7:15 a.m. 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 8:15 a.m.
  • The upper paved parking lot is for Olympic and the lower grass are is for sprinters.
  • 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.
  • It is recommended to have 5 bikes per rack.
  • Only racers are allowed in the transition area after 8:15 a.m. - NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • After 8:15 a.m. a person must be wearing a wristband (OLYMPIC will have a WHITE wristband and SPRINT will wear a YELLOW wristband) to enter the transition area.


  • iPods, radios, mp3 players, and large boom boxes carried on the shoulder, etc. are allowed on the run, but not the bike.
  • Spectating dogs 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 there can have drastically different conditions, for the better or worse, than what one might encounter when first waking up at home and selecting clothing.


  • Relay chip exchange for the runner and biker is to take place at the bike rack in the Transition Area.
  • There is not a designate area for relay teams. Bikes can be racked anywhere in the Transition Area.
  • Olympic bike racks are located in the upper Transition Area on the asphalt and Sprint in the lower on the grass.


  • Under no circumstances will anyone be allowed to race without a helmet.
  • Any helmet sold by a bike shop will comply with certification requirements.
  • The helmet must be properly placed on the head and must be fastened before the participant first mounts the bicycle, at all times when the participant is on the bicycle, and must not be unfastened until the participant has dismounted.
  • All racers must wear the swim cap provided, with the exception of latex allergic individuals.
  • The wristband provide at check in must be worn.


  • On Thursday, May 30 it was 69 degrees, up substantially from the 56 degrees on Sunday, May 26. With temperatures forecasted in the 80's on Friday we are expecting an additional increase of a couple degrees by race morning.  As a result, the swim will happen and the distances will remain the same.  
  • It is recommended that participants get in the water to acclimate themselves to the water temperature.
  • When swimming in lower water temperatures, it is also recommended to wear an additional swim caps under your official Buffalo swim cap.  Ear plugs can also help.
  • Staging for the swim will be by the swim beach. Racers will be lined up by their wave. Each racer will be provided with a Buffalo Triathlon swim cap that MUST BE WORN, which also identifies waves.
  • Enter the swim start corral when your wave is announced. With only 3 minutes between each heat, all participants need to be closely attuned to their wave. Waves will be posted near the swim start area.
  • Green buoys will mark the turn corners for the Sprint swim and Orange for the Olympic swim. Yellow is the color for the site-line buoys between each corner buoy.
  • There will be a large number of certified lifeguards as well as many other volunteers on boards and kayaks. Swimmers are encouraged to approach any of these if they become anxious or tired, and will be allowed to hang on to rest. However, swimmers cannot move forward while resting on a flotation device or will be disqualified. If a lifeguard or boater thinks a swimmer is struggling and has concern for his/her safety, they do have the authority to pull him/her from the race. If a swimmer is in distress, he/she is to remove their swim cap and wave it in the air and a lifeguard or boat support will assist.
  • If a swimmer pulls out of the swim, he/she 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 volunteer. The volunteer will have the participant pull their chip, 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.


  • The bike course is an open course, meaning that participants must share the roadway with vehicle traffic.
  • Sprint bikers will ride 1 lap and Olympic bikers will ride 2 laps.
  • Drafting is prohibited.
  • It is critical for bikers to stay to the far right and NOT ride two or more abreast at any time, except when passing.
  • The helmet must be properly placed on the head and must be fastened before the participant first mounts the bicycle, at all times when the participant is on the bicycle, and must not be unfastened until the participant has dismounted.
  • The entire course will be marked on the pavement with YELLOW paint. The only exception is a few white arrows located before the entrance to Sturges to direct the Olympic bikers to continue for a second lap on the same course. There will be large signs to direct Sprint bikers to turn right and Olympic bikers to continue straight.
  • Volunteers will also be located at every turn in a bright safety vest and will point a red flag in the direction of the turn.
  • Please see the website, tribuff.com, for viewable course maps. A large color map of the course will be posted near the registration area.
  • Participants are responsible for their ultimate safety and bike at their own risk.
  • Bikers are to mount/dismount the bike in the appointed areas outside the transition area.


The run course is an out and back marked with white paint on the pavement. A map be found on our website (www.tribuff.com). A large color map of the course will be posted near the registration area.


There will be a mechanic available from JV Bike Repair in the transition area.
Two sag support vehicles will be on the bike course to provide transportation back to the transition area. The sag wagon will bring racers back to the transition area and will not make repairs.
Participants are to keep in mind that a sag wagon may not able to reach everyone promptly depending on the number of bicyclist needing assistance. Be patient as our sag support crew will get to you as soon as they can.


If for some reason a participant does not finish the race, he/she is to turn in their chip at the finish line.


Porta-potties will be located in the lower and upper area of Sturges Park.
There will also be one porta-pottie located at the 5K run turnaround.


All athletes are encouraged to start out with a full bike bottle.
Water Stops are located at Mile 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. The Water Stop at Mile 1 will also offer a sports drink.


  • There will be a great spread of post-race recovery food available, which is for registered participants only.
  • 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.
  • There will be a food vendor for spectators and others who want to purchase something to eat or drink.


  • All racers are encouraged to stay for the awards ceremony starting at 12:00 p.m. in front of the band shell.
  • All age group winners must be present to claim their prize.  No awards will be mailed.


  • Door prizes will be raffled off after the awards ceremony.
  • Finishers are automatically entered in the drawing, but must be present to win.


  • If you need it, medical staff be on hand to help, whether it is a Band-Aid, an ice pack, or an emergency.
  • A medical staff will be located in a red tent that is clearly marked with a teardrop banner near the finish line.


  • Waves are assigned based on age group.
  • Participants must start with their wave, which will be written on their left hand at body marking.
  • Failure to do so will give participants an improper start time and disqualify them from the race.
  • There will be 3 minutes between each heat and will be mixed with males and females.


Prior to race day, please contact us at rd@centralmnevents.org
On race day, there will be race officials moving about Sturges.


Race results will be posted in the park. Results can be found at http://pickleevents.com/r/2019/bufftri​​​​​​​ 

Good luck and have a fantastic Buffalo Triathlon Experience!


Below is a generic checklist of things to bring to a triathlon, compliments of the Buffalo Triathlon Club.

What to Bring

  • Goggles (back up pair)
  • Nose plugs
  • Ultra-glide
  • Bike
  • Water bottle
  • Running shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Nutrition
  • Wetsuit
  • Antifog spray
  • Helmet
  • Sunglasses
  • Number belt
  • Essential clothes
  • Water/Fluids
  • Ear plugs
  • Neoprene cap (if the water is cold)
  • Towel
  • Bike shoes
  • Socks
  • Hat/Visor
  • Bucket to sit on
  • Earbuds/Music player