Watch this page for the latest info and updates in the last couple weeks before the 2013 event -
8/13/13 – The 2013 Polson Triathlon Racer Guide document is now posted on this website (home and course information pages). Feel free to view it online or print it off and bring it to the event. We will not be handing out hard copies at check-in.
8/13/13 – Today is the final day to register for the Polson Triathlon. If you are still on the fence, take the plunge and you will be glad you had the chance to be part of a great event.
8/12/13 – The current weather forecast for Saturday shows lower temps with a high only in the low 80′s and morning lows in the upper 50′s. Also the recent north winds are predicted to shift to the southwest which should lead to fewer waves in the lake and supportive breezes for the last half of the bike course.
8/10/13 – At 8:40 am this morning (exactly one week before next Saturday’s first wave start), Flathead Lake was as smooth as glass. Of course there have also been some choppy mornings lately so keep your fingers crossed. The water temp has been consistently in the low to mid 70′s and was exactly 70 today after some cooling rain last night. Wetsuits will certainly be allowed on race day, but the swim should also be quite comfortable sans neoprene.
8/9/13 – One again we are going to have a competition among our six high energy and costume themed run aid stations. Racers can look forward to a new motivational twist every mile to help theme conquer the challenging 10k course. This year, the run aid stations will have ice cold water and single serving Hammer Gel packets in four flavors: huckleberry, raspberry, apple cinnamon, and espresso. There are no aid stations on the bike course.
8/7/13 – I just posted a link to the new bike course for 2013 on the results page of this website. The only difference from last year’s course is that we are using Forman Road for most of the westbound leg instead of Kerr Dam and Valley View Roads. This eliminates one small climb, four tricky 90 degree corners, and some of the worst bumpy pavement so should for a safer and maybe slightly faster course.
8/5/13 – The Cove Deli is on board to provide great post race sandwiches again this year. In response too your feedback, we will have a separate express line for racers with pre-made lunches to grab and go. Of course families and other spectators are still welcome to order from the menu.
8/2/13 - KIDS RACE – New for 2013 – This year we are planning to add an informal kids mini triathlon for ages 6-12 that will start around 12:30 or 1:00. The distances will be approximately 50 yard swim (life jackets allowed), 1.5 mi bike, and 0.5 mile run. Bring your families, bikes, and helmets to join in the fun (no preregistration or entry fee).
7/30/13 – I just ordered some great new hoody sweatshirts for race participants and some cool new colors. All the local sponsors are making it possible for us to really treat you right.
7/25/13 – Riverside Camping (new for 2013) – The Flathead Lake Blues Festival has offered Polson Triathlon participants the opportunity to reserve tent and RV camping spots next door to Riverside Park. You can stay Friday and/or Saturday nights for $10 per night. Click the link below and then select tickets to reserve your spot.
7/10/13 We are lining up some great local sponsors and many great volunteers to help make this year’s race really special. I just ordered great new race water bottles, swim caps, and bike frame and bib numbers for all the participants. The excitement is building as local athletes get serious about their training.
7/8/13 We have decided to make a small change in the bike course that will eliminate one hill, some tight corners, and the worst of the rough pavement. The new course will be the same as the one used for the state championship time trial in Polson on June 8. Instead of turning right to stay on Kerr Dam Rd. at the top of the long climb out of town, riders will continue a little further south on Back Rd. and turn right onto Forman Rd. After a big “S” bend, Forman heads west down a long gradual descent before rejoining Valley View Rd. and the old course for the final three 90 degree corners before the school. We will try to have a new posted on the website sometime soon.
7/1/13 The race is already almost half full so it looks like we might get pretty close to or 200 racer capacity this time. Lots of preparations are underway for a great event with some significant improvements from last year.
Below is a list of info and updates for the 2012 race last year:
7/20/12 The race is coming up soon and we are fast approaching the July 31 early registration deadline. The entire community of Polson is coming together to prepare for an incredible first year event. We have more than 100 volunteers and some great sponsors already lined up. The race courses are just about finalized and the lake temp has warmed up into the 70′s. The City of Polson also recently paved a new bike path exit to make Riverside Park a perfect transition area and race headquarters.
7/22/12 We now have the Cove Deli on board to serve a great post race lunch to all participants in their restaurant right next to the finish line. Hammer Nutrition from Whitefish, MT has also agreed to provide race bag goodies and aid station drink and nutrition support on the run course.
7/25/12 One of the great features of this race will be the enthusiastic run course support created by our aid station competition. Local youth organizations will compete for prize money using creative aid station themes and lots of noise.
7/26/12 I have ordered nice souvenir swim caps, race numbers, and water bottle for each participant. We are working on finalizing the sponsors and race logo, and then will place another order for participant hooded sweatshirts and possibly volunteer t-shirts.
7/27/12 We have decided to go with a two-loop swim course to make the first leg more fun for both participants and spectators. Check out the course page for a complete description. Swimmers will start out at the edge of the Riverside Park swimming area and follow the south side of the bridge with spectators watching from the bridge’s pedestrian walkway. At the end of one 750m lap, racers will exit the water and run the length of the swimming dock before plunging into the lake to start the second lap.
8/2/12 We have now passed the early registration deadline and have over 100 participants with more expected in the next two weeks. The final deadline for all registrations is Tuesday, August 14, but the sooner you sign up, the easier it is for race organizers so don’t procrastinate. I just had a meeting with city officials and law enforcement. They are very supportive of this event and have agreed to block off a number of streets and provide professional support at a number of key intersections. This will help make the race venue even more attractive to racers and spectators.
8/3/12 I was out today measuring and plotting out the swim course and it came together well. Here is a link to the map – swim course map. The temp of the water is already above 70 degrees so it should be pretty comfy warm on race day. The current under the bridge is almost non-existent as the Kerr Dam spillway gates are now closed. Another cool feature of the course is that for the 3rd leg of each lap, swimmers will follow the shore at a depth of about 4 to 7 feet so they can watch the bottom flash by through the clear water. It should be a great course and fun for both novice and experienced swimmers.
8/4/12 After a successful Polson Bay’s Water Daze swim race this morning, a group of us rode our bikes through both the bike and run courses for the triathlon. Everything looks great and these local triathletes all had positive things to say about the road choices, scenery, and plan for the race. Keep checking the updates and course description pages for new info. We hope to have better maps of bike and run available soon.
8/7/12 Everything is coming together well as we continue reparations for race day. The Polson City Streets crew was hard at work today filling and sealing all of the potholes and rough spots on the first part of the bike course and the entire run course. It is pretty cool to have such great community support for an event like this. I ordered the racer sweatshirts and have collected some great draw prizes and racer goodies to go with our age group and special category awards.
8/14/12 Sorry for the long delay between updates, but preparations have been very time consuming recently. Today is the last day for registration and it looks like we will get close to 150 total participants which is pretty satisfying for a first year event and should make for an exciting event for both racers and spectators. We’ve got new maps for swim, bike, and run that you should check out on the course section of this website. Here are some recent course updates:
Swim – We swam through one loop of the swim course yesterday with a group of 20+ and it went very well. The water feels balmy and is well into the low 70′s. Swimmers will be comfortable both with and without wetsuits. The current under the bridge and downriver was almost non-existent, and the watching the bottom cruise by through the clear water on the northbound leg was pretty cool. Even better, we found that the none of the legs of the triangle had any issues with sun in our eyes. Participants of all abilities left feeling confident and even had fun practicing their dives/jumps back into the water from the dock. It should be a greats start to the race.
Bike – The bike course turnaround is now marked and their are distance markers at 10k, 20k, and 30k that will be accompanied by signs on race day. County road crews and volunteers plan to do some thorough sweeping along with patching or marking of the most significant potholes over the next couple days. We will have great signs and numerous marshals to keep everyone on course, plus a good crew of support vehicles and official motorcycles to keep things safe and fair. Plan for a bumpy ride in a few spots, but some fun, challenging course features and memorable views.
Run – The majority of the run course will be measured and marked tomorrow (Wednesday) morning and will have painted arrows, cones, mile markers, and key corner marshals on race day. There will be one aid station in the park at the start of the run and then five more at every mile marker (except 6) on the run course. Aid stations will serve water, HEED, and ice, so plan to carry your own energy gel if needed. The course is all on pavement except a 400-meter section in the park at the start, a 200-meter gravel section at the 1-mile mark, and an 800-meter grass loop at the 5-mile mark. There are some significant hills, but once you get to 3.75 miles, it is all downhill and flat to the finish.
I plan to get finish the racer guide and get it up on the website tomorrow (Wednesday) .
8/15/12 We were a little nervous yesterday with some local fires producing significant valley smoke, but our prayers were answered with a beautiful heavy rain last night and the air this morning is cool, crisp, and clear. The forecast is calling for a calm, dry race day with temps starting in the 60′s on Saturday morning and then rising all the way into the low 90′s by late afternoon.