BUFFALO 2020 Covid-19 Update


 It is with a heavy heart the team at Active Central MN is forced to cancel the 2020 Buffalo Triathlon along with our Apple Duathlon. ACM is offering a NO RISK REGISTRATION policy, meaning all racers registered for the 2020 Buffalo Tri will be offered a free deferment to either the Graniteman Clearwater Triathlon or Big Lake Triathlon, or will be offered a full refund. This is made possible by incredible founding partners who stepped up in time of need. Thank you to Rollga, Granite Equity Partners, Williams Integracare Clinic, and Viking Coca-Cola. The NO RISK REGISTRATION policy will carry on to our Graniteman Clearwater and Big Lake Tris. If you need to cancel for whatever reason before the cancellation deadlines, you will receive a full refund for 2020. Get registered and let’s get training! Thank you for your commitment to the tri community. Let’s stay united (keeping social distancing in mind!) during these tough times. 

All registrations for Clearwater and Big Lake Tri’s have returned to early bird pricing! Register today! 


 Since 2004, the Buffalo Triathlon has been one of the nations favorite triathlons.  Starting in the sand and ending on the stage at Sturges Park, the Buffalo Triathlon will always send you home happy and motivated for the remainder of your triathlon season!  With a rich history that runs deep into the community, the race continues to give back to the community of Buffalo and surrounding communities through its paid volunteer program, and invites people from all over the region to see all that beautiful Buffalo Minnesota has to offer.









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Come join us at the Buffalo Triathlon and get info and discounts to dozens of Minnesota’s best triathlons and duathlons!  We are inviting every triathlon and duathlon in the state to come put up tent and hand out info, door prizes, discounts, and free stuff.  Not only will you get an awesome raceday experience, but you will have the chance to learn about all of the races you have available to you throughout the summer from the people who put them on!  

The expo will take place on Sunday during the race, but races  and vendors will also be able to come to the Tuesday night clinic and open water swim at the park.  So come ready to scout out your next race at the first annual Minnesota Triathlon Expo and Showcase!

If you are a race organizer or a vendor and would like more information on this FREE opportunity to promote your event or product at one of Minnesota’s biggest triathlons at the very beginning of the season, email RD@centralmnevents.org to register.


The Buffalo Triathlon has been known for years for the great awards and door prizes that are given out.  Everyone who finishes is eligible for the following divisional awards and prizes.

Elite Division (Male and Female- not eligible for AG awards) 
Awards for the top 3 males and top 3 females

Age Group Divisions (Male & Female- 5 year age groups) 
Awards for the top 3 in each age group

Athena and Clydesdale Divisions 
Awards for the top 3 male and female

Relay Divisions 
Awards for the top 3 male, female, and co-ed teams



All of the Active Central MN Events are timed by Pickle Events.  Results can be found by going to www.pickleevents.com

 Triathlon Clinic and Practice Swim

If you want to learn more about triathlons, join us at Buffalo Lake on the Tuesday night before the race for a group swim and triathlon clinic! This year the Buffalo Triathlon Club will be helping to facilitate the clinic and will be speaking about the basics of triathlon and will share valuable insight about having a successful and enjoyable race.  For more information on the Buffalo Triathlon Club, find them on Facebook!

If you are an advanced triathlete, bring your questions and experience as there will be plenty of answers and for you,  as well as opportunity to share your knowledge with others.  There will be free giveaways to take home, and this is also a great way to check out the transition area and race course. Bring your suit and goggles and meet us down by the beach at Sturges Park on Tuesday.



  • June 2 6:00 PM  – Practice Swim and Triathlon Clinic
  • June 7 6:00 AM  – Transition area opens
  • June 7 6:30 AM  – Registration and Packet Pick Up opens
  • June 7 8:15 AM  – Mandatory race meeting at the band shell
  • June 7 9:00 AM  – Wave #1 start

Please Note:   There will be NO early packet pick up on Saturday night prior to the race.  Everyone will need to pick up their race packets on race morning.


.9 Mile Olympic Swim (click image to enlarge)






1/4 Mile Sprint Swim (click image to enlarge)



12.25 mile sprint and 24.5 mile olympic bike courses on beautiful rural roads 

NEW in 2019!  1 lap for Sprint Course and 2 laps for Olympic Course

MAP MY RUN Bike Course Link


3.1 Mile  and a 6.2 Mile Out and Back Runs.