Buffalo Tri Registration Open Now!

        As we move forward into 2021,

we truly hope the racing world will begin to open back up. Below is our COVID-19 information that is set from 2020. As of right now, we do not know what the status of the pandemic will be for this summer, but we do know one thing…. the team at Active Central MN will continue to put on stellar events, and continue to meet all CDC and MDH guideline standards to provide an incredible, safe, and competitive race for you in 2021. Our No Risk Refund Policy (noted below) will remain in effect to make sure we continue to take care of athletes as we grow these events. Thank you!

The Buffalo Triathlon is on in 2021! As we approach the event, we will continue to monitor any concerns around COVID-19 and respond to any needs. We will work with recommendations from CDC and MDH to put processes in place to ensure a safe, fun, and challenging event in 2021. In 2020, we successfully operated some incredible triathlons with the Graniteman Clearwater and Big Lake Tri’s. We are happy to be leading the midwest in safe racing protocols that can help us continue to race safely and competitively, even during these tough times. 

We are excited to host an event in 2021 that will be compliant with all safe racing protocol guidelines! We have enhanced our cleaning opportunities, extended bike racks, extended the time frame of the race, operate the event as time trial starts, etc. and of course, will remain in the beautiful outdoors! We will continue to update as we announce a formal plan for the racing protocol in 2021. 

Active Central MN is offering a NO RISK REGISTRATION POLICY for 2021, meaning if we cancel an event, or you need to cancel your registration for any reason, we will offer either a free deferment to another race, or a full refund. This is made possible by our founding sponsors: Williams Integracare, Granite Equity Partners, Viking Coca-Cola, and Rollga. A huge thank you to them for helping us honor our athletes! 

*Must connect with ACM team by Friday, May 21 to receive Refund. Email rd@centralmnevents.org 


 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 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.


EVENT SCHEDULE – (To be updated as the event nears)

  • June 1   6:00 PM  – Practice Swim and Triathlon Clinic (Tentative)
  • June 6   5:00 AM  – Transition area opens
  • June 6   5:30 AM  – Registration and Packet Pick Up opens
  • June 6   7:15 AM  – Mandatory race meeting at the band shell
  • June 6   8:00 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


3.1 Mile  and a 6.2 Mile Out and Back Runs.