2020 Social Distancing Safe Racing Guidelines (FAQ’s below)


Safe racing guidelines prepared per recommendations of MDH and local municipalities to create safe social distancing in an outdoor environment.



Registration will close a week prior to the event. 300 person total race limit throughout the many waves during the day. We will limit waves to apprx. 20 persons.

There will be no race day registration in person at the event.



HEATS WILL BE LIMITED TO APPROXIMATELY 20 RACERS PER HEAT. This will allow us to keep our gatherings to well under 25 people with appropriate and safe social distancing.

Please check your email for all start times and heat times for each event (emails received will be from rd@centralmnevents.org or noreply@onlineraceresults.com . Search your spam folder as well for those on race week).

Racers will be given their heat start time for when the swim starts. You will be able to arrive 1 hour early to the event at the public park. You may enter the event area to pick up your packet only 1 hour before the event. You will have your 20 minute window during this time frame to set your bike and get your packet. Refer to your heat wave emails for more help. Once you set your bike and get your packet, we ask you to step outside of the event area. The parks are open to the public and anything outside of the event area (I.E. the transition area, packet pick up area in this case) is considered outside of the bounds of the event and part of the public park. Please be respectful of all guidelines. Absolutely no mingling in the transition area. 





Packet Pick Up areas will be spread out throughout the park in different areas to allow for social distancing during pick up and to limit the number of people gathered to less than 25, the morning of the race. You will only be able to pick up your packet at the earliest, 1 hour before your wave starts. We will provide a map with the locations of the packet pick up. They will be spread out in based on letters of last names. You will be able to pick up your packet ahead of time that will include your race bib and racer shirt.


You are responsible for body marking. We suggest doing this well before the race. Make sure you have a permanent black marker. You will receive your assigned number ahead of time. From there, you will be responsible for writing your wave number on your RIGHT HAND and your bib number on your  RIGHT shoulder and RIGHT calf muscle. Diagram will be given when you receive your final racer briefing before the event.


You will be assigned a bike according to your bib number. In the race notes, we will give you your bib number. Your assigned bike rack will match your bib number. We will clearly mark the transition area and bib numbers for you to find your rack. Bike racks will also be extended. We will limit 2 people per rack, on opposite sides and ends to provide appropriate social distancing. Since racks are assigned, you will not have to worry about showing up extremely early to find a place. Please remember, 1 hour ahead of your race is the earliest you can arrive.


The event will be operated in a time trial format. This means, we will be starting 1 athlete at a time. Again, you will be assigned to a wave and you will be given a general start time. For example, if you are in Wave 1, you will head towards to beach to begin lining up for your race start. Wave 1 begins the starts at 7:00am. We will use the length of the beach and provide a clearly marked area for each person to stand and move up on this longer, socially distanced line, to their starting position. We will begin sending swimmers off apprx. every 10 seconds. Volunteers will be there to assist in communication. You will simply need to enter this chute during your starting timeframe. We will call for swimmers and their wave starts with directions over the loudspeakers 10 minutes ahead of time to help swimmers to be prepared. See diagram below.



There will be ample room along the course for safe passing. If you are to pass anyone, make sure you are loudly yelling to the person you are passing “passing on your left!”. Be sure to move away from each other safely to provide space during passing. If passing on the swim, please give each other a wide berth. If you see someone passing you, please stop for a second to let them get completely around you.


When you finish the race, you can grab a water bottle and leave the finish line area. Head to transition and gather your gear and bike to bring to your vehicle. Please do not gather at the finish line area and please be respectful of others racing inside of the transition area. Do your best to get out of the transition area as quickly as possible to limit the amount of individuals inside of transition at one time. Be aware of the timing chutes and chip mats! Do not cross over these mats or go near them with your chip if you are in the middle of your race.

This is at a Big Lake City Park, and the park is open. Outside of the event after finished, you may use the park and beach area according to the rules set forth by the city of Big Lake. Please note, this is outside of the bounds of the event and ACM is not responsible for your use of the park outside of the race. Please use caution and follow all guidelines set forth by the City of Big Lake.


There will be no on-site awards. Instead we will do virtual awards! We will announce our overall winners over the loudspeakers at the event of course, but there will be no official ceremony, in order to limit gathering. We will later follow up on our Facebook page and email to announce the virtual awards. Overall winners will receive free entries to race in any of our events next year. Second and third place will receive 50% discount codes towards our races next year. 1st place age group winners will also receive discount codes to our events next year. Results will be online only. You can check them at anytime with your smart phone. The link will be provided to you.  


bring extra water containers with you to your transition area. We will not have an area to fill your water bottle. You can leave extra water jugs or water bottles at your transition area while you race. There will be a water stop on the running course. The water stop will have only Dasani Water Bottles, provided generously by one of our founding partners, Viking Coca-Cola. Volunteers will place water bottles on a table as you run by you may take one. We will have recycling bins along the route. Please do your best to make sure it gets into the recycling bin. Our volunteers will assist in clean up.


Our volunteers are great and will be there for you! Volunteers that are interacting with runners on site and at the water stop will have masks and hand sanitizers. Volunteers will also have plenty of spray bottles and we will be doing ample cleaning to ensure a safe environment.


Please limit to 1 person max on the course. Thank you!



Whether you’re just beginning your journey as a triathlete, participating in your first Graniteman Tri, or are a seasoned pro looking to cross another finish line, we want to make your experience the best it can be! As you’ve been training hard on your end, we have been working hard on ours to assemble a list of frequently asked questions that often come up as people prepare for race day.

If you registered for the 2018 Buffalo Triathlon you had a few options.  Many chose to transfer to either the Big Lake or Clearwater triathlons.  For those who deferred your entry to the 2019 Buffalo Triathlon, you were emailed a comp entry code to register for the race during the month of November 2018.  If your email address changed in the past year or you do not get that email by the end of November, please email RD@centralmnevents.org

Yes, but you will pay $20.00 more and will not be guaranteed a shirt or swag.  It is much better to register before the online race registration closes. (NOT available in 2020, registration closes a week early and will not open on race day)

Yes! Review our No Risk Refund Policy on the home page. Refunds are offered through July 16th for the Big Lake Tri. Refunds are offered through August 3rd for Clearwater Tri, no questions asked! After these dates, there are no options for refunds. However, if anyone is experiencing Covid related symptoms, we will work with them to either defer their registration to next year or offer refunds, as safety is priority. 


Graniteman Triathlons are part of a non-profit organization called Active Central MN.  Most of the money raised from participant fees goes to pay for the race expenses.  Over the many years of hosting races over $250,000 has been paid to community volunteer groups that help during race day.  Any funds that are raised in excess of the needs of the races are used to help support other partnering community events in Central MN as well as an annual charitable cause.

Yes, that change can be made easily on race morning.  Just pick up your chip packet and head over to the “changes” line.  They will ask for your bib number and then place you in the correct heat. (there are NO olympic events in 2020)

No. All entries are non-transferable.

No. We only accept online registrations.

No. All confirmations will be sent via email, so please have your correct email address listed or you will not receive proper race communications.



Your race packet consists of your ankle chip, race bib number, swim cap, T-shirt, and race bag. Packet pick up is available on race morning only . 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. (review 2020 body marking instructions above)


The schedule for each race is listed on its specific event page, but please plan on arriving in the park early 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. 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 the pre race meeting. Please do not invite family and friends into the bike transition area. The bike transition area is for racers only! (Review transition area protocol for 2020 above)


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 and will not offer refunds as a result. 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. There will be 3 minutes between each wave and are mixed with males and females.  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.

Please contact the Race Director at RD@centralmnevents.org


(Per safe racing guidelines, this is NOT available in 2020) Before each race, a qualified bike mechanic is available to help with minor bike issues.  During the race, 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.

WATER/ AID STATIONS                             Powered by Image result for powerade

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 and some will also offer PowerAde. Water will also be available in the bike transition area to fill water bottles if needed. (ONLY WATER BOTTLES FOR 2020)

Yes, there will be plenty of life guards.  If you need to rest during the swim, you may hold onto the rescue tubes and safety boats used by lifeguards along the swim course. However, you will be disqualified if you use one of these devices to assist yourself in forward progress.

No. You must stay three bike lengths behind the rider in front of you. When passing, you need to complete the pass within 15 seconds. If you are being passed, you must drop back three bike lengths from the person passing you. Riding side by side within two meters of a rider is illegal. If you are caught drafting, you will be penalized. See race rules for more information.

Yes. You may use a mountain bike, hybrid/city bike, road bike, single-speed bike, tandem, fixed gear,  or triathlon bike. No motorized bikes, or recumbent bikes are allowed.


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. Participants can purchase food from the local food vendor that will be on site. (No food available in 2020)


All racers are encouraged to stay for the awards ceremony. All age group winners must be present to claim their prize and have their photo taken for the website. If you think you are in the running for an award, please check before you leave.  Due to the time it takes and cost, we do not mail awards.  If you can’t make the awards ceremony, ask someone you know to grab it for you.  Age group awards are given to the top 3 in each age group in 5 year increments. (Review 2020 awards above)


With the generous support of our sponsors, we will give away  a number of items after the awards ceremony. Finishers are automatically entered in the drawing, but must be present to win.


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.

RACE RESULTS (not posted onsite in 2020)

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:

  1. Bike shoes
  2. Helmet
  3. Running shoes
  4. Bike water bottle
  5. Towel
  6. Swim goggles
  7. Wetsuit
  8. Body glide/Vaseline
  9. Extra swim cap
  10. Tire pump
  11. Garmin
  12. Tri suit
  13. Spare tube
  14. Tools to repair tire
  15. Sunscreen (waterproof)
  16. Plastic garbage bag (cover shoes if raining)
  17. Band-Aids

What to Do Before You Leave Home:

  1. Clean bike & chain
  2. Charge Garmin
  3. Air in tires

What to Check on Race Day:

  1. Tire air pressure
  2. Bike in correct gear
  3. Tires and brakes not rubbing
  4. Helmet in correct position
  5. Body Glide/Vaseline on ankles/legs
  6. Body Glide on shoes


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