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 Graniteman Tri’s 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 Graniteman Bike Lake 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. 

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! 



Prices for our triathlons have returned to Early Bird special pricing! Let’s get registered and get moving! Stay safe and have fun! 


Since 2010, the Graniteman Triathlon in Big Lake has grown to be one of Minnesota’s favorite triathlons.

Graniteman Big Lake is the last race in the Graniteman Triathlon Series that begins in June with the Buffalo Triathlon. Our Big Lake race takes place at Lakeside Park located right on HWY 10 and is just 30 minutes from the Twin Cities and St. Cloud.

Offering both sprint and olympic distances, you will swim in the clean and clear waters of Big Lake, get your seasons PR on one of the flattest and fastest bike rides in the state, and enjoy a lakeside run that starts and finishes in the park.  There is also a new playground for the kids, great music, and plenty of food.


2020 UPDATE: To be compliant with social distancing and racing guidelines, our logistics do not allow us to operate a Duathlon at this event. For 2020, there will be no Duathlon or Olympic race at Big Lake. We will offer a Sprint Tri and Sprint Relay. 

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 Awards – Info to be updated as event nears

2020 UPDATE: Below is information on a normal racing year award ceremony. There will be no formal awards ceremony for 2020 in order to remain compliant to COVID-19 safety guidelines. Further announcements will be given to athletes on the virtual awards process. 


 The awards ceremony will begin at 12:00 pm.  Olympic participants finishing after 12:15 pm that earn an award will receive it, but will not be part of the awards ceremony.  Please be sure to check results on race day as we do not mail awards.

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

Clydesdale and Athena 
Medals for the top 3 in each



All of the Graniteman Events are timed by Pickle Events.  Results can be found by going to or

EVENT SCHEDULE – Info to be updated as event nears

2020 UPDATE: Below is the normal year racing schedule. For our covid guidelines, racing will be done differently in 2020. As the race management team decides the best protocol, athletes will be notified on all updates. 

We are working to outline a time trial start option that will allow for proper social distancing during running. This will allow us to start the race as early as 7am and begin sending athletes off 1 by 1 on the swim based on age groups and time assumptions. Each athlete will be given their general start time frame. Our fully outlined racing protocol will be outlined and given to racers by mid July. 

  • July 28 –  6:00 PM  – Triathlon Clinic (canceled for 2020) 
  • August 1 – 6:30 AM  – Transition Area Open/Parking Lot Opens – No overnight parking
  • August 1 – 6:00 AM  – Packet Pick Up Heats & Body Marking (no body marking on site 2020) – At the park
  • August 1 – 8:30 AM  – Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting (canceled 2020)
  • August 1 – 7:00-9:00 AM  – Race Wave Starts @ Lake Side Park – 3 minutes between waves
  • August 1 – 11:30 AM  – Awards Ceremony (online awards 2020)


Lakeside Park is located only 30 minutes from St. Cloud and less than an hour from Minneapolis. 

Get Directions

From St. Cloud, MN
Follow US-10 East into Big Lake.  Turn left on Lakeshore Drive.

I-94 from Minneapolis, MN
Take I-94 West towards St. Cloud.  Exit #193 to MN25 towards Buffalo/ Monticello.  Turn right onto MN25 North.  Turn left at Jefferson Blvd.  Take your 2nd right onto Lakeshore Drive.


2020 UPDATE – In order to be compliant with racing guidelines, the 2020 Big Lake Triathlon will only host the sprint triathlon. There will be no Olympic Distance for 2020. Racers can still safely participate in team for this event.



1/3 Mile and .9 Mile Swim

View SPRINT course on Map My Run

View OLYMPIC course on Map My Run

Staging for the swim will be at the Lakeside Park beach. Please line up and group together as instructed with your wave. The swim will be a triangular course around the swim area at Lakeside Park.  Markers will be added or adjusted for distance adjustments. Each racer will be provided with a swim cap that MUST BE WORN.  There will be lifeguards and boaters along the course if you need to rest.  However, do not move forward while resting on a flotation device or you will be disqualified.  If you are in distress, remove your swim cap and wave it in the air and a lifeguard will come assist you.  If a lifeguard or boater thinks you are struggling and has concern for your safety, they do have the authority to pull you from the race.  Coming out of the water, run the chute to the transition area.


15 Mile and 24.6 Mile bike on rural roads

View SPRINT Bike course on Map My Run

View OLYMPIC Bike course on Map My Run

All cyclists must observe MN traffic laws. CPSC approved hard shelled helmets are required.

Drafting is prohibited

1. Head north on Lakeshore Dr. onto Hiawatha Ave.
2. Right at Eagle lake Rd. N
3. Left at Glenwood Ave
4. Left at Co Rd. 43
5. Left on 170th St. NW
6. Left on 229th Ave NW
7. Left on 171st St. NW
8. Right at Co Rd 43
9. Right at Glenwood
10. Right at Eagle Lake Rd. N.
11. Left at Hiawatha Ave and follow onto Lakeshore Dr. back to transition area.


3.1 and 6.2 Mile Run

View SPRINT Run course on Map My Run

View Olympic Run course on Map My Run

The sprint run course is an out and back 5K and will finish as you enter the park near the transition area. There will be water provided at the beginning, halfway point and finish of the run. 



 Triathlon Clinic – 2020 canceled

If you want to learn more about triathlons, join us at Big Lake beach shelter on the Tuesday before the race.  We will be speaking about the basics of triathlon and will share valuable insight about having a successful and enjoyable race. Bring your questions and your gear if you would like to head out to preview the run or bike course!

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 running shoes or bike and meet us down by the Big Lake beach shelter on the Tuesday evening before the race at 6:00pm.