Race Information

  • Name
    Barron Lake Triathlon
  • City
    Niles, MI
    Berrien County
  • Events
    sprint triathlon
    supersprint triathlon
    sprint triathlon relay
    supersprint triathlon relay
    youth triathlon
  • Event Categories
  • Race Date
    Aug 22, 2020 Saturday Cancelled
  • Primary Link
  • Extended Listing Information
  • Details from event's RunSignUp.com listing:
    Barron Lake Triathlon Canceled for 2020

    Dear Barron Lake Triathlon Racers and Volunteers,

    It is with great joy that we are announcing that we are continuing with planning for Barron
    Lake Triathlon on August 22nd, 2020! Due to ongoing changes with Covid-19, predicted
    Michigan outdoor crowd restrictions of 250 people and new USAT guidelines, there will
    definitely be some big changes this year. We anticipate an excellent event with safeguards to
    help keep everyone safe. Don't let this opportunity slip by!!

    Here are the changes we are working on:

    1) In order to allow for the safest event possible in our small venue, we are limiting our
    available race slots to 150 racers and 75 volunteers. No spectators will be allowed in the gated
    venue area and surrounding residential neighborhood. Out of respect for the neighboring
    community, we request that only racers attend the event. Being respectful to the neighboring
    community will help ensure that we will be able to continue to hold this event in Niles in the

    2) There will be ONE distance this year.
     300 meter swim
     11 mile bike out and back
     5K run around the lake.
    Even if you haven't had much chance to train this year, this is do-able!! The roads along the
    bike course are in excellent shape (best ever!) Bike turn around will be BEFORE the giant hill
    on Anderson and White.

    3) Due to spacing restrictions, we, unfortunately, can't have a Kids Triathlon. Older children who
    are strong open water swimmers who can safely stay out of the way of traffic and can
    independently set up/take down transition may consider participating in the Sprint race.
    Parents will not be allowed inside the venue area unless they are racing. Contact
    info@TriMichiana.com with questions regarding whether or not your child can participate in the
    Sprint Triathlon.

    4) Due to crowd and distancing restrictions, we cannot allow relay teams this year.

    5) The award ceremony will be replaced with award pick-ups, an email blast the day after the
    race, and acknowledgments on our social media pages. You will be honored for your victory
    and finish!!!
    Overall and age group awards can be picked up at a table near registration or will be available
    at SpinZone in Granger after race day.

    6) USAT will not allow water stations along the course. Traditionally racers bring their own
    water for the bike course. We highly encourage racers to carry water with them for the run
    portion. Optional running belts and handheld water carriers can be found at Fleet Feet Sports
    (Mishawaka), SpinZone (Granger), and ProForm (South Bend). Be sure to bring your own
    water, we will not be able to supply that for your race.

    7) Our annual auction will be an online auction only. Please stay tuned for an email link for

    8) We will be following all USAT guidelines to keep everyone as safe as possible from
    contracting Covid-19. This includes the following:
     Physical distancing of 6 ft.
     More time between swim waves to space out racers
     Pre-assigned, larger spacing distance on bike racks that rotate between age
    grouper/swim waves. Example: 1 person per swim wave on each rack, rotating
    between waves to space racers on bike racks.
     Screening racers and volunteers as they arrive for symptoms and exposure to Covid-19.
     Encouraging racers to wear a mask or face coverings that they can pull up over their
    face before & after racing and while passing another racer. Volunteers will be required
    to wear a mask.
     We encourage all racers to stay home on race day if they are not feeling well. If you are
    not well on race day, we can defer your entry to next year.

    9) As restrictions are lifted and guidelines are changing, we will adjust to fit those
    guidelines. Full details will be available on our website and will be emailed to racers prior to
    race day.

    10) We highly recommend if you are interested in racing that you register by August 8th
    or sooner. We anticipate the event will sell out this year. In the event we need to cancel
    as a result of the ongoing changes with Covid-19, refunds will be offered (minus $4.50
    runsignup.com transaction fee), OR your entry can be deferred to next year or you can choose
    to donate the fee to Racing For Steve-O Foundation.
    USAT is offering refunds or deferring to next year for all one-day membership passes in the
    event that the race is canceled.
    Your entry fee covers the cost of the expenses for putting on this event. It cost around
    $10,000- $13,000 to put on this event every year. Our charity, Racing For Steve-O Foundation,
    typically only earns funds from sponsorships, auction, online fundraisers, and our VIP parking.
    At this time, our greatest concern is losing funds for our charity due to the drastic decrease in
    donations and sponsorships this year due to Covid-19 and the current economic situation. We
    are continuing this event with the knowledge that our charity may only break even this year.
    This race means so much to us and we know everyone is excited to finally be able to race
    again! This is why we've decided to continue with the event. We are a grassroots organization
    that is run 100% by volunteers. Donations are always greatly appreciated!

    12) Please like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. You will find the most up-to-date
    information there. Our website also offers more details at:

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Listing Status

  • Added to our Directory
    Jun 29, 2014
  • Last Updated in our Directory
    Jul 19, 2020
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  • This event has concluded
    We hope to update it for 2021

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