TRI Clear Lake

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TRI Clear Lake Triathlon has been selected by USA Triathlon to host the Iowa Age Group State Championships & Iowa High School State Championships!

USA Triathlon State Championship races qualify the top 35% or top five (5) finishers in an age group (whichever is greater) for Age Group National Championships. You may only qualify for Olympic-distance Nationals by placing in the Olympic distance State Championship race or Sprint Nationals by placing in the Sprint distance State Championship race. 

USAT’s Iowa High School State Championship race will be held as part of the TRI Clear Lake Triathlon, allowing young triathletes to showcase their talent against a competitive high-school field, while enjoying the support of the wider multisport community. All high school athletes who finish any of the State High School Championships will automatically qualify for Sprint-distance (pending they are at least age 15 as of December 31, 2023.) 

Sprint & Olympic Distance Triathlon in Clear Lake, Iowa

Date: May 27, 2023
Event Description: The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is host to the TRI Clear Lake Triathlon, sanctioned by USA Triathlon.

The race will start and end in downtown Clear Lake! The scenic course will commence at City Beach; the flat-and-fast one-or two-loop bike course guides athletes out and back along South Shore Drive. The race is capped off with a 3.1-mile or 6.2-mile run on North Shore Drive along beautiful Clear Lake and back to a lakeside finish in City Park.

This is the perfect race for beginners and experienced triathletes alike. At the completion of the race, you will experience a high-energy lakefront finisher party, complete with music, food and beverages!

Olympic Distance: 1,500 meter swim, 24.8-mile bike, and 6.2-mile run

Sprint Distance: 500-meter swim, 12.4-mile bike, and 3.1-mile run

Registration opens Friday, November 25 at 12 a.m. Use code BLACKTRIDAY for $10 off on Friday, November 25!

Tiered Registration (up to 750 participants):

First 150 to register: Sprint $65 // Olympic $75
151-300 to register: Sprint $80 // Olympic $90
301-450 to register: Sprint $95 // Olympic $105
451-600 to register: Sprint $110 // Olympic $120
601-750 to register: Sprint $125 // Olympic $135

Sprint Relay $170 // Olympic Relay $200

Interested in volunteering? See what opportunities are available on Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27 (link coming soon!)

Use code BLACKTRIDAY on Friday, November 25 for $10 off.

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 27th

  • 4:00-7:00 pm – Packet pickup and timing chip pickup at Athletico, 7 S 8th St. Suite C
  • 6:00-7:00 pm – Swim course open for OWS practice
  • 6:30 pm – Tri 101 Meeting

Saturday, May 28th

  • 5:30 am – Transition opens
  • 5:30-7:00 am – Packet pickup and timing chip pickup at Clear Lake City Park
  • 7:15 am – Transition area closes
  • 7:20 am – Pre-race meeting at swim start
  • 7:30 am – Olympic race begins
  • 7:55 am – Sprint race begins

Race Venue

Clear Lake is conveniently located right off of I-35. Only 2 hours South of Minneapolis and 2 hours North of Des Moines. The race will start and finish lakefront downtown. Athletes and spectators are welcome to park downtown.

Race Categories

Racers will be divided into categories by gender and age. Age groups for each gender are:

  • 19 and under
  • 20-24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70 and older

Clydesdale and Athena Divisions:
Men weighing 220 pounds or more and women weighing 165 pounds or more are able, but not required, to participate in the Clydesdale and Athena divisions. To do so, you must indicate this group on your registration form. Entrants in this category are eligible for Clydesdale or Athena Division awards, but not age group awards.

Relay division:
2 to 3 person relay.


The top three overall male and female finishers and the top 3 finishers in each of the other categories for sprint and olympic distances (Age Group, Clydesdale, Athena, Relay Teams) will receive an award. Award ceremonies will follow completion of each race.


The TRI Clear Lake will be sanctioned by USA Triathlon (USAT). Race participants are required to be annual members of, or have a one-day permit from, USAT. The $15 USAT one-day permit fee will be added to nonmembers’ entry fees prior to check-out. USAT members must present their USAT membership card and photo ID at packet pickup.

Packet Pickup

Packet pickup will take place on Friday, May 27th from 4:00-7:00 pm and on Saturday, May 28th from 5:30-7:00 am. Athletes must pick up their own packets, at which time they will be required to show a photo ID and their USAT membership card if they are an annual USAT member. This also applies to individual relay team members.


Chips will be distributed at check-in on the morning of the event. Race participants are responsible for returning their chips to volunteers at the finish line. A $30 charge will be assessed to the athlete if the chip is not returned.

Event Cancellation

If the swim portion of the race is cancelled due to inclement weather (i.e. heavy rain, lightning) or unsafe water conditions, the event will be duathlon, with run-bike-run. Please check the TRI Clear Lake website and Facebook page on race day for updates if you suspect delays or cancellation.

Refund Policy

Registration is non-refundable.


We need motivated volunteers to put on a memorable race! Please sign up below if you are interested in volunteering!


Friday, May 27th

  • Setup – Volunteers help set up the swim, bike, and run courses, as well as the finish line, transition, and registration areas.
  • Registration – Volunteers assist our event staff at registration by checking in athletes and distributing packets.

Saturday, May 28th

  • Parking – Volunteers direct traffic to the designated parking areas.
  • Swim Course – Lifeguards direct and assist athletes in the water.
  • Bike Course – Volunteers direct athletes and watch for traffic.
  • Run Course – Volunteers direct athletes and watch for traffic.
  • Transition Area – Volunteers restrict entrance to athletes only.
  • Aid Stations – Volunteers hand out water to athletes.
  • Tear Down – Volunteers help tear down the courses when the race is complete.
  • Photographers – Volunteers capture the memories of our event.

Course Maps

TRI Clear Lake Swim Course 2022


The swim starts and finishes at city beach.



The transition area is located along South Shore Drive and 1st Avenue South.

Bike mount dismount

Bike Mount/Dismount Area

TRI Clear Lake Bike Course 2022

Bike Course

The bike distance is 12.4 miles. The route is flat and fast. It showcases scenic prairies and windmills. Law enforcement and volunteers awill be staged at high traffic and caution areas. Athletes will head west out of State Park and make their way back to State Park riding by Lekwa Marsh on road B35.

Run Out 2022

Run Out

TRI Clear Lake Run Course 2022

Run Course

The run distance is 3.1 miles. Highlights on this route include running by the historic Lady of the Lake and the legendary Surf Ballroom. The race will start and finish lakefront downtown. There will be aid stations located at mile 1 and 2.

Presenting Sponsor

Title Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Clear Lake Bank & Trust

Silver Sponsors

sevens restaurant & steakhouse
Cookies Etc Logo

Bronze Sponsors

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TRI Clear Lake Swim Start
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