Get ready for an action-packed day at TRI Clear Lake! We’ve got the insider’s scoop to make the most of your spectator experience, from road closures to prime viewing spots in this guide to being a spectator at Tri Clear Lake, Iowa.

Rise and Shine

Don’t miss the pre-race buzz! Set your alarms and snag a cup of coffee because the excitement kicks off early at TRI Clear Lake! Don’t just aim to arrive on time; aim to arrive early. You won’t want to miss the sun gently rising over Clear Lake, athletes gearing up, and the soul-stirring National Anthem filling the air at 7:25 am. Trust us; it’s a moment you’ll want to soak in before the race commences. Plus, keep your eyes on the sky for Mark Holt’s flyover before the starting gun – it’s an awe-inspiring sight!

Cheer Loud

Let your cheers be heard! Spectators are encouraged to be a part of the action to bring the noise and show their support for the athletes. Our race directors amp up the excitement with our awesome custom bibs featuring each athlete’s number and name, making it easy to cheer them on by name – it’s all about adding a personal touch to the cheering experience! Whether it’s shouting encouragement or ringing a cowbell, every bit of energy helps propel them forward.  Don’t miss our poster making station sponsored by Athletico Physical Therapy near the finish line – unleash your creativity and show your support for the athletes in style!

Plan Your Route

Be aware of road closures and plan your journey accordingly to avoid getting stuck in traffic. Check out the road closure guide below to ensure a smooth trip to the event.

Best Viewing Spots

For prime viewing, head to the seawall near the swim exit to catch athletes transitioning from water to bike. When hunger strikes, grab a bite from the food trucks onsite or one of our local restaurants. Stay close to City Park to cheer them as they complete their final leg down North Shore Drive, around the park to the finish line!

Respect the Rules

Remember, the transition area is off-limits to spectators & supporters for safety reasons, only registered athletes are allowed inside. Stay within designated areas to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Explore Clear Lake

Make a day of it by exploring Clear Lake’s attractions and dining options. From scenic spots to local eateries, there’s plenty to see and do beyond the race.

Get ready to cheer on the athletes and enjoy a day of excitement at TRI Clear Lake!


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Road Closures

Friday, May 24, 2024 at 3:00 am

  1. Main Avenue from 3rd Street to boat ramp and N Lakeview Dr to 1st Ave N.
  2. South Shore Drive from Main Ave to 1st Ave S. Close 1st Ave S to 4th Ave S.
  3. Main Ave Boat Ramp closed for most of the day Friday for the Splash & Dash and morning of Saturday, May 25.
  4. Temporary No Parking Zones around City Park next to the above closed streets and 1st Ave N from N Lakeview to N Shore Dr.

Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 7:00 am

  1. Buddy Holly at 6th Avenue North to N Shore Dr.
  2. Close Road to through traffic on N Shore Dr from Buddy Holly to 5th Ave N. and S Shore Dr. from Buddy Holly to 7th Ave N.
  3. Close South Shore Dr for races from Main Ave to 27th Ave S (southern city limits).