Headwaters Sprint Triathlon


On August 22, 2010, the Headwaters Triathlon Club is organizing the self-supported Headwaters Sprint Triathlon to provide its members who were not able to race this season a chance to compete at least once.  It is open to all Headwaters Triathlon Club members and will be run on the traditional Northwoods Triathlon Course (600 yd swim, 14 mi, bike, 3.1 mi run) with a limit of 15 or fewer participants in total.

COVID-19 Measures

  1. The race is limited to up to 15 registered Headwaters Triathlon Club members. If you want to participate but you are not yet a member, head to https://headwaterstriathlonclub.wildapricot.org/ and “Join Us”
  2. All participants have to register for the race and sign the “COVID-19 Release”. To register for the race, head to https://headwaterstriathlonclub.wildapricot.org/, sign into your Headwaters Triathlon Club account and register for the race under “Events”
  3. If you show any of the following symptoms on the morning of the race, stay at home, and do not compete:
    • A fever (100.4°F or higher), or a sense of having a fever or feeling feverish (chills, sweating)
    • A new cough that you cannot attribute to another health condition
    • A new shortness of breath that you cannot attribute to another health condition
    • A new sore throat that you cannot attribute to another health condition
    • New muscle aches that you cannot attribute to another health condition and that are not caused by a specific activity (such as physical exercise)
    • A new headache that you cannot attribute to another health condition
    • New loss of smell or taste that you cannot attribute to another health condition
    • Vomiting or diarrhea that you cannot attribute to another health condition
    • Are you under evaluation for COVID-19 (e.g., waiting for the results of a viral test to confirm infection)?
    • Have you been diagnosed with COVID019 and not yet cleared to discontinue isolation?
  4. The race is self-supported, that is there will be no aid stations or volunteers on the racecourse. You need to bring and carry your own race equipment and needs.
  5. Your transition area will be your own personal car. There will be no bike racks, and no volunteers monitoring the transition area.
  6. All participants must wear a mask while setting up their transition area and as soon as possible after finishing the race.
  7. A physical distance of 6 ft has to be maintained at all times, especially when not wearing a mask. Try to maintain a physical distance of 6 ft when passing other athletes on the racecourse.
  8. Bring your own hand sanitizer and clean your hands regularly.
  9. The race will be started in a time trial fashion, more information under Timing
  10. The racers are responsible for keeping their own time, with a GPS enabled device.

Racecourse and Start Times


Halvorson Park, Nevis, MN


Your transition zone is the back of your car. Your bike will be in your car or secured on your bike rack, your other biking and running gear will be in the car at the start of the swim. Because everybody’s car set up will be slightly different, you transition time will not count towards your race time, unless you take longer than 10 minutes total for both T1 and T2.

Swim Start Times

The first athlete will start at 8 AM. Each athlete will be assigned a start time based on their estimated finishing time (we can only do our best to estimate this time). For example, if the fastest triathlete is estimated to complete the course in 1:05:00 and the slowest is estimated to finish in 1:45:00 then the fastest athlete will start 40 min after the slowest triathlete who will start at 8:00 AM. Everyone else will start sometime between 8:00 AM and 8:40 AM.

The goal is to provide a competitive race based on safety at the start and competition in the latter part of the race.


The swim will be about 600 yds in length. Your start will be at the time you will be given and according to your own watch time. The start is at the east stairway down to the beach. Stand next to the stairway, start your timing device, swim out to and around the pontoon boat to the South West and back to the west stairway (near the dock) to exit.  Consider the top of the stairway to be the end of the swim and the start of T1. Because we will not have any lifeguards, all swimmers have to wear a swim safety buoy. There are a limited number of extra buoys available, so let us know in time if you need one.


Beach to car, car to chalk line at the west end of the parking lot at corner of Park St and 3rd Ave.W.


The 14 mi bike course will follow the Northwoods Triathlon bike course exactly:
After exiting the transition are, turn left on Co. 18 to Dorset, turn right on Co. 7, turn right on Co. 50, turn right on Co 40, turn right on Co. 2 back to Nevis, turn right on Park St. back to the transition area.

This is not a closed course. Nobody will be directing traffic. You have to follow ALL street signs and rules, including stopping at all STOP signs.

Watch out when crossing Co. 18 for your left turn. Do not race through Nevis once you reached the north edge of town.

*** Remember, you only have 10 minutes total for your transitions, we therefore do not recommend stopping at Muskie Waters for coffee, ice cream, or candy at this time. Wait until after the race.


Chalk line at the east end of the parking lot on Park St. to car, car to chalk line at the west end of the parking lot at corner of Park St and 3rd Ave.W.


The 3.1 mi run will take place on the Northwoods Triathlon out and back run course on the Heartland Trail. Exit the transition on 3rd Ave.W, cross Co. 18 and turn left on the Heartland Trail. Remember, this is not a closed course, so watch for cars as you cross Co. 18 to get to the Heartland Trail, and watch for cyclists, dogs, and other users of the Heartland Trail. The turnaround will be marked with a turn-around chalk arrow right at the 10-mile post on the Heartland Trail, go around the arrow. To reach the finish line, do not turn back to the parking lot but run all the way to the stop sign at Co. 2. The finish line will be marked with a chalk line on the Heartland Trail.


Each athlete will be responsible for keeping their own time using a GPS enabled watch or device.

Because we are self-timing the Headwaters Spring Triathlon, we are trying to use STRAVA segments to be able to compare individual performances (these segments might be slightly shorter than the actual race distance). Therefore, each athlete will need to establish a free STRAVA account, join the Headwaters Triathlon STRAVA Club, and synch their device to STRAVA. More information about how to accomplish this will be provided after you register for the event. Please make sure to upload your time to STRAVA immediately after completion of the race.

We will do our best to provide unofficial results on race day, and official times and places later in the week.

Remember …

… to maintain physical distancing at all times, especially when not wearing a mask.
… to wear a mask whenever physical distancing is not possible.


If you want to participate, head over to https://headwaterstriathlonclub.wildapricot.org and become an official member of Headwaters Triathlon Club. Once you are a member, you can sign up for the free event. If you are already a member, log into your membership account and you can register for the free event. You will receive more information about how to connect to STRAVA and about the timing of the event after you registered.

General Schedule

The first triathlete will start at 8 AM. You may set up your transition area at any time prior to 8 AM.
You may stay until the last racer comes in or leave as soon as you are done. Just make sure that we have your time available on STRAVA before you leave.


If you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, or other let us know.

Neil King: NeilKKing@gmail.com

Headwaters Triathlon Club: HeadwatersTri@gmail.com


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