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Name: North Mankato Triathlon - Rookie Triathlon Experience

Distance: Sprint Triathlon - 1/4 Mile Swim - 12 Mile Bike - 3 Mile Run

Location: Hiniker Pond Park - North Mankato, MN

Date: August 12th, 2018

Start Time: 8:00 am

Race Fees:

EVENT Before 5/7 By 6/4 By 8/6
After 8/6
Individual Sprint (Rookie) $64 $68 $74 $78

We recommend signing up as early as possible so you can take full advantage of the support and advice from our team of seasoned triathlete mentors.

Rookie Tri Night:

Scheels Red

When: Wednesday, August 9th: 6pm - 8pm
Where: SCHEELS at the River Hills Mall (1850 Adams Street  Mankato, MN 56001)
What is it?: This is a special packet pick up just for Rookie Triathletes! Come join us on Wednesday, August 9th to pick up your race packet containing your race bib, bike and helmet numbers, timing chip, swim cap, race bag, and race t shirt. Scheels will have their bike maintenance team available for any bike services you may need prior to race day, they will also be at the park on race morning providing bike support.


NMT rookies

What does the Rookie Triathlete Experience include?
• An expert mentor team to give you tips and answer any question before, during, or after the race (No question is a bad question)
• A designated transition area for rookie triathletes with separate bike racks
• Your packet will be waiting for you in the designated rookie area if you don’t pick it up at packet pickup
• Separate race director talk for rookie athletes
• Separate body marking spot in the rookie triathlete area
• Race day support from mentors, they will be in the transition area with you from start to finish!
• Start in a wave with other rookie triathletes
• Water is about 5-8 feet deep for a majority of the swim
• Chip timing so you can see how you performed in each leg of the race
• Swim cap, race bib, and race t-shirt
• Post race lunch
• A sense of accomplishment after completing your first multisport event!

Worried you might forget something on race day? Click here for a checklist.

I have thought about participating in a triathlon but I don't know where to start.
This year we are proud to announce that we will be offering a Rookie Triathlete experience for athletes who are new to multisport events! We have enlisted seasoned triathletes to help you prepare and complete your first triathlon. Our team of mentors will teach you everything you need to know about having a successful race. On race day we will have a designated section of transition specifically for rookie triathletes! To help ease any prerace stress the mentor team will be there helping you set up a successful transition area. To make race morning easy we will have a one stop shop in your transition area where you can pick up your race packet, get body marking, and get your race goodies!

I want to do my first triathlon but I'm worried about open water swimming.
Open water swimming can seem a little daunting but Hiniker Pond offers one of the best open water swimming courses available to new comers. Not only is the water shallow but we have an expert team of life guards in the water from Bent River Outfitters and the Mankato Fire Department ready to aid swimmers at a moment’s notice.

I don't know how to get my bike ready for a triathlon.
Bring your bike old, new, mountain bike, road bike or whatever you have to complete the bike portion of the event.  Gear West has graciously offered offer a safety check as well as inflate tires and lube drivetrain so that the athlete doesn’t feel the pressure on race morning to get the bike ready!

What do I need to wear on race day? I see people riding in their swimsuits, do I need to do that?
You can wear a wetsuit if the water is cool enough. It's hard to know with MN's summers but usually the race allows a wetsuit if you have one. You can also rent one before the event. Under the wetsuit some people wear swim suits and some people wear a top and shorts or a one piece tri suit. It's entirely up to you what you wear and what you are comfortable in. You can then put on bike shorts and or a bike top and socks once you get on the bike. There is no nudity in the transition area though so plan ahead! Always try out your race day outfit before the event. Then you know what may rub you " wrong" or works perfectly!

Meet the Mentors

Thank you to our 2017 mentors - there may be changes for 2018 to mentors. Here is our amazing team of multisport mentors. Feel free to email and ask them any questions you might have about competing in your first triathlon. Remember, there is no such thing as a stupid question. Our mentors have tons of experience and they can't wait to share their thoughts with you on how to have a great first triathlon!

Megan Christopher

Megan ChristopherEmail Megan

Hello triathletes. My name is Megan Christopher and I am pleased to be your coach for such an amazing time in your life... your first tri! Each year, thousands of everyday men and women participate in their first triathlon in search of fitness and a rewarding challenge. I want to congratulate you on your training thus far. I have participated in several triathlons in my life, and there is no better feeling than crossing that finish line, however, its that journey between start and finish where memories are made. Besides encouragement, I will be there to help you make transitions from the water to your bike and then again to your feet. I will be there to remind you of what to expect and give you some tips along the way. Congrats again on making this choice to just "tri"!


Ready to tri something new?

If you're ready to compete in your first triathlon with the support of our multisport mentor team, register now!

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