The 7rd annual Holy Toledo Triathlon Challenge is a true "challenge", and probably not the best choice for your first triathlon (although we had one tri-virgin in '04...silly, silly girl). It's also not for the Weak-Willed, Weak-Legged, or the Weak-Minded. This is not the Tri-For-Fun Mini Sprint, BUT... it IS DO-ABLE for any determined athlete who wants to test their mettle. No time limits, so take your time (you won't be alone, and we'll save you plenty of food & beverages...maybe).
It features all the scenic fun the Holy T is known for, and more. The swim course, transition area, and post-race shenanigans will be held at Cypress Bend State Park (not Cypress Bend Resort), so sadly the refreshing 400 yard post-swim trot up the golf course from '04 is no more.
1-mile swim: Starting from the beach at the state park, the course forms a counter-clockwise semi-triangle (huge yellow buoys), around a pier full of spectators yelling at you, and finishing up the boat ramp and on to the transition area. Expected water temp is 65-72F (wetsuits recommended).
40-mile road bike: Bikes leave the State Park, takes the next main left (Stoney Creek) for a miserable out & back of just a mile or so, then back to the park road for a couple of rolling winding miles, takes a left onto Cypress Bend Parkway for a 2-mile out-and-back with a hill or two. Okay, actually, Big Mean Hills. (39x25 or better gearing would help). Back to the park road, cyclist go left to Hwy 191, and then left onto said highway. Flat to rolling terrain all the way to the turn around near Zwolle, then back the exact same way, including the much loved hilly section. No crying allowed (aloud). Pavement quality is good to great.
10-mile run: A little more road, a little less trail, still lotsa-lotsa fun. Accurate mile markers so you know how much fun is left. Enjoy the "Pit Of Despair" and several "Pits Of Mild-to-Moderate Depression".
"The last time I did a course like this it was called 'Army Ranger School'!" -2004 Survivor
Other Race Info:
Field limit: 250
Race bag with goodies & custom Holy T socks by SockGuy (or Helios)
Mid-bike Zwolle tamale eating contest with fabulous prizes, won in '06 by Rusty Stultz
Finishers Dog Tags and big cool mugs for all survivors (you WILL earn these) (If you didn't get your mug from last time, some will be available at registration)
Overall and Age-group awards 3 deep (nice ones, too!)
Muchos Gumbo, Cajun Pasta, foamy adult beverages, soda & lake water at the post-race soiree.
Lodging info HERE, and race week schedule soon.
Did I mention that this is not an easy race? As advertised last year, "The cowards won't show, and the weak'll die"
5-peaters ('04-'05-'06-'07) get a free entry into "The V.v",
to thank them for their unflinching support. So that means Mike
Sorry, no refunds!
Organ donor table will be set up at registration