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The DSI Triathlon is a paddle, pedal, and run event that can be done as a solo, tandem, or relay race. There is also an inclusive 4k untimed run, walk, or wheel race.
The race will start and end at Bay Point Park in Red Wing, MN and each of the course segments is described in greater detail below. This event is in its second year after a great first year in 2021. This serves as a fundraiser for Red Wing based Disability Support International whose mission is to improve the lives of people with disabilities in developing countries so they can live life to the fullest. Find out more about our work at www.ds-interational.org and more about this event at www.ds-interational.org/events.
September 1st is the registration deadline for registration for racers wanting a race shirt. Registration will continue up to race day.
All DSI Empowerers (monthly recurring donors) get free entry to either the Tri or the 4k! Learn more about joining this essential part of our DSI team at: www.ds-interational.org/empower-growth.
Racers can enter in a solo or tandem division for the triathlon. Race participants will park in the overflow parking lot across the road from Bay Point Park. Boaters will put in at the west boat launch and corral in the bay to the West of the park where a mass start will begin the race. A lead boat will guide racers out of the harbor and along the shores of Red Wing quickly merging onto the Mississippi River and heading downstream staying to the right of the red navigational buoys.
If water levels allow:
Once under the bridge, paddlers will hug the left shoreline and turn left in a short upstream sprint into one of the backwater channels. Boaters will then travel through some of the scenic backwaters of the Mississippi before returning and crossing the main channel of the river and going around Colvill Park. As you approach the shoreline with the playground on your right, there is 1km left around the park to take out at the cement bottom boat landing on the east side of Colvill Park.
In the event of low water:
Racers will have the same start as described above but will remain along the right shoreline for the duration of the race as they continue downstream towards Colvill Park.
All boaters must wear a USCG-approved life jacket during the competition. Boats should not have any assisting devices such as sails, peddles, motors, etc. unless requesting accommodations for inclusive racing.
Boat rentals available from the Red Wing Environmental Learning Center. Contact Jason at email@example.com
Click here to see a google earth map with details of the park locations, paddle segment, 4k route, & run segment.
Transition Zone: For the convenience of racers' logistics, there is only one transition zone for this race, at Colvill Park. Racers will use the eastern-most parking lot next to the Community Pool. Each racer/team will have a designated parking space for their boat and bike. Racers will arrange to have their bike dropped off the morning of the race, before the start time. After the paddle portion, racers will have the option of volunteers moving their boats to their parking space. As bikers return from the bike portion, they will park their bike in the same lane they retrieved it from as they transition to the run. Times will be taken as racers enter and exit the transition zone and no biking is allowed in the transition zone.
Racers will enter the transition zone on the southwest corner of the parking lot and then enter their lane as a car would heading east to their designated space. In moving to the next leg of the race, racers will enter the sidewalk on the northeast corner of the parking lot before turning to the left and then a right onto the paved trail where the transition zone ends to then go around Colvill Park in a counter-clockwise direction. This allows for an equal distance of travel for all racers through the transition zone. Relay racers will exchange in their parking space.
Bike: There are two divisions for the Bike portion. Option 1 is a 10k road bike that goes around Memorial Bluff and Option 2 is a 12.5k mixture of road, grass trails, and single-track mountain bike trails with optional mountain bike features that take riders up on top of the bluff. Electric bikes are welcome but will not be eligible for overall top three awards.
All racers are required to wear a bicycle helmet. Both bike options begin together out of the north end of the transition zone. Racers will follow the trail counterclockwise around Colvill Park and exit heading West on Nymphara Lane before taking a left on East 7th Street. Bikers will then merge briefly onto Highway 61 with a nice wide shoulder before taking a right onto Golf Links Drive. 3k into the race near the golf course clubhouse, Road Bike Racers, and Mountain Bike Racers will have their paths diverge.
Road Bike Racers will continue on Golf Links Drive around the bluff where the road becomes Bush St. Racers will then merge and ride with traffic as Bush Street heads downtown and briefly becomes Plum Street before taking a right on to East 7th Street where they will merge back with Mountain Bike Racers as they descend off of Wilkinson Street before turning left on Nymphara Lane to return to Colvill Park and the same transition zone.
Mountain Bike Racers will then turn right onto the golf cart path and begin their 1.5k ascent up Memorial Bluff on a double-wide ski trail. At the top, bikers will bike through bluff top prairies with vistas of Red Wing before entering onto a series of single-track mountain bike trails with optional features that include ramps, jumps, and berms. Bikers will then return to a wider trail for their descent down the bluff on the grass trail with a 180 switchback before merging on to Wilkinson Street. There is a pinch point between two boulders here to prevent motorized vehicles from accessing the trail. Bikers will then turn right on East 7th Street and then left on the eastern descent of Nymphara Lane before returning to Colvill Park and back into the transition zone.
Click here for a detailed map of the mountain bike route. Use the link below and select graph in the lower left hand corner to see elevation and speed.
10k run: Racers will again depart the Colvill Park transition zone and head up Nymphara Lane and turn right on East 7th Street. They will follow this street with the parking lane closed for racers and traffic-controlled intersections across town through Central Park, the Historic Residential District, and along the wooded trail along Hay Creek before returning to Bay Point Park.
4k Untimed Walk, Run/Walk/Wheel: This part of the event will happen at the same time as the triathlon, starting at Bay Point at the same time as the paddlers begin. This will be a self-timed, out and back route, leaving from Bay Point, following the path that runs along the river, past the boat houses in the Red Wing Bay, down and around Levee Park, and then back. This part of the event is great for anyone who wants to participate in a more leisurely way and is meant to include all ages and abilities, such as families with young children, Special Olympics participants, and members of a group home. The entire route is paved and relatively flat to accommodate strollers and mobility devices.
Please note: The race is expected to happen rain or shine. There are no refunds after registration and payment have been completed.
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