2020 Fall Hawk Island Kids Triathlon

1601 E. Cavanaugh
Lansing, MI 48910


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Event Description

Welcome to the Hawk Island Fall Kids Triathlon!

This race is a beginner-friendly event for kids of all fitness levels and abilities. We have three categories with varying distances for ages 1-14. The swim course is shallow enough that Goldfish and Dolphins can touch at all times, and the entire kids race is within Hawk Island County Park, providing optimum safety for racers & visibility for parents. 

Think your child is too young? Think again... We see baby triathletes in swim diapers and floaties, and they are adorable! From toddlers to teens, we've got the perfect race for our next generation of multi-sport athletes. 

Parents, this is a great opportunity to encourage healthy habits that will last a lifetime. Your kids are never too young to swim, bike, and run! 

Event details and schedule

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Goldfish (age 6 and under): 25m swim, 150m bike, 100m run. 

Dolphin (age 10 and under): 100m swim, 3 mile bike, 1 mile run.

Shark (age 14 and under) 200m swim, 4.5 mile bike, 2 mile run.


Kids Swim: Goldfish swim in shallow water parallel to shore (life vests and other swim aids allowed for this age group). Dolphins swim the perimeter of the shallow beach area, inside the buoy lines. Sharks swim the perimeter of the entire beach area, outside the buoy lines. Lifeguards are positioned on a floating dock and in the water along the entire course.  

Kids Bike: Golfish bike in an cordoned-off parking area (training wheels/scooters allowed). Dolphins bike 2 loops around the rivertrail within Hawk Island Park. 3 loops for Sharks. 

Kids Run: Goldfish run in a cordoned-off parking area. Dolphins run out and back along the scenic beach path and boardwalk. Double loop for Sharks.

Kids Maps


Registration opened December 6 with early bird pricing through the end of hte month. Rates increase on May 1, July 1, and September 1.    

Goldfish: $30 / $35 / $40 / $45

Dolphins/Sharks: $40 / $45 / $50 / $55

Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, September 10. Race day registration is available for an additional $5. Credit Cards are accepted onsite.

Race Shirts

Cotton race shirts are included with kids registration.

Shirt sizes can only be guaranteed if registered before midnight on Friday, September 4.  Overruns in various sizes will be available on a "first-come" basis after the race.


Goldfish are non-competitive. No timing.

Dolphins/Sharks wear bib chips that record overal time. No splits.


Kids: Top three boys and girls in each age division (Dolphins and Sharks).


Hawk Island County Park is located at 1601 E. Cavanaugh St. between Pennsylvania and Aurelius Roads in Lansing, MI. The park features a beautiful beach and swimming area, splash park, playground, sand volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, picnic grounds and shelters, and a beach house/snack bar. 

Park Policies

No glass bottles or alcoholic beverages allowed in Hawk Island County Park. Dogs are allowed at Hawk Island with the exception of the area between the playground and the concession stand, which comprises the beach and Splash Pad® area. All dogs must be on a 6 foot or less leash.  


On-site parking is available for $3 for Ingham County residents, $5 for non-residents. Free parking is available at overflow lots within a half mile of the race pavilion.  

Parking will be assigned according to arrival time on race day. Handicap parking is reserved in the area next to the transition area. 


Kids check-in is 9-10:45 on race day. Participants receive bib#, race shirt, swim cap, and body marking.

Race Policies

BIB Transfers: If you are unable to compete, for whatever reason, it is your responsibility to find a replacement racer.  Transfers can be completed through Active.com. The $10 transfer fee can be paid by either party. Information on how to transfer is available here. No transfers allowed after 5 p.m., Thursday, September 10.

Transition Area: For the safety and security of our participants, the transition area is off limits to everyone except racers and volunteers (wearing fluorescent volunteer shirts or orange vests). Race numbers MUST be displayed to gain access to the transition area.

*The only exception is for Goldfish. Parents are allowed to assist their child along the entire course. 

See schedule below for times that transition area closes. The transition area will reopen after the race. This is for the safety and consideration of all participants, no exceptions.  

Athlete Conduct: We reserve the right to disqualify anyone who behaves inappropriately toward fellow competitors, volunteers, or race management staff.

No Refunds: While we sympathize with athletes who register for our event but later find themselves unable to compete due to injury, illness or other circumstances, refunds are not given under any circumstance.

Medical Services

First Aid is available at the finish line courtesy of McLaren Greater Lansing nurses.

Water Stations

Water is available on the run course, under the race pavilion, and at the finish. We do not provide water along the bike course – make sure to bring a bottle. 

Water Safety

Lifeguards from Ingham County Parks, local YMCAs, and swim schools will be on shore and in the water monitoring the swim. There's no such thing as too many lifeguards.


Volunteers help stuff goody bags, set up and tear down the courses, help with check-in, provide direction to spectators and racers, monitor the parking and transition areas, serve refreshments, and hand out medals. Teams, clubs, and other organizations are welcome to volunteer as a group. We provide training, shirts, and food!


We are proud to have Candlewood Suites as our preferred accommodations for the Hawk Island Triathlon. This property is conveniently located two miles from the park at 3545 Forest Road, next to MSU’s University Club and Forest Akers Golf Course.

Hotel guest rooms have a kitchenette, free internet access, and on-site fitness center. And they are pet friendly! Room rate for triathletes and their families is $89 per night. Reserve your suite by calling (517) 351-8181.

See the Sights!

As long as you're in town, you might consider taking the kids to one of 80+ local attractions like Potter Park Zoo, Impression 5 Science Center, the State Capitol Building, the Michigan Historical Museum, REO Olds Museum, Beal Botanical Garden, and so many more! Visit the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau for more great events in the Lansing area on race weekend. 


Proceeds from this event support South Lansing Community Development Association's efforts to increase outdoor recreational opportunities, encourage physical activity, increase access to fresh foods, and improve overall community health.

Race Weekend Schedule

Friday, September 11

6-7:30 p.m. Practice Swim and Triathlon Clinics hosted by Lansing Triathlon Team.

Saturday, September 12

9-10:45 a.m. Kids Check-in

11:00 a.m. Goldfish 

11:20 a.m. Dolphins

11:40 a.m. Sharks

12:00 p.m. Post-Race food

12:30 p.m. Awards 

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