Sun Prairie Kids Triathlon

We are excited to announce our second annual kids triathlon in Sun Prairie on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Prairie Athletic Club, starting at 8:30am (long course).  This year’s race is presented by our friends at TDS.

TDS Tri 4 Schools


Online registration is now OPEN.  CLICK HERE to register online now.

2017 Tri 4 Schools Kids Triathlon Pricing Information

Looking to sign up for Exercise to Achievement?  For more information and to register, check it out here

Category Until 05/27/2017 at 11:59pm From 5/28/2017 until 6/21/2017 at 11:59pm or sell out Race Weekend Pricing – NO T-SHIRT GUARANTEED
Individual $25.00 $30.00  $35.00
Each Additional Child (for families with multiple children) $15.00 $20.00 $25.00
2 person relay team $45.00 $50.00 $55.00
3 person relay team $60.00 $65.00 $70.00
Family Day Water Park Pass – with meals $55.00 $55.00 $55.00
Individual Day Water Park Pass – with meals $17.00 $17.00 $17.00
Family Day Water Park Pass – no meal $35.00 $35.00 $35.00
Individual Day Water Park Pass – no meal $10.00 $10.00 $10.00

Scholarships Available!  If your child would like to participate in the Tri 4 Schools Kids Triathlon and will require financial assistance to enter, please contact our Race Director at  For those who register at least two weeks out from the race, we can work with sponsors to find a bike or running shoes for your child if needed.

Dolphin’s Cove Waterpark

Dolphin’s Cove is a private outdoor waterpark located at Prairie Athletic Club.  All athletes will receive a complimentary pass with their registration! If you’d like to make it a whole day of healthy, outdoor fun, consider purchasing waterpark passes during registration or at packet pick-up.  For more information on this great facility, please visit their website.  Pricing information can be found in the table above, and tickets can be purchased online during registration.

Race Information

The Tri 4 Schools race will be held at Prairie Athletic Club in Sun Prairie and surrounding neighborhood.  Safety is our primary concern so we may create a fun race for all participants!


The swim for the middle and long course will be held in the indoor lap pool at Prairie Athletic Club. We will use lane lines to help keep kids going in one direction safely and smoothly, and athletes will cross under the lane lines as they “snake” across the pool.  Part of the swim will be in a depth above their head (approximately 10 feet at one end), though they will start in water that is about 4ft.  Please note that flotation devices are NOT allowed in the middle and long course.

Flotation devices are allowed for the short course, which will take place in the children’s pool (with water slide) and the water will be no more than 2.5ft deep.

In case of rain, the race will continue unless it is deemed to be unsafe by local authorities on the morning of the race.  Please check back on our race site prior to race day to check in on weather updates!

Check out the printable maps here:

Printer-friendly Swim Maps

SP Short Swim for website

Parents/guardians: your child must be comfortable in a pool to participate.  ONLY children who are registered in the short course can use a flotation device such as a noodle or kickboard.  Lifeguards can temporarily assist them if needed, but they cannot pull your child through the water for the duration of the swim course.  Please work with your children on being comfortable in the water, or consider making a relay team with a more experienced swimmer.  Thank you for your cooperation!


The bike course will take place on neighborhood streets surrounding Prairie Athletic Club.  We will have volunteers, signage, and police-controlled intersections helping children and neighborhood citizens stay safe during the event.  Training wheels are allowed for this race!

Check out the printable bike course maps here:

Sun Prairie 2017 Bike Routes

Short Course Bike Route

The short course bike route is an out/back on Fitness Run, turning around at Millrun Circle.

  1. From the “Bike Out” of transition, turn left on Fitness Run.
  2. Athletes will turn around at the intersection of Fitness Run and Millrun Circle.
  3. Turn right into the Prairie Athletic Club parking lot and enter the “Bike In” area of transition.

Med/Long Course Bike Route

The medium and long course route takes place on residential streets, and includes a loop for long course athletes at the intersection of Fitness Run and Grandview Drive.

  1. From the “Bike Out” of transition, turn left on Fitness Run.
  2. Turn right on Grandview Drive.
  3. Turn left on Crossing Ridge Trail.
  4. Turn right on Sandridge Trail.
  5. Turn left on Kuhle Drive.
  6. Turn left on Terrace Chase.
  7. Turn left on Pebblebrook Trail, which turns in to Stonewood Crossing.
  8. Turn left on Circle Drive.
  9. Turn left on Fitness Run.
  10. At this point, long course athletes will complete another loop of the bike course by turning left onto Grandview Drive.
  11. Medium course athletes will continue straight down Fitness Run and turn right into the Prairie Athletic Club parking lot.


Our Run Courses have changed in 2017.  You can print out the run course maps here, and images will be posted below by April 1st.

Short Course

The short course run is an “out and back” that takes place within the parking lot of Prairie Athletic Club








Medium Course

The medium course run takes place on the sidewalk surrounding Prairie Athletic Club and Tower Drive. The course takes a right turn on Fitness Run and then athletes will run on the right side of the road back to the finish within the Prairie Athletic Club campus.








Long Course Run

The long course run starts with the same path as the medium course run, but athletes will turn left at the intersection of Fitness Run and Tower Drive and complete a loop that turns around on Millrun Cir. Athletes will be running against bike traffic, in accordance with normal laws.

Transition Area

The area is divided into three sections according to race distance, and will have color-coded signs with names of fruits on them to help children remember where their belongings are located.  You will place your bike, shoes, helmet, water bottle, and any other items you need during the bike and run portions of the race here prior to going to the pool for the swim start.  We highly encourage those new to triathlon to attend our Friday evening course talk so we can share strategies for ensuring a successful transition experience!

The divisions and distances are still being measured, but approximately distances are listed below. Please note that kids can choose the most appropriate distance for them, regardless of age:

Distance Swim Bike Run
Short (rec. ages 3-6) 25 yards  .3 mile .2 mile
Medium (rec. ages 7-10) 50 yards 2.25 miles .5 mile
Long (rec. ages 11-14) 100 yards 4.5 miles 1 mile


The race will be held at the Prairie Athletic Club – 1010 N. Bird Street, Sun Prairie, WI, 53590.

Driving directions via Google Maps can be found here.


A parking map and recommended lots for each distance can be found here.  A few key items to note:

  • Parking in the PAC lot will be reserved for members wishing to exercise that day, not triathlon participants
  • A drop zone will allow you to drop off kids,bikes, and equipment directly next to transition and the registration area.  See the Drop Zone map for more details.
  • Participants will be encouraged to park at CH Bird Elementary school, just north of Prairie Athletic Club, as well as streets indicated on the parking map

Please avoid parking on the streets being used for the race, as those roads will be closed for the duration of the race and you will not be able to exit.

2017 Parking Flow










Drop Zone Flow







We will have Sun Prairie EMS on site near the finish line and out on the bike course.  The medical staff will provide aid for minor injuries, such as bee stings, cuts, and scrapes.  However, in the event of bike crashes or other severe injuries, and medical transport is necessary, participants may be billed by Sun Prairie EMS for services rendered.  Any questions or concerns can be directed to the City of Sun Prairie’s website.  Please contact your insurance provider for questions on what is reimbursable by your carrier.

Site Map

Our 2017 site map is listed here.

2017 Sun Prairie Tri Site Map

Key Things to Remember:

  • When the transition area is closed, no one may enter or exit.  This is for the safety of competing athletes and athletes/spectators waiting to enter the area.  We will periodically open the transition area for placement and removal of your equipment.
  • Please arrive one hour before your race is scheduled to start.  Start times are estimated and we cannot hold waves for athletes who have not yet arrived.  This will allow you time to get aclimated to your environment and the race layout.
  • Consider picking up your packet on Friday night to save you time on Saturday!

Friday, June 23rd – Prairie Athletic Club, 1010 N. Bird Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590

Time Event Description
4:30pm Packet pick-up opens
5:00pm Course Talk and Transition Area tips
5:45pm Course Talk and Transition Area tips
6:30pm Packet pick-up ends

Saturday, June 24th – Prairie Athletic Club

Time Event Description
7:00am Packet pick-up and transition area open
7:30am Course Talk, Relay Team prep, and Transition Area tips
8:00am  Race Day registration closes if race is not full
8:15am Transition area closes for start of first race
8:30am Long course race begins
9:00am Estimated opening of transition area for arriving athletes
9:30am Estimated start time for middle distance race
9:45am Estimated award ceremony for long course race
10:00am Estimated opening of transition area for arriving athletes
10:30am Estimated start time for short course race
10:45am Estimated award ceremony for middle distance race
10:45am Estimated opening of transition area for removal of equipment
11:00am Estimated award ceremony for short course race
12:00pm Estimated race end

Here are the rules we will follow for our race.  These are in place for the safety of all of our participants, spectators, and volunteers!

  • Bike helmets must be worn on the bike course and should be buckled BEFORE leaving the transition area, as well as at all times when a participant is riding their bike.  All helmets should be approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
  • Your bike must be safe enough to ride. We will have a bike maintenance crew available before the race, but if you have time, get your bike a tune-up at your local bike shop.  Remember, it’s okay to use training wheels for this race!
  • Participants that wish to use kickboards or a water noodle will be able to do so for the swim portion of the race ONLY IF THEY ARE REGISTERED IN THE SHORT COURSE. No inflatable flotation devices will be allowed.
  • Children ages six and under will be allowed one parent in the transition area to help them. Any child ages seven and older must be able to get themselves through the transition area on their own.
  • Participants are not allowed to wear headphones on any portion of the race course.
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated and will result in a disqualification.  Remember, respect earns respect!
  • Race numbers must be worn on your front on the run course.  It is optional to wear your race number on the bike course.

The Tri 4 Schools Kids Triathlon has both a two and three person relay team division.  What this means, is that you can team up with one or two friends to complete the triathlon.  Relay teams will complete the same distance as individual competitors, but will choose the leg (or legs) of the race where they are strongest.

For example, one person could do the swim, another could do the bike, and a third could do the run.  With a two person team, one person could do the swim, and the other could do the biking and running (or any other combination of the three legs).  A timing chip is passed between the team members to record your time.  Only one team member should complete each event (for example, all team members do not need to bike or run).  This is a great option if your child is not a strong swimmer – just find a friend that likes to swim and you are ready to go!

A meeting will be held the morning of the race to help relay teams understand where they need to be in the transition area.

All participants will receive finisher medals.  The top three athletes in each age category and gender will receive a trophy, as well as the top three finishers (boys and girls) who are competing in a distance longer than the recommended distance for their age – 10 and under (Long Course), and 6 and under (Middle Course).

For our relay participants, the top team in each race distance will receive awards: short, middle, and long distance.

Award ceremonies will take place at approximately 9:45 for our long distance race, 10:30 for our middle distance race, and 11:15 for our short distance race.

Finally, we have two special awards: one which will be awarded to the school with the most participants for our Middleton event; and our Fittest School Award, which will be presented at the school with the most participants over the course of our race season.  You can display it proudly until the following year!



The results for our 2016 race can be found HERE.

2016 Award Winners

Short Course

Girls 3/4

  1. Riley Hensel
  2. Jordyn Johnson
  3. Molly Mommaerts

Boys 3/4

  1. Jett Ireland
  2. Ben Watson
  3. Dane Law

Girls 5/6

1.  Emilia Kate Wilson

2. Zoe Gepner

3. Brinley Schwanke


Boys 5/6

  1. Keaton Kripps
  2. Carter Schmidt
  3. Trevor Kohl

Top Relay Team: The Hyden Boys – Tucker & Connor Hyden!

Middle Course

Girls 6 & Under

  1. Hailey Mix
  2. Katelyn Zutter
  3. Nora Helton

Boys 6 & Under

  1. Dylan Geiszler

Girls 7/8

  1. Madilyn Kripps
  2. Evelyn Hereley
  3. Liesel Rettig

Boys 7/8

  1. Carson Connelly
  2. Aiden Burns
  3. Maximus Helmstadter

Girls 9/10

  1. Yazmeen Whitsitt
  2. Bridget Bedner
  3. Gretchen Bedner

Boys 9/10

  1. Aiden Dunlap
  2. David Banker
  3. Shaun Fahey

Top Middle Course Relay: Team Master Chef Jr.

Long Course

Girls 10 & Under

  1. Cora Haynie
  2. Lainee Diers
  3. Kate Sadler

Boys 10 & Under

  1. Nathaniel Peterson
  2. Aaron Gepner
  3.  Trevor Nicodemus

Girls 11/12

  1. Bella Carlson
  2. Logan Peters
  3. Isabella Starr

Boys 11/12

  1. Caleb Johnson
  2. Henry Noyes
  3. James Labeau

Girls 13/14

  1. Jessica Camarato
  2. Julia Kashuk
  3. Allysun Gillham

Boys 13/14

  1. Cristian Cruz-Montes

Top Long Course Relay: The Fries Kids

We are honored to have photos from three great photographers available for FREE download.

Please check out the photos from Carrie Chase Photography on our Facebook page.

We have nearly 1,400 pictures from Suzanne Blaydes, available for viewing and download here.

A big thanks to Annie Rubens, who also captured many images!  We’re hoping to get those added to one of the above locations.

Thank you to our event sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

In-Kind Sponsors