Torch Lake Triathlon is a casual, non-competitive sprint triathlon held every Labor Day weekend at Torch Lake in northern Michigan. Participants consist of Torch Lake families, neighbors, and friends of all ages.
Torch Lake Triathlon is a very casual, non-competitive sprint triathlon held every Labor Day weekend. No timing clock, no bib numbers, no placement awards. Really just a fun gathering to celebrate the end of summer and participate in a sprint triathlon under no performance expectations. You are not obligated to participate in all three parts of the triathlon. Participate as you please, or just come over and cheer on the racers. Volunteers are always needed and welcome (especially for the swim safety crew). Please contact me if you would like to volunteer for the event. Event details can be found at: http://torchlaketriathlon.blogspot.com
Operating as usual
[08/01/20] Due to several different factors including the spiking of Covid-19 cases, I have decided to cancel the Torch Lake Triathlon for 2020. Very sad to do especially since this year was to be the 10th Anniversary of the triathlon. We'll be looking forward to hosting the event next year and hope to see you all then. Be safe out there all!! - Karl
Torch Lake Triathlon's cover photo
[06/17/20] Like many other things at the moment, the Torch Lake Triathlon is on hold for 2020. I'm hoping to be able to safely put on the triathlon, but that will need to be decided later in the summer when conditions are better known. I'll be making a final decision come early August. Please stay tuned for updates, and thanks for your patience! - Karl
Torch Lake Triathlon's cover photo
Ninth Annual Torch Lake Triathlon
Well, as always I have to start with the weather which was absolutely perfect! We had 34 people participate in at least one leg of the triathlon. And, many more who came along to support the triathletes. We were missing a few old friends, but we also had quite a few new participants join this year. Always great to meet new faces! Thanks to all that helped out with the swim safety crew. And, thank you so very much to all that sponsored and contributed to the triathlon which helps keep the event rolling each year. Looking forward to seeing everyone again next year ... and hopefully more new faces to the Torch Lake Triathlon family!!
Eighth Annual Torch Lake Triathlon
Well, eight years in a row without any rain (knock on wood). That's pretty amazing for early September in northern Michigan. It even started getting sunny toward the end. Another successful year in the books with 25 participants and many more cheering everyone along. Thank you to the volunteer kayakers on the swim safety crew. And, as always a HUGE thank you to all that contributed the event and to all that came out to enjoy. Hope to see you all and many more next year!!
Another successful Torch Lake Triathlon!!
Amazingly, there wasn't a drop of rain Sunday morning and it actually started to get sunny toward the end of the triathlon. The triathlon went off without a hitch .... well, one flat tyre but that didn't dampen spirits. Seemed like everyone had a great time and fully enjoyed the warm 72 degree water. 😝
Thanks to everyone who came out for the triathlon and to all those who helped with the swim safety crew! A very big thanks to all the sponsors and supporters!!! You all make it an awesome Labor Day weekend tradition!!!
Thanks everyone - Karl
The Torch Lake Triathlon is a casual, non-competitive sprint triathlon where participation is FREE! Think of it as more of a gathering of friends, new and old, to celebrate the end of the summer lake season.
To help keep participation free the triathlon is sponsored by local businesses and participants. We are a rather small event and have a relatively small budget so we are not asking for huge amounts. Basically anything you are comfortable with is greatly appreciated. If you've done other sprint triathlons, the general participation fee for those is the range we're usually dealing with. If you are interested in helping sponsor the triathlon please, please let me know (via FB or at [email protected]) and I can get you more details.
We also rely on volunteers to help run the event on Labor day Sunday. If you are interested/available to be involved in the triathlon but aren't so into racing we can always utilize your "in person" support. Just let me know if you can help.
Thanks - Karl
Seventh Annual Torch Lake Triathlon
There were around 50 people at the triathlon this year (26 participants in at least one part of tri). We totally lucked out on the weather this year. The one beautiful sunny, warm day of the weekend!! Everything went smooth, other than a few course signs that got knocked over the night before. Mike added a little extra to his bike ride, sorry about that. But, all-in-all it was another great triathlon. Thanks to all who attended, and a Huge THANKS to all our sponsors who make all this possible!!! See everyone next year!
Sixth Annual Torch Lake Triathlon
Wow! Perfect weather again!! We had a similar sized group this year. Several regulars weren't able to make it, but we had a real good showing of new faces. And, a pretty sizable cheering crew. Everyone seemed to have a great time. I don't think I ever saw Molly without a huge grim on her face. A giant THANK YOU to all our sponsors!!!! You make all this fun possible! See everyone next year.
Fifth Annual Torch Lake Triathlon
It turned out to be a perfect day for the triathlon. We had many new faces this year, along with plenty of returning participants, which all made for a very fun morning swim/bike/run. Thanks to everyone who came out for the triathlon, as well as all the spectators who helped cheer on the racers! A huge THANK YOU to all our sponsors this year!! Your support allows us to host this fun and free event for everyone!
Fourth Annual Torch Lake Triathlon
Another big year for the triathlon. We had 41 people participate in at least one leg of the triathlon! Plus many more volunteers and supporters. It was great to have so many new faces join the triathlon. Everyone seemed to have a really fun time! Thank you to all that came out to race and cheer, and many thanks to all our sponsors and volunteers!! It was another great triathlon day at Torch Lake!
Third Annual Torch Lake Triathlon
The third annual Torch Lake Triathlon was another success. We had 28 people involved in the event, meaning we grew again this year. The weather cooperated in the morning to help make for a great race. Thanks to all that participated and volunteered! You all made it a great way to celebrate another year at Torch Lake!! Hope to see everyone again next year ... and, even more new people ... come join us!
Second Annual Torch Lake Triathlon
The second annual Torch Lake Triathlon saw a major jump in participants. We had 19 racers and a large cheering squad ... and thanks for the second water/beer/cheering station along the run and bike course. Again the weather was great, and again Christian came in first place. All had a great time and we even got a bit of local press in the Elk Rapids News (see photo). The event is really growing and we all can't wait to see what new fun pops up next year.
Thanks Casey for adding your crew to the triathlon ... keep 'em coming!!
Inaugural Torch Lake Triathlon
The first official running of the Torch Lake Triathlon started with 9 participants and a 5 person cheering squad. The event was held Labor Day weekend under a sunny sky and mild temps. As expected Christian (the triathlon ringer) came in first place. After the race a few of us crossed the lake to continue the Torchtini tradition at the Dockside. Then, that evening we all gathered at the Weder's cabin for a big Labor Day cookout. Thanks for all the great photos Alan!
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