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Sunrise Side

September 7, 2019

With a heavy heart, the popular, long standing Half distance event on one of the countries best half bike courses has been deleted.  With athletes choosing to support a billion dollar corporation owned by the chinese versus a Michigan based small business we had to make this unfortunate decision.  Kenny’s father designed this course years ago before he passed so it is a sad decision for him.

The beautiful Lake Huron port town of East Tawas hosts our Festival of Races. The jewel of the east side of Michigan’s coastal tourist destinations is perfect for one of the country’s best Half Iron distance events. Plenty of shopping and restaurants await you on Newman Street, which will be transformed into Triathlon Central as the Festival of Races takes over the street.

With the finish on the first block and transition area on the second, this is a perfect venue to keep friends, family and spectators busy with what all Downtown East Tawas has to offer. The swim venue is perfect, on the bay in crystal clear Lake Huron, with a swim along the shoreline.

Spectators enjoy the perfect vantage point on the pier, white sandy beach, and a huge park to host the pre and post race festivities with live band and catered post race meal.

The bike and run courses are second to none. The run course takes you out past the finish line, past some quaint shops and through the residential area to the turnaround point.

Then Downtown East Tawas and Newman Street host the best finish line in the state!

“Great way to wind down your season, fun clear cool swim, my favorite bike ride, smooth roads that challenge you all the way, with a nice run that has some great volunteers cheering you on!”
-Greg Glowicki

Date / Location

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Tawas Bay
113 Newman Street
E. Tawas, MI 48730


Olympic Triathlon – 1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run
Sprint Triathlon –  500m swim, 20k bike, 5k run
Olympic Aquabike – 1.5k swim, 40k bike
Sprint Aquabike – 500m swim, 20k bike
Sprint Kaya-Tri: 2 mile Kayak/SUP, 20k bike, 5k run
Super Sprint – 200m swim, 10k bike, 1mi run

Relays offered for all events.

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Athlete Comments

What athletes are saying about Sunrise Side Triathlons:

“You guys are really the best triathlon folks in the state, and I wanted to say that emphatically even though I’m guessing you get your fair share of complaints. No other company “gets” the experience as well as y’all. Best wishes with the PowerMan series, and I’ll see y’all next summer! Cheers!”  -Todd S.

“We did enjoy the event overall. We are hooked on triathlons and will participate in more soon!”  -jddsherrie

“I have done several 3D races, and as usual your staff is extremely friendly and happy. It is the opposite of a WTC event. Thank you again for hosting a great race, and please try to heat Lake Huron for next years event!” -Bob

“Thanks for making my first race an amazing overall experience. I had a blast and will definitely be back to this and other events!”  -Berlinb

“Other than the water being so cold…lol not in your control… I loved it! It was a well run race and I liked being body marked and having all my race things the night before. Our time was limited or we would have enjoyed all the shops and the dinner afterwards. Thanks to everyone for a job well done!!”  -Vstrong

  • There is city parking throughout town. Please follow all city parking ordinances.
  • Registration/Check-in is located at the city park on the corner of Newman and 23, between the city campground and Tawas Bay Beach Resort under the tent.
  • Custom event shirt
  • Custom finishers medal
  • Custom latex swim cap
  • Sponsor supplied samples
  • Professional chip timing with results available online
  • Awards to top three in each age group
  • Great sponsor supplied raffle and awards ceremony following the last finisher
  •  Catered dinner opens at 4:00pm
    Dinner served at 4:30pm
    Raffle and awards at 6:00pm
  • Half Iron Distance Tri Athletes 
    In order to guarantee your finisher hoodie  you must be registered by August 23, 2017

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For an extra $35 select the PURPLE option at the registration process.  You will have until 2 weeks before the event to add this to your registration as well.  To plan for each Purple event this will close 2 weeks prior to each purple event.  Exclusive PURPLE Tent for those registered will be set privately adjacent to the post race area.





In addition to the tent you will enjoy these PURPLE Amenities:

  • Morning coffee
  • Fast trac packet pickup
  • Preferred racking
  • Exclusive 3D recovery tent: recovery boots, masseuse, lounge chairs, fan, ice pool, towels, rollers, food & beverage
  • Purple results and more…..


September 7, 2019
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Tawas Bay
113 Newman Street
E. Tawas, MI 48730
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