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 Hawk Island Kids Triathlon

 Sunday June 2, 2024





Goldfish (6 and under): 25m swim, 125m bike, 125m run.

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

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



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 and guides are stationed in the water with swimmers.


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


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



Rates increase on January 1, March 1, May 1, and May 21, 2023 

Goldfish: $25 / $30 / $35 / $40 / $45 / $50 on race day

Dolphins/Sharks: $35 / $40 / $45 / $50 / $55 / $60 on race day


Online registration closes at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 1. Onsite registration is available during Saturday and Sunday check-in. CashApp, Venmo, and Credit Cards accepted onsite (CC has processing fee).


 Race Shirts

Cotton race shirts are included with kids registration. Click for youth race shirt sizing chart.   

Shirt sizes can only be guaranteed if registered before midnight on Sunday, May 14. Overruns in various sizes will be available for purchase on a "first-come" basis on race day. 



Goldfish are non-competitive. No timing.

Dolphins/Sharks wear timing straps on their ankles and get split times.



All particiapants receive a finisher medal. Top three boys and girls in each age division receive placement awards (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

Hawk Island Park is family and pet friendly. Dogs are allowed on leash in the park and off leash in the 17 acre Soldan Dog Park located at the northeast corner of Hawk Island Park. Glass bottles and alcoholic beverages are NOT allowed. 



On-site parking is available for $3 for Ingham County residents, $5 for non-residents. All racers, spectators and volunteers will be directed to park in the north loop, near the sled hill. Free parking is available at Soccer Zone, a half mile walk on the river trail to the race pavilion.


IMPORTANT: Parking on race day is dictated by your arrival and departure times. Vehicles may only enter the park before 8 a.m. and after 10am. Anyone who plans to arrive between 8 and 10:30am (this includes racers, spectators, and volunteers) must park at Soccer Zone and walk into the park.  


There is only one route for vehicles in and out of the park (on Cavanaugh), and it crosses the path of racers returning from the bike course. Except in cases of emergency, we do not allow vehicles to enter or exit the park while the Sprint/Super Sprint bike course is active. 




Early check-in is Saturday, June 3, from 12-4pm. Participants receive bib#, swim cap, shirt, disposable timing strap, and body marking (if requested, otherwise race day). 

Race day kids check in from 10:30-11:45am. 


Race Policies

BIB Transfers: Registrations can be transfered to another racer through ($10 fee). Racers handle all financial transactions related to swapping registrations. No transfers allowed after 5pm, Thursday, June 1.

Note: If the registration transfer is complete by Sunday, May 14shirt size can be changed. After that, the new participant will get the original shirt ordered.


Transition Area: For the safety of our participants and the security of their belongings, the transition area is off limits to everyone except racers and volunteers wearing fluorescent volunteer shirts. 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. 

The transition area will reopen after the race at the discretion of Race Staff. 


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 unable to participate due to injury, illness or other circumstances, no refunds will be given under any circumstance. This includes cancellation due to severe weather and natural disasters. You may opt to purchase race insurance from  


Safety/Medical Services

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, so if you know anyone with current certification, we can always use more. First Aid is available at the finish line courtesy of McLaren Greater Lansing residents and nurses.  


Aid Stations

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



Our volunteers ensure we provide a safe and enjoyable race experience for particiants and spectators. In addition to set up and tear down, volunteers provide direction on the swim, bike, and run courses. They monitor the parking and transition areas, serve refreshments, provide body markings, and hand out medals. Teams, clubs, and other organizations are welcome to volunteer as a group. We provide training, shirts, and food!  Some of our most enthusiastic helpers at the kids race are parents and family friends. If you or anyone you know is interested in helping, please follow the link, and sign up today!    


Community Benefit

Proceeds from this event support South Lansing CDA's food equity initiatives
South Lansing Urban Gardens (SLUG) manages 4+ acres of urban land with a teaching farm and community plots for 147 low-income, refugee, and New American families who save money on groceries by growing their own food. Our staff manage food production in two 90-foot hoops and teach gardening, nutrition, and healthy cooking to youth, adults, and folks with disabilities. All food grown by SLUG is donated to local pantries and soup kitchens.
South Lansing Farmers Market supports 30+ local growers and food-related entrepreneurs. We've helped several of our gardeners make the transition to market vending. We also help families stretch their food dollars by accepting all types of food assistance.
Our walk-up food pantry and "free-rigerator" allow neighbors in need to get milk, eggs, cheese, fresh produce, dry/canned goods, and personal care items 24hrs/day. We encourage pantry users to take our garden classes, and we've taught several to grow and preserve their own food.


Race Weekend Schedule

Friday (June 2, 2023)

6-7:30  Practice Swim and newbie Q&A.


Saturday (June 3, 2023)

12-4    Early check-in.


Sunday (June 4, 2023)  

10:30    Kids check-in, transition area opens

11:45    Kids check-in, transition area closes

12:00    Goldfish

12:15    Sharks

12:30    Dolphins

1:00      SodexoMAGIC food truck and Kona Ice 

1:15      Awards