Lake Country Triathlon Additional Information

Course Maps & Info


The Lake Country Tri starts on the shores of Lac la Belle at City Beach in downtown Oconomowoc. The swim course is similar for both olympic and half iron athletes, with both groups completed two loops of their respective course (see map for details). Swimmers will exit Lac la Belle at the War Memorial and run approximately 0.2 miles to enter transition. Water temperatures at the end of July and typically mid-70's making the race wet suit legal. We use USAT guidelines to determine final wetsuit eligibility -- this decision will be made race week.  SWIM MAP


Swimmers will exit transition and head west of Wisconsin avenue before heading into the rolling ground moraine landscape northwest of Oconomowoc. The olympic and half iron athletes will follow the same route until about mile 15 when the olympic athletes split off to the south with the half iron athletes continuing west. At this point, the olympic course heads south on Wiley Road and heads back into Oconomowoc. The half iron continues west before coming back east to rejoin the olympic course on Wiley Road. All athletes can expect scenic country views, rolling hills, and a few not so rolling hills that will definitely get the legs burning and your heart rates jumping! We are also very fortunate that many of the roads on our course have been recently repaved, providing a smooth and fast ride.  OLYMPIC BIKE MAP |  HALF IRON BIKE MAP 

**Please note, we have updated the bike course from previous years -- both olympic and half iron courses are slightly different. We made this change for several reasons including athlete safety and to make the bike course an overall better experience. All athlete, regardless of distance, will complete a small (half mile) out and back. While not ideal, this was necessary to maintain our bike course distances while still keeping athletes as safe as possible.

NEW: BIKE COURSE TRASH ZONES: In order to minimize trash on course, we are implementing trash (throw-away) zones on the bike course this year. Olympic athletes will pass one trash zone and half iron athletes will pass a total of four trash zones. No athlete may dispose of any trash/water bottles outside of these zone while on the course. Officials will be on course to enforce this new rule and athletes found to knowingly dispose of trash outside of these zone will be disqualified from the race. We know this seems harsh, but the reality is that a bike course littered with trash impacts our ability to get permits and hold the race in the future.

RIDING RULES: There will be police and volunteers at intersection directing traffic, however most of the bike course IS OPEN TO TRAFFIC and riders should remain alert for vehicle. Rider should ride to the right of the road and allow faster riders to pass on their left -- please do not pass the center line to pass a slower rider. Riders who are riding to the left, and who don't allow faster riders to pass may receive a blocking penalty from officials on course. Officials will also enforce drafting violations -- if you don't know what this is, you probably don't need to worry about it. Those of you who know, know what's considered drafting and what isn't -- enough said! These rules help make the bike course safe, fair, and enjoyable for everyone. 

BIKE AID STATION: Half iron athletes will pass an aid station on course at about miles 17 and 41. The aid station will have bottles of water and gatorade sports bottles. There will also be a bathroom located at the aid station. There is no aid station on the olympic bike course -- athletes should plan to bring their own aid. 


The run course takes athletes out west on Wisconsin Avenue and runs through neighborhoods on the southern shore of Lac la Belle. This is an out and back course with Olympic runners turning at mile 3.1 and half iron runners turning a little later down the road. Olympic runners will complete one out and back while half iron runners will complete two out and backs. Runners will finish their race by running through the finisher shoot near city beach.  OLYMPIC RUN MAP | HALF IRON RUN MAP
AID STATIONS: There are two aid stations on course, and olympic athletes will pass each aid station twice at about 1.5, 2.5, 3.5, and 5 miles. Half iron athletes will pass the same two aid stations four times each at about 1.5, 2.5, 3.75, 5.25, 8, 9.5, 10.5, and 12 miles. Aid stations will have water, gatorade, and energy gels. Runners should dispose of trash in the trash containers on course.
RUNNER SAFETY: Runners should follow all signs and course markings. While on Wisconsin Avenue, runners will use the far north lane, which will be coned off from traffic. Within the neighborhood, however, the roads are open local residents who may be coming or going. We don’t expect this to be an issue, but runners should remain aware of potential vehicles and use good running safety when on course, such as running the side of the road.

All courses are subject to change based on weather, road conditions, & municipal requests.

Race cut off times

Swim: 7:40 am. Athletes have 1:10 to complete the swim and those not out of the water by the cutoff time will receive a DNF, and will not be able to continue in the event.

Bike: 5 hours and 30 minutes after the start of the swim (noon). Half distance athletes must complete the first lap within 3 hours after the start of the swim.

Run: Finish line will close at 2:30 pm (8 hours after the start of the swim). At 2:00 pm runners will be moved to the sidewalk. Runners who have made significant progress on the run course by the 2:30 pm cut off time may be allowed to finish after 2:30 pm at the sole discretion of the Race Director. 


Exit 283 Hwy 67 (Summit Ave) north
Right on S. Main Street 
Left on Wisconsin Ave
Please see parking instructions.  

Distance from...
Milwaukee 31 miles
Madison 50 miles
Kona 12 hour flight

Schedule & Packet Pickup

Friday, July 29th
324 W Wisconsin Ave
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
Packet Pickup/Race Registration: 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Transition Open for Bike/Gear Checkin: 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Athlete Course Overview Meeting: 4:30 pm & 6:00 pm
(The athlete meeting is not required but recommended)

Saturday, July 30th
Race Site
Packet Pickup & Transition Opens
5:00 am - 6:30 am
City Beach, Oconomowoc

Packet pickup, transition open, body marking  5:00 am
Swim course opens for warm up  5:45 am
Swim course closes  6:15 am
Transition closes 6:30 am
Half swim wave start 6:30 am
Olympic swim wave starts TBD
Transition re-opens  TBD
Bike course support ends 10:00 am
Course closes  2:30 pm


ATHLETES ONLY - This is a secured area.  

Transition will open from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm for you to drop your bike and any gear the night before. You are strongly encouraged to stage your gear in transition at this time. Athletes must have their bib and corresponding bike sticker on in order to enter transition. The area will be secured and guarded overnight.

Race Day (Saturday)
Transition will open at 5:00 am and close at 6:30 am. Athletes must be body marked and/or have their race bib before entering transition. Only Athletes will be permitted in this area.  Transition will reopen once the final runner has left T2. After the race, only athletes are allowed to remove their bikes/gear from transition. Body markings and bike stickers will be checked prior to any athlete being able to leave transition. 


Headphones are not permitted on the swim or bike course.  Headphones are permitted on the run course.  Please keep the volume low as runners have sharp elbows.


There is NO parking at the event site. Please note that Wisconsin Ave will be closed from Main street to Ski Slide Road. If you are coming from the west along Hwy 16, take the bypass around town and enter from the east. 

Parking map 

USAT Certified

The event is not USTA certified, but is SCSE fun certified.


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Can I use a flotation device?

Nope unless it is medically necessary. In that case, please contact us to discuss. You can use an emergency swim bouy.

Can I have a swim angel?

You betcha, but you must let us know a week before and they must be registered with us.

Can I wear a wetsuit?

We follow USAT rules on wetsuits for safety.

What is the average water temperature?

It is usually under 80 degrees. 

Can I pickup a packet for another athlete?