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Name: North Mankato Triathlon - Rookie Triathlon Experience

Distance: Sprint Triathlon - 1/4 Mile Swim - 12 Mile Bike - 3 Mile Run

Location: Hiniker Pond Park - North Mankato, MN

Date: August 13th, 2016

Start Time: 8:00 am

Race Fees:

EVENT Before 5/7 By 6/4 By 8/6
After 8/6
Individual Sprint (Rookie) $64 $68 $74 $78

We recommend signing up as early as possible so you can take full advantage of the support and advice from our team of seasoned triathlete mentors.

Packet Pick-Up TBD

NMT rookies

What does the Rookie Triathlete Experience include?
• An expert mentor team to give you tips and answer any question before, during, or after the race (No question is a bad question)
• A designated transition area for rookie triathletes with separate bike racks
• Your packet will be waiting for you in the designated rookie area if you don’t pick it up at packet pickup
• Separate race director talk for rookie athletes
• Separate body marking spot in the rookie triathlete area
• Race day support from mentors, they will be in the transition area with you from start to finish!
• Start in a wave with other rookie triathletes
• Water is about 5-8 feet deep for a majority of the swim
• Chip timing so you can see how you performed in each leg of the race
• Swim cap, race bib, and race t-shirt
• Post race lunch
• A sense of accomplishment after completing your first multisport event!

Worried you might forget something on race day? Click here for a checklist.

I have thought about participating in a triathlon but I don't know where to start.
This year we are proud to announce that we will be offering a Rookie Triathlete experience for athletes who are new to multisport events! We have enlisted seasoned triathletes to help you prepare and complete your first triathlon. Our team of mentors will teach you everything you need to know about having a successful race. On race day we will have a designated section of transition specifically for rookie triathletes! To help ease any prerace stress the mentor team will be there helping you set up a successful transition area. To make race morning easy we will have a one stop shop in your transition area where you can pick up your race packet, get body marking, and get your race goodies!

I want to do my first triathlon but I'm worried about open water swimming.
Open water swimming can seem a little daunting but Hiniker Pond offers one of the best open water swimming courses available to new comers. Not only is the water shallow but we have an expert team of life guards in the water from Bent River Outfitters and the Mankato Fire Department ready to aid swimmers at a moment’s notice.

I don't know how to get my bike ready for a triathlon.
Bring your bike old, new, mountain bike, road bike or whatever you have to complete the bike portion of the event.  Gear West has graciously offered offer a safety check as well as inflate tires and lube drivetrain so that the athlete doesn’t feel the pressure on race morning to get the bike ready!

What do I need to wear on race day? I see people riding in their swimsuits, do I need to do that?
You can wear a wetsuit if the water is cool enough. It's hard to know with MN's summers but usually the race allows a wetsuit if you have one. You can also rent one before the event. Under the wetsuit some people wear swim suits and some people wear a top and shorts or a one piece tri suit. It's entirely up to you what you wear and what you are comfortable in. You can then put on bike shorts and or a bike top and socks once you get on the bike. There is no nudity in the transition area though so plan ahead! Always try out your race day outfit before the event. Then you know what may rub you " wrong" or works perfectly!

Meet the Mentors

Thank you to our 2016 mentors - there may be changes for 2017 to mentors. Here is our amazing team of multisport mentors. Feel free to email and ask them any questions you might have about competing in your first triathlon. Remember, there is no such thing as a stupid question. Our mentors have tons of experience and they can't wait to share their thoughts with you on how to have a great first triathlon!

Bill Kruppiak

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Born in Chicago, IL. I moved to Jackson, MN when I was 13. After finishing HS there I moved to Mankato to attend College. I started working at Scheels part time (and LOVED it) and soon after took a full time role. I am currently an Assistant Store leader at Scheels. I have a lovely (most of the time) wife, Brooke, daughter, Sophia, and new addition Elise. I enjoy running, biking, golfing, participating in marathons, and participating in Triathlons! I have participated in the North Mankato Triathlon the last three years placing 72nd, 41st, and 12th overall.

Kristin Gustafson

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Kristin started out as a runner after college with now completing 26 marathons.  She has been doing triathlons for the past 5 years including competing in the Ironman World Championships this past October.  She has her master’s degree in Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, and Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and is currently certified through USAT and ACSM.  She believes triathlon training and racing is a great way to meet some amazing people while staying in shape and having fun!


Ready to tri something new?

If you're ready to compete in your first triathlon with the support of our multisport mentor team, register now!

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