This event is part of the Rochesterfest festival happening in Rochester. Rochesterfest hosts numerous different events such as shows, live music, a parade and various other outdoor activities. Plan to spend more time in Rochester and enjoy the great events! To get more information on all the events happening in Rochester, please go to http://www.rochesterfest.com/.

The Rochesterfest triathlon is one of those events that offers an experience for the newbie triathlete or for the seasoned veteran.  The transition is the parking lot of the Foster Arends Park and therefore, the parking lot is not used for parking.  The transition is fairly flat and pavement.

Foster Arends pond is very unique that it is an old quarry turned into a pond by the city.  You will love the location and the grassy hillside around the sandy beach is excellent for spectators and athletes alike!  The sprint swim is a 1/4 mile swim in a pond that has little to no wind and no waves from boats.  Additionally, parts of the course have noodles as boundaries to help you out in case of trouble.  The olympic swim is a unique two lap course that goes around the pond, you get out of the water and then run to the start where you head back into the deep blue oasis.  The olympic smim starts off and the sprint does not begin until the last olympic athletes starts his second lap on the course.

The bike course is great that it has little turns and it is an out and back course.  The course is weel controlled by police so get after it!  The turn around for the bike is at the bottom of one of the biggest hills meaning the sprinters turn around and the olypic bikers make the journey up this beautiful hill and then to their own turnaround about six miles further.  

The run course is our favorite pick of the courses for this triathlon.  The run goes south along the Zumbro River.  At times on this course you would not believe you are still in the city.  The sprint turns around by the soccer fields while the olympic goes further south towards Broadway.  The fun part of the olympic course is that the return trip starts on the west side of the river on a grassy trail and then climbs a hill to pop you up onto Elton Hills Drive where you will cross the bridge and head back towards Foster Arends Park.  

2017 Race Shirt:
All participants will receive a shirt at packet pick-up.17 RFT Shirt Front editedRace Awards:
Awards will be given to the top three male and female runners in each age category: 19 & Under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & Up. There will also be awards for the top 3 relay teams, top 3 Clydesdales, and top 3 Athenas. The award ceremony will begin after the race concludes. Must be present to win and no double dipping.

Gear West Giveaway:
We always have great raffle items and will have Final Stretch gear and many great door prizes from Gear West Bike!

Hotel Information:
The beautiful, new Comfort Suites Hotel will be the official sponsor hotel for this event. Located in the serene surroundings of Southeastern Rochester, Comfort Suites Hotel offers all suites with refrigerators and microwave ovens, luxurious bedding, hot and cold breakfast buffet included in rate, an indoor heated swimming pool, hot tub, and fitness room. In order to continue to provide guests with a safe, comfortable and enjoyable stay, Comfort Suites-Rochester has adopted a 100% smoke-free environment. Our amenities include: Smoke Free, Complimentary Hot/Cold Deluxe Breakfast Bar, high speed internet, fitness center, indoor pool, accessible rooms, and more! For more information, check out the Comfort Suites Hotel website here.

To reserve your room – please call the hotel direct (507) 424-2720 (Option #3) & be sure to mention Rochesterfest Triathlon for a special discounted rate of $105/night on a 1 King suite.


Plenty of parking is available for all participants, volunteers and spectators in the parking lots of RPU across from the park as well as at the Rochester Public Transit Building on River Street near the race site. There will not be parking available in the Foster Arend Parking lot.  Please click map link below to see parking map.

Parking Map

2017 Race Photos:

Race photography by Fred Sobottka.

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