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Name: Rochesterfest Triathlon - Rookie Triathlon Experience

Distance: Sprint Triathlon - 1/4 Mile Swim - 10 Mile Bike - 5k Run

Location: Foster Arend Park - 400 N East River Rd. Rochester, MN

Date: June 18, 2017

Start Time: 8:00 am

Race Fees:

EVENT Before 2/5 By 4/9 By 6/11
After 6/11
Individual Sprint $66 $76 $86 $89

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.


TerraLoco LogoRookie Triathlon Experience Packet Pick-Up*:
Thursday, June 15 from 6-8pm
TerraLoco, 1190 16th St SW #150, Rochester, MN 55902
* This packet pickup is ONLY for Rookie Triathlon Experience participants.


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.

RFT Rookie TriI 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 Foster Arends 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 lifeguards in the water with noodles, 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.  Nicollet Bike Shop 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!

Testimonials from 2016: "I feel like I made new friends that day.  I am so glad I did it...  I know it was "only" a Sprint but I wear my new TRI shirt with pride (& even the powder blue swim cap)." - Duane

"I just want to say that I loved the Rookie Experience! The extra attention paid to us was phenomenal! There was so much camaraderie amongst the group that I know I wouldn't have felt otherwise.  It made the entire experience so much less threatening! I just want to say "thank you" to the mentors who coached us through the day and answered our questions in the days before the race.  I highly recommend anyone new to this to take advantage of their knowledge and expertise.  Highly valuable!" - "Not a rookie anymore, Mary"TriRochester logo

Final Stretch is proud to partner with TriRochester for the Rooke Tri Experience!

Meet the 2017 Mentors

There may be changes for the 2017 event. 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 Nevala

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Bill has been a triathlete and runner for over 10 years. He has competed in numerous duathlons and triathlons, including Ironman. Bill is a former Race Director and is currently a USAT Certified Race Official. Bill is a Licensed Massage Therapist that helps many of his clients to get started in fitness.

Wendy Nevala

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In the past 10 years, I have participated in close to 100 triathlon, duathlon, and running events of every size and distance.  I am a working mother of three boys so I understand the delicate balance of work and home while training to be successful in triathlons.

Jeremy Ekman

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I grew up as a swimmer and swam competitively through high school and have biked informally most of my life, but did not get into running until 2008 when I did my first triathlon.  Since then I have been addicted to the sport and have raced at distances from sprint to Ironman.  I really enjoy the camaraderie in the Minnesota triathlon community as well as sharing what I have learned with others. 

Pattie EkmanpattyekmanEmail Pattie

I did my first sprint triathlon in Delaware in 2006 after doing my first 5k in the fall of 2005.  Since then I have done many sprint and Olympic distance races and did my first half iron in July 2010.  Before beginning a running program in 2005, I trained and showed horses.  I really like meeting new people, especially the people who are brand-new to triathlon and I love going to races and cheering for our club members.

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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