Beautiful Lake Huron port town of East Tawas hosts our Festival of Races. The jewel of the east side of Michigans coastal tourist destinations is perfect for one of the countries best Half Ironman distance events. Plenty of shopping and restaurants await you on Newman street which will be transformed into Triathlon central as the Festival of Races takes over the street. With the finish on the first block and transition area on the second perfect to keep friends, family and spectators busy with all downtown East Tawas has to offer. The swim venue is perfect on the bay with crystal clear Lake Huron and a swim along the shoreline. The perfect vantage point on the pier, white sandy beach, and a huge park to host the pre and post race festivities with live band and catered post race meal. The bike and run courses are second to none which takes you through the national forest, along the ausable river. The run course will take you past the finish line, quaint shops, and through the residential area to each events turnaround point. Then Downtown East Tawas and Newman street hosts the best finish line in the state! Following that a post race party with live music and a raffle with over $5000.00 in prizes.
If you have not heard the race reviews from past years here are a few. "kenny the course lived up to all your hype, it was awesome as you said it was" "the best bike course in Michigan" "that section going down to the damn and back up is awesome" "this is going to be a big event in the future with this venue and once the word gets out about the course it will sell out, great job". "My husband and I have done over 70 halfs around the country combined, we travelled up from FLorida for this and we have to tell all our friends this is one of the top 3 half events in the country, well done and beautiful course, thanks" These are just a few of the comments and emails we received after past events.
Crystal clear lake swim that paralells the beach.
The bike course has one word, awesome. I chose that word because it was used the most from athletes emails. In a day and age when half courses are over sold for what they can actually accomodate this is a welcome change featuring everything from lightning fast flat sections to fast winding descents, to a heart pounding climb. It just never slows down like a fast pool or track.
The run course will take you through the residential streets of East Tawas flat and out to the airport and back before finishing with the best finish line in the state, downtown E. Tawas on Newman street.