Lake Shawnee, Topeka Kansas

June 16th, 2018


2018 marks the 38th year of the Topeka Tinman Triathlon.  Topeka Tinman is one of the longest running and historically, most popular events in the Midwest. The 2017 event features both short and long course triathlons. Come help us celebrate 37 years of tradition!


The 2018 event features both short and long course triathlons.

Olympic Course Triathlon = 1000-Meter Swim - 19-Mile Bike - -10K Run - CLICK HERE FOR MAPS

Sprint Course Triathlon = 400-Meter Swim - 13-Mile Bike - 3.1-Mile Run - CLICK HERE FOR MAPS


Course Information

SWIM:  The Swim start is on the beach, in waves.  Participants swim in a counter-clockwise direction, keeping the buoys on their left.  Buoys are placed at 100 meter intervals.  TINMAN LONG COURSE swim is 1000 meters. Short Course athletes complete a 400 meter swim course.


BIKE:  Athletes are challenged by the rolling terrain of Southeastern Shawnee County.  Athletes can expect beautiful countryside views and a tailwind on their way back to transition.  No aid stations are provided on the bike course.  Please plan accordingly.


RUN:  Athletes run clockwise around the lake on the paved running path.  Aid stations are located every mile along the short and long course.    The run course is moderately flat with some slight climbs, giving beautiful views of Lake Shawnee.  Olympic Course athletes complete 6.2 mile out/ back course.  Short Course athletes complete a 3.1 mile out/back course.


Awards presented to the Top Overall Male & Top Overall Female Champions in the short and long course races


Awards presented to the Top Three males and Top Three Females in each age group, in both races.

Both short and long course participants receive Challenge Coins


Male & Female Age Groups: 5-Year Increments: 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+


*14 years old and under are required to have Race Director's permission to register. (Only allowed in SPRINT)  Email


All athletes receive a custom challenge coin

Free Post-Race beer

Professional Race Announcer

Post Race Food for participants

Topeka Tinman Race shirt and custom awards





Aid station stops, transitions, etc., are included in the total elapsed time. Splits are recorded for each segment of the race.




LEGEND 100 has a cutoff time of 13 hours. The following cut-off times apply for each segment of the race: Swim: 2 hours and 5 minutes after the final 100 wave starts. Bike: 6 hours and 25 minutes after final 100 wave starts. Run: 4 hours and 30 minutes after bike cutoff. Timing chip tags capture splits (swim, transition, bike, transition, run and each loop of the run) and overall finish time.




LEGEND 70 has a cutoff of 8.5 hours total. The following cut-off times for apply for each segment of the race: Swim: 1 hour and 15 minutes after final 70 wave start. Bike: 5 hours and 15 minutes after swim final LEGEND 70 wave start. Run: 8 hours after swim start. Athletes need to have started their second loop of the run course by 7 hours after the last swim wave. Timing chip tags capture splits (swim, transition, bike, transition, run and each loop of the run) and overall finish time.




Timing chips must be worn on the left ankle throughout the event to insure correct timing, for participant safety, and eligibility for awards.  Timing chips are not transferable, are specific to each race number, and must not be switched with another participant.  Volunteers remove timing chips, after participants cross the finish line.  If a participant does not start or stops prior to the finish line, turn timing chip in immediately at the finish line area.  Failure to return a timing chip results in a $125 replacement fee.





Due to the number of race transfer requests and cancellations that occurring in the weeks prior to a race, we have the following policy, in accordance with USAT Policy.


Refunds will NOT be issued after a registration has taken place. Considerable effort goes into producing an event such as a triathlon and funds are expended and applied in good faith based on a registration.


Changing your registration to a longer course is charged for the difference in price, at the time of the change.  Make changes as soon as possible, to avoid increased pricing closer to the event date.  No refunds given for changing registration to a shorter event course.


In the event of inclement weather, the event will be postponed as long as possible in hopes the inclement weather will pass. No refunds or transfers will be issued if the event is canceled due to inclement weather.




The 2017 Topeka Tinman Triathlon is sanctioned with USA Triathlon. USA Triathlon competition rules will apply. The complete list of rules can be found at


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