August Triathlon: Olympic and Long Course (70.4 miles)


This event goes on, rain or shine.

Description / Location

August 21, 2022: Early Bird Registration is Open!


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Experience one of the Southwest’s best venues. This local, family-run event is the 5th oldest triathlon West of the Mississippi River. The race course includes breathtaking views of the San Francisco Peaks, Lake Mary, and Mormon Lake. Right after the monsoon season with flora in full bloom. This is our 36th annual event with medals for all finishers, handcrafted awards, food, fun, and a great course. The Upper Lake Mary boat docks are about ten miles south of Flagstaff, AZ on Lake Mary Road at mile post 333.

Directions to the Venue: From Flagstaff -Take Lake Mary Rd. south a little over 11 miles to the Upper Lake Mary Boat Launch and Picnic Area

RFID Race Timing Systems by 4Peaks Racing.


Past Race Results

Olympic Race Distances: 1500 m Swim, 40 km Bike, and 10 km Run

Long Course Race Distances (70.4 miles total) : 1900 m Swim, 56.1 mi Bike, and 13.1 mi Run

Start Time: Rolling Start Swim: 6:30 AM for Long Course and 7:00 AM for Olympic, Transition area closes 15 minutes before your start time.

The Swim

This is the City of Flagstaff Reservoir: Upper Lake Mary. Average lake temperature is 70° F. Wetsuits OK. Wave starts. Long Course swim cutoff: 1 hour 10 minutes. All swim courses start at the South Dock, travel clockwise around triangle turn buoys, and finish at the North Dock up into the transition area. NOTE: It takes about 5 minutes to walk from the transition area to the start line - please be sure to give plenty of time to get there before your start time. Rent your wetsuit at or purchase one at

The Bike

Beautiful vistas of lakes, mountains, and forest. Out and back for the Olympic course on paved roads with wide bike shoulders. The Long Course bike is out and back with the turnaround a mile past the Discovery Telescope near Happy Jack. Long Course has some hills with nothing bigger than a 395 ft climb, and great views of San Francisco Peaks. Long Course bike cut off is 5:00 hours. You will not be allowed to start the run if you enter transition past this time. Race numbers must be attached to your bike frame. Cyclists are personally responsible for the proper working condition of their bike. Bike helmets are required.

The Run

Out and back run on paved roads along beautiful Lake Mary. Courses climb a decent hill (~ 1mile and 385') and are otherwise flat. Race numbers must be worn and visible from the front. Water aid stations are every 1.5 miles. Run defensively and follow all instructions of safety personnel. Traffic will not be stopped for this event, except at the intersections and turnarounds, and then at the discretion of the safety personnel. Run elevation graph HERE

Race Fees / Registration


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Early registration makes logistics easier and more cost effective for us, so the earlier you register the less you pay. Prices increase incrementally as we get closer to the event and have to lock in permit numbers and supplies.

Cancellation Policy

You can manage and Self-Edit your registration information through ACTIVE up until a week before the event.

Race Categories for Everyone

We offer Aquabike, Clydesdale, and Athena race categories with awards for the top 3 overall male and female in each of these categories.

Aquabike: Swim, bike, and be done. Whether you have bad knees, are working through an injury, or just plain don’t like to run, Aquabike could be the event for you. Your finishing time will be recorded as you cross the Bike In line at transition. From there you can take your time, rack your bike, then get your finisher medal and drop off your timing chip at the Finish banner.

Clydesdale and Athena recognize that not everyone is built the same way for endurance events. Brian Buzzard, Mountain Man Race Director, was a football player in college, and was crowned the Clydesdale USA Champion in 2019. To qualify for these categories you must be over a given weight (220 lbs. for males and 165 lbs. for females) and select the appropriate category when registering.

The Weather

Could be a little cool in the early morning and a chance of monsoon rain later in the day: perfect for racing. Low 80’s for the high.

Race Logistics and Packet Pick Up

Transition: Opens at 5:30 AM, Closes 15 minutes prior to your swim start. Only athletes allowed in transition. Please be kind and aware of other athletes at all times in transition.

Swim Times and Format:

  • 6:30 AM – Rolling start for all 70.4 Long Course categories. This year will be a rolling start to help provide social distancing, with all male, female, and relay categories lining up together. Athletes self-select their spot in line. We recommend finding a spot according to approximate expected swim time. When athletes get to the front of the line the director will be starting two athletes at a time approximately 5 seconds apart. Please be sure to keep at least 6 feet between you and the people in front of you when waiting in line.
  • 7:00 AM – Rolling start for all Olympic Categories

Know the Rules: It is the responsibility of all athletes to know the rules and the course. Here are The Most Commonly Rules Violations according to USAT.

No wetsuit stripping at this year’s event to help prevent close contact. We hope this can return next year.

Know the Course: Map and aid stations

Be sure to take a close look at course maps (Long Course, Olympic). There is an aid station at the bike out/run out of transition. There are no additional aid stations on the Olympic bike course. There are aid stations at approximately mile 20 (water and Gatorade drink bottles to grab, and GU Gels), and mile 38 (water and Gatorade bottles and GU Gels) of the Long Course bike. There are run aid stations approximately every 1.5 miles on the run courses with water, electrolyte drinks, gels, and snacks.

While there will be volunteers and Rangers to help stop traffic, Lake Mary Road is open to traffic, and it is the racer’s responsibility to follow all course signs and rules of the road. Please ride, run, and drive safely.

2021 Race Packet:

2021 Race Packet PRESS HERE


We worked hard to create contingency, PPE, and safety plans, and will be sure to use best practices and USAT guidelines in our events. The 2021 COVID mitigation guidelines are listed below. We will review these guidelines in collaboration with permitting agencies and update as needed.

We were excited to return to racing and have been working regularly with the USAT Return to Racing Guidelines as well as local officials and permitting agencies to help mitigate risks at our events. There were several guidelines in place for the 2021 Mountain Man events. These guidelines focused on social distancing, cleaning, and staying healthy, and aim to ensure the safety of athletes, and the community. Please take time to read and follow these guidelines as you attend this year’s event:

Social Distancing – please provide 6 ft or more when in lines and areas with groups. This includes packet pickup, port-a-potties, timing and snack tables, awards, the transition area, and the swim start. We will put up extra bike racks and have additional port-a-potties. In general, please be respectful and give a little extra space.

Masks: in any areas where social distancing is not possible we ask that individuals who are not fully vaccinated wear masks to limit potential exposure. Masks are optional in all areas for individuals who are fully vaccinated.

Limiting close contact

  • Self-bodymarking optional – please do your own body marking – use a marker to write your race number on your arm/shoulder so that it will be visible below your sleeves.
  • Finisher medal will be handed to you at the finish line (not placed over your neck).
  • Please remove and drop your timing chip in one of the buckets that are labelled at the finish line. You will be charged full cost replacement of unreturned chips.
  • Limited post-race food and no beer garden. There will be post-race snacks, water, and Gatorade for athletes. Most snacks will be prepackaged or whole to limit handling and exposure.
  • Awards: Due to recent increases to substantial transmission in Arizona, we will only hold abbreviated Award Ceremonies recognizing our Overall Male and Female and Overall Master’s Male and Female Winners. All other Category Awards can be picked up individually at the awards tables and will be based on printed results received from the timer once verified.

Clean hands and stay healthy. We will have hand-wash stations, extra sanitizer, and extra masks available. Please use these resources. If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, then please stay home, let us know and we will get you transferred to a future race or reimbursed.


  • Tested positive or presumptively positive for COVID-19;
  • Experienced any symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19, such as fever, tiredness, dry cough, aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, or sore throat; or
  • Been in direct contact with any person diagnosed (or suspected to be diagnosed) with COVID-19.

Mountain Man Events reserves the right to screen any person for COVID-19 symptoms and may refuse entry based on the results of such screening, as determined in its sole discretion.

Packet Pick Up:

  • All athletes must present a picture ID to pick up their packet.

Pick up your packet at one of the following sessions:

  • Thursday 8/18 Packet pick up at Moxie in Scottsdale (2952 N Hayden Rd.) from 4:00-6:00 PM. No info sessions, just a quick pick up and run.
  • Friday 8/19 Packet pick up at Single Track Bikes located at 575 W. Riordan Rd., Flagstaff – 4:00-6:00 PM. No info sessions, just a quick pick up and run.
  • Saturday 8/20 Packet pick up, info session, and Q&A at race site from 2:00-4:30 PM (Upper Lake Mary Day Use Area/Docks). Race Director Talk at 4:00PM – highly recommended for all new/first time triathletes. 

For the one or two who can’t make it, please get your packet on event morning BEFORE 5:30 AM.

Triathlon clubs are welcome to set up a tent next to the transition area as long as you can keep social distancing practices within your tent area. Please contact us if you are planning to do so.

PARKING FOR SATURDAY PACKET PICK UP AND RACE DAY: If there are spots available (first come first serve), then we recommend parking in the day use area (all day pass for $9). You can also park along the road, but be sure to park completely off of the pavement/asphalt. Do not park in any areas with “No Parking” signs posted. This is for the safety of participants, spectators, and drivers. Citations may be given to those in violation. Please give yourself plenty of time in case you need to walk a few minutes to get to the transition area. Sunrise is approximately 5:45 AM, so you may want a flashlight for walking to transition.

Online registration closes on Friday at midnight, no race day registration, but in-person registration is available at packet pick up sessions.

Cancellation Policy and other Frequently Asked Questions

No race day registration.

Awards and Goodies

All finishers receive medals. Handcrafted trophies designed by local artist Marvin Toya for the top Overall and Master’s Male and Female winners. Awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place by age group. T-shirt and a water bottle or Mountain Man Mug at packet pick-up. Post-race snacks and food.

USA Triathlon

This is a USAT sanctioned event. You must be an annual member and have your membership card with you OR pay a one-day event fee of $15 at packet pickup.You may also purchase it on line through USAT an annual membership.

USA Triathlon offers an Adult ($50) and Youth ($10) Annual Membership. This 12 month membership eliminates the requirement to purchase one-day memberships for any USA Triathlon sanctioned event and comes with exclusive sponsor discounts from USA Triathlon Partners. You can purchase annual memberships when you register, or separately through USAT.


Little America is the feature hotel of the Mountain Man Triathlons. 

Other Accommodations:

Several U.S. Forest Service campgrounds are located on the course. They don’t take reservations and are on a first come first serve basis. Also, camping is allowed anywhere in the Coconino National Forest but not in the transition parking lots. Feature hotel information coming soon.

There are many great activities in Flagstaff. Make your experience amazing by spending the weekend. Plan your adventure HERE.

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