July Triathlon: Sprint and Olympic


This event goes on, rain or shine.

Description / Location

July 17, 2022: Early Bird Registration is Open!

by ACTIVE Network

This is the 38th Year for Mountain Man Events. This local race has that good old hometown feel. Beautiful views of the San Francisco Peaks, Lake Mary, and Mormon Lake. Flagstaff has amazing summer weather with flora in full bloom. This event includes medals for all finishers, awards, food, fun, and a great course. It is one of the most beautiful courses in the West, and we work hard to make sure that you can enjoy race day.

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 at Mile Post 333.

Race Timing by 4Peaks Racing


Past Race Results: https://mountainmanevents.com/results/

Sprint Race Distances: 750 m Swim, 20 km Bike, and 5 km Run

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

Start Time: The transition area will open at 6:00 AM. The rolling start for the swim will start at 7:00 AM.

The Swim

This is the City of Flagstaff Reservoir: Upper Lake Mary. Lake temperature is typically 68-71° F on race morning. Wetsuits OK. 2021 will be a rolling start (no mass waves). Rent your wetsuit at WetsuitRental.com or purchase one at JustWetsuits.com.

The Bike

Out and back course on paved roads with wide bike shoulders. Sprint course is relatively flat; the Olympic course has a climb rewarded with great views of Mormon Lake and the San Francisco Peaks. 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. Bike elevation graph HERE

The Run

Out and back run on paved roads along beautiful Lake Mary. The Sprint course is a flat out and back; the Olympic course climbs "the hill" (385') and is otherwise flat. Race numbers must be worn and visible from the front. Water aid stations are every 1.5 miles. 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


by ACTIVE Network

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: https://mountainmanevents.com/event-policies/

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

COVID-19 Mitigation Guidelines

We are 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 are several guidelines in place for the 2021 Mountain Man events. These guidelines focus on social distancing, cleaning, and staying healthy and are intended to help 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:

2021 COVID-19 Mitigation Guidelines. These guidelines will be reviewed and updated in collaboration with permitting agencies.

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 – 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.
  • 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. Please feel free to space out for awards ceremonies, or pick up awards individually, grab your gear, and head home.

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.

2021 Race Packet:

2021 Race Packet PRESS HERE

No race day registration.

Packet Pick Up and Late Registration

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

All athletes must present a picture ID to pick up their packet. You can only get your own packet, not any other competitors packet.  Pick up your packet at one of the following times.

Friday 7/15 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 7/16 Packet pick up, info session, and Q&A at race site from 2:00-4:30 PM (Upper Lake Mary Day Use Area/Docks). Timing chips will be provided at packet pickup.

For the one or two who can’t make it, please get your packet on event morning BEFORE 6:15 AM. Your triathlon club is welcome to set up a tent next to the transition area.

PARKING FOR 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 – you may receive a ticket for parking on the pavement. 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.

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.

All athletes are responsible for knowing and adhering to USAT rules and regulations. Please review these rules and be respectful of all athletes before, during, and after the event.

Frequently Asked Questions: https://mountainmanevents.com/frequently-asked-questions/

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: 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.


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. Please check the forest service website for any fire or camping restrictions.

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

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