Join us in celebrating the strength of all women in this year’s YWCA Women’s Triathlon. We welcome all women and non-binary people who identify with womanhood to challenge themselves to a swim, bike and run around Lake Nokomis. The event course is also para-friendly for adaptive athletes, and some scholarships are available for first-time athletes. All racers ages 11 and up are welcome to participate in the SuperSprint and ages 14+ in the Sprint categories.
The 2023 YWCA Women’s Triathlon is the perfect opportunity to test your fitness, connect with the community and get inspired by athletes of every size, shape and level of ability. Whether you’re a veteran runner or just starting to break into the fitness scene, you’ll find encouragement and support every step of the way. So sign up now to join in on the fun; you’ve got this!
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YWCA Minneapolis Women’s Triathlon is our most popular athletic event of the year! It’s a race that has participants trekking through the water and across the pavement through swimming, cycling and running. Here’s a brief rundown on what each race type includes:
We offer unparalleled training support through a free training plan, free clinics and an abundance of training classes, including mini-triathlons and open water swim clinics.
We encourage women to race with buddies, guaranteeing a transition spot and wave assignment with a buddy or group of buddies, if they choose.
While a participant is racing, we offer unrivaled aquatic support, providing complimentary novice swim caps and noodle swimmers.
We have a popular "Friends and Family Finish Zone" that allows kids and family members to cross the finish line with their moms, aunts and grandmas.
We offer great giveaways to those who stick around for the awards.
Our triathlon is a "green" race, boasting a very low-waste rate (92% of our waste is diverted to compost and recycling).
Our course has previously been designated by the USA Triathlon Paratriathlon Committee as Paratriathlon Friendly. We encourage adaptive athletes to participate in our race, and ask that they contact our race management team as soon as possible so that we may work together on accommodations.
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"Super open and friendly, accessible and supportive triathlon for all levels of fitness. Very well run by volunteers and staff to make all participants and supporters feel welcomed and important."
"I love the empowering nature of this event. The support for all racers, especially first timers, is truly phenomenal."
"I want to do this race every year for the rest of my life."
"It's the most amazing and supportive event you could be a part of! There is so much support throughout your training and YWCA is here to help you have a great experience on race day."
"It was such a great way to bring women together to support and encourage each other no matter their age or ability."
"The friendliest and most inspiring triathlon around."
"I tell everyone that it is a love fest and all are enthusiastically welcomed. It’s beautiful."
"This event represents me taking fitness into my own hands and achieving something I have always wanted to do but been scared to."
"I am so impressed with all the dedicated volunteers that help put this event on! What an extraordinarily well-run race. I also love the diversity of ages, cultures, body types."
"First time in an event like this. Proud to have done it. It gave me a reason to exercise, which helps my physical and psychological health."