Due to the number of visitors to Michigan's top tourist destination and this very popular time of year we have moved the overall venue to what will be a safer, less obstructed area of Frankenmuth just beyond the Riverplace shops. We have designed an incredible spectator friendly course that will bring the true essence of the run - bike - run format and Powerman to the forefront. With a cross-country style start mixed with a road course that will take you down main street and through the covered bridge.
The bike course is going to bring you back by the finish line and run courses looping around right in front of friends, family, and spectators with the aid station right there as well.
Course cut off: 5:00 hrs. Raffle / awards will start at 12:30.
Open at 6:30am not before! Located in the very large grass area just behind the Riverplace shops.
No Friends or Family members allowed in the transition area for any reason. ITU European style transition formats will be used wherever possible. If you are unfamiliar with this style of racking it is one long row. The race director and race officials will close the transition area 30-45 minutes before race start to ensure all athletes are at starting lines for mandatory course meetings and announcements. Once the transition area is closed, you will not be permitted back in before the race starts. Family members will not be permitted in for any reason.
In the event of inclement weather, we recommend you have warm, dry clothing outside the transition area to put on following your finish due to other athletes still being on the bike course. Thank you for your cooperation in following these rules.
You must rack according to your race number, based on the sequence numbers placed at the end of each row. Please remember racks will hold 7 bikes racked with the seat tip on support bar. Please be courteous to fellow athletes to ensure there is space for 7 bikes on a rack. The transition area is closed until all athletes are off the bike course. Any athletes removing gear from transition areas before the announcer or race director has officially opened the transition area will be DISQUALIFIED from the race! No questions asked. Your race number will be taken down and you will be disqualified. Sprint athletes this goes for you as well, you must wait until all the athletes are off the course and race officials open the transition area. All athletes deserve a clear transition.
There will be an aid station at the run in/out chute with water and electrolyte replacement. Athletes wearing their own chips, PLEASE remove your chips before re-entering the transition area and exiting again. This will cause a timing error. Run in/out and bike in/out chutes are clearly marked on the large structures at either end; it is your responsibility to go the right direction.
Bike: 20.4 miles and 40.8 miles
You will be hard-pressed to find a more flat course out there as there is not even a hiccup out there.
Athletes exit the parking lot to a right turn on Weis, Left on Jefferson, and then straight out from there to the rest of the course. Right on Lewis, Left on Townline, Left on Bray, Left on Ormes, back to Jefferson where they will make a Right on Weiss, Left into the parking lot heading towards the transition area, to the turnaround just in front of the transition area. It is a 2 loop or 4 loop course for Sprint Powerman and Powerman athletes respectively.
This course is a mixture of country farm roads, flat and smooth, The aid station will be located right in front of the transition area, as well as the finish line. It is a 9.2 mile loop which you complete 2 times for the Powerman sprint distance and 4 loops for the Powerman distance.
Aid Station Powerman distance athletes only, You will hit this 4 times on the bike. Water, Lemon-lime Gatorade Endurance Formula and Energy Gels will be available.
Bike Course Cut off time: 12:00am
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Run: 5K and 10k
1.5 mile or 2.5k loop. Powerman distance 4 loops, Sprint Powerman 2 loops. Keeping the entire race fast and exciting for both athletes and spectators.
Elites will start us off at 8:00am followed by the age groupers at 8:05am.
The run course takes you right through Frankenmuth, but will have an old school cross country style section as well. You start out of transition to a straight flat cross country course on the large grass section adjacent to the bike course, parking area, and finish line. After that short section, we will take you down the sidewalk on Weiss to a RIGHT on the inside lane on Jefferson to the inside lane on main street. This will take you up to a RIGHT on Covered bridge lane where you will run through the historic covered bridge to a RIGHT taking you in the Powerman chute all the way back for your next loop. This will bring you next to the finish line and back out.
Aid Stations: Located every mile with Lemon-Lime Gatorade Endurance Forumula, Hammer Gel, Water, pickles and jolly ranchers.
The course will be clearly marked with flags and cones.
Run Course Cut off Time: 1PM (5:00 hrs)
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Well, athletes, the bottom line to the new course is it is a barn burner. There is not much out there to separate you so this is just going to be some good old fashioned Red line racing!
You will have to watch your fellow competitors and gauge how he or she is looking and race hard but race smart. I know that is not a huge tip, but this is just a flat, fast, red line type of course. It will be easy to get in the zone, get focused and let it rip.