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Shermanator

Triathlon 500 Yard Swim, 10 Mile Bike, 5K Run
Duathlon  2.5 K Run, 10 Mile Bike, 5K Run
Aquabike  500 Yard Swim, 10 Mile Bike


Special thanks to all our great sponsors this year and especially to our 2013 presenting sponsor - Team Zeigler and the Zeigler Automotive Group. Visit the Team Zeigler site and sign up for great drawings and take advantage of similarly great special automotive offers.  A number of our sponsors will be on site again this year including Breakaway Bicycles & Fitness, Billy's Bike Shop, Gazelle Sports, Agility Physical Therapy & Sports Performance, and Southwest Michigan Eye Center. And the Trikats, our regional multisport club, has again designated the Shermanator a 2013 "Hot Race" and will be out in force this year along with the club's hospitality tent.

Let's look at a couple of basics to remember for yourself and your spectator or support crew for Saturday morning:


-No dogs are allowed on premises. Assistance dogs of course are welcome

-The Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center is not open prior to the race for venue visits or training since we have children enjoying camp up until race day.

-All athletes use the 38th St parking area. Remember-there is a long walk to the Rec Cntr. and then from there down to the waterfront.  

-Spectators arriving up until 7:45 should also use the 38th Street parking area. Spectators arriving after 7:45 must use the parking area accessed just north of the YMCA main entrance on 39th St.

-Handicapped accessible parking is available by the Red Cntr But anyone needing that must arrive prior to 7:45.


-No alcoholic beverages are allowed on site.

Please arrive early. We start this event on time.  There is a long walk with your bike and gear from the parking area to the Rec Cntr for check in and then from there down to the waterfront and the transition area. Plan accordingly.

Check in and same day registration opens (see below) at 5:45.

First wave goes at 7:45. Wave assignments will be posted Saturday morning.

Water temp is holding at around 76 and might fluctuate a degree or two by Saturday morning.

Wet suits are allowed at any water temperature.

Bike racks are designated only for relays and the Valley Church Team which is bringing a large group. All other racks are first come first serve.  There is no significant advantage for time based on rack placement.

We supply a swim cap for you. If you have latex intolerance and need to use your own, please check in with RD Jim Mishler at the waterfront prior to the start of the race.

All swim strokes are allowed. Snorkels are allowed. Fins to aid propulsion through the water are not.

We will have a large group of lifeguards on stand up boards and kayaks in the water assisting with the swim course. We will also have several divers on hand.


Helmets for the bike portion of the event are an absolute. You may not participate in the Shermanator without a helmet.

We will have a full support crew on the bike course for directional support and uniformed deputies from the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department and the Reserve Unit for traffic control. At all times, pay attention to and follow any sport orders given by the deputies and reserve officers.

Billy's Bike Shop will be assisting with a quick safety check of bikes before entering the transition area. If you have an older bike missing bar end plugs, plugs will be installed.

Breakaway Bicycles & Fitness will be on hand for minor adjustments or repairs if needed. They are not there to do a tune up for you on site.  Their support is for last minute unforeseen items.

We will have water on the run course at the approximate one and two mile marks, along with the opening run turnaround for duathletes.

Review the course maps before leaving for the race Saturday morning.

We will keep the waterfront open for a while post race if you want to jump back in the lake to cool down and rinse off a bit.

We will have a nice post race spread waiting for you after you finish.

We will get our awards presentation underway as close to 10:30 as possible.


Please drive safe on your way to and from the Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center for this year's Shermanator. We look forward to seeing you this year.

Any questions or issues - do not hesitate to contact RD Jim Mishler
269-978-2437
jim@spiritracing.us