MARCH 17, 2018





MARCH 17, 2018




Olympic Triathlon

Swim: 1500 Meters
Bike: 40 kilometers
Run: 10 kilomters

Sprint Triathlon

Swim: 400 meters
Bike: 10 miles
Run: 5 kilometers





Race on the same course as Olympians, Collegiate Champions and World Age Group Champions!  There is a reason why everybody comes to Havasu.  The Havasu Triathlon is a great triathlon on a challenging course.  With great weather and and located in one of the premier Spring Break and vacation destinations in the United States, Havasu offers triathletes and their families the perfect triathlon getaway.

Are you from snow, doom and gloom country?  Well we cordially invite you to escape. The Havasu Triathlon annually welcomes athletes from over 35 states, making it one of the premier early season races in the USA.   The Havasu Triathlon 2018 invites you to escape the never ending cold and gloom of winter and enjoy Spring Break in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.  For information about Lake Havasu and the many recreational opportunities of the area please go to

Enter early!  Not just because we might sell out at our limit of 800 athletes, but because Havasu is a popular Spring Break destination and you want to make sure you get your pick of hotel or camping spots.


For more information on the Mountain Collegiate Triathlon Conference Championships go HERE

The Havasu Triathlon hosts the Mountain Collegiate Triathlon Conference Championships each year.  Schools from throughout    the Southwest and Mountain West send teams to race on the Havasu Triathlon's fabled course.  Even though the Havasu Triathlon hosts the MCTC Championships, all collegiate students from any college or university are welcome to race in the collegiate wave.

Collegiate athletes are technically their own race as the men and women start in the first waves of the Oly triathlon.  Collegiate athletes are only eligible for collegiate awards in the Oly triathlon.  Collegiate athletes from any 2 or 4 year collegiate institution are welcome to compete but only athletes from member schools will score MCTC championship points.


Lake Havasu CIty was an Army Air Corps rest camp during World War II.   In 1958, Robert McCulloch (of McCulloch chain saws) purchased 3,353 acres (13.57 km2) of property on the east side of Lake Havasu along Pittsburgh Point, the peninsula that eventually would be transformed into "the Island".  After four years of planning, McCulloch Properties acquired another 13,000 acres of federal land in the surrounding area.  Lake Havasu City was established on September 30, 1963.

The London Bridge is really the London Bridge.

The Havasu London Bridge spanning the River Thames in London in the late 1800s.

The Havasu London Bridge spanning the River Thames in London in the late 1800s.

 It was bought for US $2.5 million from London in 1968. The bridge was disassembled, and the marked stones were shipped to Lake Havasu City and reassembled for another US $7 million. Since its inauguration on October 5, 1971, it has been one of the most visited sites in Arizona.

Lake Havasu is one of the most visited lakes in the west and was created by Parker Dam, a concrete arch-gravity dam that crosses the Colorado River 155 miles downstream from Hoover Dam.   Built between 1934 and 1938, it is 320 feet (98 m) high(235 feet (72 m) of which are below the Colorado riverbed, making it the deepest dam in the world). Lake Havasu can store 647,000 acre·ft (798,000,000 m3) or over 210 billion gallons. The dam straddles the state border between Arizona and California between the Whipple Mountains of California and the Buckskin Mountains of of Arizona.

Lake Havasu City is an active destination for everybody. During the spring months, the community is joined by university students and has twice been featured during MTV's Spring Break coverage.  For boaters, March to September are the prime months on Lake Havasu. The city is also home to the International World Jet Ski Final Races, multiple professional fishing tournaments, custom boat regattas, the Western Winter Blast pyrotechnics convention, Havasu 95 Speedway, the Chilln-n-Swilln Beer Festival and, of course, the Havasu Triathlon.

To find out more about all the recreational opportunities in Lake Havasu or to check out dining and lodging options, go to



Schedule of Events

March 16

3pm – 8pm      Registration and Packet Pick Up at the Quality Inn
4:00pm            MCTC Meeting at the Quality Inn
5pm                 Athlete Meeting at Quality Inn

March 17

5:30am            Transition Area Opens

7:30am            Sprint Triathlon Start

7:50am          Oly and MCTC Waves

Awards Ceremony TBD


Race Location

The transition area is at Windsor 4 on the north side of the channel in Havasu State Park. To get to the transition area from the Host Hotel take Highway 93 north out of town and take a left at Industrial to Havasu State Park.  Enter the park and continue south after passing through the entry gate. 

The transition area is at Windsor 4 on the north side of the channel in Havasu State Park. To get to the transition area from the Host Hotel take Highway 93 north out of town and take a left at Industrial to Havasu State Park.  Enter the park and continue south after passing through the entry gate. 


Havasu maps HERE


  • Directions to Windsor 4 from Host Hotel:  West on Lake Havasu Blvd.  Left on Mesquite, cross SR 95.  In and Out on your right, don't stop there until after the race.  Mesquite turns into London Bridge Road.  North to Industrial.  Left turn in Havasu State Park, straight past the entry station.
  • Water temperature is expected to be in the upper 60s.  Wetsuits are permitted
  • The swim start is an in water start with the athletes in the first part of the wave starting about waist deep.
  • Please see the bike maps for the an explanation of the course.  Athletes are responsible for doing the correct number of laps.
  • There will be water available on the bike at the bike turnaround on the far end of the course.
  • See the run course maps.  Athletes are responsible for doing the correct amount of laps.
  • There will be water at all the aid stations and gatorade at the far aid stations.  Clifbar nutrition will be available on the run coruse as well.
  • USAT Officials will be at the Havasu Triathlons.  They will be present in the transition area before the race to enforce safety violations (for example, make sure you have bar end plugs on your handlebars) and on the course on motorcycles.  Please see a message from the Head Referee HERE and a list of common rule violations HERE.

Event Parking

There is plenty of parking.  Limited parking is available at Windsor 4. Please be advised that Windsor 4 parking is very limited as most of the parking lot is used as part of our coursePlease do not park in the city lot adjacent to the Hampton Inn or along the access road between the park and the parking lot as that is part of our bike course.  There is unlimited parking in the strip mall across the street from the Hampton Inn.  This parking is about 400 meters from the transition area.


Overall awards to the top 3 finishers in the Sprint and Oly division (collegiate athletes only eligible for collegiate awards).  Top three in each age group and first in each relay division.

Preliminary results will be posted at the race site.  Final results will be posted at the awards   ceremony.     Results will be posted at as soon as possible on race day.

It is the athlete’s RESPONSIBILITY to check the preliminary results posted at the race.  Preliminary results are posted, in part, so that athlete’s can check for problems and notify us so that corrections can be made.   It is YOUR responsibility to check your time.

Once the timer has left the race site, results are FINAL for the awards ceremony and awards will not be adjusted from that point forward.  Awards will be distributed based on results when the timer leaves the race site. 

Awards will given out at the Awards Ceremony and will not be mailed under any circumstances.


There is no need to qualify and no special registration procedures.  Simply sign up and show up.



Mail in entries will not be accepted after March 13.  No race day entry.

All athletes must be an annual member of USAT (see or pay USAT's $15 one day insurance fee.

See Tshirt policy below.

Packet pick up is at the Quality Inn from 3-8pm on March 17.  If you cannot make it at that time please let us know and we will have your packet ready for you on race morning at the finish line.

Pre race meetings are at 4pm for MCTC athletes and 5pm for all others.  All meetings are at the Quality Inn.

No race day entry.


We would love to host your team at the Havasu Triathlon!

We keep our entries as low as we possibly can so we do not offer discounts off the entry fee.  However, we will offer a free entry for every 10 entries from a team for the Havasu races.  Because our collegiate race is already discounted so heavily, the team discount is not eligible to collegiate athletes.  Got 20 team members racing in Havasu?  Your team is entitled to a second entry.

To take advantage of the team discount, make sure the athletes entering from your team record their team affiliation where requested when registering online.


USA TRIATHLON (USAT) is the national governing body of the sport of triathlon.  They provide the insurance for the event.  We therefore have to abide by their registration procedures and competitive rules.

If you are annual member of USA Triathlon then you must bring your annual membership card and photo ID to registration.  We cannot make exceptions to this rule.  Please do not ask us to do so.

If you are not an annual member then USAT charges a $15 one day fee and requires you to sign a waiver.  This fee is paid as part of your registration process.  If you signed up via then you will have signed the waiver online. If you mailed the entry in then you will need to sign a waiver at registration.


The Havasu Triathlon takes place in the middle of Spring Break so we encourage you to make your reservations early.

Our host hotel is the Quality Inn. Please call (928) 855-1111 and ask for the triathlon rate.

Packet Pick is at the host hotel on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 3pm to 8pm.

Camping is at Havasu State Park (space limited) at Crazy Horse Campground.

For other lodging options go to


Ship it to the Havasu Triathlon's Host Hotel:


Just be a guest at the Quality Inn and address the bike to yourself and the Quality Inn will hold your bike for you.

Note that our bike mechanic will not be available to assemble your bike for you at registration.  If you need assistance assembling your bike please call Havasu Bike and Fitness to make arrangements.



Bike Repair
Bike Assembly

151 Swanson Ave, Suite A&B, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403

Call Craig at 928-453-9777 if you are going to ship your bike to Havasu Bike & Fitness for assembly prior to the race.  Remember, please plan ahead as, due to demand, this service may not be available the several days before the race.

A mechanic from Havasu Bike & Fitness will be at Registration and at the Transition Area race morning.  Note that the mechanic will be available for minor adjustments only.  All repairs should be done before the race at the shop.


Havasu is famous for jet skiing with miles of shoreline to explore.  The best place to rent jet skis is at:

At the Bridge Rentals
1425 McCulloch Blvd (under the bridge on the island)
Lake Havasu City, AZ86403


At the Bridge Rentals is providing the jetskis for our Lifeguards and making for a much safer swim on Race Morning.  If you are looking to rent jetskis during your trip to Havasu we urge you to support our sponsors and rent from At the Bridge Rentals.


Tshirts are included in your entry.  If you want a tshirt, you must enter by March 10.  After that we cannot guarantee size or shirt.


USAT rules will be followed. Please check the USAT website at for more information. At the time of this writing, the USAT rules dictate that those eligible for the Clydesdale category be men who are 200 pounds and over and the those eligible for the Athena category be women who are 150 pounds and over.

If your are a Clydesdale/Athena your MUST leave in the Clydesdale/Athena wave and NOT the wave corresponding to your age.


At first glance, Lake Havasu City may seem a little off the beaten track.  It is, however, extremely accessible and very inexpensive to get to.  Flights to Las Vegas, at the time this information was prepared, were averaging under $300 a flight from most cities.   Once in Lake Havasu City, you will not need a rental car or other transportation.  For those driving to the Havasu Triathlon, Lake Havasu City is in close proximity to major freeways, is only 4 hours from Southern California, 3 hours from Phoenix and only 2 hours from Las Vegas.

Driving (directions are for illustration only)
1. From Los Angeles (280 miles): I-10 towards San Bernadino; I-15 North toward Barstow to I-40 east; south on State Route 95, 17 miles to Lake Havasu
2. From San Francisco (580 miles) I-5 south; CA Route 58 east (exit 257) toward Barstow; I-15 toward Las Vegas for 4 miles to I-40 east; south on State Route 95, 17 miles to Lake Havasu
3. From Denver (960 miles): I-25 south to I-40 west; south on State Route 95, 17 miles to Lake Havasu
4. From Dallas (1170 miles): I-35 north to US-82 to US-287 North; I-40 west; south on State Route 95, 17 miles to Lake Havasu
5. From Chicago (1850 miles) I-55 south; I-44 west; I-40 west; State Route 95 south, 17 miles to Lake Havasu
6. From New York (2500 miles) I-78 west to I-76 west to I-70 west; I-44 west; I-40 west; south on State Route 95, 17 miles to Lake Havasu.

The Lake Havasu Tourism Bureau recommends that athletes fly into Las Vegas (although Phoenix is a cheap and easy alternative). The reasons to fly into Las Vegas are:
1. It is the closest major airport to Lake Havasu
2. It is only about a 2 hour drive from Lake Havasu
3. Airfares to Las Vegas, because of the casinos and entertainment in Las Vegas, are the cheapest of any airfares in the country. Additionally, there are many specials and sales offered on airfares to Las Vegas throughout the year.

Refund/Transfer Policy

We understand that plans can change.  Unfortunately we are not able to give out any refund, for any reason.  We will not transfer your entry to another race nor roll it over to thefollowing year.  However, with races selling out we do not want to have people enter in September and then be stuck with an entry they cannot use.  Therefore if you notify us at any time prior January 15,  we will refund 75% of your entry fee, less any charges by  If you wish to transfer your race entry to any 2017 Tucson Racing event please notify us by February 15 to receive a 75% credit, less any charges by, on any 2017 entry fee.

If you wish to switch between sprint,  Oly and Half, you may do so at any time prior to March 11 without charge.  No credit shall be given for switching events.  You must pay the difference in entry fee if applicable.  Just notify us by email and we will make the change.  You may also switch races at registration on March 16 without charge.

Course Modifications

Tucson Racing reserves the right to postpone, cancel or change the race or race format at any time to ensure athlete safety. If Tucson Racing determines conditions that might compromise the safety of participants, Tucson Racing, in its sole judgment, may cancel, postpone, or change the race and/or race format. No Refunds or Transfers will be given.

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