Dakotaman at Wall Lake, one of South Dakota’s most attended triathlon will take place this coming Saturday, June 17 at 8 am at the Wall Lake Park. (register here)
“Registration numbers are looking really good so far–about 140 adults and kids,” states race director Kathy Grady. As sprint races typically go, registration numbers will most likely go up even more this week as the pleasant forecast solidifies and triathletes feel that urge to test their mettle.
The course will follow its traditional distances and routes of a 500-yard out-and-back swim in Wall Lake with a timed wave start, a 15-mile out-and-back bike course on the gently rolling hills near the lake, and a 5K out-and-back run along the shore of the lake.
With Scheels as its primary sponsor, this race promises some pretty hefty schwag and stakes. Every participant will receive the traditional t-shirt with the one-of-a-kind Dakotaman logo on it along with a $10 Scheels gift card. The overall male and female winners will receive a $100 Scheels gift card, and the top three finishers in each age group will receive a $25, $15, or $10 gift card respectively along with a medal commemorating their achievements.
Everyone will receive bragging rights and the title of being a Dakotaman after competing in the greatest sport on earth.
The winning team will receive a medal and a $45 Scheels gift card.
The Kids’ Race will take place as the adults’ race winds down. Dakotaman has three different divisions and distances for each age group:
- 8-10 year old: shore swim 50 yards, bike 1 mile, run 1/2 mile
- 9-11 year old: shore swim 100 yards, bike 2 miles, run 3/4 mile
- 12-14 year old: shore swim 200 yards, bike 4 miles, run 1 mile
The after-party promises to provide participants some great replenishment with pork sandwiches, chips, and cookies from Eileen’s bakery & Breadsmith. After all, who doesn’t like to rub the sweaty shoulder of the guy you just crushed. The food will give triathletes one more reason to stick around and hang out with the tri-family.
Despite the hefty competition, first-time triathletes often find Dakotaman to be the perfect place to compete with a copious amount of helpful volunteers. We obviously think its a pretty great race too.
We look forward to seeing you all there. We’ll be there with the cameras, bright yellow shirts, and even better media coverage than before.