Sam Oden Memorial Triathlon

McGregor, MN

   The Sam Oden Memorial Triathlon is a unique Team or Individual Triathlon.
   Do all 3 events alone or add team members to complete the event.
   NO Swimming! Kayak 1/2 Mile, Bike 6 Miles, Run 2 Miles. KAYAKS are available!
   All proceeds go to charity.

Saturday, July 28th, 2018 - McGregor MN

Join us for our 2nd Annual Sam Oden Memorial (Formerly Big Sandy Tri) Kayak, Bike, and Kayak Triathlon! We put on a unique, fun, team relay, and individual triathlon. 2017 was a huge hit! we doubled our team numbers, we added a fun kids race, silent auction and donated $19,500 to the 3 bible camps in McGregor, Mn. This year will be no different, all 
proceeds go to help out the camps in McGregor.

Most hear the word "Tri" and think "Oh No The Swimming." Well, we took the swimming out and put in Kayaking, and then we give you the choice.. Do you want to complete all 3 events individually? Do you want to form a team? Do you want to compete with 1 or 2 teammates?

A little back ground of how this race became a memorial race. Our 2016 event (Big Sandy Tri) was cancelled due to the passing of Sam, who was killed in a traffic accident. It is important to our family to keep Sam's memory alive. Therefore, we decided to change this race to a charity, as this was Sam's favorite event of the summer (He took first place both of the first two years). 

We have set up a non-profit memorial fund in Sam's name. Through this fund, we will continue to support causes that Sam was passionate about. Family, faith, and friends were the foundation of his character. We sincerely appreciate all contributions to honor Sam's generous heart and compassion for others. While his time here may have been cut short, our goal is that this fund will help his spirit to continue on and helps out others.

This event will be chip timed, include a fun kids race, live music, and silent auction.


Race Day Schedule

Check-in/Packet Pickup              6:30 - 7:30 AM (Big Sandy Lodge and Resort)
Announcements                          7:45 AM
Wave 1 Start                               8:00 AM
Wave 2 Start                               8:45 AM
Wave 3 Start                               9:30 AM
Wave 4 Start (If Needed)            10:15 AM
Kids Race Start (Ages 10&U)     11:00 AM (Tentative Time - Upon completion of the Tri)
Awards Announcements             11:30 AM (Tentative Time - Following the kids run)

Live Music on the deck at Big Sandy Lodge   1:00 - 4:00 PM
Silent Auction 6:30 AM - 1:00 PM


Event Order and Description:

1/2 Mile Kayak
The Tri will begin on the beach of Big Sandy Lodge with a running start. Competitors will kayak around the right side of the island 

Meet biking teammate in transition area to transfer ankle chip!

6 Mile Bike
The Bike portion will leave the transition area and enter Lake Ave, to the left (north) bike to the Forest Station and enter gravel parking lot and come out the north entrance and head back south on Lake Ave to return

Meet the running teammate in the transition area to transfer ankle chip!

2 Mile Run
The Run portion of the event takes participants right on 487th St and then out and back on 207th Ave. Participants will follow the same route back, before circling around the Big Sandy Resort loop through the finish line going west.

Meet your teammates and other competitors at the finish line to celebrate completion!


Standard (Thru July 15th, 11:59PM)
Individual Tri                                        $40.00
Team Relay Tri (2 person Team)        $70.00
Team Relay Tri (3 Person Team)        $80.00

Kids Duathlon  (12&U)                        $10.00

Late (Thru July 26th, 11:59 PM)
Individual Tri                                         $45.00
Team Relay Tri (2 person Team)         $80.00
Team Relay Tri (3 Person Team)         $90.00

Kids Duathlon  (12&U)                         $15.00

Same Day (6:30 - 7:30 AM - Race Morning)
Individual Tri                                         $50.00
Team Relay Tri (2 person Team)          $90.00
Team Relay Tri (3 Person Team)         $100.00

Kids Duathlon  (12&U)                          $20.00


Individual and Team Registration Types include a race shirt - tank top style!

Sizes Available:
Men's - Med thru X-Large
Women's Cut - Small thru Large

Shirts and sizes are guaranteed through the Standard registration period. Sizes will not be collected and are not guaranteed for the Late Registration period. There will be a selection of shirts available race day for late and same day registrants (First Come, First Serve!)

Kayak Rental

Registration Fees do not include Kayak rental. A rental add on option is available during registration for an additional $10.00. If this add-on is not used - the individual or team will be required to supply their own kayak to complete that portion of the event.

Start Order

A wave start will be utilized, with each wave consisting of approximately 20 kayaks.

The number of waves and participant placement within those waves will be determined by the final registration breakdown.

Tentative Wave Start Times:
Wave 1 - 8:00 AM (Casual Teams)
Wave 2 - 8:45 AM (Competitive Teams)
Wave 3 - 9:30 AM (Individuals)
Wave 4 - 10:15 AM (If Needed)

Final wave placement will be decided the day before the race and posted at check-in.

Everyone, regardless of wave, is expected to be checked in by 7:30AM. If you are in a later wave - cheer on your fellow competitors!

Please contact us to request a preferred wave placement. We will do what we can to best accommodate!


------ Must provide own life jacket and it must be worn while kayaking
------ Only 1 person kayaks, must do land start
------ Kayak needs to be on land after completion
------ Must meet the biker in the transition area
------ Switch timing chip to the biker

------ Must provide own bike and helmet
------ Helmets must be worn at all times
------ Bikes must be dismounted and walked through the timing chute
------ Bike must be dropped off in drop off area
------ Must go to transition area to meet runner
------ Switch timing chip to the runner

------ Race number must be on front of runner at finish
------ Runner gets timing chip in transition area
------ Finishes race by running through the race chute

Kids Run/Bike Duathlon

The Kids Duathlon is a kids only (12 & Under) event. It will begin at the conclusion of the tri and consist of 1/4M run and 1/4M Bike. It will also be chip timed for fun!

Registration includes a t-shirt!

All kids MUST wear a helmet for the bike portion of the event.


Individual --- Top Male & Female
Team --------  Top 3 Teams

All Kids Fun Run participants will receive a finisher medal!

The Sam Oden Memorial Triathlon will be Chip Timed by Race Place Chip Timing. All timed participants will be required to wear an ankle strap with a timing chip attached.

The strap must be worn on the LEFT ANKLE, with the timing chip FACING OUT. Timing chips/straps must be returned upon completion of the event. There will be a collection bin placed at the finish line.

Failure to return your timing chip will result in an additional $25 Fee.


Results will be updated throughout the race and can be viewed immediately after crossing the finish line on tablet kiosks and a scrolling results screen. 

Results will also be available on the Free "Its Your Race" App:
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Refund Policy
The Race Organizers reserve the right to cancel this event at any time due to inclement weather and/or safety concerns. In any instance the event WILL NOT BE RESCHEDULED.

Substitutions may be considered upon request
No Refunds.

Our Cause
All event proceeds and donations go to the benefit of the Sam Oden Memorial Fund

Not Ready to Register But Would Still Like To Donate? Click Here

Sponsorship and Volunteers
Interested in supporting our event by becoming a sponsor or volunteering?

Race Day Volunteer: Click Here
Full listing of sponsorship opportunities: Click Here
Sponsorship payment: Click Here

Big Sandy Lodge and Resort:
The Country Meadows:
Big Sandy Camp and Retreat:
Eagle Point Resort:
Ripple River in Aitkin - 30 min away (218)927-3734

Grand Rapids - 45 minutes away
Brainerd - 1 hour away
Duluth - 1 hour away


Please contact us for additional information on the race and available sponsorship opportunities.

Thank you to
our sponsors who help make this event possible!


Thanks to Family, Friends, Participants, and Sponsors of Last years Sam Oden Memorial Triathlon,

100% of your money went to Big Sandy Camp and the Catholic Youth Camp. The pictures below are of the slide at Big Sandy Camp, they used our money we donated to them to help with the costs of creating this super fun slide for the kids. Sam was about kids and about having fun, We know he would approve of this in his name! The Catholic Youth camp used the money for scholarships and for some water sports. Lets donate more money this year!

Thank you again!

 Sam 2015


When & Where

Jul 28, 2018


8:00 AM

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