Sam Oden Memorial Triathlon

McGregor, MN

Unique Team Relay Triathlon: Do all 3 events alone or add team members to complete the event.
NO Swimming! Kayak 1/2 Mile, Bike 4 Miles, Run 2 Miles. KAYAKS are available!
All proceeds go to charity.

Saturday, July 29th, 2017 - McGregor MN

Join us for our 1st Annual Sam Oden Memorial (Formerly Big Sandy Tri) Kayak, Bike, and Swim Triathlon! We put on a unique, fun, team relay, and individual triathlon. 

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?(Kayaks are available)

Last year's 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. 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.

(All proceeds from this race will go to charity.)

This event will be chip timed, will include a fun kids race and live music from 1:00pm-4:00pm!


Race Day Schedule
Check-in/Same Day Registration           6:30 - 7:30 AM (Big Sandy Lodge and Resort)
Wave 1 Start                                        8:00 AM
Wave 2 Start                                    8:45 AM
Wave 3 Start                                          9:30 AM
Wave 4 Start                                                   10:15 AM
Kids Race Start (Ages 12&U)            11:30 AM (Tentative Time - Upon completion of the Tri)
Awards Announcements                                 11:45 AM (Tentative Time - Following the kids run)

Live Music                                                       1:00 - 4:00 PM

Event Order and Description:

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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 16th, 11:59PM)
Individual Tri                                             $40.00
Team Relay Tri (2 person Team)              $70.00
Team Relay Tri (3 Person Team)              $80.00

Kids Fun Run (12&U)           $10.00

Late (Thru July 27th, 11:59 PM)
Individual Tri                                             $45.00
Team Relay Tri (2 person Team)              $80.00
Team Relay Tri (3 Person Team)              $90.00

Kids Fun Run (12&U)                                $10.00

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 Fun Run (12&U)                                $13.00

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 waves and schedule:
Wave 1 - 8:00 AM
Wave 2 - 8:45 AM
Wave 3 - 9:30 AM
Wave 4 - 10:15 AM

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 Fun Run
New for 2017! The Fun Run is a kids only (12 & Under) run starting at....

Kids Fun run registration does not include a T-Shirt. A shirt add-on option is available for an additional $10.00 (Youth Sizes)

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 RIGHT 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!

When & Where

Jul 28, 2018


7:00 AM

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Event Will Be Chip Timed

Ankle straps with an RFID chip
will be worn for the triathlon. 
Team competitors will pass the 
ankle straps at each transition.
Straps must be worn on the RIGHT
ankle with the chip FACING OUT.

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