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Schedule of Events

Friday, July 17th
5:30-7:30 pm --- Packet Pickup at George Wyth State Park
6:30-7:30 pm --- Event Overview with the Race Directors (optional)

Saturday, July 18th
6:00-7:30 am --- Packet Pickup, Body Marking, and Timing Chip Pickup
6:00-7:45 am --- Transition Area Open
7:50-8:00 am --- Final Race Announcements
8:00 am ---------- Race Begins

Race Venue

George Wyth State Park is located off of Highway 218, within the Cedar Falls-Waterloo metro area in Northeast Iowa.  The physical address is 3659 Wyth Road, Waterloo, IA 50703.  Take Exit 185 off Highway 218 and follow signs into the park. Parking will be clearly marked; please do not park in the grass.  Check-in, transition area, race start, and finish line will all be near George Wyth Lake.

Race Categories

Age Group
This category is open to all participants.  Racers will be divided into categories by gender and age.  Age groups for each gender are: 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and older.

Clydesdale and Athena Divisions
Men weighing 220 pounds or more and women weighing 165 pounds or more are able, but not required, to participate in the Clydesdale and Athena divisions.  To do so, you must indicate this group on your registration form.  Entrants in this category are eligible for Clydesdale or Athena Division awards, but not age group awards.


Sprint and Olympic teams (male, female, and co-ed) are welcome at the Accel Triathlon.  Each team member must register individually and pick up his/her own race packet.  Relay team members will share a timing chip.  The swim team member will hand off the chip to the bike member inside the Transition Area.  Returning bikers must then rack their bike before handing the chip to the runner.  All handoffs must occur in the Transition Area.


The Accel Triathlon is a USAT sanctioned race.  For a complete list of rules, please refer to the USA Triathlon website.  Race participants are required to be annual members of, or have a one-day permit from, USAT.  The $12 USAT one-day permit fee will be added to non-members’ entry fees prior to check-out.  USAT members must present their USAT membership card and photo ID at packet pickup.


Timing services will be conducted for both the Olympic and Sprint distance races.  Each athlete will be provided with an ankle chip for timing purposes.  The chip must be worn at all times from the start until the completion of the race.  Race participants are responsible for returning their chips at the finish line.  A $30 charge will be assessed to the athlete if the chip is not returned.  Any chip lost will result in a disqualification.

Cut Off Times

To ensure the safety of our athletes and volunteers, there will be cutoff times enforced for each leg of the race.

  • Swim --- Athletes must enter transition to bike by 9:04 am
  • Bike --- Athletes must enter transition to run by 10:50 am
  • Run --- Athletes must finish the race by 12:04 pm


Prize money will be awarded to the top three finishers in the men's and women's Olympic categories.

  • First Place = $100
  • Second Place = $50
  • Third Place = $25

Event Cancellation

If unsafe water conditions force us to cancel the swim portion of the race, the event will be a run-bike-run duathlon.  Our Sprint athletes will complete a 1.55 mile run, 15.4 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run.  Our Olympic athletes will complete a 3.1 mile run, 24.8 mile bike, and 6.2 mile run.  We will follow the pre-determined Swim wave format for race start.

If inclement weather occurs (i.e. heavy rain, lightning, etc.), we will postpone the race as necessary up until 10:00 am.  If at that time weather conditions still do not allow us to continue, the race will be cancelled.

Please check the Accel Triathlon Facebook page on race day for regular updates related to possible delays or cancellation.

Refund Policy

Registration is neither refundable nor transferable.


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