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Welcome to the KPC Newspaper In Education Sprint Triathlon, cosponsored with the Kendallville Kiwanis, the City of Kendallville and Cole Center YMCA.

The 4th Annual KPC sprint-distance triathlon is set for Saturday, July 20, 2013, with race-time at 7:15 a.m.

This competitive but shorter sprint-distance race is great for both veteran and novice athletes. The race is staged at shady, beautiful Bixler Lake Park in Kendallville, Indiana, just north of Fort Wayne. The 500 meter lake swim is followed by a just-under 13 mile bike race, and closing with a 5-K cross-country style run. The run includes a stretch in and around the authentic windmills of the Mid-America Windmill Museum before a shady and spectator-friendly finish in the park. Two and three person teams are welcome; the race also includes a youth division for teens age 15 - 17.

The swim and run are laid-out in a spectator-friendly fashion, and the park setting, includes children’s play equipment to entertain younger spectators.

Co-sponsors include KPC Media Group Inc., Kendallville Kiwanis, the City of Kendallville and the Cole Family YMCA.

KPC Sprint Triathlon Packet Pick-Up

Packet pick-up for the KPC Sprint Triathlon for Newspaper in Education is set for Friday, July 19, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and race day, July 20, starting at 5:30 a.m.

Racers can pick up their packets Friday at Joanna’s Dealicious Treats, a coffee and soda shop located on the southeast corner of Main and Williams streets in Kendallville, formerly Klinkenburg’s soda shop. Joanna’s is a race sponsor, and volunteers also will be present to complete body marking.

Participants must have their photo ID, and USAT members must have their USAT card for packet pickup. Parents or guardians must accompany Youth and both must have photo ID.

Racers receiving body marking on Friday should have no lotion, sun screen, etc. on their skin

race Information

The registration fee covers all costs, including a one-day USAT membership for those who are not already members of the United States Association of Triathlons. Early registration closes at midnight, July 7, and final registration closes at midnight, July 18. There is no race-day registration. A free pre-race clinic is offered at the Cole Family YMCA on Sunday, July 7, at 3 p.m.

Youth, age 15-17, may register with parental permission. Age is as of 12/31/12.


Two and Three Member Team Combos are available. Team members perform separate legs of the race, relay style, exchanging the race timing chip in the transition area. Members of teams must register and pay individually. You will be asked for a team name and the name of your team member(s) exactly as they are registered. Teams will receive ONE race packet. Help Finding Team Mates.


All participants receive a hand-screen-print t-shirt, Each team or individual entry receives a screen-print shoe/sport tote. Each finisher receives an ice-cold sport towel.

Men and women will receive awards for overall, masters and division winners (5 year intervals, 1st - 3rd).

Split Winners: Awards will also be given for the men and women split winners (fastest swim, fastest bike, fastest run).


Early Registration & Pricing: Early Bird pricing extends through midnight July 7. T-shirts are not guaranteed for registrations after June 30. There is no race-day registration. The race price includes all USAT fees. Early Bird prices for 2032 are: Individual, $65; Two-Person Team, $47/each member; Three-Person Team, $40/each member. There are no refunds after May 30

Race Timing

Professional timing provided by Race Services Company LLC, includes ChronoTrack timing at two splits and the finish line. Splits and final results will be available immediately after the race and online.


A professional photographer will capture most racers at transitions and finish. Photos will be available to purchase for a modest fee online. Profits above cost support NIE.

Where and How to place the Timing Chip

Click for instructions on how to place the timing chip.

Race Day Information

You must have a photo ID to register. This is required by USAT. You must show your USAT membership card to receive USAT insurance refund. Youth, age 15-17, must be accompanied by the parent or guardian who approved the online applications, and both must show valid ID.

Registration opens at 5:30. We expect the swim to start in 6 waves in the following order: M 18-34/ M 35-49/ M 50+/ W 18-39/ W 40+/ Teams &Youth. Water temperature will be posted by 6:30 for those considering wet-suits. Bike racks are first come - first serve. The race timeline is posted below.

Race finish care, including minor first aid, will be provided by an athletic trainer sponsored by SportONE.

Funds raised by the race will support the KPC Newspaper In Education (NIE) program in the northeast Indiana counties of DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble and Steuben. Learn more about NIE.

For more information please contact Vi Wysong at 260.347.0400 Ext.161

Race Timeline

5 a.m. Parking open/arrive
5:30 a.m. Parking lot greeters in place
Transition opens
Registration opens
6:30 a.m. Volunteer meeting
6:45 a.m. Packet pick-up closes
7 a.m. Athlete race meeting with race official
7:15 a.m. To beach - swimmers separate for waves
7:30 a.m. SWIM START (Waves may vary depending on the number of entrants. Final wave assignment wil be available at packet pick-up.)
7:30 — Men 18-34 (Light Blue caps)
7:33 — Men 35-49 (Yellow caps)
7:36 — Men 50+ (Royal Blue caps)
7:39 — Women 18-39 (White caps)
7:42 — Women 40+ (Green caps)
7:45 — Teams & Youth (Orange caps)
8:30 a.m. Swim closes - remaining swimmers will be removed and may continue to transition area.
Swim tear down
10 a.m. Bike race closes - remaining bikers will be returned and may continue from transition area.
10 a.m. Awards
11 a.m. Run closes - remaining runners returned to transition area.

Alternative Race Plan

Because Bixler Lake has a public beach it is subject to weekly water testing and held to a rigorous standard. Generally Bixler lake tests at very high water quality levels. Occasionally a period of very hot weather or a heavy rainfall can cause test levels to briefly spike. This is true of all natural lakes. For this reason, at times the beach may be closed, even though nearby lakes which are not regularly tested are still in use. Usually the closure is lifted after 24 hours, when second confirmation test results are received.

In the event the City closes the beach, the KPC Sprint Triathlon will follow the Alternative Race Plan:


The race will be conducted as a dualthlon. For the portion that would be the swim, the racers will have a short run along the first portion of the bike route for .75 miles, turn around in the east-side parking area, and run back. The racers will transition to the bike race, and proceed as normal.


The Team Swimmers will swim in the YMCA competitive pool.

After check-in, but prior to the start of the race the Team Swimmers will be transported to the YMCA, which is located on Garden Street, just west of East Noble High School, on the east side of Bixler Lake. The Team Swimmers will start at 8 a.m. The start time will be coordinated with the Race Timer. As each Swimmer finishes, the Swimmer Number will be relayed to the transition area and called out to start the Biker. The Biker will enter the transition area, crossing the time matt, and the race will proceed as normal. We will transport the swimmers back to the race area after their swim.