– The 2023 Ohio Triathlon & Duathlon series kicks off with the Deer Creek Triathlon & Duathlon. The Deer Creek Triathlon & Duathlon is also the USA Triathlon State of Ohio Age Group Triathlon Championships which is open to all participants – no qualifying requirements!
The event features a distance for all ability levels, whether you’re an experienced multisport athletes or looking for a great course for your first triathlon, the Deer Creek Triathlon & Duathlon is the race for you. Deer Creek State Park is located just 20 miles south of Columbus, Ohio off I-71. The field is limited to 700 total participants in the adult races on Sunday, June 4.
The Deer Creek Youth Triathlon & Duathlon takes place on Saturday, June 3 and is limited to 100 youth participants.
Join us the 1st weekend of June for a great multisport weekend of FUN!
“Skip the Tee, Plant a Tree” Program
We can live without a t-shirt, but we can’t live without trees. This year, when you register for our multisport races and certain trail runs at Ohio State Parks, you will have the option to select “Tree” over a “T-shirt size.”
When you select “Tree,” instead of a t-shirt, we will donate the cost of your t-shirt to the Ohio State Park Foundation.
See Packet pick-up tab.
There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION — packet pickup ONLY
All finishers will receive a handsome finisher amenity.
The Top 3 male & female OVERALL FINISHERS in the Mini, Sprint & Olympic triathlons and duathlons races will receive a commemorative award. The top 3 OVERALL male and female in the High School division – Sprint will receive a commemorative award.
The TOP AGE GROUP, DIVISION FINISHER & PARATRIATHLON** Male & Female in the Mini, Sprint and Olympic triathlons will receive an award commemorating their finish.
The top relay team in each race will receive a commemorative award.
For Aquabike, ONLY the top overall finisher male and female will receive a commemorative plaque noting their finish.
There are no awards for the Youth races. All youth finishers receive a finishers amenity.
** HFP Racing supports the USA Paratriathlon Classifications. If you have any questions or require any special assistance, please contact us at email@example.com.
Saturday Distances (Youth)
For those who prefer to race one element of the triathlon or duathlon we offer a relay division for our sprint and Olympic distance triathlons and duathlons. Relay teams consist of three (3) members (1 swimmer, 1 biker, 1 runner), each member will complete one segment of the race (2 members for duathlon teams). Each team member will exchange their timing chip bracelet at their assigned bike rack. There are NO age groups in this division.
Welcome to Ohio’s premier triathlon and duathlon series.Throughout the summer, the series visits five beautiful venues across the State of Ohio – from North to South. Each venue features an exciting course and scenic view of the park. Each venue will feature a triathlon, duathlon, and aquabike on Sunday and several venues will play host to a Kidz triathlon & duathlon on Saturday. So whether you’re racing to be a series champion or giving multisport racing a try for the first time, the State of Ohio Series is for YOU! It’s ALL ABOUT FUN!
Save time and money by registering for the entire Series!
Packet Pick Up
1. Date: Saturday – Youth Races
Time: 7:45 am – 8:45 am
Location: Deer Creek State Park – Beach Parking Area
2. Date: Sunday
Time: 5:45 am – 7:15 am
Location: Deer Creek State Park – Beach Parking Area
Pre-Race Meeting: Approximately 7:00 am
Race Site Address: 14403 Crownover Mill Rd
Mount Sterling, Ohio 43145
Please Note: All participants must collect his/ her own event packet. Photo ID is required in order to collect event materials. NO ID = NO EVENT. HINT if you take a photo of your ID with your phone, that will be sufficient for photo ID purposes.
Pre-Race Meeting: A brief pre-race meeting will take place on race morning at approximately 7:30 am located near the transition area. Additionally, before each swim wave, the swim starter will briefly go over the course. We are always available for questions, there will not be time for extensive Q&A before the race so we encourage you to review all race information on the website.
Please see Terms & Conditions before registering.
|Race||Through 2/28/23||3/1/23 to 4/30/23||5/01/22 to 5/31/23||Race Month|
|Sprint Tri/Du Relay||$95||$100||$110||$120|
|Olympic Tri/Du Relay||$120||$130||$140||$150|
* Prices above reflect cost for USAT Annual Members and all participants MUST have a valid USAT license (annual or one-day).
If you are not a USAT member, adults may purchase a one-day membership for the event at $15 or an annual membership for $50. Youth (17 & under) may purchase an annual membership for $10.
Official Race T-shirt (if registered at least 20 days prior to event date), Goodie Bag, Post Race Food & Beverages, and ALL finishers will receive a handsome Finishers Medal (including all relay team members).
|Saturday, June 3||Sunday, June 4|
|7:45am – 8:45am – Youth Packet Pickup||5:45am – 7:15am – Adults Race Packet Pickup|
|9:00am – Boys: Ages 11-15 Triathlon |
9:05am - Girls: Ages 11-15 Triathlon
|7:15 am - Event Formation begins|
|9:30am - Youth Duathlon: All ages||7:15 am Transition Closes|
|10:00am - Boys: Ages 10 & Under Triathlon |
10:05am - Girls: Ages 10 & Under Triathlon
|7:30 am Event Start|
|Sunday, June 4|
|5:45am – 7:15am – Transition area open|
|7:30am – Olympic Triathlon Waves|
|7:45am – Sprint Triathlon Waves|
|7:45am – All Duathletes (Mini, Sprint and Olympic)|
|8:00am – Mini Triathlon Waves|
How the “Aging Up” situation will be handled for those people changing age groups during the course of the year:
HFP Racing’s Ohio Triathlon & Duathlon Series scoring coincides with the USAT “aging up” policy. Participants will compete in whichever age group they would be in as of the 31st of December in the year of the race. In other words, everyone’s age group for the current season will be determined by their age on December 31st of the year they are racing.
Example: Jane Smith is 34 during the entire 2022 racing season, but turns 35 on Dec. 15th, 2022. Jane will then compete in the 35-39 age group for the entire 2022 season for all events.
All HFP Racing Series events will follow the wetsuit guidelines set forth by USA Triathlon. Those guidelines state:
Expected water temperatures will be posted via our Twitter feed page 12-24 hrs before each event. Average water temperature for the Ohio Fall Challenge at Deer Creek reservoir has been an average of 76 degree.
Coming in the weekend of the event? Make it a family affair and stay at the Deer Creek Lodge and Conference Center. From Golf, hiking, canoeing to many more onsite activities there is something for the entire family.
Visit Deer Creek Park Lodge for details and reservations.
The event site is the Deer Creek State Park Beach, 14403 Crownover Mill Rd, New Holland, OH 43145.
Athlete and spectator parking is located at the main beach parking lots. However, once the event begins no vehicles will be permitted to leave the parking area until the last bike re-enters the park or law enforcement allows vehicles to exit.
If you or family members must leave before the last bike re-enters the park, please park in the overflow lot – 1st road to your right when you enter the park. No parking in the grass.
The race number you receive at packet pickup should be worn during the bike and run portion of the event. This will help identify who is participating in the event and also will help identify you to volunteers, team members, other athletes and emergency personnel.
You will receive a sticker kit containing 3 numbers that match your race number. Each sticker has a purpose – 1 sticker is for your bike, 1 sticker is for your bike helmet, and 3rd sticker (if available) is for your gear bag (only applicable in a two-transition event).
Athletes will self-body mark in 2022. There will be markers available to you on race morning. For marking, mark your assigned race number on both your upper right and upper left arms. Mark your Age on the back of your left calf if you are racing in the Age Group division or if you are racing as a Clydesdale “C”, Athena “A”, Aquabike “AQ” or Relay “R” . On your right calf, mark “M” Mini, “S” Sprint, and “O” for Olympic.
All events produced and timed by HFP Racing are timed with Race Results Chip Equipment. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the following procedures to insure successful timing of your event:
How to wear the timing chip with the provided neoprene Velcro strap:
REMEMBER, YOU MUST RETURN YOUR CHIP AT THE FINISH LINE. YOU CANNOT USE THIS CHIP AT OTHER RACES.
IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO FINISH ANY LEG OF THE RACE YOU MUST TURN IN YOUR TIMING CHIP BEFORE CROSSING OVER ANY ADDITIONAL TIMING MATS. IN THIS EVENT TAKE YOUR TIMING CHIP TO THE TIMING CHIP COLLECTION AREA NEAR THE FINISH LINE AND INFORM THEM OF YOUR DECISION.
You will be assessed a $35 charge for your chip if not returned.
Triathletes may enter the transition area at the posted start time of race morning packet pick-up. All bikes must be racked 15-minutes before the start of the first swim wave. Bike racks are identified by distance and triathletes must put their bicycles and gear in their designated bicycle location.
Each bike rack can hold 4 bikes, as such each athletes space is approximately 3 feet wide and 3 feet long. Once your bike is in place your space left for use is approximately the same size as a standard bath towel.
After racking your bike, proceed to the athlete check-in area located near the transition area and obtain your race number, timing chip, etc. Please body mark yourself at least 1/2 hour before the race.
The top two questions we receive about our events is what is the water temperature and are wetsuits allowed. Since one answer usually answers the other the explanations for both are bundled together for you here.
The water temperature for each open water event is taken and posted on Twitter 24 hours before the posted packet pick-up time. This temperature reading is a preliminary reading. The official water temperature will be taken on race morning about 60-90 minutes prior to race start by the Race Director or the USAT official on site.
As per USAT rules, if the water temperature is 78 degrees Fahrenheit or below then wetsuits ARE allowed. At 78.1 to 83.9 degrees Fahrenheit participants may wear a wetsuit at their own discretion; however, wearing a wetsuit in the temperature range will mean that the athletes are ineligible for awards and their results will be placed in the Wetsuit category section of the category results page. Your results will not be placed in the overall results as wearing a wetsuit is an unfair advantage. At 84 degrees Fahrenheit and above wetsuits are NOT permitted at all – this is for your own safety.
As the State of Ohio Championship, the Deer Creek Triathlon give adult and high school athletes around the country the opportunity to race for state titles and qualify for USA Triathlon Nationals, the annual event that requires qualification and brings together the best U.S. amateur triathletes for the Sprint- and Olympic-Distance National Championships.
The State Championships are open to all triathletes, as no qualification is required to compete. State Championships include a non-drafting Sprint- and Olympic-distance triathlon for age group athletes, as well as a High School State Championship division in the Sprint-distance triathlon race.
For 2023, USA Triathlon is providing state championship race directors with age group and overall awards for sprint and Olympic-distance triathlon, plus the high school divisions.
For more information on state championship, visit USA Triathlon.
We pride ourselves on the success of our events to which none of it could be possible without the support of our amazing volunteers.
It is simple. Find out more information on our volunteer page. If you have any further questions please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you wish to support the event!
New for 2022, you can either select a shirt size or donate your t-shirt cost.
The State of Ohio Series races has an option for you to ‘Skip the Tee, Plant a Tree’ during the registration process.
When you are prompted to select a shirt size, you have the option to select ‘Donate T, Plant a Tree.’ The cost of the t-shirt will be donated to the Ohio State Parks Foundation.
Why is this effort important to you as an athlete and us as an event organizer?
HFP Racing & Greenswell Events utilize many of the Ohio State Parks throughout the year to put on events. Supporting our parks in this effort this not only a way for all of us to see the short-term progress but also for everyone to enjoy the parks in the years to come.
To read more about this initiative, check out the Earth Day blog post.
The mini distance triathlon will start off with a 250 yard out and back swim (water depth average 4-6 feet along the beach), followed by a 7 mile bike course through the countryside and finishing with 2 mile out and back run within the park. Duathletes will start off with a 2 mile run.
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The sprint distance triathlon features a 750 meter counter-clockwise rectangular swim, while the duathletes are running an out & back 5k within the park, followed by a single loop 18k bike course through the gently rolling countryside surrounding the park and finishing with an out & back 5k run within the park.
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The Olympic distance triathlon features a 1500 meter 2-lap counter-clockwise rectangular swim, while the duathletes are running an out & back 5k within the park, followed by a two lap 38k bike course through the countryside surrounding the park and finishing with a two lap out & back 10k run within the park.
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20635 State Park Road 20, Mt Sterling, OH 43143 | Website
Welcome to Deer Creek State Park. A true vacation destination, Deer Creek offers a balance of modern and rustic facilities to satisfy every visitor. Set amidst rich farming country, the park’s well-appointed resort, marina, large campground, and 18-hole golf course facilities blend perfectly with outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, camping, and hiking. The park also boasts a presidential connection with its historical Harding Cabin. In summer, Deer Creek offers nature programming, and in winter, snowmobiling and ice fishing.
The Ohio Fall Challenge features a distance for all ability levels, whether you’re getting ready for a fall Ironman distance race or looking for a great course for your final triathlon of the year, the Ohio Fall Challenge is the race for you. The field is limited to the first 500 total participants.
Join us in the last weekend of September at the Ohio Fall Challenge! End your racing season on a high note at this outstanding athlete-friendly event.