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The Great Buckeye Challenge

GREAT BUCKEYE CHALLENGE at BUCK CREEK STATE PARK

July 30, 2023

The fourth stop of the State of Ohio Triathlon & Duathlon Series is a spectacular venue located at the beautiful Buck Creek State Park in Springfield, Ohio. Triathletes will swim on courses paralleling the beach, followed by challenging bike courses in Clark County and finishing with run courses on a bike course and a gently rolling bike trail.

UPCOMING RACES:

April 29, 2023

Ohio Race For A Reason

May 19, 2023

American Triple-T & Salt Fork Triathlons

May 20, 2023

Salt Fork Triathlons at Salt Fork State Park

June 4, 2023

Deer Creek Triathlon & Duathlon and USAT State of Ohio Age Group & High School Championships

June 10, 2023

Big Darby Creek 12-HR Endurance Trail Run

June 18, 2023

Maumee Bay Triathlon & Duathlon

July 15, 2023

Queen City Trail Scramble (5K, 12K, 25K, 50K)

July 16, 2023

Queen City Triathlon & Duathlon at Caesar Creek State Park and USAT State of Ohio Club Championships

July 30, 2023

Great Buckeye Challenge at Buck Creek State Park

September 2, 2023

Tri-the-Heights Youth Triathlon

September 10, 2023

Portage Lakes Triathlon & Duathlon

September 24, 2023

Ohio Fall Challenge

October 28, 2023

Stone House Trail Runs - 10 Mile, 25K & 50K

Race Packet Pick-Up

Buck Creek State Park Beach Area

  • Sunday, July 30 5:45 AM – 7:15 AM

There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION — packet pickup ONLY

AWARDS

All finishers will receive a handsome finisher medal and the top finisher in each division will receive a commemorative award (including relay teams).

Race Distances

  • Mini Triathlon: 250y Swim – 7 mi Bike – 2mi Run
  • Mini Duathlon: 2 mi Run – 7 mi Bike – 2mi Run
  • Sprint Triathlon: 750m Swim – 22k Bike – 5k Run
  • Sprint Duathlon: 5K Run – 22 Bike – 5k Run
  • Olympic Triathlon: 1500m Swim – 40k Bike – 10k Run
  • Olympic Duathlon: 5k Run – 40k Bike – 10k Run
  • Aquabike Distances are identical to the selected triathlon distance for swim and bike (Ex/Sprint Aquabike 750m swim+22K bike)

Relays

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.

About the State of Ohio Triathlon & Duathlon Series

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!

Please see Terms & Conditions before registering.

RaceThru 2/28/233/1/23 to 4/30/235/1/23 to 6/30/23Race Month
Mini Tri/Du/Aquabike$65$75$85$90
Sprint Tri/Du/Aquabike$85$90$100$105
Sprint Tri/Du Relay$95$100$110$120
Olympic Tri/Du/Aquabike$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.


REGISTRATION NOTES
  • Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Fees listed above do not include the online TriRegistration processing fee.
  • There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION.
  • USA Triathlon Rule 3.2a. All age group athletes must participate and compete in the age group division corresponding to the athlete’s age on December 31 of the year of the event.
  • If using a discount or sale code, only one code can be used per transaction.

RACE PACKETS

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).

Download the T-Shirt Sizing Chart here

Great Buckeye Challenge Weekend Schedule

Sunday, July 30
6AM-7:15AM – Adults Race Packet Pick-Up

Great Buckeye Challenge Start Times

Sunday, July 30
5:45–7:15am– Transition area open
7:30am - Olympic Triathlon & Aquabike Waves
7:45am – Sprint Triathlon & Aquabike Waves
7:45am – All Duathletes (Mini, Sprint and Olympic)
8AM – Mini Triathlon & Aquabike) Waves

COURSE MAPS

MINI TRIATHLON & DUATHLON

The mini distance triathlon will start off with a 250-yard point-to-point swim (in waist deep water along the beach), followed by a 7mi bike out & back course and finishing with 2 miles out and back run on the bike trail. Duathletes will start off with a 2-mile run.

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SPRINT TRIATHLON & DUATHLON

The sprint distance triathlon features a 750 meter clockwise rectangle swim along the beach, while the duathletes are running a 5k on the bike trail, followed by an out & back 20k bike course through the countryside surrounding the park and finishing with a 5k run on the bike trail before returning for a grand finish at the park.

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OLYMPIC TRIATHLON & DUATHLON

The Olympic distance triathlon features a 1500 meter 1-lap clockwise rectangle swim along the beach, while the duathletes are running an out & back 5k on the bike trail, followed by an out & back 40k bike course through the countryside surrounding the park and finishing with an out & back 10k run on the bike trail to the turnaround before returning for a grand finish at the park.

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ABOUT THE VENUE

Buck Creek State Park

1976 Buck Creek Ln, Springfield, OH 45502Website937.322.5284

Buck Creek State Park lies in a fertile agricultural area, rich in Ohio’s history. The park’s recreational facilities center around the 2,120-acre lake, offering endless water-related opportunities. Visitors enjoy the many wetlands, broad meadows and wildlife at this diverse 1,896-acre park.

This spectacular venue is located at the beautiful Buck Creek State Park in Springfield, Ohio. Triathletes will swim on courses paralleling the beach, a followed by challenging bike courses in Clark County and finishing with run courses on a bike course and a gently rolling bike trail.

Nearby Attractions

Springfield Museum of Art

Ohio Caverns

For more nearby attractions, please visit the Springfield Tourism Website here.

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