Sunday, May 22nd 2022

2nd Annual Shiawassee Triathlon
3.3 Mile Run/Walk on the 
Scenic Shiawassee River Trail
3.5 Mile Paddle down the 
Beautiful Shiawassee River
9 Mile Ride through city streets
and country roads of Shiawassee County
RUN the scenic river trail
PADDLE the beautiful Shiawassee River
RIDE  through city streets and country roads
The mission of the Shi~Tri is to promote community fitness and to support The Friends of the Shiawassee River. Proceeds from this year’s events will be put toward river improvements designed to help everyone Care, Share and Enjoy our treasured Shiawassee River.
The Shi~Tri is a Run/Paddle/Bike Triathlon beginning and ending in Downtown Owosso, MI along the beautiful Shiawassee River. Participants begin with a 3.8-mile run/walk from the Fitness Coliseum Downtown (210 S Water St, Owosso) to McCurdy Park in Corunna. From there, you will launch your kayak or canoe into the river and paddle 3.5 miles back to Downtown Owosso where you will then bike a 9-mile loop through city streets and country roads.

This event can be completed by ANYONE! Treat it as a race and challenge yourself for a new personal best. Or, take your time and walk the river trail, float peacefully in your kayak or canoe and bike leisurely while enjoying the beautiful outdoors. You can even team up with friends to create a relay, divvy up the legs of the race, and complete it together!

An event like this also relies on the efforts of over 100, valued volunteers. Come join us in this wonderful, community-oriented experience as a volunteer-bring your family and friends! Registration is open for everyone interested at

Register for Shi~Tri!
Be a part of the 1st Annual Shiawassee River Triathlon
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Event Details
Everything You Need To Know

Entry Options

You may participate in the Shi~Tri as an individual or as a part of a relay. Individual participants will complete all three legs of the race by themselves. Members of a relay team (2 or 3 people) will complete one or two legs of the race while their team members complete the others, to collectively complete all three legs. 

Any type of registration can be a part of a team! Companies, sports teams, organizations, families, ANYONE can create a team! Have your teams first registrant set up your team name or email it to and we will get it all set up for you! Registering under a team ensures that your transition areas (kayak and bike locations) will all be grouped together!

Registration Pricing: 

o Run/Kayak/Bike Individual - 
       -Dec 27 - March 31: $60
       -April 1 - April 30: $75
       -May 1 - May 13: $85
o Run/Kayak/Bike Relay -
       -Dec 27 - March 31: $90
       -April 1 - April 30: $105
       -May 1 - May 13: $120

*The first registrant of each relay team will pay the registration fee. The other 1-2 members will then register under that relay name and will not have a fee associated. All relay members must go through registration individually to sign waivers and provide t-shirt sizes. 

**Registration prices are the same for adult & youth. Participants must be at least 10 years of age and youth registrants under 16 will be required to provide information on the adult that will be accompanying them each leg of the race. 

Start, Finish and Transitions 


We will be doing 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards for the following categories:

Men’s Individual (18y/o+)
Women’s Individual (18y/o+)
Masters (55+, Male and Female Combined)
Youth (<18, Male & Female Combined)
Relay Team (All ages, All Relays Combined)
We will also have one overall male award and overall female award!

Awards for this event will be one of a kind, provided by Darker Mfg Co, Owosso's own handmade leather manufacturer.


Proceeds from the Shi~Tri will benefit The Friends of The Shiawassee River. The Friends mission is to share, care for and promote enjoyment of the river. These funds, specifically, will be utilized to add mile markers to the river and create improved kayak/canoe launches along the river banks!

Race Policies

Age & Safety Policies: This event is open to youth ages 10 and up. All youth participants under 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult during the ENTIRE RACE and that adult must also be a registered participant. You must provide the information of the adult participant that will be accompanying the youth participant upon registration. Youth/Adult pairs will be checked at each transition point. The youth participant will NOT be allowed to begin the next leg of the race without the adult participant with them. 

Each adult participant MUST have a life vest with them in their kayak. Presence of a life vest will be verified in the staging area and checked again prior to launch. All youth participants are required to be WEARING their life vest for the duration of the paddle leg of the race. 

Sorry, there will be no refunds for this race. You are able to purchase race insurance via the RunSignUp website when you register. If you are unable to participate, consider transferring your registration to another athlete. Feel free to post on The Shi Tri event page with registrations up for grabs! We apologize for any inconvenience

Registration Transfers: You ARE able to transfer registrations. Transfer your registration by "Gifting" it to another participant via the RunSignUp page. This will NOT provide you a refund. Any monetary exchanges for registration transfers must be handled between participants. 

Transition Areas: ONLY Shi~Tri Participants will be allowed in the transition areas for the safety of the athletes and security of their belongings.

Participant Conduct: We reserve the right to disqualify anyone who behaves inappropriately toward fellow competitors, volunteers, or race management staff. Additionally, all participants and spectators are expected to be respectful of the river, river trail, amphitheater lawn and all other race areas. This event is intended to improve the river, not hinder it.

Check in & Equipment Drop Off:

Day before Kayak drop off & packet pick up:
We are encouraging all participants to come to McCurdy park Saturday, May 21st from 12pm-5pm. This is where you will pick up your registration packet and drop your kayak/canoe. Arrive at McCurdy and follow the signs to drive the loop around the park. Pull up to the front of the line and unload your kayak/canoe. Head to the registration table, show your ID and get your registration packet. Volunteers will direct you to the kayak/canoe staging area where you will leave your vessel in the spot corresponding with your bib #. Ensure you place your bib number on at least one piece of your gear (kayak/canoe, paddle, or life vest). 
Kayak drop off & packet pickup on Saturday will allow participants to go straight to downtown Owosso to the Start/Finish area the morning of the race. 

Day of kayak drop off & packet pick up: 
Sunday, May 22nd from 6:30am-7:30am If participants are unable to bring their paddle vessel on Saturday they can bring it to McCurdy park to be placed the the transition area the morning of the race from 6:30am-8:30am. No kayaks will be checked in or packets handed out after the 8:30am time. This is where you will pick up your registration packet and drop your kayak/canoe. Arrive at McCurdy and follow the signs to drive the loop around the park. Pull up to the front of the line and unload your kayak/canoe. Head to the registration table, show your ID and get your registration packet. Volunteers will direct you to the kayak/canoe staging area where you will leave your vessel in the spot corresponding with your bib #. Ensure you place your bib number on at least one piece of your gear (kayak/canoe, paddle, or life vest). 

Race Day Parking & Bike Drop Off:  
Bike drop off will be located in the city lot between Roma's Backdoor & NCG Cinemas 314 E Comstock St, Owosso, MI 48867.
This is where participant can park and where the bike transition area will be. You already have your bib # from McCurdy Park. Park you vehicle and and unload your bike. Check in with the bike transition area gate keeper & place your bike in the spot corresponding with your bib #. Ensure you leave anything you will need for the bike leg of the race (bike shoes, change of clothing, sunglasses, etc) with your bike. The staging area will close 10 minutes prior to the start of the race.

Start/Finish Line & Event Area:
Once your kayak/canoe and bike are set for you, get ready to race!! Walk across Washington St to the Fitness Coliseum(210 S Water St, Owosso) parking lot where the Start/Finish line will be, as well as our sponsor tents, mimosa tent, and food trucks will be. At 7:50am (10 minutes prior to first wave start) the transition areas will close. There will be pre-race announcements and hype and then race will begin with the RUN leg at 8am!

Route Maps

The routes for 2022 will be the same as 2021. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the 2022 race routes, please feel free to contact us at

Race Weekend Schedule

Saturday, May 21st
•12pm-5pm - Kayak Drop off & Paddle Pick Up @ McCurdy Park

Sunday, May 22nd – RACE DAY!!
• 6am – Volunteers arrive at posts and prepare for participants

• 6:30am – Registration Pick Up and Equipment Check In Begins.
                   Fitness Coliseum & McCurdy Park Pre & Post Race area opens!

• 7:50 am – Race Kick Off Announcements

• 8am – RUN leg begins!

• 12:30pm – Awards presented at Fitness Coliseum, 210 S Water St

• 1pm – All participant equipment must be cleared from staging areas

• 2pm – Fitnesses Coliseum Pre/Post Race Area closes.

Race Timing

The event will be chip timed by Newton Timing Services with splits in three locations: The entrance of the kayak staging area, the entrance of the bike staging area and the finish line. Relay teams will share a single ankle chip that will be transferred from racer to racer inside the transition areas.

Training/Race Prep

Run – This run leg of the Shi~Tri is 3.3 miles long, just slightly longer than your traditional 5k. The course is along the river, so expect some slight twists, turns and uneven surfaces though the course is relatively flat. Work your way up to completing this distance with any combination of a run/walk!

Kayak – The kayak leg of the Shi~Tri is 3.2 miles downriver. Downriver means you can float, and still go in the correct direction, if you do need a break from paddling during this leg! We do recommend that you have some practice launching, getting in, getting out and pulling out your kayak from the river, as this can be a bit difficult! Learning to navigate your kayak away from banks will also be a necessary skill.

Bike – The bike leg of the Shi~Tri is a 9 mile out and back on paved, flat roads. Ensure your bike is in good enough condition to complete this distance.  Ensure you are able to complete this distance on your bike and have done some rides with wind as a factor. Much of the bike loop has open fields on one or both sides of the road, meaning a windy day will add some difficulty to the course.


We will need MANY volunteers for this event! From working the registration table, handing out water, directing participants on the run and bike, and helping to move and launch kayaks, we need all the help we can get! 

Weather Delays

This is a rain or shine event. Michigan can bring any type of weather, any time of year so be prepared for clear blue skies and 85 degrees, or cool rain and fog. The race start will not be delayed for any weather related reason unless there is severe lightening visible in the area, which would most likely pass quickly. Be ready for the start of the race at 8 am regardless of rain. If there is a delay it will be in 15 minute increments and announced at the event site, our Facebook page and Instagram.

Aid Stations

There will be water stations at McCurdy park (run>kayak transition) and  at the kayak>bike transition. There will NOT be water stations along the kayak route or the bike route. You may want to bring a water bottle and leave it in your kayak during equipment staging so you do not have to bring it with you on the run. 

Stay Up to Date!

Make sure to follow all the Shi~Tri social media to stay up to date with new, details, promotions and all things Shi~Tri!

Facebook: @TheShiTri
Facebook Event: Shi Tri Facebook Event
Instagram: @TheShiTri
Still have questions? 
Email race coordinators at
or call 989-472-1913 
We will get back to you ASAP! Thank you!
We'll take all the help we can get!
We would LOVE to have you as a volunteer at the Shi~Tri! We need all the help we can get to help make this event a success!
From set up, to registration, to route direction, to kayak movement, we need it all!
Thank you in advance for all of your help!

Our Amazing Sponsors

This event is made possible by the support of all of these fantastic, local organizations! We are excited to make this year of the Shi-Tri the best yet!
Presenting Sponsor
Thank you to Memorial Healthcare for supporting the Shi~Tri as our Presenting Sponsor and for being committed to excellence as you care for our community.

    RUN Sponsor

    Thank you to Norm Henry Shoes for being our RUN sponsor! Norm Henry has been family owned and operated in downtown Owosso since 1875. Norm Henry Shoes provides Owosso with the areas highest quality footwear available. From running to hiking, to working, to casual and more; Norm Henry has you covered! They even carry the sizes and widths other stores don't AAAA - H widths & up to size 20 on select shoes. Check them out at This will be their second year supporting this event!

    PADDLE Sponsor

    Thank you to RWI Mfg.  for being our PADDLE sponsor! RWI is a local business that LOVES to support local events and organizations in our community! This will be their second year supporting this event!

    RIDE Sponsor - Byk-Rak

    Byk-Rak is a division of Midwest Bus right here in Owosso! They make innovative bike storage systems for busses, home and commercial use. Byk-Rak was an amazing supporter of the Shi-Tri in 2021 and we are excited to have them back in 2022!

    Underwriting Sponsor 

    Woodworth Commercial is the premier commercial real estate and property management company in the Owosso area! Woodworth is committed to making our community a better place through property development and though supporting community events like the Shi-Tri! If you're looking for commercial real estate, Woodworth should be your first call! Find out more at

    Experience Sponsor  - Shiawassee Heath & Wellness

    Shiawassee Health and Wellness's vision is to promote health, wellness, and recovery in our community. Their services aim to improve the quality of life of their clients through health and wellness. Head to to learn more about their services and team!

    Finish Line Sponsor  - Crest Marine

    Crest Marine is one of our largest local companies, producing some of the most amazing pontoon boats you'll ever see! Thank you Crest for being our finish line sponsor for 2022!

    Design Sponsor

    Thank you to Brandon Maike of Darker Mfg Co,  our amazing local leather manufacturer, for designing our Shi~Tri logo. Darker Mfg Co will also be creating unique, hand made, leather awards for the event! All of Darker's products are of the highest quality and procured with the environment in mind. All of the leather used at Darker Mfg is vegetable dyed and  eco-friendly. Check out what Darker Mfg is all about HERE.

    Our Shi~CHAMP Sponsors

    • Parson|Niles Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo - Check out their website HERE
    • ​REMAX of Owosso - Check out their website HERE
    • ​Team One Credit Union - Check out their website HERE
    • ​Advanced Eye Care and Contact lens Center - Check out their website HERE

    Our Shi~TRIBE Sponsors

      • ​American Recycling Center, Inc
      • ​Great Lakes Fusion
      • ​Weather Vane Roofing
      • ​Shiawassee River Water Trail Coalition
      • ​Hat Trick Tents & Events
      • DayStarr Communications
      • Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership
      • ​Azee Printing Solutions
      • ​Merit Laboratories
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