37th Donner Lake Triathlon – July 21 & 22, 2018

Kids Triathlon

Donner Lake Kids Triathlon

Saturday July 21, 2018

Parents, please note that you can check in up to one hour in advance of your kid’s age group. You don’t have to check in by 8AM and wait around.

The Donner Lake Kids Triathlon is an actual triathlon featuring the swim-bike-run format for kids ages 4 to 12. The focus of the event is to provide a triathlon experience to this age group in a non-competitive and fun atmosphere.

The Donner Lake Kids Triathlon follows the classic form of triathlon featuring the three disciplines of swim, bike and run in that order.  The swim is in Donner Lake at West End Beach.  This is a sandy bottom smooth transition from land to lake area.  The swim course is marked with buoys for the turns and has water safety staff monitoring the course.  Age divisions start separately and are divided into groups or waves based on the number of entrants.  After completing the swim participants head to the transition area located close the lake shore on a grass field.  Kids set up their bikes and other gear in the transition area.  They transition from the swim to the bike and then from the bike to the run in this location.  The transition area has rows that are numbered.  Kids find their spot based on the bib#.  Volunteers and staff help in the transition to assist with the gear and directions.  Once transitioned to the bike participants head out the bike course.  Volunteers and course marking show the way.  Once the bike course is complete riders head back into the transition area and transition to the run.  Again volunteers and course markings show the way.  The run course and the event ends at the finish line and arch where each competitor is presented with a finishing medal.  There is post event food (fruit, etc.) provided to all participants.

Donner Lake Triathlon Kids By 7/19 Onsite
Kids 6 & Under $51.00 $61.00
Additional Sibling 6 & Under $41.00 $51.00
Kids 7-8 Years $51.00 $61.00
Additional Sibling 7-8 Years $41.00 $51.00
Kids 9-10 Years $51.00 $61.00
Additional Sibling 9-10 Years $41.00 $51.00
Kids 11-12 Years $51.00 $61.00
Additional Sibling 11-12 Years $41.00 $51.00

Fees above do not include processing fees.


  • Event T-shirt
  • Finishing Medal
  • Chip Timing
  • Recovery Food
  • BBQ


The swim courses are near shore. Younger ages can stand if needed. Corners are marked by large buoys and water safety staff are positioned along the way. The average water temperature of Donner Lake in July is 69 degrees.


The bike courses take place on South Shore Drive and are paved. Each distance course has a designated turn-around location. Riders stay on the right side of the road.


The run courses are on surface streets and are out and back, turnarounds are clearly marked and staffed.

Mount/Dismount Area:

There is a designated spot where riders can mount and then dismount their bikes on the way in and out of the transition area. This is a safety measure to control speed.



Remember, kids are NOT adults and need special coaching and training to succeed and stay safe! Read these great Youth Tips from USA Triathlon to prepare for the Donner Lake Kids Triathlon.

Click here for USA Triathlon recommended competition distances for youth.


200 meters

100 meters

50 meters

6 & Under
25 meters
500 Meters

We have made a decision not to continue the 13-15 age group.  The Kids distances for the 13-15 age group have been an operational challenge.

We encourage this age group to participate in the Donner Lake Sprint Triathlon as this event offers distances that are attainable for the 13 -15 year age group.

Time Date Day Item/Function Location
5-7:00 PM July 20 Friday Sprint and Kids Triathlon Packet Pick-Up and Registration West End Beach
Time Date Day Item/Function Location
8:15-11:45 AM July 21 Saturday Sprint and Kids Race Finish West End Beach
8:00AM-4:00 PM July 21 Saturday EXPO West End Beach
8:30-9:30 AM July 21 Saturday Kids Race Packet Pick Up/Registration West End Beach
9:00 AM July 21 Saturday KIDS Transition Area Open West End Beach
9:45 AM July 21 Saturday Kids 11-12 yrs Race Start West End Beach
10:00 AM July 21 Saturday Kids 9-10 yrs Race Start West End Beach
10:15 AM July 21 Saturday Kids 7-8 yrs Race Start West End Beach
10:30 AM July 21 Saturday Kids 6 & under Race Start West End Beach
11:15 AM July 21 Saturday Sprint Awards, Kids Recognition West End Beach

Note click HERE for complete Donner Lake Triathlon schedule!

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