Join us Sunday, July 21, 2019 for our 7th annual TriFit Challenge benefiting cardiovascular research.

About the TriFit Challenge

What is the TriFit Challenge?

The TriFit Challenge Triathlon and Duathlon is an action-packed tour through one of America’s signature metropolises and ends with an exciting finish on the campus of The Ohio State University. Race weekend consists of multiple distance options, including the Ross Tri (super sprint/mini), Ross Fit (sprint) and Ross Challenge (Olympic) triathlons and duathlon. Participants can race as individuals, as part of a relay or by teaming up with their co-workers as part of the YMCA Corporate Challenge. 

Event proceeds, additional donations, and pledges go directly to the TriFit Challenge Fund at The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute and Ross Heart Hospital for much needed research into early detection of heart disease – the #1 cause of death in the United States.


Packet Pick-Up Options

Saturday, July 13: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm at RoadRunner Sports 3687 Park Mill Drive, Hilliard, OH 43026

Sunday, July 14: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm at RoadRunner Sports 3687 Park Mill Drive, Hilliard, OH 43026

Wednesday, July 17: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, 4:00 - 7:00 pm at Ross Heart Hospital Auditorium Lobby

Saturday, July 20: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at Antrim Park Shelter, coinciding with Bike Check-In 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Sunday, July 21: Race Day beginning at 7:00 am - **5K ONLY** outside OSU Stadium-Gate 8 Northeast Side of Stadium


For course maps, directions and FAQs, please visit:


Race Day Schedule

5-6:15 a.m. Shuttle buses begin running between Ohio Stadium and Antrim park 

  Loading location is the northwest corner of the stadium at Woody Hayes Drive

and Cannon Drive. The last shuttle bus leaves for Antrim park at 6:15 a.m.

Challenge athletes should be on one of the earlier buses.

5-6:15 a.m. Transition #2 (bike to run) FINAL setup opportunity at Ohio State

6:30 a.m. Transition #1 closes at Antrim Park

6:30 a.m. Event formation begins - All swimmers and duathletes report to assigned corral at Antrim Park

7 a.m. Triathlon and Duathlon begin - Challenge first, followed by Fit, then Tri at Antrim Park. 5K Check-in begins at 7 a.m. at Gate 8 of Ohio Stadium

8:30 a.m. TriFit Challenge 5K starts on the northwest side of Ohio Stadium at North Rotunda

9 a.m. Swim course and duathlon run #1 course closes (participants on courses at 9 a.m. will be pulled from course and not permitted to continue)

10:30 a.m. Bike course closes - Bikes on bike course will no longer have traffic-control support on course and will be required to obey all traffic signals and commands.

11:30 a.m. Run course closes

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Bike checkout (Please exit transition #2 through the

designated bike exit. Do not exit through bike in or run out)

Race Day Instructions


Carry tire levers, extra tubes and pump/CO2. In case of a flat tire on the bike course, pull over to the RIGHT side of the road.


There is a sweep vehicle following the last athlete that can pick you up if you have experienced a mechanical issue and cannot continue. Please note that this could be a significant wait.

Transition 2 and Run

Re-rack your bike at the same row and racking position assigned in Transition #1.

Note: You should set up your run equipment prior to the shuttle.

Remove your helmet and cycling shoes and place them next to your bike front tire. Make certain not to leave any equipment in the pathway that would obstruct other athletes.

Change into your running shoes, run hat (optional) and sunglasses (optional).

Exit transition area through area marked “RUN OUT.”

The run is a counterclockwise course.

The run course is open to traffic in certain sections. Stay inside the cones.


Receive your finisher medal.

See a medic in the medical area if necessary.

Pick up your bike and swim-gear bag.

Head to the TriFit tailgate for a post-event celebration, including music, food and more!

Parking Instructions

Participant Parking

Ohio Stadium – 411 Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus, OH 43210 

Participants must park at Ohio Stadium on Sunday morning and take a shuttle to Antrim Park.

Parking is free on race day only in the lots immediately adjacent to Ohio Stadium. Ohio State is not responsible for parking fees/citations for participants/spectators who park in other lots. All Ohio State employees with an A parking pass are encouraged to park in the Tuttle Park Place Garage.

Participant parking is prohibited at Antrim Park. 

Spectator Parking for Swim Start

Thomas Worthington High School – 300 W. Dublin Granville Road, Columbus, OH 43085 

Spectators of the triathlon are NOT permitted to park at Antrim Park. Spectators must park at the high school and walk to Antrim Park using the Olentangy Trail.

If spectators choose to travel from the swim start to Ohio Stadium, they are encouraged to do so via state Route 315.

Spectators are strongly discouraged from following the cyclists on the bike route, as this is dangerous for cyclists.

Spectator Parking at Ohio Stadium

Spectators are encouraged to utilize state Route 315 to travel to Ohio Stadium.

Please avoid Kenny Road and Woody Hayes Boulevard. Use the 5th Avenue/King Avenue exit.

There are surface lots and parking garages located around Ohio Stadium that may be used (surface lots immediately adjacent to the stadium are free on race day; normal parking fees apply to all other lots/garages). For the safety of our triathletes, we ask that you arrive early and drive with caution to avoid the biking route.

Race Day TipsHelpful hints and clarification

Bike Rack Explanation

Find the row that matches the letter in your bib number.
Find the rack number that matches your bib number.
Place personal items on the ground next to your front tire.
Balloons, inflatables or personal markers are not permitted, so memorize your row and racking position and look at the row signs on the end of the each row to identify your row.
Transition #1 and #2 are identical layouts.
Make sure your Transition #2 area is well set: easy access to shoes, a towel to stand on so you don’t get debris in your shoes, lock laces, extra water bottle, etc.
Tri distance (2.1 miles) will have a designated turn-off along the run course. Please pay attention to signs and course marshal instructions.
Fit distance will do one lap on the course and finish.
Challenge distance will do a second lap before heading to the finish.
Challenge participants should watch for signs directing you to a specific lane so you can complete your second lap. Do NOT enter the stadium until you complete your second lap.
Aid stations – there are a minimum of four aid stations containing water and hydration drinks on the course. Additional aid stations may be added depending on weather conditions.

Bike Tips

Bring at least one bottle of hydration on your bike and make certain your bottle cages are tight. CamelBaks are permitted to be worn. There are no aid stations on the bike course. Please fill your water bottle before coming to the event. There is no bottle fill station located at Antrim Park.
Use electrical tape and tape the top of gel packs to your top tube. You can easily rip the body of the gel pack off and consume.
Headphones, ear buds or music are NOT permitted on the bike.
Rack your bike with the seat and bike number facing the same direction. Your front wheel will be resting on the ground.

NOTE: Rack your bike with the front wheel in the opposite direction of the bikes on each side of your bike.

Hydrate and take in some calories toward the end of your cycling leg. Getting nutrition is easiest while on the bike, and this will boost your energy for the run.


Social Media Tips

Use the TriFit Challenge Snapchat filter to capture all the fun.
Use the hashtag #trifitchallenge to share your Buckeye spirit and race day moments.

Swim Tips

Bring an extra bottle of water to rinse any sand or dirt off your feet after the barefoot run to Transition #1. Stow the extra water bottle on your bike or place it in your swim-gear bag.
We anticipate being wetsuit legal, so chances are likely that you can wear a wetsuit. Please reference Wetsuit Rules on page 13.
If you are struggling while swimming, raise and wave your arm to get the attention of one of our many swim support teams on kayaks, boats, paddleboards and shore. Note: If you need to grab and hang onto a kayak or boat for a short rest you may do so without disqualification, but you cannot make progress.
Don’t be surprised by the clarity of Antrim Lake. Depending on the sky, visibility can range from 6 to 10 feet.

The Annual TriFit Challenge

Proceeds benefit cardiovascular research at Ohio State that is transforming the lives of those living with heart diseases today.

TriFit Challenge Research - Heart Rate Disorders

TriFit Challenge Research - Heart Failure

Distances and Training

Distances and Training

When it comes to triathlon and duathlon in Columbus, we’ve got you covered. Race weekend consists of multiple distance options, including the Ross Tri (super sprint/mini), Ross Fit (sprint) and Ross Challenge (Olympic) triathlons and duathlon.  Participants can race as individuals, as part of a relay or by teaming up with their co-workers as part of the YMCA Corporate Challenge or Central Ohio Corporate Triathlon Series.  

Triathlon Distances

TRI Distance (SuperSprint/Mini): 0.25 mile swim + 13 mile bike + 2 mile run

FIT Distance (Sprint): 0.45 mile swim + 13 mile bike + 5k run

Challenge Distance (Olympic): 0.90 mile swim + 26 mile bike + 10k run

Duathlon Distances

TRI Distance (SuperSprint/Mini): 1 mile run + 13 mile bike + 2 mile run

FIT Distance (Sprint): 1.5 mile run + 13 mile bike + 5k run

Challenge Distance (Olympic): 2.4 mile run + 26 mile bike + 10k run

Training Resources

We understand that beginner triathletes come in all shapes and sizes and that there isn't a one-size-fits-all training solution. That is why the list below contains a handful of choices rather than just one.

Endurance Medicine Experts

Ohio State Sports Medicine experts offer training tips, advice on injury prevention and expertise to keep your performance at the optimal level.

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Customized Individual Training Resources

If you are interested in a customized, individual training plan uniquely designed to meet your training needs and provides one-on-one coaching, contact one of the resources listed below.

If you are a coach that works with triathletes (beginners to expert level) and would like to be listed as a resource, please email Craig Thompson.

Group Training with Professional Coaches

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