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The Black Hills Triathlon is not scheduled for 2023


Just TRI Athletic Events

Black Hills Triathlon is the "Legacy in Lacey"

2021 Race Information coming soon!

2020 BHT will be cancelled.  Race Director Marc Chung and Owner of Just TRI is going to be deployed in 2020 with the Army. 

Look for the BHT to continue in 2021

First and foremost, The Black Hills Triathlon is a legacy for our community, it is purely meant to be an enjoyable event for Athletes, Family, Spectators and the Staff – We love Triathlon too! The Just TRI Staff & various Black Hills Staff’s throughout the years have spent many years refining and making this the best athletic experience possible. This year we continue to streamline the activities; we have improved the transition area, we added public safety / traffic control elements, we have added a 7-mile run, and we have added age group awards.

But we need your help to make this the best event and safest event ever by communicating to fellow athletes, being safe on the course, and helping new athletes enjoy the sport as much as you have.

Not only is this a local triathlon, but once again, this year, the BHT is part of the Triple Threat Triathlon Series, with The City of Lakewood and The Bonney Lake Triathlon. So, the event is ever expanding and with the 30-year history dating back to Millersylvania Park and continuing in foreseeable future, this Triathlon is a true ‘Legacy in Lacey’.

2019 Race was Great and we look forward to next year!

Sunday, June 21st, 2020

RACE DATE: June 21st, 2020

Location: Long Lake Park, Lacey, Washington

Event Start time: 8AM

Triathlon: Swim: 800M, Bike: 12 miles, Run: 3.1 Miles

Duathlon: Run: .8 Mile, Bike: 12 miles, Run: 3.1 Miles

Multi-sport Events are USAT Sanctioned

Just TRI-7 Mile “Dragon” Run or Walk (Dragon Run will start at 8:10AM)

Packet Pickup Information

Stay tuned for 2020 Packet Pick up information

Date: 6/13 & 6/14 (Thursday & Friday): Time: 3:00 – 6:00

Place: ROC (Rapid Orthopaedic Care) Hawks Prairie 8140 Freedom Lane NE Lacey, WA 98516 (This is just across the street from the Ram Restaurant and Brewery)

Must bring Photo ID and pick up packet in person.

Must have proof of USAT membership. 1-day membership will be available and is required. $15.00.

We would like you to pick up your packets on the first available date - that way it gives you time to get ready, and helps us ensure your are all set from our side!

Those who can’t make the Packet Pick - for the Black Hills Triathlon, Duathlon and the Dragon 7 Mile Run - up on Thursday or Friday, we have an option for you. Even though for logistics we would like people to pick up their packets on Thursday and Friday, it’s okay if you can’t. We have a Saturday Packet Pick up: 4:00 to 6:00PM, at TRANSITION 1, Long Lake Park.

We also have a have a special Packet Pickup for those that need it. Race Day Packet Pick up: Starts at 6:30AM, at TRANSITION 1. We ask you arrive as early as possible, for you to have time to set up and to help us accommodate all our participants.

Cut off Times

Event Start time: 8AM.

Swim Cut off: 8:35.

Bike Cut off: 10:15

Run Cut off and Course Closure: 11:00


7-Mile Dragon Runners (presented at the time of finish):

1st, 2nd and 3rd: Male and Female

Triathlon Team(teams are categorized as either M/F based on majority of team):

1st, 2nd, and 3rd: Male and Female

Duathlon Individual or teams (teams are categorized as either M/F based on majority of team):

1st, 2nd and 3rd: Male and Female

Triathlon age group awards

The first three athletes in each category and gender. Categories:

Youth awards!  From 7-17: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place categories are in effect!

•18 - 24 years old.

•25 - 29 years old.

•30 - 34 years old.

•35 - 39 years old.

•40 - 44 years old.

•45 - 49 years old.

•50 - 54 years old.

•55 - 59 years old.

•60 - 64 years old.

•65 - 69 years old.

•70 - 74 years old.

•75 - 79 years old.

•80 - 84 years old.

•85 - 89 years old.

Triathlon overall:

1st, 2nd, and 3rd: Male and Female

Community Support & USAT

We are happy to have the continued community support including; The Lacey Police Department, Lacey Fire Department, Thurston County Sheriff’s Department, Tacoma Maritime Institute, local Lifeguards, local athletic clubs, and a host of great local sponsors, including our Title Tponsor Olympic Orthopaedic. 

Please make sure to go over all the rules. This is a USA Triathlon (USAT) Sanctioned event and all USAT Rules are in effect. It is up to each athlete to know both the rules and the course. In the event that an athlete does not complete the entire course as per the defined route and rules, the athlete will be disqualified. We will, of course, have volunteers helping to point you in the right direction, but it is up to each athlete to know the course in its entirety. The course is not a closed course; however, Carpenter Road will have a temporary 1 lane closure to accommodate cyclist and runners. This lane modification will end at the race cut off time. Cyclist and Runners must obey all traffic laws and take direction from traffic control officers. Safety for our participants, volunteers and staff is our top priority. There are strict no passing zones, and there are areas where passing or aggressive riding is discouraged, and there are places to test your limits. It is up to the athlete to understand these areas and race smart and safe on the entire course. Our course map highlights some of the danger areas, however athletes are advised to use caution on the entire course. 

Black Hills Triathlon Free Swim Clinic

Sunday, June 9th, 9 – 10AM, at Long Lake Park

Please join us for our “pre-race swim” at Long Lake Park. Bring your towel, swimsuit, wet suit (highly recommend), goggles and swim cap to the swim start location. You will have the opportunity to swim and pick up some swim tips from coaching experts on hand. Please check in at with the BHT Race Staff at 8:45am to sign-in. All participants MUST be registered for a 2019 BHT activity to participate in this swim event and must sign a waiver specifically for this swim training event.

General Information

If at any time during any event, you decide you do not want to complete the event, immediately inform a Just TRI Staff member that you are opting out of the race and provide them your name and bib number. It is completely understandable, and no reason is necessary. However, we track every participant and it’s critical we know whether you are still on the course.

The transition area will open to athletes at 5:30am. Only athletes are allowed in the transition area and each athlete must be body marked prior to entering the Transition area. There will be security at the entrance/exit to the transition area.

Joy Ride Bicycles will be available to assist anyone with simple bike repairs (flats etc) prior to the start of the race. Joy Ride strongly encourages participants to have their bike tuned up in the weeks prior to the race.

Mandatory Pre-Race safety briefing will be at 7:45 at the swim start. Transition will close prior to this and athletes are strongly encouraged to complete their swim warmup prior to this briefing.

Rolling swim start. Swimmers enter the water 3-4 athletes at a time. Your time starts when you enter the water. Participants must complete the swim by 8:35.

All Participants must exit the T1 by 8:45, ie. Have started the bike course by this time. Athletes must complete the bike by 10:15 and must be on the run course by 10:25.

The course officially closes at 11:00. The one-way lane closure on Carpenter Road will resume to normal two-way traffic at this time. Participants may continue and finish the event (provided they are on the run course), however, will not have Police controlled traffic points. Athletes absolutely must follow pedestrian and traffic laws, just as in the entire course. Just TRI Staff members, volunteers and/or the course sweepers will be available until we have 100% accountability of all participants.

Athletes who finish the event after the cut off times will not be eligible for awards, however, will be eligible for the finishers medal.

There are no refunds for the race.  However, you may transfer your registration to another participant.  

Parking: Parking is unlimited. All race day parking is at the lower parking lot on Thurston County Fairgrounds. No exceptions.   

Specific Course Information

The Black Hills Sprint Triathlon is the premiere sprint distance triathlon in the Pacific Northwest. Test your sprint speed on this fast course. The venue is Long Lake Park adjacent to the Thurston County Fairgrounds. The swim is in the flat, calm waters of Long Lake. Swimmers will keep the buoys on their right and sight to large, bright colored corner buoys. Wet suits are permitted and encouraged. The Lacey Fire Department will have their rescue divers in place. There will be Lifeguards and Kayaks to guide swimmers along the course. Exit the water and run up a short grassy hill—note the new transition area, it is the paved parking lot at Long Lake Park. Enter the transition area, designed to be safe, fair and secure, easily move through and start the bike course.

The nearly 12-mile bike course is the same as 2018 and has 715 feet of climbing and is fairly fast but has its challenges. There is a moderate hill to sprint up and the declines will give your legs a good rest and reset. This is NOT a Closed course so follow all the traffic laws, ride safe, have fun, and be careful on the course.

The 5K run has 180 feet of ascent with beautiful lake views. It loops back close to the swim start, then to Carpenter Road and to Holmes Island Road SE. Take in beautiful views of the lake and have a great finish right down the main entrance to the park. Challenge yourself and speed through the course or build a relay team of two or three…either way enjoy this well-designed course.

The Duathlon starts by warming up with a short, flat .8 mile run out and back, then falls right in line with the swimmers entering Transition 1. The rest of the course is the exact same course as the Triathletes. Duathletes may have up to two team members or complete the entire course solo!

This year we have added a 7-mile fun run. If you are familiar with Just TRI Athletic Events, host of the Black Hills Triathlon, you know about our 7-mile “Dragon” 3 run series. It’s designed to be a fun, but challenging run with a Dragon style medal. This year Dragon 2 is on June 16th and is being held in conjunction with the BHT. Dragon 1 was on Mother’s Day in Steilacoom and Dragon 3 will be at Fort Steilacoom Park on Sept 15th.

We’ll have your favorite rock music, participant t-shirts and a one-of-a-kind finisher’s medal, In addition, great swag, refreshments, rock music and a top notch USAT Sanctioned Race…and now the Dragon 7 Mile Fun Run.    


Title Sponsor:

Olympic Orthopaedic Associates

Roxy 94.5

Joyride Bicycles

Harbor Wholesale Foods

Topside Bar & Grill

Skydive Toledo

Chang Thai, Thai Cuisine

Oly Road Runners Club

Simon Calcavecchia


Our events allow you to reach athletes from the greater Seattle area to Portland as well as from out of state. Whether you’re looking to put a flier in our event goodie bag, set up a booth at the Black hills Triathlon, or become a sponsor, we’ll work with you to make sure your product or service gets maximum exposure. Please contact:

Marc Chung at

Just TRI Youth Policy

Just TRI Athletic Events owns the Black Hills Triathlon, among other athletic events.  Just TRI has future plans to include a youth distance Triathlon in the Black Hills Triathlon.  This year a youth distance multi-sport event does not exist.  We do, however invite youth athletes, defined by USAT as age 7-17, to compete in this triathlon.  Just TRI requires all athletes from 7-17 to have: proof of ability to complete an 800 meter swim, 12 mile bike, and a 3.1 mile run (completion of the prior years event qualifies), have participated in the swim training the week prior to the event, and must have a 1 year youth USAT License.  All youth participants must have a waiver signed by their parent or guardian.  While Triathlons are competitive in nature the intention of our event for the youth athletes is developmental and fun.  Our primary concern is for the safety of our participants.  All athletes are to know, understand and adhere to the rules of the event.  USAT Rules are in effect. 

Volunteer Call

For information on Volunteering and swim / Kayak support, email the Just TRI Staff

10 Most Commonly Violated USAT Triathlon Rules

1. Helmets: Only helmets approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may be used in USAT sanctioned events. Helmets must be worn at all times while on your bike. This means before, during, and after the event.

Penalty: Disqualification

2. Chin Straps: Chin straps must be buckled at all times when on a bicycle. DO NOT unbuckle your chin strap unless you are off your bicycle.

Penalty: Disqualification on the course; Variable time penalty in transition area only.

3. Outside Assistance: No assistance other than that offered by race and medical officials may be used. Triathlons and duathlons are individual tests of fitness.

Penalty: Variable time penalty

4. Transition Area: All equipment must be placed in the properly designated and individually assigned bike corral. The wheel of the bicycle must be down on the side of the assigned space. All participants must return their bicycles to an upright position in their designated bicycle corral. No person shall interfere with another participant’s equipment or impede the progress of another participant. All bar ends must be solidly plugged. No participant shall bring ANY glass containers into the transition area.

Penalty: Variable time penalty

5. Drafting: Drafting--keep at least three bike lengths of clear space between you and the cyclist in front. If you move into the zone, you must pass within 15 seconds. Position--keep to the right hand side of the lane of travel unless passing. Blocking--riding on the left side of the lane without passing anyone and interfering with other cyclists attempting to pass. Overtaken--once passed, you must immediately exit the draft zone from the rear, before attempting to pass again.

Penalty: Variable time penalty

6. Course: All competitors are required to follow the prescribed course and to stay within all coned lanes. Cutting the course is an obvious violation and going outside the course is a safety issue. Cyclists shall not cross a solid yellow center line for ANY reason. Cyclists must obey all applicable traffic laws at all times.

Penalty: Referee's discretion

7. Unsportsmanlike-Like Conduct: Foul, harsh, argumentative or abusive language or other unsportsmanlike conduct directed at race officials, USA Triathlon officials, volunteers, spectators or fellow athletes is forbidden.

Penalty: Disqualification

8. Headphones: Headphones, headsets, walkmans, ipods, mp3 players, or personal audio devices, etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race.

Penalty: Variable time penalty

9. Race numbers: All athletes are required to wear race numbers at all times during the run. Numbers must face the front and be clearly visible at all times. Numbers may not be cut or folded or altered in any way. DO NOT transfer your number to any other athlete or take a number from an athlete that is not competing.

Penalty: Variable time penalty for missing or altered number, Disqualification and one year suspension from membership in USAT for transferring a number without race director permission.

10. Wetsuits: Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wetsuit at their own discretion, provided, however that participants who wears a wetsuit within such temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Above 84 degrees, wetsuits are prohibited.

11. Abandonment: All personal equipment and belongings taken out onto the course must stay on the athlete the entire time. No garbage, clothing, etc. shall be thrown on the course.

Penalty: Variable time penalty 

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