2016 Echo Triathlon

JULY 9th, 2016

Sprint and Olympic open water road triathlons on Saturday, July 9th, 2016 at Echo Reservoir, Coalville, Utah.

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The 2016 Echo Triathlon has become one of Utah’s largest events and traditionally sells out early. Combine the competition with warm July temperatures, a scenic ride in Utah’s unique Echo Canyon, and a run on the Historic Rail Trail and you have the perfect event for both seasoned athletes and beginners. Following the event enjoy hometown cooking and hospitality as the annual antique car cruise-in takes place in downtown Coalville, UT.


Schedule of Events

Thursday, July 7th

6:00-8:00pm: Packet Pick-up at Wasatch Running Center – 9000 South & State Street – Draper, Utah

Friday, July 8th

7:00 – 9:00 pm: Packet Pickup at Echo (race site) Optional Body Marking

*Packet Pickup Reminders:  You MAY NOT pick up a packet/timing chip for another person. In order to be covered by USAT insurance you MUST follow these guidelines. You must pick up your own packet, no exceptions.


Saturday, July 9th

5:30 – 7:30 am: Packet pickup, timing chip pickup and body marking

*LIMITED PARKING at Echo Reservoir!  First come first serve with a $20 CASH donation. Only aprroximately 30 spots available.

6:50 am: Transition area closes for Olympic Athletes

7:00 am: Start of Olympic waves (each wave ~5 minutes apart, waves TBA on Thursday after registration closes)
7:50 am: Transition area closes for Sprint Athletes

8:00 am: Start of Sprint waves (each wave ~5 minutes apart, waves TBA on Thursday after registration closes)
~10:30 am: Awards Ceremony

Click Below for Swim Wave Start Times


Course Details

Course Map

 Swim: (Sprint: 750 meters, Olympic 1.5K) [MAP]
As the water levels are finally higher this year, will begin each race with an open water start. Wave starts will take place ~5 minutes apart starting at 7:00am with the first Olympic wave (order of waves TBA). Sprint waves will begin at 8:00AM.. Large orange swim buoys will be placed in a 750 meter diamond-shaped pattern north from the beach. Athletes will swim counter-clockwise (buoys on your left). The sprint event will swim once around the buoys, and Olympic athletes will swim twice around the buoys.

**Note: There will be a “shoe zone” transition area corresponding to your race number at the exit of the swim. Shoes/sandals are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! The main transition area is located on a gravel parking lot, so save your feet! You will make up the few seconds it takes to put on the shoes in time saved during the short run from the water to the main transition area. Wetsuits are always recommended but not required. Water temperature should be ~65F.

Bike: (Sprint: 20K, Olympic 40K) [MAP]
Athletes will leave Echo Resort and cross onto Hwy 32 going North (left). The road will be closed to vehicle traffic for the initial 1.5 miles between the Echo Resort North and South beaches. Law enforcement will be present at both road closures.

Continue north on Hwy 32, going under the Interstate 80 overpass and turn right, continuing up Hwy 189 (Echo Canyon Road) to the turn-arounds for each event. Return back to Echo reservoir (out-and-back course).

Run: (Sprint: 5K, Olympic: 10K) [MAP]
From the transition area participants will run north (left) on the Park City Rail Trail (hard packed dirt trail). The trail parallels Hwy 32, and is completely separated from vehicle traffic. Sprint will turn around just before the Echo Resort North Beach. Olympic athletes will continue to the end of the Rail Trail. Both events are out-and-back courses, returning on the trail to Echo Resort. Aid stations will be provided every mile and will have water and Hammer Nutrition’s HEED Hydration products available.

Additional information


Be sure to get your sweet finisher medal, ice-water hand towel, and food provided by Pyro Maniacs Pizza!

Awards will be presented to the Top 3 Overall Male and Female in each event, as well as the Top 3 Male/Female in each age group category (includes relay, Clydesdale/Athena, etc.)

Body marking

On Saturday morning, you will be body marked on your arms and legs, indicating your race number, race, and age on race morning. Body marking will not take place at the packet pickup on Friday evening at Echo.


From Salt Lake City/Park City and Interstate 80: Going East on I-80 from Park City, take exit 162 to Coalville (approximately 15 miles from Park City). Go East (right) into town to the stop sign at Main Street (Hwy 32). Go North (left) on Main Street (Hwy 32). The North Summit High School and North Summit Junior High, as well as the Summit County Fairgrounds are located two blocks East of the Summit County building on Main Street. Head East about 2 blocks on Center Street or 50 North and follow the blue and white “Triathlon parking” signs that will show you where to park.

From Ogden: Going East on I-84, go approximately 5 miles beyond the Echo Junction off I-80 and take exit 162 to Coalville. Go East into town to the stop sign at Main Street (Hwy 32). Go North on Main Street (Hwy 32). The North Summit High School and North Summit Junior High, as well as the Summit County Fairgrounds are located two blocks East of the Summit County building on Main Street. Head East about 2 blocks on Center Street or 50 North and follow the blue and white “Triathlon parking” signs that will show you where to park.

Spectator Fees:  Entrance fee to the park for all spectators is $2 per person and is payable AS YOU BOARD THE SHUTTLES. The $2 fee per athlete is already included in each athletes’ registration fee. For spectators, please have exact change ready. Please be considerate of the Echo Resort and pay your $2 with a smile. It is because of them that we are able to hold this event.


IMPORTANT!!  A reminder that ALL athletes must ride their bikes from the parking areas near the High School/County Fairgrounds to the race site on race morning. There will be NO drop-off zone near the race site. It is a two-lane road that CANNOT accommodate 1000 cars! Shuttles from the Fairgrounds for friends and family will begin at 5:30AM!!! Plan to arrive early to ensure plenty of time for your pre-race routine! The city of Coalville is hosting an antique car “Cruise In” on the same day as the triathlon. This means everyone will need to park at North Summit High School, North Summit Junior High School, or the Summit County Fairgrounds in Coalville on Saturday morning. Athletes will ride their bikes to the race venue (an easy ~2 mile bike ride), and spectators will take the shuttle (please TIP the driver!). There will be no bike drop-off in the transition area on Friday.  Please be sure to thank Wasatch Kids for their donation of buses!

LIMITED PARKING AT ECHO RESERVOIR! – First come first serve, $20 CASH donation benefiting Team Kid Courage.  Get there early, and park right next to the finish-line!   We will try to accommodate as many cars as possible, but the area will only accommodate 30-35 cars.

Inclement Weather/Alternate Plans

In case of inclement weather or the need for alternate planning, the race directors reserve the right to modify or cancel any portion of the triathlon if weather conditions, water quality, or any other unsafe condition may compromise athlete safety.


Host Hotel:

Best Western Holiday Hills
210 S 200 W, Coalville, Utah, 84017
Reservations: 866-922-7278 or 435-336-4444


Enhance your experience by camping with us!! Camp at the Resort and party with us! The Echo Resort Recreation Area has campsites available Reservations may be available by calling the Echo Resort site directly at 435-336-9894. You will pay once you arrive. If Echo Resort becomes full, call 1-435-336-2241 to make reservations at Rockport State Park Reservoir (about 15 miles away). Other lodging options include numerous hotels and motels in Park City.


Medical personnel will be on-site. Certified lifeguards and dive team will be present during the swim on watercraft and kayaks.

 Packet Pick-Up 

FPer USA Triathlon rules, you MUST have current photo ID at registration. NO PHOTO ID, NO RACE!

Did we say Photo ID? Photo ID? Photo ID? Don’t leave it in your car! You’ll have to go back and get it!


There will be NO day-before or day-of-race registration. No additional registrations will be accepted once online registration closes.

Relay Teams

At packet pickup, please have all team members present. You will not be given your race packet until all team members are present. Each relay team member will wait inside the transition area at your team’s bike rack location where you will transfer your timing chip from one team member to another. Each team will be issued one swim cap, one bike number, one bib number, and one timing chip. Each relay team (either 2- or 3-person) will be issued a single timing chip. The timing chip will act as the relay “baton”. The chip handoff will take place at your assigned bike rack location corresponding to your bike/bib number.

Swim Caps

Swimcaps corresponding to your event distance will be provided at packet pickup. The issued cap must be worn during the swim.  Wave times and swim cap colors will be assigned and posted here Thursday after registration closes.


Electronic chip timing of the event will be provided by Milliseconds Sports Timing (http://www.milliseconds.com). All participants will be timed and will be provided with their swim, bike and run splits, as well as their overall finish time. Instructions for chip use will be provided in your race packet.

Transition Area

There will be a single transition area. The transition area will be located inside the entrance of the Echo Resort South Beach. There will be separate transition areas for Sprint and Olympic events.


For general questions regarding USAT insurance, rules, regulations and membership click on the following link: http://www.usatriathlon.org/

What Athletes Need to Know About Insurance Coverage: When an athlete purchases an annual USAT license or one-day permit, a portion of those fees goes to cover the cost to provide them with excess medical insurance. This coverage only extends to their participation in a USA Triathlon sanctioned event.

Water/Aid Stations

Aid stations will be located every mile on the run. There will be no aid stations on the bike. Two water bottles are recommended.


Recommended but not required. Water temperature will be ~65F – 68F.


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