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The inaugural TriByLittleKnight Triathlon is the first youth triathlon in the Waverly area. The race, perfect for kids ages 5 to 16 (age by 12/31/2022), will be Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022. The event, staged on the Wartburg College campus, includes a 50-yard swim in The W indoor pool, a 2-mile bike (two-loops) around the Wartburg College campus, and an 800-meter run inside Walston-Hoover Stadium.  The triathlon is designed for maximum experience for the kids and spectators alike. Our inaugural year is designed to promote enthusiasm for the sport as it will not be a chip-timed event. Registration includes an athlete bag, a shirt, a swim cap, and a finisher medal.

Race Director: Heather Zajicek

Sunday, Oct. 9

  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Packet pickup at The W
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. – Transition area and body marking open
  • 12-12:45 p.m. – Swim warm up
  • 12:45 p.m. – Transition area closes
  • 12:50 p.m. – Pre-race meeting in The W field house
  • 1 p.m. – Race begins
  • 3 p.m. – Race course closes

Wartburg College and The W are centrally located between most of the major metropolitan areas in the Midwest in Waverly, Iowa, a community of 10,000 residents within the Cedar Valley metro area of about 150,000 people. Click here for directions.

Parking is available for athletes and spectators in Wartburg College lots O, A, L, and F. Click here for a campus map.  

Locker rooms (showers/restrooms) will be available before and after the event. Please check in at The W Welcome Desk for directions.

The triathlon is designed for maximum experience for the kids and spectators alike. Our inaugural year is designed to promote enthusiasm for the sport as it will not be a chip timed event.

Packet pickup will be Sunday, Oct. 9.,11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. inside The W.

We need motivated volunteers to put on a memorable race! Click here to register now!

Sunday, Oct. 9:

  • Bike Course – Volunteers direct athletes and watch for traffic.
  • Run Course – Volunteers direct athletes.
  • Transition Area – Volunteers restrict entrance to athletes only.
  • Finish Line – Volunteers hand out water to athletes.
  • Tear Down – Volunteers help tear down the courses when the race is complete.
  • Photographers – Volunteers capture the memories of our event.

To volunteer, contact Heather Zajicek at

This is not a USAT-sanctioned event, but common USAT rules still apply. 

Bike Helmets
All participants must wear an ANSI-certified bike helmet or a helmet otherwise approved by USAT competitive rules.

Per USAT rules, earbuds and headphones are NOT ALLOWED on the course during the race.

USA Triathlon Most Violated Rules
USA Triathlon Full List of Rules

Course Maps

The 50-yard swim will be determined by age. Each swimmer will swim up and down each lane.  Athletes may push off the wall and use flip turns. The start of the swim will begin in the field house. Athletes will line up by age and swim time that the athlete provides. 

Swimmers will line up in Hoover Fieldhouse in their designated swim wave. Swim waves, along with assigned swim lanes, will be given at packet pick-up. One parent or guardian of 5- and 6-year-old participants (waves 6 and 7) will be allowed to accompany their swimmer in the pool, if desired. 

**All athletes will be allowed to use flotation devices, if desired.

TriByLittleKnight Transition area

The transition area will be on the north side of The W by the main entrance in the circle drive, while the finish line will be on the track in front of the bleachers. The bike out and in will be located on the west side and the run out will be on the east side. Transition space will be assigned by age. Please set-up/rack your bike by its seat with the location number showing on the side where your wheel is down. Set up your gear next to your front tire.

TriByLittleKnight bike route

The 2-mile bike ride will be a loop course.  You will start and finish in the horseshoe drive at the Wartburg-Waverly Sports and Wellness Center.  The course loops around the Wartburg College campus. Roads will be open to traffic, but bike lanes will be created using cones. Volunteers will be assisting with traffic control.

The run will be an 800-meter run (two laps) around the outdoor track. 

Important Information

Event Cancellation: Please check the Facebook page on race day for updates if you suspect delays or cancellation due to inclement weather (i.e. lightning).
Refund Policy: Registration is neither refundable nor transferable.


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