Survive the Night Triathlon

The Survive the Night Relays

The date for our 2019 race should be announced in late October 2018.

The Survive the Night Triathlon is the first (that we know of) overnight triathlon relay which we started in 2015. This race is first and foremost meant to be a memorable experience for both beginners and experienced athletes. The best part about the race is you don’t have to be a triathlete – if your forte is swimming, running, or biking, or something entirely different,

“All You Have To Do Is Work Together As A Team!”

The race builds on the full-distance triathlon (sometimes referred to as an Ironman) and consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 120 miles biking, and 26.2 miles running. Added up with the additional distances for the transition run, plus a little give or take on the main disciplines to even out the number of laps, and the total distance is nearly 150 miles. Teams are required to complete athlete exchanges within the designated zones, so each participant must complete at least one lap of either the swim, bike, or run course. But beyond that, you guys as participants get to decide how you breakdown the total distance and who does what.

In order to make this event as exciting and fun as possible, we will bring in DJs, food, and other entertainment, and when you add that to the atmosphere of the event itself in the middle of the night, everyone is sure to enjoy themselves.

The Triathlon is all about promoting multi-sport, but if you are a pure runner, put together a team because we will also be hosting a pure running relay event simultaneously with the triathlon.

Race Specifics:

Date: Friday June 15, 2018

Time: 7:30 PM for the Triathlon and TBD for the Marathon (likely a rolling start throughout the night)

Location: University of Kentucky Kroger Field

Registration Fees:

Triathlon Relay Marathon Relay

$400 per team $125.00 for teams of 1-5 Team Members
$250.00 for teams of 6-10 Team Members

How many members per team? 2-10

What’s the minimum age for participation? 12

What are the distances for the race? 149 miles total
Triathlon Relay
Swim: 80 laps (down AND back) in the Lancaster Aquatic Center (2.4 miles)
Transition Run: 0.4 mile transition run to Commonwealth Stadium
Bike: 100 laps around the Criterium-style course (120 miles)
Run: 10 laps around the 2.6 miles out and back course (26 miles)
Team Finish: 0.2 miles to the finish line

Marathon Relay
Run: 10 laps around the 2.6 miles out and back course (26 miles)
Team Finish: 0.2 miles to the finish line


Registration for this year’s race should be open soon (anticipate around March 1st), and once it is ready, you can follow the links below:

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Race Timing

3WayRacing will be our official timers. They will be providing overall splits for the entire swim segment, 1st transition run, each bike lap and a total bike leg, each run lap and a total run leg, and then a final time for the entire event.


Inclement Weather Policy

The swim portion of this year’s event will take place within an indoor swimming pool. The swim should be able to take place regardless of rain, but in the event there is thunder or lightning, the event will be postponed according to recommended regulations of 30 minutes from the last identified strike. In the case of ongoing bad weather, the Survive the Night Triathlon Event Staff reserves the right to convert the Event to duathlon status in the interests of competitor safety but will not be held liable for any loss as a result of such a decision. If the conditions are still deemed to be unsafe to run a duathlon, the Survive the Night Triathlon staff has sole discretion, and may cancel the Event without obligation to refund entry fees.

All athletes must register during the allocated times and attend the pre-race meeting held immediately before the swim leg begins. All individuals and teams must rack their bicycles during the allocated times – there will be no exceptions to this rule. The Event organizers reserve the right to disqualify anyone not adhering to these rules.

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