Survive the Night Relays

June 19th-20th, 2020

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.

Race Specifics:

Date: Friday June 19, 2020

Time: 7:30 PM for the Triathlon and the Marathon begins as a self-seeded rolling start throughout the night with a targeted finish time of roughly 8am.

Location: University of Kentucky Kroger Field

Registration Fees:

Triathlon Relay (up to 10 members)

  • $400 per team (January 1 – February 28, 2020)
  • $450 per team (March 1 – March 30, 2020)
  • $500 per team (April 1 – Race Day)

Marathon Relay (1-5 Team Members)

  • $125.00 for team (January 1 – February 28, 2020)
  • $150.00 per team (March 1 – March 30, 2020)
  • $175.00 per team (April 1 – Race Day)

Marathon Relay (6-10 Team Members)

  • $250.00 for team (January 1 – February 28, 2020)
  • $275.00 per team (March 1 – March 30, 2020)
  • $300.00 per team (April 1 – Race Day)

Common Questions About Assembling Your Team:

What’s the minimum age for participation? 8

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: 20 laps around the 1.3 miles out and back course (26 miles)
Team Finish: 0.2 miles to the finish line

Marathon Relay
Run: 20 laps around the 1.3 miles out and back course (26 miles)
Team Finish: 0.2 miles to the finish line

Does every team member have to participate in each portion of the race?  No, teams can decide how to break up the race however they would like.

What qualifies as a Co-ed team? At least 40% female

Do you need to have your entire team figured out before you register? No, registration simply secures a team slot.  Captains will be asked to submit a final roster by May 30, 2020 in order to guarantee correct race shirt sizing, but final rosters are not truly due until race day.

What if we need a little extra help on race day? Every year we have some people looking to join a team.  We will help coordinate these extra team members through our facebook page.  And as we have done in years past, there will be a few “ringers” on site, so if you need a little boost in the swim, the bike, or the run… we can help put a ringer on your team in exchange for a donation to Ironcology.


Registration for this year’s race should be open soon (anticipate around February 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.