Cayuga Lake Triathlon (CLT) is organized by the Ithaca Triathlon Club and is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event. The Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York is home to a number of world famous wineries. Taughannock Falls State Park, about 8 miles north of Ithaca, provides a picturesque setting for the whole family to enjoy the triathlon, along with public swimming, a playground, shaded picnic areas and hiking trails. Tent, RV and cabin camping is available, and the Park maintains a marina with a boat ramp for access to Cayuga Lake. The park is an excellent spot for families with a beach and swim area and large playground.
You’ll begin the race with a swim in one of the crown jewels of the region, the refreshingly cool waters of Cayuga Lake. You’ll bike along scenic rolling hills with spectacular lake views. You’ll finish with a run near the shore, through the shaded and magnificent gorge trail to Taughannock Falls, the highest water fall in the Northeast at 215 feet. Cross the finish line with cheering crowds and a bevy of volunteers ready to serve a variety of delightful treats. Race as an individual or on a relay team and see for yourself why Cayuga Lake Triathlon is one of the premier triathlons in central New York. It’s a very well organized race with fantastic volunteers and spectators, all within the heart of one of the most spectacular New York State parks.
- Distance Options
- INTERMEDIATE – 1,500 meter swim, 24.3 mile bike, 10K run
- INTERMEDIATE AQUABIKE – 1,500 meter swim, 24.3 mile bike
- SPRINT – 750 meter swim, 14 mile bike, 5K run
- YOUTH – 200 meter swim, 9 mile bike, 1.5 mile run
- Course descriptions and schedule
- Rules & Policies – Refunds and transfers, age restrictions, USAT rules, wet suits
Registration fees include Park entry fee, technical t-shirt, swim cap, ChampionChip timing and post-race party.
All athletes must be either an annual USA Triathlon (USAT) member or purchase a one-day USA Triathlon membership. ALL youth athletes (age 17 or younger as of Dec. 31, 2019) must be annual USA Triathlon members (cost is still only $10).
Non-USA Triathlon Annual Members: During registration you’ll have the option to buy your day pass from USAT directly.
Time Restrictions for Intermediate and Sprint Races
Athletes are expected to be able to complete the intermediate and sprint distance races before the 1pm cutoff.
Under no circumstances will a competitor in either race be allowed to start a run loop after 12:30pm with a timing chip. If participants desire to continue on the course after their timing chip has been pulled, they do so at their own risk with the understanding that there will be no race support on the course, and that transition zone security will end at this time. Equipment left in transition after this time is done so at the risk of each competitor.
If you register for the intermediate race you should be able to complete the individual legs in approximately 1 hour for the swim, 2 hours for the bike, 1.5 hours for the run. We realize athletes may have a particularly weak (or strong) discipline so the exact cut-offs will remain at the discretion of the race directors. We reserve the right to pull you from any leg if we anticipate your continuation in the event may result in harm to yourself or your fellow competitors.
Athletes 17 OR Younger
A parent or guardian must electronically sign your online entry form.
If a relay team registers online, their team captain will be responsible for completing the registration information for each team member and for getting the online waivers signed by all the team members.
Number of Entries
- Sprint Individual: Initially capped at 384; may change due to demand.
- Sprint Relay Teams: 24
- Intermediate Individual and Aquabike: Initially capped at 300; may change due to demand.
- Intermediate Relay Teams: 24
- Youth: 24
We have enough space in our transition area for 756 bikes. Depending on demand, the number of spots designated for each race distance may change as we get closer to the date of the race. Register early to ensure a spot for your preferred distance race.