Y- Knot Rules & Safety FAQ

Who Can Participate in the Tri?
The Y-Knot Tri is a family oriented but competitive race.  It is open to any one age 12 and older.  Participants under 18 must have guardian signature to race. Pets & strollers and not allowed

The Y-Knot Tri is an open course.  Participants are required to follow boating and traffic laws.

What if it rains?
Y-Knot Tri will take place rain or shine. In case of inclement weather or high winds, Race organizers may postpone or cancel the race.
What should I bring?

A kayak or canoe w/ life jacket and a bike w/ helmet are required to participate in the Y-Knot Tri.  A limited amount of kayaks are available for rent.  Wear bright clothing, and dress in layers appropriate for the weather. Bring a water bottle(s), a tire repair kit, an I.D. and medical insurance card, and an emergency contact number. It’s a good idea for at least one person in your group to have a cell phone as well.  
*e-bike usage disqualifies participants from awards.

What time can I start?


Check-in and day of registration will run from 7am to 8:30am on Saturday, August 13 at Ohuta Beach in Lake City. The race will start at 9:00am.
***Registration is also open from 5-7pm at Ohuta Park on Friday August 12.


Route Maps



While many Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted in Minnesota the Y-Knot Tri organizers recognize that the virus is still an active threat. If you are not fully vaccinated, we recommend mask wearing and social distancing whenever you are in the proximity of others. Following state rules, at this time we are not requiring masks while gathered outdoors. However, we still recommend wearing one when you find yourself in close quarters to others. Regardless, we ask that everyone still bring a face covering to the Y-Knot Tri. We ask that you practice frequent hand washing and sanitizing when possible.


  • Do you have any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 that you cannot attribute to another health condition? Symptoms include: Fever or feeling feverish, chills, a new cough, shortness of breath, a new sore throat, new muscle aches, new loss of smell or taste? 
  • Have you or anyone in your household been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 or symptoms of it?
  • Have you tested positive for COVID-19?


This is a ‘rain or shine’ event, however, if the race is forced to be cancelled due to local or state Covid-19 measures, refunds will be granted. 

Triathlon Tips:

REI has put together this wonderful and useful guide for race day and pre-race tips



Bicycle Tips:

Cycling Group Rides: A Guide to Etiquette, Pacelines, Drafting, and Safety

by Sean Hurley

Also, please look over this website for more information www.sharetheroadmn.org

Paddling Tips:

The MN DNR has put together this Paddling Safety page https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/watertrails/paddling_safety.html

Running Tips:

This safety guide from the Road Runners Club of America is filled with important safety tips


More info:

Ride Right = Bring the Right Attitude

RIDE RIGHT is a bicycling common sense, safety, and etiquette campaign developed by RAGBRAI. By practicing these rules of the road, you set the example for other riders to ensure that the cycling component of the Y-Knot Tri is safe and enjoyable for everyone.

Obey the Legal RIGHT

  • Obey traffic laws.
  • Ride no more than two abreast.
  • Share the road with motorists.
  • Stop completely at stop signs and stop lights.
  • Ride to the right of the centerline.
  • Signal when turning, slowing and stopping.
  • Communicate when passing: “On your left!”

Bring the RIGHT Attitude

  • Be considerate to motorists and your fellow riders.
  • Cooperate with officials.
  • Respect property of others.
  • Don’t litter.
  • Create and rekindle friendships.

Safety is Your Responsibility

  • Ride as far to the right as is safe to ride.
  • Ride a straight line – don’t weave.
  • Maintain a safe distance – don’t draft.
  • No headphones!
  • Cross railroad tracks at right angles.
  • Avoid road hazards: debris, cracked pavement, & potholes.
  • Stop off the road surface.

The RIGHT Stuff

  • Helmet absolutely required: certified, fitted, and fastened.
  • Bike well maintained.
  • Wear bright clothing for visibility.
  • Dress in layered clothing appropriate for the weather. Synthetic clothing is best.
  • Recommended items: 2 water bottles, flat tire repair kit, spare tube, frame pump, rear view mirror, warm clothing.
  • Carry proper identification, medical insurance card and emergency contact info.


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