The star of the show

Life Time Tri Tempe allows you to explore the scenic valley as you start the race with a swim in calm, warm Arizona waters. Next, racers will bike through a relatively flat, urban area and finish with a run around Tempe Town Lake.

Course Description

New Courses for 2019! Full descriptions and maps below.

All participants start at Tempe Beach Park, on the south bank, just west of the Mill Avenue Bridge. Historically, the weather race day has seen high temperatures in the low 90s, with lows in the mid 60s. It’s a dry heat! In addition, our course is wheelchair friendly and we gladly welcome para-athletes to participate!

Swim Course
The swim takes place in a manmade lake that is very calm unless there are high winds (i.e. storm force). The swim course will be a rectangle for both International and Sprint athletes. Water temperatures will be approximately 80 degrees. We will be monitoring and posting the temperature of the lake right up to the event.

  • Cut Off Time: 9:15 a.m.

Bike Course
The bike portion is a relatively flat, urban, looped course; each loop is approximately 12.5 miles. International distance athletes must complete two loops of the bike course.

  • Partial Cut Off Time (i.e. no new laps): 10:00 a.m.
  • Complete Cut Off Time: 11:30 a.m.

Run Course 
The run is a 3.1-mile loop around Tempe Town Lake with some great views of ASU and the developing landscape of Tempe. International distance athletes must complete two loops of the run course.

  • Partial Cut Off Time: 12:45 p.m.


0.93 mile swim | 25.8 mile bike | 6.2 mile run

Swim Course

Bike Course

Run Course


0.46 mile swim | 12.5 mile bike | 3.1 mile run

Swim Course

Bike Course

Run Course


0.23 mile swim | 5.4 mile bike | 2.01 mile run

Swim Course

Bike Course

Run Course

Aid Stations

There will be water and Lemon-Lime Gatorade Endurance Formula available on course at all aid stations and at the start and finish lines. All aid stations on the course will have dozens of enthusiastic volunteers and portable toilets located nearby.

Gatorade Endurance is proud to be the Official Sports Drink and Energy Gel of The Tempe Triathlon, hydrating athletes on race day. The Gatorade Endurance line of products is an elite line of sports product for endurance athletes who have specific fueling needs.  Grounded in years of hydration and sports nutrition research, conducted by Gatorade Sports Science Institute, the Gatorade Endurance line of products help deliver fluids and nutrients endurance athletes need for training and racing.  Learn more about the Gatorade Endurance Line of products at

Lemon-Lime Gatorade Endurance Formula will be available on course at all aid stations. Endurance Formula has nearly two times the sodium and three times the potassium of traditional Gatorade.  It contains no artificial flavors and has a light taste.  Gatorade Endurance Gel provides 20g of carb energy, natural flavors, and a light texture and taste.  Take it just before, or on course, and chase with water.  Available on race day in Blackberry, Apple, Pear or Vanilla.


This race will utilize the EAS system, encompassing a color-coded system to reveal current event conditions. Participants will notice flags posted throughout the Race Venue, at the Finish Line and at each Aid Station on Race Day. EAS updates will be communicated through PA announcements, social media, web posts and/or dedicated emails.