Bear Triathlon - Sprint & Olympic

May 17, 2020

Sprint Distance - 0.6 Mile Swim | 10 Mile Bike | 3 Mile Run​
Olympic Distance - 0.9 Mile Swim | 23 Mile Bike | 6 Mile Run

RACE UPDATE, 3/28/20 


We are sad to announce that the Bear Triathlon is CANCELLED for 2020. This decision follows Delaware Parks proactive and preventative approach to keep communities and employees safe in the midst of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Currently, all DE Park special events are canceled through mid May. We thank both Lums Pond State Park and the state for taking prudent measures to protect the public.


With that said, we are implementing the following policy for registered participants. All 2020 registrations will be automatically deferred to the 2021 race scheduled for Sunday, May 16. If you are registered for this race, there is no action needed on your part. Your registration will be moved to the new race date. Additionally, we have waived the defer fee and all USA Triathlon One-day Memberships will be automatically transferred to the 2021 race. Consistent with our registration policy, all registrations are final. There are no refunds or race transfers.


We thank you for understanding as we know this situation is not easy for everyone. We look forward to seeing everyone at Bear Triathlon next year. For now, stay healthy and we’ll see you on May 16, 2021.


​Not interested in doing the event but still want to participate? We need your help! Our race cannot be successful without the support of the community and the family and friends of participants. All volunteers receive a t-shirt. Volunteer sign up is typically available about 4 weeks from race day. 

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Athlete CheckIn (race morning)

  • Transition Area - assist race management in the transition area

  • Body Marker - body mark participants with race number in transition area

  • Swim Course - Water Safety Support on Kayak (no prior experience required, kayak will be provided for you)

  • Run Course - direct runners along run course

  • Water Stations - hand participants water and gatorade on run course

  • Finish Line - hand participants bottled water and finisher medal


Volunteer signup will be available 2 weeks before race day. 


All participants must be 15 years and older to participate. ​​


Sprint Individual

$80.00 - Oct 11 - Oct 13, 2019

$90.00 - Oct 14 - Dec 31, 2019

$100.00 - Jan 1 -  Apr 30, 2020

$110.00 - May 1 - May 13, 2020

$120.00 - In-Person (race weekend)*


Olympic Individual

$90.00 - Oct 11 - Oct 13, 2019

$100.00 - Oct 14 - Dec 31, 2019

$110.00 - Jan 1 -  Apr 30, 2020

$120.00 - May 1 - May 13, 2020

$130.00 - In-Person (race weekend)*

Sprint Relay Team (2 or 3 ppl)

$110.00 - Oct 11 - Oct 13, 2019

$120.00 - Oct 14 - Dec 31, 2019

$130.00 - Jan 1 -  Apr 30, 2020

$140.00 - May 1 - May 13, 2020

$150.00 - In-Person (race weekend)*

Olympic Relay Team (2 or 3 ppl)

$120.00 - Oct 11 - Oct 13, 2019

$130.00 - Oct 14 - Dec 31, 2019

$140.00 - Jan 1 -  Apr 30, 2020

$150.00 - May 1 - May 13, 2020

$160.00 - In-Person (race weekend)*

*In-person Registration - Saturday, May 16 or Sunday, May 17

In-person registration can be completed at athlete packet pick up or on race morning. In-person registration can be paid by cash, credit or check. Please make checks payable to Rip It Events. T-shirt not guaranteed for in-person registration.


  • All registrations are final, no refunds. No registration transfer permitted to other Rip It Events.

  • Registered participants may elect to defer their registration to the 2021 race. To view the deferral policy, click HERE

  • Race organizers reserve the right to close registration due to capacity limits.

  • Race organizers reserve the right to delay or cancel event due to extreme weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

  • This is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event. All rules apply.

  • Please contact Rip It Events with any questions or concerns about your registration at racedirector@ripitevents.com.​​



Whether you’re a seasoned triathlete or a first timer, the Bear Triathlon is the race for you. We’ve designed our course to be FLAT, FAST and appropriate for all experience levels including first-timers! Don't want to do the full distance? Create a 2 or 3 person relay team and join in the fun!  This race is sanctioned by USA Triathlon.

Lums Pond State Park - 1068 Howell School Road, Bear, DE 19701. The race will start and finish at Area 1 inside Lums Pond State Park. 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (subject to change) 

Saturday, May 16

4:00 PM - Athlete Check-In Opens

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM - Practice Swim at Swim Start**

5:30 PM - Pre-Race Course Talk

7:00 PM - Athlete Check-In Closes


**Lums Pond does not permit recreational swimming. Athletes that would like to do a practice swim may do so between 4:30 PM and 5:30 PM on Saturday only. 

Sunday, May 17 (subject to change)

5:15 AM - Transition Area Opens, Bike Racking, Body Marking, Athlete Check-In

6:45 AM - Transition Area  Closes, Athlete Check-In closes

7:00 AM – Wave 1, Olympic - Men 44 yr and under (orange caps)

7:03 AM - Wave 2, Olympic - Men 45 yr and older AND all Male Relays (green caps)

7:06 AM - Wave 3, Olympic  - Women 44 yr and under AND all Female/Coed Relays (pink caps)

7:09 AM - Wave 4, Olympic - Women 45 yr and older (powder blue caps)


7:23 AM - Wave 5A, Sprint - Physically Challenged Teams

7:25 AM - Wave 5, Sprint - All Men and Male Relays (silver caps)

7:28 AM - Wave 6, Sprint - All Women, Women and Code Relays (purple caps)

7:31 AM - Wave 7, Sprint - Novice Men and Women (red caps)*

10:15 AM- Sprint Award Ceremony

11:15 AM – Olympic Award Ceremony


*any Sprint Distance athlete may elect to start in Wave 7. There is no novice wave for the Olympic distance race. If you elect to start in the novice wave, you will need to switch out your cap for a red color cap on race morning at the swim start area. Please bring your assigned (non-red) cap to the start to make this exchange.

The athlete guide for this race will be viewable 2 weeks prior to race day. 

ATHLETE CHECK-IN (subject to change)

  • Saturday, May 16 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Lums Pond State Park, Area 1. 

  • Sunday, May 17 from 5:15 AM to 6:45 AM at Lums Pond State Park, Area 1.

​All registered entrants, including all relay team members, MUST attend packet pickup in person. Per USAT rules, each participant MUST pick up his/her own packet. If you do not check in during the designated check-in times in person, you will not be able to participate in the event. All participants, including youth (16 and under) must bring the following to packet pickup:

  • Photo ID

  • USAT membership card to show proof of annual membership unless you purchased a one-day USAT event insurance at the time you registered for the event.


The Pre-Race Course talk will cover important information about the race and include a question and answer segment. If you are a first timer, attending the pre-race course talk is recommended.

  • Saturday, May 16 at 5:30 PM, Lums Pond State Park, Area 1. 


The transition area will open at 5:15 AM race day. The transition area is for ATHLETES ONLY. The transition area will have volunteers to help athletes with their bike/gear. Family and friends must remain outside of the transition area (outside of mesh fencing) before, during and after the race. This is a FIRM USA Triathlon rule. If you would like to be inside the transition area during the race, please consider volunteering.


This race is sanctioned by USA Triathlon. All competitive rules apply. To view an overview of race rules, click HERE. This overview includes info about wetsuits and drafting on the bike course. 


The swim portion of this race will be in Lums Pond. To view the swim course map, click HERE.


The Bear Triathlon is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event. Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Age group participants shall not wear wet suits in water temperatures equal to or greater than 84 degrees Fahrenheit.


The looped bike course is FLAT in elevation. There will be police support and signage at every turn. There are no aid stations on the bike course. Please familiarize yourself with the route, as it is the athletes responsibility to know the course. To view the bike course map, click HERE.

Sprint Distance - one loop (10 miles)

Olympic Distance - three loops (23 miles)


The 3 mile run loop is mostly FLAT in elevation. There will be two aid stations on the run loop offering water and Gatorade. The run course FLAT in elevation, mostly shaded and is on paved surface. Please familiarize yourself with the route, as it is the athletes responsibility to know the course. To view the run course map, click HERE.

Sprint Distance - one loop (3 miles)

Olympic Distance - two loops (6 miles)


Athletes who register for this race will receive a shirt. Athletes who finish this race will receive a finisher medal. 


The award ceremony will be located near the finish area. Awards will be given to participants who earn 1st through 3rd place (male & female) in their age group division (standard USAT AG divisions). 



Camping at Lums Pond State Park

Campground is located across the pond from transition

area (about 4 mile drive around pond)




Red Roof Inn & Suites University


1119 S. College Avenue

Newark, DE 19713


Embassy Suites Hotel Newark

654 S. College Avenue

Newark, DE 19713


Homewood Suites Hotel Newark

640 S. College Avenue

Newark, DE 19713