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On August 12, 2018 at 9:30 AM, The Great Race, Auburn's Summer Classic, begins

5 Team Relay Races of Runners, Bikers, and Paddlers (Canoe or Kayak)

What's new with the Great Race

August 12th, 2018 marks the 41st edition of our race!! Don't miss it!

You can register early and lock in the 2017 rates.

Paddleboards! Both the long and short courses will have a Stand-up Paddleboard Division!

The new K2 Divisions to the long and Short races will be back. Your 2 person kayaks can now be a part of the Great Race!!


Canoe Teams

Long Course
Runner - 10 kilometers
Biker - 20 miles
2 person Canoe - 4 miles

Short Course
Runner - 5 kilometers
Biker - 10 miles
2 person Canoe - 2 miles


Kayak Teams

Long Course
Runner - 10 kilometers
Biker - 20 miles
1 person Kayak - 4 miles

Short Course
Runner - 5 kilometers
Biker - 10 miles
1 person Kayak - 2 miles


Tandem Teams

Long Course Only
Runner - 10 kilometers
Biker - 20 miles
Both must Canoe - 4 miles

New Category! Standup Paddleboard Division -

In response to some interested paddleboarders, we are offering a 3 person Paddleboard Team Division in both the Short and long Courses.

Another new addition - K-2 Team divisions

in both the long and short courses. 4 Person teams: Runner, Biker, and 2 Paddlers with a 2-Person Kayak.

The Great Race

... on the northern end of Owasco Lake. Join us as we renew Auburn's annual tradition of fun, competition, and celebration. The Great Race is the nation's largest team only run, bike and paddle triathlon. Hundreds of 2, 3, or 4 person teams begin with a runner (5k or 10k) who hands off to a biker (10 or 20 miles) who then hand off to their kayaker or 2 canoeists. Young or old, serious racers or beginners, compete for glory or the pursuit of fun and fitness. After the race, the annual post-race celebration begins. Racers and spectators alike are in for the fun, food, and refreshments.

Looking for a team?

Use our message board

Use it to make yourself available to join a team or use it to find that last team member you need.

Kid's Fun Run

1 Mile - Finisher's ribbons for all

The Dave Schardt Memorial fun run starts along with the Great Race. No entry fee.

Don't forget the waiver!

Team captains: Remember that all members of your team need to sign!

Sign the Waiver

Become a Great Race Sponsor!

Help keep the Great Race great!

Sponsor Information


All participants, families and guests are invited to join us after the race for the annual Great Race celebration. All participants and volunteers will be treated to lunch and liquid refreshments after the race. Additional food and beverages are available for guests and spectators. Feel free to enjoy the day at beautiful Emerson Park. A live band will be on stage providing fine entertainment.

Here are other fun events put on by friends of the Great Race:

2017 Photos from Pat Handrick photography
Race location
Location Map
Location via Google Maps.

Our generous sponsors:

Bo-Mer Plastics site Nucor Auburn
Cayuga Lake National Bank Beautiful Smiles
All Storage web site Rural Metro site
  Stoda site
Summit Cars Visit michelob.com
Finger Lakes Radio Group Byrne Dairy
  Home Depot