The Great Race has a rich history of competition, celebration, and most of all community.
In this time of uncertainty and change, we remain enthusiastic to safely carry on this important tradition without interruption.
Out of respect and concern for our racers, volunteers, sponsors and first responders, the in-person competition of Great Race 43 has been cancelled and we will resume our in person event on August 8, 2021.
Also out of respect and concern for our racers, volunteers, sponsors and first responders, we are working diligently to reimagine this year's race amidst the the global pandemic of COVID-19.
It is our responsibility to provide a safe and fun opportunity for teamwork, fitness, tradition and supporting our community.
Please stay tuned for details about safely and responsibly participating in this year's Auburn Summer Classic.
On August 9, 2020 at 9:30 AM, The Great Race, Auburn's Summer Classic, begins
5 fun Team Relay Races of Runners, Bikers, and Paddlers (Canoe, Kayak, or Paddleboard)
What's new with the Great Race
August 9th, 2020 marks the 43rd edition of our race!! Don't miss it!
New Kayak Family Category! for both the long and short courses. Children from the same nuclear family with at lwast one parent
or grandparent are eligible.
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
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
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.
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.
If you wish, you can make a tax deductible contribution to the Great Race here: