Cinco DU Mayo


Event Date

Sat, May 7, 2016


Stillwater, MN


Activity Today Later

Duathlon-2-mile run/10-mile bike/2-mile run - Short Individual

$60 $70 Closed

Duathlon-2-mile run/10-mile bike/2-mile run - Short 2 Person Team

$115 $150 Closed

Duathlon-2-mile run/10-mile bike/2-mile run - Short 3 Person Team

$170 $170 Closed

Duathlon-3 mile run, 20 mile bike, 3 mile run - Long Individual

$70 $80 Closed

Duathlon-3 mile run, 20 mile bike, 3 mile run - Long 2 Person Team

$125 $125 Closed

Duathlon-3 mile run, 20 mile bike, 3 mile run - Long 3 Person Team

$180 $180 Closed

About This Activity

Why register:

  • Square Lake is a coveted training ground, less than 45 minutes from St. Paul and Minneapolis.
  • You will be running and riding past lakes and horse farms - it's beautiful.
  • This course offers hills and flats to challenge you.
  • Cinco theme prevails throughout the course, making it more fun.
  • Get a long-sleeve technical shirt.
  • Get a finisher medal.
  • Be prepared with on-site bike support courtesy of our friends at Penn Cycle.
  • Sip on coffee and more from the great folks at Caribou Coffee.
  • Relax with a pre- or post-race rubdown from Barr Chiropractic.
  • Enjoy a post-race taco party with amazing tacos from Casa Lupita.
  • Entertaining race announcements.
  • First and second place medals for male and female age group winners.
  • Overall male and female winners will receive a Mexican themed basket filled with goodies.
  • Great venue and race for the first timer or the experienced duathlete.

Event details and schedule

Packet Pick-Up

Your race packet will include all the materials you need for your race,  race bib, and some fun stuff like your complimentary event shirt and special offers. The race will be chip-timed by Anderson Race Management. Your timing chip will be available on race day morning.  You must have your bib in order to pick up your timing chip.   DO NOT wear a timing chip from a prior race, or it may interfere with your time for Cinco Du Mayo, potentially not recording your effort.

Pick up your race packets at our retail store at 1338 Highway 96 East in White Bear Lake (get directions) on either Thursday May 5 from 10a.m. to 8:00 p.m. or on Friday May 6 from 190 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Race Location

Cinco Du Mayo is held at Square Lake Park near Stillwater (get directions). The address is 15450 Square Lake Trail North, Stillwater, MN  55082.

Parking on race day will be available within the park.  Additional parking will be available in designated areas outside the park. Signs and volunteers will direct the participants and volunteers.  Please note that we will be restricting cars leaving prior to 12:00 p.m. from the park to ensure the safety of all athletes.  We realize this may not be convenient but know that you too want this to be a safe event for all participants.

Schedule of Events

  • 7:30 am - Park and parking lots open
  • 7:30 am - Transition area opens for race participants
  • 7:30 am - Bike support will be on hand from our friends at Penn Cycle
  • 7:30 am - Race day registration begins
  • 8:00 am - Race announcements begin
  • 8:15 am - Race day registration and packet pick-up closes - no more cars allowed into the park
  • 8:30 am - Transition area closes
  • 8:40 am - Final course updates (Start line)
  • 8:45 am - LONG COURSE STARTS
  • 10:30 am - Taco party starts
  • 11:15ish - Awards ceremony
  • 12:15 – Courses close

For the safety of all of our athletes, the course will close at 12:15.

Course Profile

You are responsible for knowing the course, so please study the maps and directions. We'll have volunteers on the course, but still...please know your stuff.

Both courses include an "out-and-back" run that starts within the park but keeps the majority of the distance on the scenic avenues outside of the park boundaries.

The bike course for this event features rolling hills that traverse through some of the most beautiful terrain in the Stillwater area. The short course is great for beginners, while more seasoned duathletes will find it to be moderately challenging.

The long course features double the amount of rolling hills (2 loops on the bike course, etc.), and just seems to be a little more demanding. The weather in early May is often cool - the longer exposure times for the long course athletes can take its toll. Please dress accordingly.

Run Course

  • Short Course printable run map
  • Short Course interactive run map
  • Long Course printable run map
  • Long Course interactive run map

Both runs begin within the park, but make their way quickly to the roadways outside of the park. Runners take a left out of the park and head left on Paul Ave. Runners continue straight until they reach the turn-around point (approx. 1.0 mile for short course and 1.55 miles for long course) and then head back to the start/transition area. Long course athletes, DO NOT turn around at the short course turnaround marker! You have another 1/2 mile or so to go.

Fluid replacement (water and HEED) will be available at the turn-around point for the short course.

Run/Bike Transition Area

  • Transition Area printable map

To help with the congestion that often happens within the transition area, only participants and volunteers will be permitted in the transition area. Bikes must be walked/run in the transition area. Mount/Dismount Zones are located just outside the transition area. You must wear a helmet while with your bike. For teams, please transfer your chip at your bike transition area.

Bike Course

  • Short Course printable bike map
  • Short Course interactive bike map
  • Long Course printable bike map
  • Long Course interactive bike map

The Bike section of this course follows a clockwise route around Big Carnelian Lake and Little Carnelian Lake. Participants will begin the bike course by leaving the transition area and taking a right out of the park on Square Lake Trail N. Directional signs, mile markers, and volunteers will be posted on the course during the race to assist with navigation, but it always helps to know your course.

Remember, Long Course athletes make a second loop around the lakes before heading back in to transition. Please consider giving these maps a look ahead of time, or even better, give it a ride, and you'll be good to go on race day. Short Course athletes only do ONE LOOP of the bike course - know when to head back, check the map!

The entire bike route is open to traffic, so please be aware of vehicles and plan on following all traffic rules when traffic control is not present. The road surface is asphalt and course volunteers (armed with brooms) are stationed at all turns. This should be a nice, clean course, so please help us keep it that way by holding on to your empty gel packs or other litter. All bikes are required to display a bike number.

Tri Fitness and Penn Cycle will provide pre-race and on-course bike support.


The finish area is located on the road, inside the park, adjacent to transition area. Volunteers will assist in removing race numbers and/or timing chips.

Bottled water and post-race tacos will be provided. In order to keep them as warm as possible, the tacos should arrive by 10:30 or so.

Awards and Prizes

Awards are given to:

  • Top overall Male & Female athletes
  • Top 2 Male & Female athletes in each age group (19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+)
  • Top relay team (we allow Male, Female, or Mixed teams)

Overall winners will receive a Mexican Themed Basket of goodies (which may or may not include refried beans). Individual age group and team 1st and 2nd place winners will receive medals.  

Discuss This Activity