Saturday, July 30th, 2016



July 30th, 2016

Strive for your personal best and enjoy the beautiful and rejuvenating Leech Lake area at the Chase the Police Triathlon, hosted by the Walker Area Community Center (WACC) and the Walker Police Dept. The natural setting of the Leech Lake/Northwoods area is perfect for a triathlon. Most of the running and biking portions of the race will take place on the paved Heartland Trail, which runs along lake shores and through National Forest lands. This is a SPRINT triathlon with course lengths of: .25 mile swim, 17 mile bike, 2.8 mile run.

The Chase The Police Triathlon is held annually on the 4th Saturday of July at Walker City Park.

Brad Spry, Theresa Henning & Gretchen Gribbin
Triathlon Committee

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Run & Partial Bike Route

Race Schedule

Friday, July 29, 2016
Packet Pickup at WACC - 6:00-9:00 PM

Saturday, July 30, 2016
6:30 - Transition Site Opens
6:30-8:30 - Packet Pickup & Body Marking
8:30 - Mandatory Pre-Race Briefing
9:00 - Start of Race
12:00 - Awards Ceremony

Race Course Descriptions

25 Mile Swim - Intermediate
The race transition area will be located at Walker City Park and the 1/4 mile swim will take place in Walker Bay of Leech Lake. Winds and water temperature can be unpredictable. Most likely be cooler water. Wetsuits are encouraged.

17 Mile Bike

First half – Intermediate
It begins at Walker City Park, goes down Railroad Avenue and connects with the paved Heartland Trail. Athletes will then go across CR 12 to Lake May Rd to Hwy 34. The route will go west on Hwy 34 to CR 26 where it will connect back to the Heartland Trail. Shoulder of Hwy is very wide, newly paved, and will not cross any major roads. Terrain will consist of long down hills and long gentle up hill climbs.

Second half – Beginner

Athletes will then follow the Heartland Trail back to the city of Walker. The trail terrain back will be flat, generally straight, and shaded.

2.8 Mile Run - Intermediate
The run route is 2.8 miles long. It begins at Walker City Park, goes up a small incline out of the park and onto paved Walker Bay Blvd. Once you get to the turn around you will follow the same route back except for a short time where runners will use the bike trail. The terrain slopes up and down creating a very challenging run. The course follows beautiful Leech Lake for a great ending to a fun race.

Triathlon Course Maps

Prowest & Associates of Walker, MN has partnered with CTPT to create an interactive course map. Using the legends on the right side, you can use the arrow buttons to click through multiple options for basemap, sharing and printing. We also have three printable maps available of the different sections of the course as well as the transition area.

Interactive Map

Swim & Transition

Run & Partial Bike

Bike Route

Why is it called "Chase the Police?"

The course starts in the charming Walker City Park, where police, EMS, and military personnel will start the race. Once the police and EMS personnel are on their way with their “head start,” the racers will then start the race and “chase” the police, attempting to catch up to them and finish the race before them. There are many ways for you to participate in this fun and inspiring event! Sponsors, volunteers, racers (police chasers) and spectators are on the police’s “Most Wanted” list. Our dedicated committee, sponsors, and volunteers have worked hard to create an atmosphere that will be enjoyable for you and the whole family.

What Makes a Team?

On a team of two, one member of the team will do one leg of the race, the other member of the team will do two legs of the race. For a team of three each member of the team will do one leg of the race.

Water Safety

The Leech Lake Dive Team will be in the water. The first responders and lifeguards will be in kayaks. Everyone is there for your safety. If you need to rest, let a lifeguard know. You will NOT be penalized for resting on a kayak, water noodles, or utilizing a flotation device for a rest. Lifejackets are permitted.

Local Lodging

About the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association: LEMA is dedicated to assisting the families and home agencies of those law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. LEMA board members are police officers, survivors and friends of fallen officers who volunteer their time. All contributions go to supporting the activities of the association. LEMA is available is able to provide assistance both at the time of death, as well as into the future. LEMA honors the families and fallen officers during the National Law Enforcement Memorial Week. LEMA is there....when the need arises. The Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association (LEMA) is a non-profit organization and all contributions are tax deductible per IRS section 501(c)(3). Please consider donating to LEMA when completing your registration.


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