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The University of Okoboji Homecoming Races began in 1978. Herman Richter, Bob Rose, and The Three Sons Family along with many volunteers organized the event for over 40 years welcoming 600+ athletes from all across the nation. The event is always held on the 3rd Saturday in July.
Competitors from near and far!
We are so excited to welcome attendees from near and far to the Iowa Great Lakes Area for the University of Okoboji Homecoming Races! After 2 years off were so excited to have over 700 registered athletes and 19 states represented in the 2022 races. We can't wait to welcome the over 1,000 pre-registered racers from 21 different states and 3 countries to the 2023 event!
Want to know more about what to expect over the weekend? Learn about parking, route maps, the kick off party and more by clicking the button below!
Triathlon & Team Triathlon
Swim, bike, and run in and around the gorgeous waters of West Lake Okoboji. Choose to compete as an individual or in teams of 2-3 people.
Distances: Swim .6 miles, Bike 18 miles, Run 3.8 miles
The triathlon begins at 7:00am with a rolling swim start. The transition area will be set up at the top of Preservation Plaza in Arnolds Park. We are excited to announce a $300 cash prize for the overall top male and female in the Triathlon.
Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K
Runners are welcome of all skill levels and distances. Races include Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K. Each race runs on the trails and roads around West Lake Okoboji.
Each of the races begin at 8:00am at their various starting points. Shuttle buses will be available to transport you from Arnolds Park Amusement Park to the start line of your race. We are excited to announce a $500 cash prize to the overall top male and female in the half-marathon and $300 to the overall top male and female in the 10k. The top 3 finishers in each age category will receive a custom medal.