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Thunder in the Valley Terre Haute Triathlon Featuring Daniel Bretscher

31st Thunder in the Valley
a.k.a Terre Haute Triathlon
Saturday, May 14th 2016

Olympic: 1500 Meter Swim, 40k Bike, 10k Run

Sprint: 750 Meter Swim, 20k Bike, 5k Run


Welcome to the 31st Anniversary of the Thunder in the Valley Triathlon! We are extremely excited to be back for another great year at the beautiful Hawthorn Park in Terre Haute, IN.

You will notice that we have a few changes for this year's race. The biggest change is that we have finally made the move to the traditional Olympic distance and that we have added a sprint distance triathlon to this awesome race! Participants have been requesting this change for years and we are happy to finally make the change to the traditional race format!

Newly Added

Daniel Bretscher a professional triathlete whom is making big waves in the sport of triathlon at the moment will host a swim and run clinic on the Friday before the race, speak at our pre-race welcome ceremony Friday evening, and will be racing with everyone on Saturday!

Daniel is fresh from the Ironman World Championships in Kona where he competed for the 1st time this year as a professional triathlete at that World Championships.

  • Check out Daniel's Bio:
  • 2015 Ironman World Championship Pro Qualifier (1 of only 8 American Pro Men)
  • 2014 Ironman Wisconsin Champion and Course Record Holder
  • 2014 Ironman Chattanooga 2nd Place
  • 2013 Ironman Wisconsin 2nd Place
  • 2012 Ironman Steelhead 70.3 Champion
  • 47 Overall Triathlon Wins
  • 2x Thunder in the Valley Winner
  • Indiana Born and Raised
  • Coach at Brescher Multisport - BretscherMultisport.com - Check out Daniel's coaching services!

The Triathlon clinic will take place from 12-2 at Hawthorn Park's Beach. We hope you will be able to join us and learn a lot from Daniel who has a wealth of knowledge about the sport of triathlon! We will start with the swim clinic and then swim the course (or as much of it as you would like) before we change into our running clothes from the run clinic.

Race Price Cutoff (at 11:59 P.M.)SprintOlympicTeam (Sprint & Olympic)
Until March 12th$50$60$90
Until April 12th$55$65$100
Until May 12th$60$70$110
In-Person Registration$70$80$120

  1. (Must be a USAT member to participate.
  2. If you are not you can purchase one for $12 through online registration)

  1. 2016 Athlete Guide
  2. Course
  3. Results
  4. Resources
  5. Hotel/Travel
  6. Video
  7. Course Tips
  8. Contact Us

We are going big for this 31st anniversary race! All athletes will receive top notch race gear for a professional race experience.
All race participants will receive the following:

  1. 31st Anniversity Athlete Gear
  2. Custom Diecast 31st Anniversary Finisher Medal
  3. Custom 31st Anniversary Awards
  4. Thunder in the Valley Tri-Tats
  5. Thunder in the Valley Race Bibs
  6. Thunder in the Valley Swim Cap
  7. 31st Anniversary Thunder in the Valley Shirt
  8. Pre-race welcome speech with Daniel Bretscher Friday Evening

Schedule of Events

  1. Friday:
  2. Swim/Run Clinic with Daniel Bretscher 12 - 2 p.m.
  3. Location: Hawthorn Park Beach
  4. Packet Pickup - 4 - 8 p.m.
  5. Location: Hilton Garden Inn Terre Haute: 750 Wabash Ave, Terre Haute, IN 47807
  6. Welcome Speech with Daniel Bretscher - 6 p.m.
  7. Location: Hilton Garden Inn
  1. Saturday:
  2. Packet Pickup - 6 - 7:45 a.m.
  3. Location: Dogwood Shelter @ Hawthorn Park
  4. Transition Opens: 6 - 7:45 a.m.
  5. Location: Transition Area (Near Dogwood Shelter)
  6. Pre-race meeting - 7:50 a.m.
  7. Location: Hawthorn Lake Beach
  8. Elite Athlete Olympic Men Start - 8:00 a.m.
  9. Olympic Time Trial Start - 8:05 a.m.
  10. Elite Athlete Sprint Men Start - 9:00 a.m.
  11. Sprint Time Trial Start - 9:05 a.m.
  12. Enter the water according to bib number (correlates to estimated swim time)
  13. Post-Race Food and Refreshments Served: 10:00 a.m.
  14. Location Hawthorn Lake Beach House
  15. Results will begin to be posted - 10:30 a.m.
  16. Location: Hawthorn Lake Beach House
  17. Begin Awards Ceremony: 11:30 a.m.
  18. Location: Hawthorn Lake Beach House


Holiday Inn Express Terre Haute      Pepsi Refreshment Services      Pizza Hut      Vigo Parks      Sherrif           Union Sports Med     Rose Hulman

Pepsi Refreshment Services will be our Hydration sponsor for Thunder in the Valley. Look for their water, Gatorade, and cola products at all aid stations along the course and cool off with a refreshing Pepsi after the race.

The Hilton Garden Inn in Downtown Terre Haute is the official host hotel and a sponsor with Thunder in the Valley. They will have rooms available discounted to $119 exclusively to Thunder in the Valley participants. In order to book your room at this discounted rate call the front desk at (812) 234-8900 and ask for rooms reserved under Thunder in the Valley.

Hawthorn Park, 6067 East Old Maple Avenue, Terre Haute, IN