It all began early in 2001 with some local businesses and some others in the community who wanted everyone to experience the beauty of the Waupaca Area and the Chain O' Lakes. The idea for a triathlon seemed to encompass all the wonders of the Waupaca area, great water, beautiful countryside, and a great city. We formed a board of Directors to oversee all the different aspects of the event. We still needed expertise to begin such an event and to make it successful. Gloria West, a former race director of the Green Bay Cellcom Marathon, was hired as a consultant. She helped us bring our triathlon to life. Sponsors were then sought to help fund the event and the community response was astounding. The triathlon registrations were less than anticipated with fewer then 100 at the beginning of August. About 2 weeks before the event the registrations came pouring in. We had 475 participants. No one could have guessed that many people would come to the event. The board with the help of the community, and volunteers made the 2001 triathlon a great success.
After the unsettling events of 9/11 we were unsure if the 2002 triathlon would bring as many particpants. We were very fortunate that it brought more participants. The 2002 Waupaca Area Triathlon was an even bigger success with 650 particpants and many more community volunteers.
2003 brought even more success to the Waupaca Area Triathlon. We had almost 800 participants and 250 kids in the mini triathlon. We had lots of volunteers and many positive comments from the community and participants.
Each year after, the triathlon was grown. In 2008 a Short Course race was added to the events. The Short Course attracted 180 participants that year. In 2009 and 2010 the Short Course reached the capacity of 300 participants.
2011 proved to be another great year for the race. As we capped our number early a list of triathletes wishing to fill any cancellation spots grew every day. We allowed 600 bib numbers for the Long Course and 300 for the Short Course. With the relay teams a total of 1110 triathletes participated.
In order to make our race a safe and family friendly event we have capped the number of registrants to 900. With the relay teams this has brought the number of athletes to nearly 1200. Relay teams are allowed on the Long Course only.