Timberman has one of the most beautiful venues you will ever see in the Midwest. The race takes place at Sugar Lake Lodge just outside of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Being in northern Minnesota it is pretty much guaranteed to be a wetsuit swim. The water is so clean you can see the tracks left in the sand by the clams 25 feet below. The bike has a number of rolling hills so be prepared to get out of your saddle. The long course has two different loops through the old growth forests. The run is a flat out and back with the middle two miles on gravel roads. With the short course sharing the same course it is like a party with all the activity so you won't have any trouble with motivation at the end of the race. This is a must do race.