August 1, 2020


why ironbull xtreme triathlon?

Wausau boasts great outdoor recreation – whether paddling, running, or biking.  The IRONBULL Xtreme triathlon combines these three disciplines at the area’s best venues on trails. We have partnered with Woodson YMCA to transform a great event, the oldest triathlon in Wisconsin, to these venues. Read more here.

Two courses will allow both elite athletes to be challenged and racers of all ages and ability levels to participate. Racers in each division may compete individually or team up as a relay to specialize in their favorite discipline.

Racers will start off in water, but instead of a traditional swim, will be paddling kayaks.  Racers will paddle down the Wisconsin River and across Lake Wausau with elite division racers tested through downtown Wausau’s world-class kayak course prior to being spit out into Lake Wausau. Racers will continue through an epic course, hitting top-notch trails on foot at Rib Mountain State Park and on bike at Nine Mile County Forest. 

Do you have the endurance and strength to finish this challenge?

Course Description
Each race starts in the heart of downtown Wausau and each race finishes at Nine Mile County Forest. 

Elite Division
Elite racers are immediately challenged on Wausau’s whitewater course with interval starts.  Next paddlers must prove they are not a one-trick pony with flat water paddling across Lake Wausau.  Then racers transition to the roads to Rib Mountain State Park.  Elite racers will be challenged with steep climbs but rewarded with breathtaking views as they climb to one of the highest points in the Midwest.  Racers plunge down the hill and exit Rib Mountain State Park and trade in their treads enroute to Nine Mile County Forest.  At Nine Mile County Forest, racers will rock and roll over top notch singletrack.  Elite racers will be tested with technical trails featuring plenty of rocks and roots before crossing the finish line.


 Recreational Division

The recreational division will start off with serene flat water paddling on the Wisconsin River and Lake Wausau.  All racers will transition to the roads to Rib Mountain State Park.  Racers will enjoy nature at its finest in the shade of the forest.  Racers exit Rib Mountain State Park and trade in their treads enroute to Nine Mile County Forest.  At Nine Mile County Forest, racers will enjoy top notch singletrack.  Recreational racers will experience singletrack that everyone from skilled riders to first time riders can enjoy as they roll to the finish line.

Aerial view of Wausau’s 400 block covered in tents and people for a festival.

Finish Line Festivities
An even better way to get a taste of our city - the well-deserved post-race party being held on the 400 Block upon your finish! Family, friends, food, music, and most importantly, beer and drink, are there to congratulate you, an IRONBULL™ finisher. 

Racers, their families, and volunteers will have full access to the YMCA located 3 blocks from the 400 Block to enjoy a swim, sauna, and of course a well-deserved shower after the race.

Green Initiative

In order to maintain the beauty of our community and environment, we will have ways to enjoy the race with minimal impact!

  • Compost bins located at every transition area and at the finish line festival will go toward local Monk Gardens / Wausau Urban Community Gardens.

  • Our event is also cupless!! We will have reusable containers available at the finish line festival for refill. Otherwise, please plan accordingly by bringing your own reusable bottle or cup!