31st Aug-1st Sep 2019

The Beltie Triathlon Weekend is a New Festival of Triathlon.

Welcome to the first Beltie Triathlon Festival. 

The Crossmichael Triathlon has a long history in the Galloway Glen of Loch Ken, we are keen to expand the successful event to include a series of races for younger athletes, a Go Tri for new triathletes and a standard distance for the experienced as well as a brand new middle distance event for those who want to go a bit further.

We think this event will have a great future and want to invite you to be part of the very first one. Saturday 31st will be where new athletes will get to dip their toe in the water and some of those competitive kids will get the opportunity to race in tri stars 1, 2 and 3 and a youth race will complete the day. September we will welcome the Standard and Middle distance athletes for a fun and hopefully sunny day.

Galloway is an amazing area with so many outdoor opportunities for fun and activity. People may know of the Dark Skies Park,the 7 Stanes mountain biking areas, the Southern Upland Way and the Galloway Forest Park but there is so much more to do. 

Where we swim is in a slow moving river which is fed by Loch Ken, we will then cycle around the Loch on a very fast bike route. Our run will then take us away from the river and into the rolling hills. We finish in the village main street where the local community will cheer you over the line.


Saturday 31st August

  • 12:00 -13:45 Registration for all events
  • 12:30 Transition area open
  • Tri-star athletes will need to register and be ready to race by 13:45
  • 12:00-17:00 Registration for Sunday events.
  • 14:00 Tri Stars 1 Start
  • 14:30 Tri Stars 2 Start
  • 15:00 Tri Stars 3 Start
  • 15:30 Youth Start
  • 16:00 Go Tri Start

Times may be adjusted if athlete numbers require it.

Prize podiums will take place throughout the afternoon as results become available.

Go Tri is a non-competitive event and therefore will only have a finish listing.

Sunday 1st September

  • 06:00 – 7:45 Registration for both events
  • 06:00 – 7:50 Transition area open for middle distance
  • 06:00 – 8:30 Transition area open for standard distance
  • 08:00 Middle Distance Start
  • 09:00 Standard Distance Start
  • 12:30 Approx Prize giving Standard Distance
  • 13:30 Approx Prize giving Middle Distance


Registration will take place on Saturday 31 August 2019 from 12-5pm and Sunday 1st September from 6:30 am at Crossmichael.

Accommodation / Travel

Please visit the following websites for further information on travel to and accommodation in Dumfries and Galloway:




Mark Gibson · June 20, 2019 at 9:46 am

Hi There, looking to enter, but I can’t get down to register the day before. Is there any chance of getting round that?
Best wishes

    Leszek · June 20, 2019 at 10:24 am

    hi Mark, it is not ideal but yes, sure, we can make exception for you! See you soon!!!

Gavin Calder · June 21, 2019 at 5:12 pm

Hi Leszek

To use this to qualify for the world aqua bike would need results in age bands ie. 45-49. Is that possible?

    Leszek · June 27, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Hi Gavin, yes, this should be no problem, we can do age groups easily.

Chris Moore · June 26, 2019 at 9:43 am

Hi, I can’t find details on the Go Tri/Baby Beltie distances, or how to enter (I can only find details on standard and middle distance events) – could you provide a link please? Thanks, Chris

Tracey Middleton · July 4, 2019 at 11:18 am

I am looking to enter the aquabike event. I cant travel down Saturday, can I collect my race number etc on Sunday morning before the race starts. I think this would, be the case for a lot of people who are not local, its a long way to come down and back to register. I look forward to hearing from you


    Leszek · July 4, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    Hi Tracey,
    We allow a small number of participants to collect their numbers on Sunday morning, so you will be fine!!!
    See you in September.

josh · July 7, 2019 at 6:30 pm

how old do you have to be to do the triathlon and can you do it on a mountain bike or should i wait till next year

    Leszek · July 7, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    hi Josh, you need to be 16 at the end of the year. I would not do Beltie at the mountain bike, as it is on the road only. If you want to off-road triathlon, check out the Duke!

Stu Johnstone · July 11, 2019 at 4:06 pm

Hi Leszek,
Can you explain the swim in a little more detail and the reason for leaving river mid swim.
Thanks Stu

    Leszek · July 13, 2019 at 10:42 am

    The reason for getting out is to check that athletes are still ok to continue, we will have a cut off for safety and we can manage a contained area for safety as well.

Mark Gibson · July 11, 2019 at 5:06 pm

Hi Leszek, do we have an approximate start time for the Wee Beltie? I’m coming from Stirling. Thanks

    Leszek · July 13, 2019 at 10:43 am

    We are aiming for 8am for the big one and 9am for the wee.

Katherine Neilly · July 15, 2019 at 3:37 pm

I’m keen to enter the standard distance tri on the Sunday but am working till 5pm at Dumfries royal infirmary. Will registration still be open in the evening?

    Leszek · July 15, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    Hi Katherine, we can allow a small number of participants to register on Sunday morning. Would you like to do that?

Lance · August 1, 2019 at 9:16 am

Hi, Can you confirm times registration is open on the Saturday and what time the Pasta party is being held please.

    Leszek · August 5, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    hi Lance,
    Registration will take place on Saturday 31 August 2019 from 12-5pm and Sunday 1st September from 6:30 am at Crossmichael.
    Unfortunately, we had to cancel the pasta party 🙁

Tracey · August 3, 2019 at 6:50 am

Hi Leszek,
I’m having the same problem as a few others, I can’t get down until the Sunday morning. Would it be ok to register then if I sign up please? Looking to do the standard distance, Thanks

    Leszek · August 4, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    hi Tracey, no probs, you can register on Sunday too!

Jayne · August 9, 2019 at 2:51 pm

What time does the race start on Sunday? Thank you

    Leszek · August 9, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    8am The Big Beltie, 9am The Wee Beltie

Jennifer Perry · August 16, 2019 at 4:22 pm

Hi, my daughter is entered for the Tristar3 race. I have a couple of queries please. Can you give more details of the bike course…I know grass but is it short park/garden type or long uncut field? Her bike is a road bike w 28mm tyres, will this be feasible or better on a MTB? Also, can you give a more detailed idea of the start times of races for Sat afternoon, i’m wondering about entering the swim or aquabike but depends on the timing of the kids races. As I need to cheer her on!

    Leszek · August 17, 2019 at 9:19 am

    hi Jennifer,

    I am checking the tristar race for you. I will be in touch very soon. For the aquabike or swim, both those races are on Sunday.

      Jennifer Perry · August 25, 2019 at 1:10 pm

      Hi, thanks for that, I see times now are on the website, but can you give more info on the bikecourse/ bike choice? Thanks J

        Leszek · August 27, 2019 at 8:53 am

        Tristar3 are racing on the grass, so the MTB bike will be fine.

Jordan Lamont · August 20, 2019 at 9:53 pm

Hi there,

Just wondered what the total elevation was for the cycle and run in the Middle Distance.


Mark · August 27, 2019 at 6:50 am

Just checking we’re ok with tri bars on the bike

    Leszek · August 27, 2019 at 8:52 am

    yes, tri-bars are fine. It is no drafting event.

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