Notes from Tuesday June 5 paddle of the course: Water levels are down a bit. Exit from the canoe out of 10 Section Lake will be a little earlier than prior years. Passage through the culverts not a problem. Exit from Little Moss: EASY!
SATURDAY: The Chippewa Triathlon is a unique event that combines canoeing, biking, and running, all through the Chippewa National Forest in Cass Lake, Minnesota. The course follows the centuries-old "Pike Bay Connection". Approximate leg-Distances: 15-mile canoe, 29-mile mountain bike, 5-mile trail run. Final course set right before the race based on wind, recent and forecasted weather, etc.
The Chippewa Triathlon is not solely a competitive event; organizers emphasize its value as a personal challenge and an opportunity to improve one's fitness level through preparatory training. And, you get to see some beautiful country!
Looking for a warm up event? Find The Root River Tri. They use canoes and kayaks too! SUNDAY : Smilin' Joe's Canoe Race: June 9, 2019.
Jerry Eklund Photo (above) from 2017 event where Krista Matison and Monica Hansmeyer won the carbon fiber paddles as door prizes. Rick Lorenzen won the Barry Babcock book, "Teachers in the Forest."
NEW!! This year the Sunday canoe race will likely be held with the Omega Access (same as canoe/bike transition in triathlon) as a base. There are 3 rivers all within striking distance of the access.
Please take a few clicks around to look at our event. It can be done solo, with a partner, a "competitive" team of up to 4, and a "non-competitive" team of up to 8. YES, YOU CAN USE A KAYAK!!! (see FAQ)
AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES NOTICE!!
Please arrive with a clean watercraft at the start line. We will have an inspector on site and things will go quicker if all boats are clean!!
If you have a specific question, please feel free to send an email to ChippewaTriathlon@live.com
CANOE RACE: SUNDAY FOLLOWING TRI!!
Canoe race to be held the day after the triathlon.
Pro and cruisers* in "Pro" class, all other canoes considered "stock." Final course distance not yet set. (2017 we had 2 SUPs-more this year?!) Entry Friday evening $15/per paddler or Sunday morning starting at 10 a.m. $20/per paddler. Racing at 11. Please email your thoughts or comments to ChippewaTriathlon@live.com
*Cruiser class will be created if we can get 3 or more cruisers. "Over 65 pound canoe" class created with 3 or more also. Participants must weigh their own canoe in advance. A classic example of over 65 would be a 17' royalex "Old Town".
PHOTOS BELOW ARE FROM THE TRIATHLON COURSE. (Notice all of the houses?!)
Video Clip From the Start of the 2015 Chippewa Triathlon. Credit: Eric Carlson. **If you watch the video, notice all the life jackets!! Once again a reminder that PFDs must be worn from the start of the canoe leg until the first portage at a minimum. Of course wearing a pfd is always a good idea.
Looking for team members? For example, are you a biker but not a paddler? Is your team short a runner? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll try to put you in touch with others that might help create a team.
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