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!
Those who pre-register before June 3 are guaranteed a high quality wicking long sleeve, -same as last year. And, when you register you'll see our registration fees are the same as last year, and the year before, and...
Looking for a warm up event? Find The Root River Tri. They use canoes and kayaks too! SUNDAY : Smilin' Joe's Mississippi Classic Canoe Race: June 10, 2018.
Jerry Eklund Photo (above) from last year's 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."
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 to be held the day after the triathlon, running out and back (with a loop for spectators) on a remote section of the Mississippi downstream from Knutson Dam, 5 mi. NE of tri finish line. We are anticipating categories to allow for all watercraft used in the triathlon plus stand up paddle boards. (See great drone shot of leading pack in 2017 canoe race above.)
Pro and cruisers* in "Pro" class, all other canoes considered "stock." Pro race approx. 15.5 mi. , stock and SUP approx. 8.4 mi. (last year 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 this 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 email@example.com and we'll try to put you in touch with others that might help create a team.
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