We're an all volunteer operation and invite you to the Chippewa National Forest to have a great time while challenging yourself physically and mentally in the great outdoors!
CHIPPEWA TRIATHLON is on Facebook and you are welcome to peruse that site which is probably a bit more fluid than this website.
INVASIVE SPECIES ALERT!! Because the pristine chain of lakes through which we will paddle after leaving Pike Bay is NOT known to be infested with any invasive species, part of our permitting requires that at the end of Pike Bay all watercraft will have to be tipped and drained of ALL WATER. INSPECTORS WILL BE STATIONED at the take out site. To avoid delays and to move the process along as best we can, we will have a load of chamois there to wipe clean your craft, BUT you are encouraged to bring your own CLEAN DRY towels/rags/chamois to avoid any delays. A considerable percentage of all watercraft that travel the event course over the entire year pass through on the day of our event. We need to be good stewards of the course and surely we do NOT want to be responsible for contaminating any of the lakes along the course.
SATURDAY June 10, 2023: 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!
The FINE PRINT: In the event we have inclement weather, the event may be delayed or altered. It has never been postponed, but if that happened, the back up day would be the following day.
Or an end of season triathlon? Wolfman Triathlon: http://wolfmantriathlon.org/ 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
What's New for 2023?
MEAL for participants and volunteers under the shelter at the FINISH LINE.
Drinks are available on the course, but
NO FOOD such as sandwiches, oranges, bananas, etc. will be provided on the course.
We might call them feed stations on the map, but they're really HYDRATION stations!
ALWAYS SUBJECT TO CHANGE, BUT Below is the current configuration of the course for '23, despite map saying 2022.
PHOTOS BELOW ARE FROM THE TRIATHLON COURSE. (Notice all of the houses?! Several of the lakes in the course have ZERO structures on the shoreline. It IS The Chippewa National Forest. )
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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