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Sat, May 10, 2014
About This Activity
Visit our website at www.bikepaddlerun.com to learn more about our event.
The first leg will be biking. Everyone will start at Memory Lake Park and travel through Crex Meadows Wildlife Area. This portion of the event is 18 miles and you will experience a variety of terrain – some very challenging ground (sugar sand, sand, gravel, pavement) and curves. An off-road bike is recommended. NEW this year: we will take the road west, instead of east, of the airport. This adds a little more challenge to the bike route by including more sugar sand. There may be times when you will want to walk/run your bike rather than ride – it’s all part of the funADVENTURE!
When you arrive at Soderbeck Landing on the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, you will transition into your self-propelled vessel such as a kayak, canoe or SUP. There will be transition zone volunteers to help you get your bike secure, vessel to the landing and in the water safely. This stretch of the race is approximately 4 miles. About half way down the river you will notice the beautiful Sandrock Cliffs. When not racing in the Adventure Triathlon, we recommend hiking (or skiing in the winter) the five mile trail system along the river, and standing on top of the cliffs – what a view!
At the Highway 70 bridge landing you will exit your vessel. Transition volunteers will help get your vessel out of the water so you can quickly dry off and fuel up. Water and energy drinks will be provided at the transition zone. Get ready for a challenging, yet very fun, trek on trails through Governor Knowles State Forest. Once arriving at West River Road, you will venture to Skog Road where you be on paved ground and will experience some hills, curves and beautiful countryside. NEW this year: about four miles into the paved road portion of this race, Skog will take a big turn and you’ll continue on through the Grantsburg School Forest. This will add approximately 1 mile more trail running to the route. The trail winds out and meets up with Tower Ave, where you then meet up with Russell Road and continue on town roads until the end of the race. The running stretch of the race is approximately 8 miles.
By 8:00 am: Water vessels need to be at Soderbeck Landing by 8:00 am. After that, only teammates who will be competing in the paddle will be allowed in transition area. Friends and family are allowed to cheer at any other point along the route; recommended areas will be designated. 7:00 am – 8:30 am: Check-In & Registration 8:30 am – 8:45 am: Course Talk (mandatory) 9:00 am: Race Starts (additional waves to follow every 5 minutes) 11:30 am: Bikes can be picked up from Transition 1 after 11:00 am 2:00 pm: Award Ceremony