Cheboygan State park is hosting its first annual “GO-Get Outdoors” triathlon on Saturday Aug. 15. The triathlon will involve kayaking two miles from the beach to a ship wreck in Duncan Bay and then back to the beach. Next is an 8.5 mile mountain bike on some gravel and paved roads with about half of the race on park trails. The third leg is a 4.5 mile run on gravel and paved roads with a cross country segment. The final segment of the run should be interesting as participants will run along the beach through some low lying areas including a crossing of Elliot Creek.
Participants should expect to get their feet wet near the end of the competition.
Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in the day use area at the park and the race will begin at 10:30 a.m. T-shirts will be provided for those who pre-register by calling 231-627-2811. Everyone is welcome to participate, but the target group is age 15 years or older.
The event will cost $30 per athlete. All proceeds will go to support this event and future events at Cheboygan State Park.
“This is a new GO-Get Outdoors event for Cheboygan State Park,” said Paul Koszegi, DNR park supervisor. “The day use area is an excellent location for the audience to cheer on the competitors and watch the start and finish of the race and a great place to picnic or just enjoy the outdoors.”
Cheboygan State Park is located at 4490 Beach Rd. in Cheboygan. For more information about this event, the park, accessibility or persons needing accommodations to attend this event, contact the park supervisor of at 231-627-2811. (TTY/TDD711 Michigan Relay Center for the hearing impaired), or visit: www.michigan.gov/cheboygan.
Camping reservations can be made on line at www.midnrreservations.com or by calling the DNR central reservation system at 1-800-447-2757.
All motor vehicles entering a state park or recreation area must display a Motor Vehicle Permit, available for purchase at the entrance. Cost is $24 for resident annual and $6 for resident daily. A non-resident annual is $29 and a non-resident daily is $8.
Additionally, a kayak/bike biathalon will take place on August 22nd in Cheboygan. Questions could be directed to the Cheboygan Chamber of Commerce.