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Kayak triathlon options have exploded across Michigan in the last three years. Led by the iconic M22 Challenge, race organizers have discovered how fun and accessible these races can be.
The surfski is well proven to be the ultimate triathlon kayak. It is known around the world as the fastest human powered watercraft and the versatility is unmatched. The surfski requires an equally matched paddle, which is commonly known as the “wing padde”. The wing is designed to maximize the speed of the boat and leverage the power of the full body. This paddle is designed to work optimally when the paddler is engaging their legs, core, and upper back and paddling with a rotation based movement.
At TC SURFSKI we specialize in making sure you get the right boat/paddle setup and the guidance to go fast and be safe. Check out this blog for a detailed write up on choosing the right boat specifically for kayak triathlons. By itself, the boat and wing paddle will improve your time over a traditional kayak. But getting the most out of your paddling experience will require a combination of self study and lessons from an experienced professional. Paddling is very much like swimming and cross country skiing, it is a technique oriented sport.
Below is a list of 11 different events all offering their own unique experience and opportunity to explore the stunning beauty of Michigan’s geography through three different view points: paddling, biking, and running.
The one that started it all. Billed as “America’s Most Beautiful Race” a 2.25 mile run, 17 mile bike, and 2.25 mile paddle that has become a right of passage into summer for multi-sport athletes
The R3 is a long standing traditional sprint triathlon that recently converted to a kayak triathlon. Experience the rolling hills and sheer beauty of the Jordan River Valley.
Making a great racing festival even better, in 2018 Race TC added a non competitive 2.5 mile paddle / 11 mile bike option. This is a great way to experience a multi-sport event in a very low stress setting
A 2.25 mile paddle followed by a 11.7 mile bike. The Indian River Biathlon is fast and fun. 2019 will mark the 12th consecutive year this race has raised funds for the community. 100% of race fees are donated. Last year they raised over 3k for the Burt Lake Bike Trail
A 3 Disciplines Race, the Ludington Lighthouse has been a long standing triathlon now offering a 2k Kayak / 20k Bike / 5k Run event in downtown Ludginton along the spectacular shores of Lake Michigan
The kayak triathlon for the trail lover. This event features a 2 mile paddle, 8 mile mountain bike ride, and 5k trail run. All taking place in the beautifully rugged Rockport State Park
The Mish Experience had a tremendous first year in 2018 and is sure to build on the momentum for 2019. Experience the UP at it’s finest!
The Rapa Nui is unique, challenging, and downright fun. Consisting of a 3 mile paddle, 2 mile run around Power Island, and 3 mile paddle back to the start. This is truly a one-of-a-kind race experience
Food vendors, live music, and 46 years of history, there may be no better way to kick-off your Labor Day weekend. The triathlon includes a flat and fast 5k, followed by a 12.4 mile bike, and finishing with a 2.25 mile paddle on Lake Cadillac
Featuring a 2 mile paddle, 20k bike, and 5k run, there may be no better way to experience sunrise on the east side of the state.
Started in 2017, the Tri Up North events showcase the beauty of Northern Michigan in early fall when the water and air temps are optimal. There is a 6 mile bike / 1 mile paddle / 3 mile run course for beginners and a 14 mile bike / 2 mile paddle / 6 mile run course for those looking for a bigger challenge or relay teams
2019 will be the 8th consecutive year for the Grand Adventure Race. This beautiful race starts with a 2 mile river paddle, followed by 11.5 miles on the bike and a 5k run. There is also a 2 or 3 person team option, to make it a fast and furious experience!