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Kayak 1 mile, Bike 11 miles, Run 3 miles.
Kayak, bike, and run the beautiful and historic Huron National Forest, beginning in Mio Pond of the Au Sable River and ending at Boney Park in Fairview, Michigan. The Au Sable Valley Triathlon is an individual and team event, consisting of kayaking as well as biking and running on both paved and country roads. It has been described as beginner/intermediate level in terms of difficulty. Past participants have found it a fun, low-key, friendly competition and have enjoyed participating with friends and family members. Teams can be made up of two or three members. Medals are awarded to the top three teams as well as the top male and female individuals. Lunch is provided for a donation.
This is a fundraiser to benefit Love INC of Oscoda County.
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Registrations: Online registration available at runsignup.com. If registering manually, there is one registration form for each team or individual. One person will be the team contact. Contact and emergency information must be completed for each team member. If one team member must cancel before the event, another may substitute, but must fill out a registration form and waiver. No one else may substitute during the event. If for some reason a participant is unable to finish their leg, the team will be disqualified. Only registered participants are allowed on the course.
Waivers: Each participant must sign a waiver. Note that youth under age 18 must have a parent also sign the waiver.
Entry fee: $30 for early registration per person, $40 late registration per person after May 25, 2021.
T-Shirts: Early registration is helpful to order the right sizes. A T-shirt is not guaranteed for registrations after May 25th.
Awards: The first three teams and the first three individuals to finish will receive a medal. All participants will receive a finisher medal and goody bag. The award ceremony will be held at Boney Park in Fairview when all teams have completed the event.
Refunds: Your registration fee goes to support Love INC to help those in need in Oscoda County and also to make this event possible. Thank you for your donation, even if you are unable to participate in the Triathlon this year.
Lost or Stolen Property: No one is responsible for your lost or stolen property but yourself. You must secure your kayak, bikes and other equipment when not in use. Triathlon volunteers will collect any found items and you may check at the Boney Park Info Tent for such items.
Pets: Pets are not allowed to join the participants on any leg of the event or at Boney Park due to safety and security reasons.
Headphones: For your safety, we highly recommend that headphones NOT be worn during the event.
Restroom facilities are located at the boat launch and at Boney Park.
Parking: Limited parking is available at the Boat Launch. Teams/Individuals, please be advised that the Triathlon
Parking Lot before the Boat Launch locks at 10:30am.
Check-in Place and Time: Everyone must check-in or register at the Boat Launch location on Pond Drive in Mio. Pond Drive is just north of the Au Sable River on M-33. Look for a sign. The Boat Launch is .4 miles down Pond Dr. Check in time is from 7:30-8:30am. Briefing is at 8:30am and everyone must attend. Following the briefing, runners may stay until the bikes take off, or leave for Boney Park in Fairview.
Bibs: Each team member/individual must wear a bib as identification.
Kayakers must have a life-saving device in each kayak. A limited number of kayaks will be available to rent at the boat launch for $20.00, or you can use your own. If you rent the kayak on site, the fee will have to be paid in cash or check. If you would like to reserve a kayak in advance or pay by credit card, call Hinchman Acres at (989) 826-3267 to reserve prior to the event. Kayakers will paddle to the spillway, back up against it. On signal, they will paddle to and around a buoy and back to the launch. They will pull their kayak out of the water to a designated spot and tag their cyclist. Kayaks must be returned to the waiting rental trailer or waiting personal vehicles. If the kayaker is the sole participant, a friend or family member must care for the kayak and transportation to Boney Park and back.
Bicyclists: Bicyclists MUST wear a buckled helmet. They must bring their own bikes, which will be mounted with back wheel to the start line ready to leave when their kayak member tags them. Cyclists will pedal to M-33 where police will have traffic stopped, but cyclists should still be observant when crossing the highway to McKinley Rd. McKinley Rd is curvy as it follows the river. Bicyclists must stay on then right side of the road, never crossing the center line and are not allowed to ride side-by-side. Cyclists will turn north on Abbe Road and continue to Fairview where they will turn right at the blinking light, then right at the Boney Park entrance. From there they will proceed to the third leg. This is where the third team member will begin his or her running leg. If a cyclist is also running, a friend or family member must care for the bike. Bike racks will not be available.
Runners: Runners should wear their bib facing front. Must wait in the staging area until their cyclist crosses the line. They will then proceed on the marked 3 mile course through Wellspring property and to the finish line.
Refreshments: Water will be available at the check-in at the Boat Launch. Water will also be available at designated water stations. Refreshments for participants will be at the info tent at Boney Park. Lunch will be served at the Park for a donation, starting around 11:00am.
First Aid: The Oscoda County Ambulance Service and patrol cars will be on hand at the Mio Pond, and along the bike route. Triathlon volunteer spotters will also be along the route able to call for assistance if needed.
Outside Assistance: Participants are responsible for all transportation. Bring a friend or family member to help with transportation of kayaks and bikes, if necessary. Event participants may not receive any additional assistance outside that offered by event volunteers while you are on the course. Friends and family may cheer all they want, but not offer you anything or give any assistance other than call for help if needed.
Thank you for participating in the Au Sable Valley Triathlon!
If you have further questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Love INC at 989-848-2020 or check out our Au Sable Valley Triathlon Facebook page. We look forward to seeing you on June 12th!
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