2024 Black Squirrel Scurry


Black Squirrel Scurry Paddling Triathlon :
: 2 mile paddle/17 mile bike/5k trail run
  • Race Date: Saturday, July 27, 2024
  • Start Time: 8:30 AM
  • Entry Fee:70 Solo/140 Relay or Tandem. Discounts for minors
  • Location:Smith Center
  • Address: 1100 Marc Dr
  • City/State/Zip:Merrill, Wisconsin 54452
  • Country: USA

The 2024 Black Squirrel Scurry:

This paddle triathlon is entry/intermediate sprint triathlon that is family friendly.  Kayak or canoe the first leg, road bike the 2nd leg, run the pedestrian trails (crushed gravel, grass) to finish the race.  U19 divisions are half price.  Solo, relay (2-3 people), and tandem divisions.  New this year - Double Tandem (Tandem kayak/canoe, Tandem bike, run).  Solo age divisions, Relay and tandem divisions - male, female and mixed if enough participants.  Registration opens March 1.  Prices rise July 1.  No on site registration.  Beneficiaries - Friends of the River Bend Trail & VFW Post 1638.  

Course Information:

Start at Prairie Trails Park. (N2121 Cty Hwy K, Merrill, WI0.  2 mile paddle on a very shallow river.  Transition at Stanges Park (209 W 3rd St., Merrill, WI)  Road Bike 17+ miles out of Merrill, through Council Grounds State Park along the Wisconsin River, country roads north of Merrill to Merrill Area Rec Complex (MARC - 1100 MARC Dr, Merrill) and run 5k on grass & crushed gravel trails through the MARC grounds and Council Grounds State Park.  Course maps available at http://blacksquirrelscurry.com/race-route/ 


Merrill, WI is located at the intersection of WI 64 and US 51 north of Wausau, WI.  Friday evening Race Packet pick up is located at the Smith Ctr at the MARC 1100 Marc Dr, just off of WI 107 north of Merrill.  Saturday morning race packet pick up is located at the start of the race - N2121 Cty Hwy K on the north edge of Merrill.  The finish is located at the MARC.  Awards are located at Cenotaph Park - 301 Grand Ave (just north of intersection of WI 10 and WI 64).  Maps available at: http://blacksquirrelscurry.com/race-route/ 

Other Info:

Our race is family friendly with a very shallow river to paddle through the wooded heart of Merrill.  The race would be considered beginner/intermediate level sprint distances. Age divisons for Solo.  Gender divisions for tandem and relays with sufficient competitors. 

We are experimenting with 2 new divisions: 1) eBike (no throttle) Solos and relays.  2) Double Tandem (tandem boat and tandem bike, then both participants run (not required to run together).  Times will be combined. 

Race proceeds benefit trail development for biking and pedestrians through the city of Merrill and reaching out to Wausau and Tomahawk for a statewide trail.  Race benefits also benefit the Northwoods Veterans Post (VFW Post 1638) in their ongoing mission to provide services to multi-county region veterans and a community accessible facility.

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