This event continues to be one of Michigans most beautiful venues and courses. We have been in the beautiful city of Petoskey for close to ten years now. Petoskey is another one of Michigans top tourist destinations. With absolutely everything you could possibly want to do on a family vacation right at your fingertips. The event is right downtown with the swim in the marina protected by a seawall. The transition area is on the closed Bay street overlooking the marina and beautiful bay. An incredible bike course that will take you through the streets of Petoskey, past the high school before you head out on the rolling country side through rural Petoskey before a rest your legs one mile desent back down to Bay st. Then to top it off a run that is second to none starting off running past the marina, following the bayside paved trail out and back then up past the finish line to the Bear river park paved trail finishing with a super fast 1 mile downhill to the finish located right across the street from the marina, city building, fire department and next to the bear river. Just Awesome! This year we add the kayak and stand up paddle board division for those who dont want to swim. Something for everyone.
The race is actually in 3 spots. Registration and Finish line is located in front of the police, fire and city building on W. Lake st. The start of the event is behind the buildings at the beach in the marina next to the break wall. The transition area is located downtown Petoskey, about 400m away on Bay st. We have put the entire swim course inside he marina with the protected waters from the breakwall. This means we swim every year regardless of how rough the water is in the bay. Some that have participated in the past have seen the 4 plus foot high waves on the other side of the breakwall while we swam on flat calm water. The bike is one of our favorites, it is hilly to rolling but what goes up must come down and that is fun. Tuck and go baby. If a lot of hills is not to your liking the sprint race is perfect. You can see from the past years bike times the course is not difficult. It is beautiful scenery though and the run course ranks up there as well as one of our favorites. Running along the bay then along the Bear river is exhillerating before a very fast downhill finish that starts about a mile back on the Bear river service road.