Sunday September 15, 2013|
One of a kind triathlon!!! The Bay City Morning Rotary is proud to be hosting the Driathlon. This is a signature fundraising event for our club and we are excited to share it with you and the City of Bay City. The Driathlon is a very unique event that changes the typical triathlon by canoeing instead of swimming. Last year’s event was a huge success! We were close to reaching our max of 200 teams and are expecting to sell out this year!! Teams of two competed against each other in canoes, on bikes and in their running shoes utilizing the river, Railtrail and Riverwalk with the transition area stationed at Veterans Memorial Park.
We have received many great comments about the race and how people are looking forward to participating again this year. The people and the city are talking about how exciting and unique this event was and are recruiting others to join them this year. As a club we are very happy with the outcome and excited about the prospects of our now signature event. The club raised money for needy organizations in our area, raising over $12,000 of which $5000 was donated to Junior Achievement, the remaining will be given back to projects and organizations in our community; it also brought people from all over the state to experience Bay City and its surroundings.
This year we will be donating a large portion of the proceeds to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area! Help make this a big draw, allowing the Rotary club to disperse much needed funds to local charities.
Major change alert!!! There will be one registration for the Team/Relay ($120 per team/relay). Registration can be done on ACTIVE.COM. Registration closes Sept. 1st(register early, the field will fill up fast). Late entries CANNOT be guaranteed a race shirt, register early so we can plan for you. The field is maxed at 200 teams/relays. Entry fee includes a long sleeve shirt, canoe rental, medal, bag; prizes, food chip timing and an opportunity to mingle with cool Rotarians…don’t miss out!
Cancellations: Entry fee is refundable if notification is received by August 4, 2013.
If racing as a TEAM both partners will participate in all 3 events; canoe-bike-run, and the times will be combined for awards. If racing as a Relay both partners will canoe, one partner will bike and the other partner will run when the biker finishes or one person can bike and run.
1) Decide if you are doing it as a Team or Relay
2) Both male, both female or coed and
3) Combine your ages and you will either be in under 80 or 80+ divisions.
If you or your partner have trouble using addition to find the sum of your combined ages, our children will perform the necessary calculations for a $10 fee. A wrong answer on your part will automatically qualify you for the fee.
The canoe trek on the Saginaw River starts at Veterans Park boat launch Bay City MI. Two person canoes will be provided as part of your race entry fee. NO PERSONAL CANOES WILL BE ALLOWED. Personally owned single blade paddles will be permitted (NO DOUBLE BLADE PADDLES). Life jackets will be available and MUST be worn during the entire canoe trip (feel free to use your own). Please have your race numbers on. The paddle will take a minimum of 35 minutes (south up river for apx. 1mile, U-turn north to Liberty bridge apx 1.5 miles, U-turn back to boat launch (keeping the buoys on your left). Plan on wearing shoes that could get wet. Canoes will be started in waves and leave about 10 minutes apart. The participant in the back of the canoe will hold a rope strung across the boat launch until the wave is started. Be smart, take your time and no dirty tricks. As much we like seeing them, our insurance policy doesn’t have a “dirty tricks” clause. We will have two power boats and some kayaks out on the river to help you if need be…if you can help it you don’t want a “need be situation”. Yikes!!
Important!!! You’ll want to finish before we eat all the pizza! Just kidding!!! We love messing with people. You sure you want to do this?!?!
(If you don’t, you’re liable to get lost and start crying or get frustrated or both…you will have no one to blame but yourself)
Transition Area Veterans Park
For “team” teams, you will have two chips to combine your team time. For “relay” teams, you will have one chip; the person that will bike should have it on for the canoe and upon returning form the bike the exchange will happen.
For safety reasons ONLY racers with a race number will be permitted to enter the transition area, no exceptions and please abide by this rule. Please keep in mind: no one will be allowed to remove their bike and items until the completion of the race (so, you get to stick around and hang out with a cool group of Rotarians—lucky dog)
Transition area will close at 8:00 a.m. (yes it will and don’t test us, we’re not cool when it comes to that)
All participants will be given an event medal. Awards for team costumes; interested teams dress as crazy, creative and different as possible…make sure you can compete AND finish in them…safely. There will be giveaways for variety of categories such as the coveted first team to register, oldest, youngest, coolest team name and furthest traveled so stick around after the race! Unclaimed trophies can be picked up at The Sweet Boutique.
Please do not park on John F Kennedy Dr. from the Helicopter to the ice cream shop on both sides of the street. Please do not park on John F Kennedy Dr. from the Helicopter to the ice cream shop on both sides of the street. Yes, you read that last sentence twice…must be important. Keep it clear for the bike portion of the event. There are PLENTY of parking on JFK Dr. just south of Vet’s Park. Please make your family and friends aware of the parking situation.
2. I do NOT have a partner can you provide me with one?
7. Do I have to wear a helmet?
8. Can I wear headphones on the bike ride?
NO, for safety reasons and we don’t like to throw rocks at people to get their attention.
9. How long will the race take?
Depends, wear them if you got them
10. When will I find out my wave time?
The morning of…
11. When will the transition area close?
12. How do “keep off grass” signs get there?
Do we have to answer everything???