course maps & descriptions
LIVE POINT OF INTEREST MAP
Click the link below to see a comprehensive course map that is detailed with everything you’ll need for race day. It not only shows the course(s) but also locations of parking lots, hydration, restrooms, medical, police, and more! If you are onsite or even doing the race you can pull this up live and it should show you where you are in relation to everything shown on the map. If it’s small and confusing you likely just need to zoom in so it expands out.
COURSE MAPS - 2-PAGE PDF
Challengers will check both their bikes and kayaks the day before to help alleviate congestion and confusion. Bikes will be checked directly into transition and boats will either be checked at transition OR at Green’s Park. We are still working out the boat check-in and pickup procedure and will let everyone know exactly what to do in the coming weeks/months.
The morning of the event all athletes, spectators, volunteers can park in any of the parking areas that are designated as free public parking within the village limits. We have identified all those areas on our live interactive map above as “P” icons. Click that link above to check them out in real time before and during your arrival. Parking is within walking distance the morning of the event no mater where you park within the village limits. Once parked you may walk to transition to put all your other necessary items (since you are only permitted to leave your bike and nothing else when you check it the day before). Once you are done finalizing your transition area setup it’s time to make your way to the Paddle Course Start at Green’s Park. To do so simply walk out of transition through the “Paddle In” chute and follow the cones to the start (this is reverse of what you will do when you are running into transition after your complete the paddle course). Once at Green’s Park feel free to use the restrooms, get a lay of the land, and grab your boat, oar, and jacket. Remember that when checking your boat and bike you are ONLY permitted to check your boat and bike. All other transition items as well as your mandatory life jacket and oar is to be brought on race morning.
Once you have done your business and found your kayak you are ready to go. Wait for your wave to be called before getting in the water for the gun to go off.
The paddle course is an out-and-back course starting and edging in the Green’s Park Area. All athletes enter the water with their kayak, life jacket, and oar at Green’s and paddle a couple hundred feet to a buoy/flag we will have off of Pelton’s Point. The race officially starts from there and is a clockwise out-and-back keeping the red buoys on your right as your progress along. Challengers can see nearly the entire course from the start. It’s a straight shot under the bridge, u-turn, and come back. The bridge will be marked with a big event logo’d banner and there will be a handful of small red buoys on your right to guide you along the way. When you come into Green’s Park to exit you can wait for some help out of your boat or jump out in to the shallow water (sandy bottom), yourself. You must wear some type of shoes while doing all portions of this event and you must carry your cell phone on you while on the boat and bike courses.
RUN FROM LAKE EXIT TO TRANSITION 1
Once out of your boat we will take care of storing it until you claim it later. You will run through Green’s Park following a set cone line. Cones will guide you out of the park and immediately across Lapeer Road. Once across the road you will turn right on the sidewalk and run a short distance before left turning onto the grass and heading behind Autozone onto Front Street, then a right on Broadway and a left on a dirt/grass path that will connect you directly into transition. Follow the cones and any signage and remember this should be the same path (just in reverse) that you walked to get to the start of the event earlier that morning.
Transition will consist of bike racks where bikes will be checked in (the day before by the challengers) and set at their assigned number on the rack. Those without kickstands will rack by their saddle with the front of the bike facing out the direction the bike rack number sticker is facing. In other words, when you approach your bike it should be facing you as you run up to it.
Competitors are NOT allowed to leave water, drinks, helmets, and more (whatever they will need) when checking their bike the day before. All those items must be brought in the morning. Only your bike can be left during checkin the day before.
Once in transition challengers will get the necessary items on for the bike (helmet is mandatory). Depending on whether or not the challenger paddled with most of what they will wear on the bike, this process can be fast or quite time consuming. We recommend you wear almost all your bike attire during the paddling portion of the event to minimize time spent in transition. In a perfect world putting on a helmet and possibly bike shoes (if you wear them) would be all you need to do. Wearing bike shorts (if you want) and sunglasses and normal shoes on the kayak will help the process.
Once on the bike riders will twist and wind their way to the long straight wide Paint Creek Trail. VERY IMPORTANT - We are instituting a short NO PASS zone while you are on pavement for the first small section at the start and finish that gets you onto the main dirt path. This constitutes a very small section of the course but is necessary to avoid any accidents due to the tight area and sharp blind turns. Once you are on the dirt of the main trail (both directions) pass all you want.
Riders will go down around 5.4 miles before making a u-turn and heading back the way they came. Single file riding, saying “On Your Left” when you pass someone, and having control over your bike at all times is mandatory. No drafting (being within 3 bike lengths of the bike in front of you) is permitted. If you’re within 3 bike lengths you are expected to pass. If someone is passing you we expect you to allow them to do so. If you want to repass once they are clear of your bike you may do so. Side by side races are not permitted. Neither are headphones of any kind. Phones are allowed only for tracking purposes and certainly should not be left in your bike check bag. If you carry your phone it’s for tracking only, no music or other usage during the event. Please also stay as far to the right on the trail as possible at all times and be aware of your surroundings.
Once challengers have completed the bike and are back in transition they are to re rack their bike in their same spot then change into anything they need to for the run.
The run is pretty straight forward. It’s flat and easy. It’s also all within the Village of Lake Orion on the north side of Flint Street. It’s a 2.2-mile double loop (1 mile per loop) course with a finish line just outside the Lockhart’s parking lot. We will have arrow signs and a loop direction sign guiding runners along with volunteers at some of the turn points. The course is all on pavement/roads. Runners will be running with traffic but should always run single file and as far off onto the shoulder as possible. If there is no shoulder but there’s flat ground that is clear of holes and debris please run there. Avoid running down the middle of the lane. Although the roads are not busy we are running within the village and a neighborhood. We want to be courteous and always allow cars to pass safely. Remember there are no headphones allowed and to smile and wave when possible. We really want to be welcomed back. No littering. The only place it’s ok to drop trash is at the hydration station, otherwise you carry it with you.
KNOW THE COURSE(S) BUT BE FLEXIBLE
First, please note that the course may change at any time. The course above is what we have planned but sometimes unforeseen issues arise and things need to change. Roll with it. We are telling you now this is tentative. If we have to change anything it’s for the betterment of the event and challengers. Changing things is not easy on us and we would never do it unless we have to or it just makes good sense. When/if changes are made please know that we will do everything in our power to make the courses stay as close to the original distances advertised, but again, roll with it. A little bit more or less isn’t going to hurt anyone.
We will have a self serve hydration/nutrition (water, gatorade, gels) in transition in the morning. Later this stop will be manned and turn into our Run Out Stop. We will also have a hydration/nutrition stop in the Paddle In chute of transition. We will NOT have any hydration or nutrition at the start of the race. We will have hydration/nutrition stops at the loop point on the run as well as the finish line which are both a stone’s throw from each other.
Portable restrooms will be available at the start of the event, in transition, and the bike u-turn, and at the finish line.
Our medical team will be all over the course(s), specifically positioned at the paddle start/finish, paddle u-turn, transition, bike course 1/4 and 3/4 mark, and the finish line (also servicing the run).
PADDLE/BOAT COURSE MARKING
The beginning and end of the boat course will be marked with flags and/or buoys. The course itself will be marked with small red buoys that boaters will need to keep on their right.
The path from boat exit to the first transition will be marked with small cones and turn arrow signs. Crossing Lapeer Rd will be done immediately when exiting Green’s Park and will be worked by local law enforcement. While all challengers should be permitted to cross without stoppage there, we ask that everyone still be responsible for their own safety and look both ways before they cross to make sure the cars have actually stopped for the police officer.
Transition will be enclosed by interlocking fencing. Bike racks are long 8-10’ poles about 4’ off the ground to rack bikes on. Each rack will have 6-8 stickers on it. Each sticker has a number that represents one that was assigned to a challenger. You find your number, you find your bike. The bike rack rows will be marked so that as you run in you can see which assigned numbers are in each row.
BIKE COURSE MARKING
On the bike course any turns (very limited) will be marked with painted/taped ground arrows, tree tape, lawn signs, a-frame signs, and/or cones. arrow signs. beyond the start and finish paved sections we will not have cones on the dirt/gravel section of the course (except maybe intersection crossings). It’s the Paint Creek Trail. Stay on it until it’s obvious we are turning you around with an a-frame sign that has a u-turn arrow. If you have GPS, then start looking and know the turn around is coming when you go over 5 miles out. We will have a u-turn sign and at least a couple volunteers at the u-turn point.
RUN COURSE MARKING
On the run we will have the course marked with either survey marking flags or small cones off the side of the road. The corners (turns) and the loop point will be marked with electrical/duct tape arrows on the ground and/or a-frame standing arrow boards (same as the other parts of the course). The finish will have an inflatable.
A big inflatable, you cross, you get a medal, you get to stop. It’s simple.
POST RACE PARTY
We are still lining things up for this but our goal is to have a professional announcer, good food, beer, awards, music, and more.
As stated above… no headphones for any of this event. When you’re being passed or you are passing allow for plenty of room for you and the other person. If you are passing please always say “on your left” on all three legs of this event. Trash goes in a waste basket/bag, in your pocket, or on the ground ONLY at the manned hydration stops as we will have someone there to pick it up. Always be very nice and kind to everyone both in the race and outside the race. If someone isn’t nice to you that’s a shame but you are still expected to be nice back. Kill’em with kindness. We are playing in their neighborhood, please remember that. Whenever you are paddling, biking, or running your are expected to stay the course on the right and pass to the left. You are also expected to stay out of the center of the trail on Paint Creek Trail on the bike and all the way over on the roads in Lake Orion for the run. Be smart, be alert, be kind.