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Kickapoo Reserve Dam Challenge Triathlon

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Kickapoo Valley Reserve
La Farge, Wisconsin
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The Kickapoo Reserve Dam Challenge Triathlon challenges participants to compete among the rugged hills of scenic southwestern Wisconsin's rural countryside and the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. Proceeds from this event benefit the Kickapoo Valley Reserve Education Program.

Paddle 7 miles down the winding Kickapoo River along rock out-croppings and through diverse vegetation. The river route begins at Bridge 7 and ends at Bridge 14, the Transition Area.

Road Bike 15 miles through the hilly driftless area. The route takes you through the valleys and over the ridge, in one of Wisconsin's most scenic rural landscapes. Steep climbs and rapid decents provide the ride of a lifetime! All cyclists must observe Wisconsin traffic laws. Helmets required. Drafting prohibited.

Trail run 3 miles in the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. The route starts with a short stretch on Hwy P, then to a winding and wooded trail and finally leads you down the Old Highway 131 Multi-Use Trail, which is a deteriorating road bed.

Event Start Location
Bridge 7 of Kickapoo River along Highway 131 between the villages of Ontario and Rockton

Course Description
Boat Course: Paddling is the first leg of the race. The boat course starts at Bridge 7 and ends at Bridge 14. If using a KVR supplied boat, grab rental boat, paddle(s) and life vest(s) when you arrive at Bridge 7. Racers using their own boat must supply own paddles and life vests. State law requires one life vest for each person on board. Approach the paddling finish on the left side of the river. Be considerate of your fellow racers and exit the river in the order you arrive. Race officials will help you out of the water and carry your boat onto land. Please deposit your life
vest and paddles in your boat before heading to the transition area. Remember to yell your race number as you cross the timing platform. Teams will tag off with their biking member in the “relay zone” in the Bike/Run Transition Area. River bottom and banks may be muddy and a change of shoes after the paddling leg may be desirable.

Bike Course: Biking is the second leg of the race. The bike course is a loop that starts and ends at the Bridge 14 Transition Area. Roads will be open to vehicles. Bikers must obey traffic laws. Bike helmets are required. Racers without helmets will be disqualified. Drafting is not allowed. Volunteers will be posted at all major intersections. Stay alert to traffic and keep right. YOU MUST DISMOUNT YOUR BIKE BEFORE CROSSING THE TIMING PLATFORM. Remember to yell your race number as you cross the timing platform. For safety reasons, racers are not allowed to wear headphones on the bike route. Teams will tag off with their running member in the “relay zone” in the Bike/Run Transition Area.

Run Course: Running leg is the last leg of the race. The run course is a loop that starts and ends at the Bridge 14 Transition Area. The course follows County Highway P for a short stretch, a dirt/grass trail, and a deteriorating roadbed. Racers must return chips to volunteers at the finish.

Historically the competitive class award ceremony starts at 1:30 p.m. and the citizen class award ceremony starts at 2:30 p.m. Awards will be given to the top three racers in each category: Individual Racer-Tandem & Solo Boat - Citizen/Competitive, Male/Female, Youth (<18), Adult (18-39), Master (40-55), Elite (56+). Relay Teams - Citizen/Competitive.

Packet Pickup / Expo
Friday night check-in runs from 5-8 p.m. at the KVR Visitor Center. Saturday check-in opens at 7:30 a.m. Competitive Class racers will begin at 9:00 a.m. Citizens Class racers will begin at 10:00 a.m. Two boats will enter the water every 30 seconds. Boats will enter the water based on order of lineup. Be courteous - you're racing the clock!

If weather is questionable (thunder/lightning), we will wait for the “all clear” from local authorities and then proceed. If river conditions are unsafe, racers will bike and run.

KVR Visitor Center (GPS: 43° 35.74' N, 90° 37.65’ W)

Bridge 7 Boat Drop (GPS: 43° 40.32' N, 90° 35.64' W) – Bridge 7 is located 2.5 miles north of Rockton on Highway 131. Race officials will assist you with your canoe placement.

Bridge 14 Transition Area Check-in/Gear Drop (GPS: 43° 37.33' N, 90° 37.33' W) –Bridge 14 is locate 3.5 miles north of La Farge on Highway 131 then 1.2 miles west on County Road P.

Racers and spectators must park in main parking, which is located at County Road P/Old Hwy 131 Trail. Racers are encouraged to ride their bike and carry gear to the Bridge 14 Transition Area. This will reduce transition area traffic and increase safety. One-way traffic will be allowed to exit main parking via the Old Hwy 131 Trail. ALL DAY PARKING will be available at the Bridge 14 Transition Area for racers and spectators who will arrive by 9:30 a.m. and can stay until approximately 4:00 p.m. There is no parking at the Bridge 7 canoe start for racers.

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