The first part of the race consists of a 6.8 mile traject on the Root River. The start is at the mining area on the north side of the Root River Bridge(just before you enter the town of Houston on Highway 76) and the race goes DOWN RIVER (Easy !!!)to Mound Prairie. Here there will be a welcoming committee of Boy Scouts who will help you ashore so you can go to your bike.
Leave the landing of your canoe or kayak to the scouts. They know what to do !
When you are ashore don't forget to cross the mat so your time can be recorded. If you miss the mat, your canoeing time will not be recorded.)
Are there restrictions or regulations on what kind of canoe/kayak, bike, or paddle I can use?
No, you may use any type of bike, tandem,paddle, canoe or kayak.
However, remember that our motto is "Olympic"; Participating is more important than winning. !!!!
Do I have to wear a life jacket while I am in my canoe/kayak?
Yes, all participants will be required to wear a US Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while on the river. There will be two boats to assist you if you unexpectedly may fall into the water although the Root River in general is not too deep. A life vest will at least keep your head above the water and will help you to get to the shore or will give the assistance boats time to get to you and pull you out.
After you pick up your bike and put on your helmet, you will turn left on County Road 25 towards Houston. Please beware of other traffic. You will engage a smooth paved road with some challenging hills. Near Houston turn left on Highway 76 and cross the bridge over the Root River. Then turn left on the levy and start running.
Do I have to wear a helmet while on my bike?
Yes, all participants on the bike portion of the race will be required to wear CPSC/ANSI approved helmets to prevent serious head injury if they fall.
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