6th Annual Cheboygan Waterways Open Water Challenge

Join other surf ski, SUP, sea kayak and stand up paddleboard enthusiasts for the 6th annual 13.5 mile Cheboygan Waterways Open Water Challenge, Saturday, June 30th, 2018. The open water race will take place in Lake Huron's Straits of Mackinaw. The Straits are known for great downwind conditions especially with prevailing Northwest winds.  This is the Great Lakes Downwind Championship!

 

This Unique course will start with the majestic Mackinaw Bridge and Mackinaw Island as a backdrop and proceed downwind to the mouth of the Cheboygan River (long course). The races  final mile will take racers past the coast guard cutter Mackinaw and various working barges and tug boats to the final finish under Cheboygan's pedestrian bridge. After a short walk across the bridge, participants will have the opportunity to swap stories at the post race party and awards ceremony at Festival Square. Paddlers can then continue their evening enjoying live bands and refreshments at Cheboygan's Waterways Festival.

·       11:00am - Registration at Mill Creek campground and boat staging. (or alternative starting area as weather dictates)


·       12:15pm - Participants leave Mill Creek campground to drop their vehicles at the parking lot on the South side of the pedestrian bridge in Cheboygan. Directions: Take US23 South to Cheboygan. At the stoplight in Cheboygan; turn left and continue on US23 approximately 1/4 mile to Cleveland Ave. Right on Cleveland Ave about 1/4 mile to the pedestrian bridge parking lot.


·       1:00pm - Shuttle leaves from the pedestrian bridge to bring racers back to the start at Mill Creek Campground


·       1:30pm - Marathon course description and safety talk at Mill Creek starting area


·       1:45pm - Kayak launch and line up


·       2:00pm - Marathon starts! 


·       5:00pm - Awards Ceremony and post-race party at Festival Square, in the center of beautiful downtown Cheboygan.

 

Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

NameNumberCraftAgeGender
Raymond Dezek1Sea KayakOpen (All Ages)All
Jim Kowalski2Sea KayakOpen (All Ages)All
Michael Meredith3Surfski SingleOpen (All Ages)All
Ben Tinholt4SUP (All)Open (All Ages)All

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.

Long course - With prevailing N.W winds, the planned start of the race will be at the Mackinaw Mill Creek campground (9730 US Hwy 23, Mackinaw City, MI 49701). In order to help ensure a quality "downwind" event, if winds were to be out of the East on race day, an alternative start at a landing site South of Cheboygan would occur.

 

Additionally, if weather conditions in the Straits were to be deemed unsafe on race day, an alternative downstream inland waterways course may be considered. Racers should monitor the Cheboygan Chamber of Commerce website for instructions regarding possible course changes. Alternatively, racers could e-mail the race director at dpaull145@gmail.com or phone 231-420-1148 for updates. Finally all racers are encouraged to include cell phone numbers and/or email contacts on their registration forms.

From Mill Creek Campground to Finish Line parking. Take US23 South to Cheboygan. At the stoplight in Cheboygan; turn left and continue on US23 approximately 1/4 mile to Cleveland Ave. Right on Cleveland Ave about 1/4 mile to the pedestrian bridge parking lot. 

When:

Jun 30, 2018

Where:

Cheboygan, MI