Open Water Challenge

Join other surf ski, SUP and sea kayak for the 5th annual 13.5 mile Cheboygan Waterways Open Water Challenge, Saturday, July 8th, 2017. 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.

  • 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 directly across pedestrian bridge at Cheboygan Brewing Company.

Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

William Bellinger1Surfski SinglemenGuy
Dick Pula2Sea KayakmenGuy
James Dagg3Surfski SinglemenGuy
Kevin Rice4Sea KayakmenGuy
Greg Hintz5Surfski SinglemenGuy
Erik Borgnes6Surfski SinglemenGuy
Yvon Dufour7Surfski SinglemenGuy
Olaf Pippel8Sea KayakmenGuy
Sue Chang9Sea KayakwomenGirl
Ken Stelter10Sea KayakmenGuy
Ralph Scofield11Sea KayakmenGuy
Michael Meredith12Surfski SinglemenAll
Sue Stroope13Surfski SinglewomenGirl
Wayne Stroope14Surfski SinglemenGuy
Robert Hartman15Surfski SinglemenGuy

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 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.


Jul 8, 2017


Cheboygan, MI