surf ski, SUP, sea kayak and stand up paddleboard enthusiasts for the 4th
annual 13.5 mile Cheboygan Waterways Open Water Challenge, Saturday, July 9th, 2016. 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.
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 new alternative short course has been added this year and will start at the
State Park ( located at the beautiful Duncan Bay. For both races the 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 newly constructed 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 the Cheboygan
Brewing Company. Paddlers can then continue their evening enjoying live bands
and refreshments at the new location of Anchor In Marina just down the street
as a continuation of Cheboygan's waterways festival.