Open Water Challenge: Waterways Festival

Join other 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.

 

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 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.

·        Long Course - Open Water Challenge 13.5 miles
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.
 
 
NEW ALTERNATIVE SHORT COURSE (4 miles) Open Water Challenge for 2016 
1:00 pm - Registration at Cheboygan State Park Pavillion at Duncan Bay and boat staging. (State of Michigan Recreation Passport Required.)
2:00pm - Participants leave State Park Pavillion to drop their vehicles at the parking lot on the South side of the pedestrian bridge in Cheboygan. Directions: Take US23 North to Cheboygan. At Cleveland Street in Cheboygan; turn left and about 1/4 mile to the pedestrian bridge parking lot.
2:15pm - Shuttle leaves from the pedestrian bridge to bring racers back to the start at State Park start area
2:30pm - Marathon course description and safety talk at Cheboygan State Park starting area
2:45pm - Kayak launch and line up
3:00pm – Short course 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.

NameNumberCraftAgeGender
Greg Hintz1Surfski SingleAllGuy
Dennis Paull2Surfski SingleAllGuy
Dave Firman3SUP (All)AllGuy
Jeff Schnelle4Surfski SingleAllGuy
James Dagg5Surfski SingleAllGuy
Robert Hartman6Surfski SingleAllGuy
Steve Corlew7Surfski SingleAllGuy
Eric Borgnes8Surfski SingleAllGuy
Greg Greene9Surfski SingleAllGuy
Matt Frymire10Surfski SingleAllGuy
Steven Bannow11Surfski SingleAllGuy

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.


Long Course and Short Course Parking 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.


When:

Jul 9, 2016

Where:

Cheboygan, MI