There's nothing quite like the clap of shoes against the trail, the whir of bike tires gripping the pavement, and the soft, rhythmic sound of paddles pulling against the water. But this isn't your average race. This is an all-out urban triathlon, where you'll row, ride, and (yes) even run the magnificent miles that make up our beautifully-revitalized city center here in Downtown Saginaw. Get ready rowers, riders, and runners: this is an epic, urban outdoor experience you won't soon forget!
When you sign up for the Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail Row/Ride/Run this June, you're signing up to take the scenic route to some of Pure Michigan's most serene landscapes and historic sights. That's because this one-of-a-kind urban triathlon starts with a paddle on the scenic Saginaw River and secluded Lake Linton, taking in the authentic, natural beauty of the just-off-shore Japanese Cultural Center & Tea House. Watch for lush weeping cherry trees and ornate gardens as you pass the Tea House, making your way toward the historic Montague Inn and Saginaw's own Ojibway Island.
After your picturesque paddle, a 20K cycle through Downtown Saginaw will show off some of its most historic and surprising architecture. Here, you'll take in sights like the SVRC Marketplace (a year-round, indoor farmers market and so mcuh more!), the boldly and beautifully restored Bancroft building (home to luxury apartments and a 1920s-style speakeasy), and the Downtown Saginaw Farmer's Market.
Wrap up your rowing, riding, running experience with a 5k set along the Saginaw Riverwalk, winding through Ojibway Island on the banks of the Saginaw River. Take in the summer scenery that surrounds with each step and consider yourself completely immersed in an outdoor oasis of Pure Michigan perfection!
Get Ready For Race Day
Long before you lace up your shoes, polish your paddles, and pump up your bike tires, be sure to register here for the Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail Row/Ride/Run, learn more about the course, and take a sneak peek at the race rules. And while you're at it, do make plans to explore even more of the #GoGreat outdoors while you're here! Book a hotel (and book early!), and snag our insider travel tips for even more ways to unwind and enjoy some fun on the waterfront after the race is through!
More Race Day Details
Date: Saturday, June 3
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Riverfront Saginaw, MI
Place: Ojibway Island, Saginaw, MI
Packet Pick Up Location: The Stable Outdoor Outfitters
5K Kayak or Canoe Course
20K Urban Bike Course
5K Urban, Scenic, Historic Run
- Individual Race: You complete all three events
- Team Race: Everyone completes all three events
- Relay Race: Each member completes one leg (event) of the race
- Custom event shirt
- Custom finishers medal
- Professional chip timing with results available online
- Awards to top three finishers in each age group category