Northeast Lower Michigan to host triathlon this summer

Logo for the race

Logo for the race

Attention Michigan runners, swimmers and bikers, there’s a new reason to start training for the summer.

A new triathlon is coming to North-East Michigan in August, and event organizers are claiming it will be a rough race.

The race is called the Xterra Rockport Rugged Triathlon. It’s named after the Rockport Recreation area in Alpena county.

Carol Dodge is a member of the Friends of Rockport, one of the groups putting on the event.

She said the Rockport terrain is unlike anywhere else in Michigan, and that’s going to make for one rough race.

“It is part of an abandoned quarry, limestone quarry. The terrain is quite rugged in spots, you’ve got big sand hills, you’ve got boggy spots. This is not your typical road type triathlon.”

Dodge said funding is tight for the recreation area. They’re holding the race to try and fund future projects.

“We’ve got a really great trail system out there, but none of it is signed. We’ve got a really great fossil hunting area out there, but there’s no signage. We’ve got a beautiful deep water pier there that has been there since the early 1900’s and it is eroding. It is in need of some shoring up to ensure that it will last.”

She said in addition to the Olympic length triathlon, there will also be shorter races for the less experienced participants.

The event is scheduled for August 20th.