The Endurance Evolution Triathlon will take place at Bowers Harbor and the Old Mission Peninsula tomorrow, August 21, 2016. So if you live in the Bowers Harbor area or the north end of the Old Mission Peninsula – or are traveling there – allow for extra time.
I’m not sure if some of the roads will be closed to through traffic, but based on my experience with the Bayshore Marathon, I’m guessing yes. (Note: I have nothing against marathons and triathlons, but the folks who live on the Old Mission Peninsula still have to get where they’re going.)
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Racers begin gathering at Bowers Harbor Park at 6 a.m., and the races begin at 7:30 a.m., with various levels beginning through 8:35 a.m.
The half-, Olympic- and sprint-distance races start at Bowers Harbor for a loop swim, followed by a bike coarse. Depending on which triathlon level they’re racing, bikers will head out towards Old Mission village and Mission Point Lighthouse, then either back up Center Road or along the east side, taking Smokey Hollow Road back around to Bowers Harbor.
Participants end with a foot race, which goes through Pyatt Lake Nature Preserve (off Neahtawtanta Road). Depending on the level, racers run out Neahtawanta Road and/or up Kroupa Road, as well, and then back to Bowers Harbor Park.
Here are a few maps of the courses. For more maps and info, visit the Endurance Evolution website. Good luck to all the participants!
Endurance Evolution Triathlon – Olympic Run
Endurance Evolution Triathlon – Olympic Bike Coarse
Endurance Evolution Triathlon – Half Distance Run
Endurance Evolution Triathlon – Half Distance Bike Course
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