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Runner on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo

The 10th Annual Traverse City Endurance Evolution Triathlon is taking place this Sunday, August 19, 2018, from 7 a.m. until 12 p.m. on the Old Mission Peninsula. Up to 500 athletes will be cycling and running on Peninsula roads, along with up to 300 or so fans cheering them on. There is also a swimming component, which will take place in Bowers Harbor.

Between the foot races and bicycle races, a good portion of Old Mission Peninsula roads will be affected, including Bowers Harbor Road, Peninsula Drive, Neahtawanta Road, Kroupa Road, Seven Hills Road, Pyatt Road (and a portion of the Pyatt Lake Trail), Devil’s Dive Road, Center Road, Old Mission Road, Swaney Road, Mission Road, Smokey Hollow Road, Boursaw Road, Bluff Road, and Gray Road.

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Bowers Harbor Park and the Bowers Harbor boat launch will be start, stop and transition points.

All Peninsula roads will be open to vehicles during the race, but organizers are asking drivers to use caution if you encounter racers while driving.

Here are the routes for the various races:

In a letter to Peninsula residents posted on Peninsula Township’s website, Race Director Joel Gaff, Jr. writes, “Please only pass when it is safe to do so and leave a three-foot space between vehicles and athletes. Likewise, athletes will be briefed to keep as far right as possible and to respect the private property that they pass during the race.”

All intersections on the course will be controlled by police officers and trained volunteers. The junction at Neahtawanta Road, Bowers Harbor Road and Peninsula Drive will be particularly congested, so be prepared to wait if you must pass through this area.

The Bowers Harbor boat launch will be open on race day, but expect some delays if you will be launching a boat.

“As a Traverse City-based organization, we’re proud to put on an event that draws visitors and their business to the community,” writes Gaff. “It is our goal to create an event that is safe, fun, and beneficial for both the Old Mission area and the athletes. In planning this race, we have received approval and assistance from Peninsula Township, the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department, the Department of Natural Resources, and many other local authorities. We also take pride in working with local businesses as sponsors and suppliers.”

The site plan and application for the event are available for inspection at the Peninsula Township offices, 13235 Center Road on the Old Mission Peninsula.

For more info, visit the triathlon’s website, Endurance Evolution, or email [email protected].

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A lifelong resident of the Old Mission Peninsula, Jane grew up on a cherry farm (Johnson Farms), married the boy next door (Tim Boursaw), and raised two kids there (Will and Marissa). Her 35-year career as a photojournalist includes bylines with the New York Times and Ladies' Home Journal, and interviews with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. But she loves writing about the OMP most of all.

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