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Swim 1.2 Miles, Bike 56 Miles, Run 13.1 Miles
LacLaBelle, Michigan
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This inaugural event is a half-iron distance triathlon, the first in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and will take place on Aug 15, 2010. It will include an 1.2mile in-land lake swim, a hilly and beautiful 56-mile bike course, and Lake Superior shore half marathon.

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Event Start Location
Lac La Belle, Michigan; about thirty miles north of Calumet.

Course Description
One-lap swim in Lac La Belle (in water start). Bike course makes a single clock-wise loop in the Keweenaw, starting south on Lac La Belle Road to Gay, turn right toward Mohawk, then right again on North US41. Right on Lac La Belle Road back to Lac La Belle and back to transition. Run will follow paved road, two-track, and beachfront.

Age group and overall awards will include locally made pottery, fresh-roasted coffee from Peace Coffee, and more! All finishers will receive a custom die cast medal and a bamboo-organic cotton t-shirt with artwork designed by Betsy Bowen (Grand Marais, MN).

Packet Pickup / Expo
Packet Pickup will be held on Friday and Saturday (Aug 13th: 4-8pm and August 14th: noon-3pm) at The Bike Shop in downtown Houghton (52 Huron St). Packet pick-up on Saturday afternoon will be held in Lac La Belle from 4-7pm at the Lac La Belle Lodge.

No race day packet pickup will be allowed.

Lodging arrangements can also be made through Mt Bohemia (231-420-5405), which is very close (<1mile) from race site. For week-long stays, contact the LacLaBelle Lodge (906-289-4293). Nearby towns of Eagle Harbor, Eagle River, and Copper Harbor also have lodging. Please visit the Keweenaw Tourism Council website for more information:

Timing / Results
J-Chip timing will be supplied by Superior Timing of Marquette, Michigan, with immediate, rolling results posted at race site. Online results will be made available after all finishers complete the event.

Post Race Activities
Plenty of food, including pasties and locally-made birch beer from the Keweenaw Brewing Company. Award ceremony promptly following event.

The UP has great weather in August. Typically, it's 75 degrees, sunny, low wind.

From Houghton/Hancock, head north on US41 to Lac La Belle Road (about 10miles south of Copper Harbor).

Race-day parking will be available at the Mt Bohemia lot on Lac La Belle Road in Lac La Belle.

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Average Rating:  
Recent Review: What a great event. I made the long journey from Chicago and was pleased to have done it. All the folks at the race were so nice and genuinely helpful. The conditions were less than optimal - pelting rain with 30+ml/hr gusts coming off the lake for the first 1/2 or the bike ride. Once off the bike the run was quiet and beautiful. But don't kid yourself, there is about a 4-5ml patch of gravel/dirt road and a VERY significant hill you have to go down and then up before returning to pavement for the final few miles - TOUGH. All in all - thinking about doing it again this year!
Tim Heath
Chicago, Illinois
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