32th Annual Maumee Valley Tri-Adventure Race
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Welcome to the Maumee Valley Tri-Adventure Race official website!

Final results have been posted


Sponsored by: The Naturalist Scouts
When: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 7:30AM
Where: Independence Dam State Park, State Route 424, 3 miles east of Defiance, Ohio
Fees: Age 25+ $35.00, Age 20-24 $20.00, Age 19 or younger $10.00
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Most people do this event with a partner as these two guys are doing. There will be seven (7) classes this year.
  1. Youth & Adult: Someone 15 or younger with someone 18 or older
  2. Young Adult: A team of 2 in which both members are between 16 & 24
  3. Adult & Adult: Two people 25 or older, or someone 16 or older with someone 25 or older
  4. Senior: Two people 50 or older
  5. Solo: Anyone one person 18 or older
  6. Relay: Make up a team however you wish. The canoeing event requires one person to be at least 18 years of age. The other events require participants to be 16 or older.
  7. Senior Solo: For those 50 and older
Awards are given to the best male team, the best female team, and the best male-female team in each class as long as they have another team to compete against, and finish with a time under 6 hours.

Bikers from the Maumee Tri Adventure Race pausing for a pictureStarting

We have everyone do the 36 miles of road biking first. Each team will be given a map just as they start biking. We have also painted green arrows on the road to mark the route. There will be 2 check points where someone will write down your number as you pass. Make sure your number is visible and call it out. This will prove that you did not take any shortcuts. Men will be directing traffic in front of the Florida Library and at the Florida Bridge to improve safety. There will be water at both bicycle checkpoints, at Gessner Park, and at 2 points on the backpacking trail. We suggest using a road bike because the entire route is on paved roads. Most of the roads have very light traffic. We require that you wear a helmet at all times for safety. We also require gloves, which protect your hands in the event of a fall. The biking leg takes most people about 2 hours.

Canoes Going in the water in the Maumee Tri Adventure RaceTransition #1

When you return from the biking, check in at the timekeepers tent. You may wish to pick up some free food and drink at our food table, but their are no time outs for eating. You should lock your bike in your vehicle or chain it to a tree. We have never had any bikes stolen, but we don't want to tempt fate. You should go to your canoe or kayak as soon as possible. You may put your vessel out on the lawn before you start biking if you wish. If you are renting a vessel it will be waiting for you. Life jackets and paddles come with rental boats. You will have a short portage from the lawn at the Marina Parking Lot to the put in point.

Canoeing or kayaking

A MVTAR contestant preparing to come ashore and start hikingYou may use the river or the canal. The distance is the same, about 6 miles. Reaching the river requires a longer portage, but the faster river current makes up for the lost time. The canal is available for those who are not confident about their paddling skills. If the river is in flood stage, everyone will be required to use the canal. If we use the canal, we are requiring that everyone pick up one piece of litter. Most people require about 2 hours for this leg. Highly skilled people can do it in about 1 hour. Everyone must wear a life jacket at all times while canoeing or kayaking. If you would like some canoe training, we are offering a class. Call 419-826-5182 for more info or to sign up.

Maumee Tri Adventure Race Contests on the Maumee RiverTransition #2

You will know you are finished canoeing when you reach the first bridge that crosses the Maumee River and the canal. At this point, you must stop and take your canoe or kayak out on the left bank just before the bridge. Then you must carry your canoe up the small hill and slide it into the old canal. From this point it is only about a quarter mile east to the finish point at Gessner Park in the village of Florida. There will be a timekeeper in Gessner Park to write down your time of arrival. You should leave your canoe or kayak at Gessner Park. We will have people watching them, but you may chain it to a tree if you wish. Rental boats will be picked up.

BackpackingLarry Lindsay at the Scales to weigh the backpacks at the MVTAR

There is no time out during transition. It is important not to waste time as you move from the canoeing leg to the backpacking leg. Your backpack must be 20% of your body weight. You may drop off your pack anytime after 6:30 a.m. at Gessner Park. Another option is to get your backpack weighed at the marina parking lot at the Independence Dam Marina Parking Lot, and we will truck it to Gessner Park for you.

Maumee Tri-Adventure Race HikerHiking

The backpacking leg is 8 miles. You start at Gessner Park and hike uphill for 1 mile. Then you will pass a checkpoint, cross a bridge over a waterfall, and head west on the towpath trail. The towpath trail is a beautiful 5 mile hike with the river on your left and the old canal on your right. The trail is a tunnel of trees, and there are many spring wildflowers. The last 2 miles passes through picnic areas in Independence Dam State Park. The hike ends at the Marina Parking Lot where you began the event.

Contestant checking in after finishingFinish

When you finish the hiking, you must check in with the timekeepers. They will give you your final times. We will post the times on this web site as well (maumeetriadventurerace.net/results). The awards will be mailed in mid-June.

Additional Information

Brochures are available at most northwest Ohio, southeastern Michigan, and northeastern Indiana bike shops and health clubs. You may also call 419.826.5182 between 7-10PM, 419.825.2735 between 8AM-5PM, or email larryllindsay at centurylink dot Net YOU MUST MAIL IN YOUR ENTRY FORM, YOU CANNOT REGISTER ON THIS SITE, BUT YOU MAY PRINT OUT THE FORM HERE. Mail your application and check or money order to: The Naturalist Scouts, Post Office Box 396, Swanton, Ohio 43558. We are sorry but we are not geared up to accept credit cards.
The Naturalist Scouts
Post Office Box 396
Swanton, Ohio 43558

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