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2014 Driathalon

One of a kind triathlon! The Bay City Morning Rotary is proud to host the Driathlon. This is a signature fundraising event for our club and we are excited to share it with you and the City of Bay City. The Driathlon is a very unique event that changes the typical triathlon with canoeing instead of swimming. The event has been a huge success selling out every year! Teams of two compete against each other in canoes, on bikes and in their running shoes utilizing the river, Rail-trail and Riverwalk with the transition area stationed at Veterans Memorial Park.

The people and the city are talking about how exciting and unique this event is and are recruiting others to join them. As a club we are very happy with the outcome and excited about the prospects of our now signature event. The club raised money for needy organizations in our area, raising over $30,000 the past three events! It has also brought people from all over the state to experience Bay City and its surroundings. This year we will be donating a large portion of the proceeds to Boys and Girls Club of Bay County! Help make this a big draw, allowing the Rotary club to disperse much needed funds to local charities.


One registration for the Team/Relay ($120 per team/relay). Registration can be done on ACTIVE.COM. Last day to register Sept. 8, 2014; register early, the field will fill up fast! Late entries CANNOT be guaranteed a race shirt, register early so we can plan for you. The field is maxed at 200 teams/relays. Entry fee includes a tech shirt, canoe rental, medal, bag; prizes, food chip timing and an opportunity to mingle with cool Rotarians…don’t miss out!

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Cancellations: Sorry, no refunds–entry can be transferred to next year’s event if notification is received prior to event date. Email John Shankool at

If racing as a TEAM both partners will participate in all 3 events; canoe-bike-run, and the times will be combined for awards. If racing as a Relay both partners will canoe, one partner will bike and the other partner will run when the biker finishes or one person can bike and run.

  1. Decide if you are doing it as a Team or Relay
  2. Both male, both female or coed and
  3. Combine your ages and you will either be in under 80 or 80+ divisions.

If you or your partner have trouble using addition to find the sum of your combined ages, our children will perform the necessary calculations for a $10 fee. A wrong answer on your part will automatically qualify you for the fee.

Canoes will be released in waves promptly starting at 8:30 a.m. You will find out your wave number in an email prior to the event and at packet pickup. It is very important you start your race in your assigned wave to get your correct time!!! No corrections will be done and a DQ will be issued if you go off in the wrong wave. It is very time consuming for us AND holds up results.

Transition Area Veterans Park

This is where all the magic happens. Bikes will be hung on racks designated by your race number.  You will need to place your gear under your bike or your partner’s bike if doing a relay. For the bike start you MUST wear a helmet and have your number visible.You MUST walk your bike in the transition area.  Absolutely no head phones!  Runners for relays will exchange their “ankle bracelet” from designated exchange corral

5k Canoe

The canoe trek on the Saginaw River starts at Veterans Park boat launch Bay City MITwo person canoes will be provided as part of your race entry fee. NO PERSONAL CANOES WILL BE ALLOWED. Personally owned single blade paddles will be permitted (NO DOUBLE BLADE PADDLES). Life jackets will be available and MUST be worn during the entire canoe trip (feel free to use your own). Please have your race numbers on. The paddle will take a minimum of 35 minutes (south up river for apx. 1mile, U-turn north to Liberty bridge apx 1.5 miles, U-turn back to boat launch (keeping the buoys on your left with the large yellow buoys as your U-turn). Plan on wearing shoes that could get wet.  Canoes will be started in waves and leave about 10 minutes apart. The participant in the back of the canoe will hold a rope strung across the boat launch until the wave is started.  Be smart, take your time and no dirty tricks.  As much we like seeing them, our insurance policy doesn’t have a “dirty tricks” clause. We will have two power boats and some kayaks out on the river to help you if need be…if you can help it you don’t want a “need be situation”. Yikes!!

20k Bike

Leaving the transition area you will take a right on JFK Drive to the RAILTRAIL, onto Marquette Ave past Independence Bridge taking the curve, Wilder Rd left to Patterson right, continue to Shady Shore Rd turning right to the end turning around at the Bay City Yacht Club doubling back to the transition area. YOU WILL TRAVEL OVER A NUMBER OF TRAIN TRACKS SO PLEASE SLOW DOWN AND BE CAREFUL!!! KEEP IN MIND, THIS IS AN OPEN COURSE WHICH MEANS YOU WILL SHARE THE ROAD WITH CARS.

5k Run

What can we say; it will be a very scenic run. The run course will be on the RIVERWALK from Veterans Park, an out and back along the Saginaw River, the turnaround will be at the Bay City Rowing Club parking lot and doubling back: conclusion will be past the canoe launch area, along the river, next to Liberty Harbor Marina and back to Veterans Park pavilion for the finish under the cool blue arch. Proceed through the shoot to get your finishers medal and food.

Packet Pick-Up

Packet pick-up will be on Saturday, September 13th at The Sweet Boutique located at 816 Washington Ave 989 895-5000 from 11:00 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 14th at Veterans Park pavilion beginning at 7:00 a.m. One partner can pick-up both packets. Yes the race is chip timed and no you can’t get them till the morning of (secret: ankle chips go on your ankle. :) ) If your partner cancels a substitute may be recruited. Please notify the race director, John Shankool ASAP and submit the application and waiver by e-mailing to

Directions & Parking

Veterans Park Bay City MI is located next to Veterans Bridge M25 on the northwest side off of John F Kennedy Dr. Parking is available near the softball fields south of the park.

Please do not park on John F Kennedy Dr. from the Helicopter to the ice cream shop on both sides of the street. Please do not park on John F Kennedy Dr. from the Helicopter to the ice cream shop on both sides of the street. Yes, you read that last sentence twice…must be important. Keep it clear for the bike portion of the event.  There are PLENTY of parking on JFK Dr. just south of Vet’s Park. Please make your family and friends aware of the parking situation.

Exchange Etiquette

  • At the exchange, alert your teammate by screaming and yelling.
  • Allow adequate space to execute the exchange. No pushing, no crowding, no peeing in the pool. Huh!, wrong list.
  • Exchange is usually made by making physical contact with your partner in the exchange corral.
  • The ankle bracelet goes on the ankle…on one ankle and not on the wrist, not on your head and definitely not around your neck but feel free to entertain.

For “team” teams, you will have two chips to combine your team time.  For “relay” teams, you will have one chip; the person that will bike should have it on for the canoe and upon returning form the bike the exchange will happen.

For safety reasons ONLY racers with a race number will be permitted to enter the transition area, no exceptions and please abide by this rule. Please keep in mind: no one will be allowed to remove their bike and items until the completion of the race (so, you get to stick around and hang out with a cool group of Rotarians—lucky dog)

Transition area will close at 8:00 a.m. (yes it will and don’t test us, we’re not cool when it comes to that)


Teams and relays will be scored separately. The all-male, all-female and co-ed categories under 80 and 80+ will be awarded a first-third place trophies in each category. New this year–we will also have the overall male and female awards. There will be a drawing for a road bike! One lucky participant will go home with a brand new bike!! Ooooh!!!

All participants will be given an event medal. Awards for team costumes; interested teams dress as crazy, creative and different as possible…make sure you can compete AND finish in them…safely. There will be giveaways for variety of categories such as the coveted first team to register, oldest, youngest, coolest team name and furthest traveled, so stick around after the race! Unclaimed trophies can be picked up at The Sweet Boutique.


Pre-race goodies: coffee, donuts, muffins and bagels. Post-race goodies: pizza, fruit, cookies, energy drinks and water. Water will be available at the end of the canoe and at the turnaround for the run. The DJ, the massage therapist, the bike guy and more will be at the event.

Bad Weather Policy

In the event of inclement weather, dangerous water conditions, or situations beyond our control the course may be modified, delayed or canceled. If modified than the event would be a duathlon consisting of a 2mile run-20k bike-5k run.
Interactive Map

Click on the link above to view a map of the routes.
(If you don’t, you’re liable to get lost and start crying or get frustrated or both…you will have no one to blame but yourself)


2014 Results
Team Results
Team Results Transitions
Relay Results
Relay Results Transitions

2013 Results
Individual Results
Relay Results
Team Results

2012 Results
Individual Results
Relay Results
Team Results

Sponsorship opportunities

Are you interested in being a sponsor in this exciting event? Check out the forms up top. The more money we raise the more money we give away!


Would you like to volunteer or know someone that would? Send Lori Appold ( an email with your name, contact number and what you would like to help out with. We have plenty to do.



  1. Do both partners need to register?
    NO, one participant will register the team/relay
  2. I do NOT have a partner can you provide me with one?
    Maybe, send us an email or comment on our facebook page and if there are other participants looking we will try to match you up but no guarantees
  3. Can I do both the bike and run and my partner only canoe with me?
    YES, sign up as a relay. One of the participants will register on and pay the full entry fee.
  4. Can I race solo?
    NO show-off, this is a team/relay event.
  5. Will there be registration on race day?
  6. If my race partner is a no show on race day, may I still race?
    Yes, you may compete in the relay division and recruit a volunteer for the canoe portion. You would complete both the bike and run.
  7. Do I have to wear a helmet?
    Yes, it makes you look attractive to the opposite sex
  8. Can I wear headphones on the bike ride?
    NO, for safety reasons and we don’t like to throw rocks at people to get their attention.
  9. How long will the race take?
    That depends, how fast are you?
  10. When will I find out my wave time?
    At packet pick-up
  11. When will the transition area close?
    8:00 sharp!
  12. How do “keep off grass” signs get there?
    Good question

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