Over 350 expected for Wolfman events Saturday|
|Over 350 “wolfmen” and “wolfwomen,” along with their support teams and dozens of volunteers will descend upon eastern Langlade County Saturday for the 19th annual Wolfman Triathlon.|
“The triathlon showcases the rugged and beautiful terrain of the eastern part of Langlade County in and around the upper Wolf River,” oganizer Jamee Peters said. “The popularity of the Wolfman triathlon has grown to the point that the coveted 350 registration starts fill within a few days.”
Competitors begin at 8 a.m. with 30-second interval starts on a very rocky three mile class II whitewater section of the Wolf River north of Langlade.
This downriver canoe and kayak leg ends at the Department of Natural Resources landing in Langlade near the junction of Highways 55 and 64. Competitors then pull their boats ashore and sprint to the bike racks to transition to the 14-mile mountain biking portion of the race.
After a short ride east on Highway 64, the course enters the Nicolet National Forest and the area’s extensive network of challenging technical single track mountain bike trails. The course eventually exits the National Forest and crosses Highway 55 south of Langlade near the Bear Paw Adventure Resort and continues on more purpose built trail culminating with a river crossing (which in high water can be an amusing spectator sport) near the end of the mountain biking course.
The last leg of the race is a 3-3/4 mile very rugged trail run along the scenic Wolf River.
More than 350 athletes coming from Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Utah and Wisconsin, plus the Antigo, Elton, and White Lake area, are expected to compete in this year’s event. These competitors will all be vying for the top honor of Wolfman or Wolfwoman.
The Wolfman, while fitting the bill as a unique event, also has ties with and donates to various local community organizations, as more than 60 people volunteer. Those organizations include:
—2013 White Lake junior class.
—WORBA Wisconsin Off-Road Biking Association.
—White Lake Historical Society.
—Gardner Dam Scout Camp - Bay Lakes Council, BSA .
—Antigo Swim Club.
—White Lake Boy Scout Troop 1047.
—Langlade Area Mountain Biking Association (LAMBA).
—Antigo Bike and Ski Club.
—Elcho X-C Ski Club.
—Antigo Boy Scout Troop 644.
“The volunteer base even gets a little competitive, as many return each year requesting a favorite post that they have laid claim to during past races,” Peters said. “Also, the Wolfman would not be possible if it weren’t for the access given by many private landowners in the area.”
This event began as a day event to highlight and showcase the beauty of the Wolf River area.
“It has been a one many driving vehicles in bringing people to the area all summer long in hopes of getting a leg up on the competition by running the course sometimes two to three times before race day,” Peters said.
Because of its popularity, it bolsters the local economy with a cash flow easily exceeding $100,000 for the weekend, she added.
The kayaks lined up at the DNR landing make a colorful scene at the annual Wolfman Triathlon, slated Saturday along the Wolf River.
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