Wolfman Triathlon set for Saturday|
|Satuday will mark the 20th year of a very unique off road triathlon held in Langlade County’s Wolf River area. |
The Wolfman Triathlon showcases the rugged and beautiful terrain of the eastern part of in and around the upper Wolf River.
The popularity of the Wolfman triathlon has grown to the point that the coveted 350 registration fills within a few days.
Competitors begin at 8 a.m. with 30 second interval starts on a very rocky mile class II whitewater section of the Wolf River north of Langlade. This down river canoe and kayak leg ends at the DNR 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 a trail culminating with a river crossing, which in high water can be an amusing spectator sport. The last leg of the race is a 3-3/4 mile very rugged trail run along the scenic Wolf River.
After the hard work, racers and volunteers are rewarded with a pig roast, prize give-aways and an awards ceremony. And this year to help celebrate the Wolfman’s 20th anniversary, there will be some post race entertainment from Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo.
More than 400 athletes coming from Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Utah and Wisconsin, with even a few brave souls coming from the Antigo, Elton, and White Lake area to compete in this year’s event.
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. 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.
Because of its popularity, it bolsters the local economy with a cash flow easily exceeding $100,000 for the weekend. It has been one of the many driving forces 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.
A file picture from a previous Wolfman, which is expected to draw a huge crowd here this weekend.
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