2012-07-12 / Sports

Clear Lake Adventure Weekend

MANISTIQUE – Lace up your shoes! Get out your kayak paddle! Load the bike! Clear Lake Adventure Weekend is an exciting family adventure benefit event, taking place July 13-15. The event is located on the shores of Clear Lake, within the Hiawatha National Forest.

Clear Lake Education Center is the ideal setting for this challenging and rewarding experience. The Center is a partnership between the Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District, Marquette Alger Regional Educational Service Agency, and the USDA Hiawatha National Forest.

Though the need to connect children with nature is greater than ever, schools face reduced funding for class trips to Clear Lake. Proceeds from the CLAW event provide scholarships for those schools. The 3rd annual adventure-triathlonweekend features kayak courses, mountain bike rides, and trail runs for youth and adults. CLAW offers participants cabins, camp sites, a lodge, dining hall, and modern bathroom/shower facilities, as well as family-oriented programming.

Friday events include:

High Ropes Experience: CLAW participants traverse a course 18 feet off the ground, accomplishing personal challenges while stepping outside of comfort zones. Limited to first 20 signed up. Ages 10 and up. Start time is 4:30 p.m.

CLAW Benefit Concert: Celtic, Folk, and World music duo, Four Shillings Short, will be presenting the “Around the World in 30 Instruments”. Start time is 7:30 p.m.

Saturday events include:

A mandatory kayak workshop for all participating youth held at 10 a.m. to teach and assess skills.

The CLAW Youth Triathlon (ages 8-17) will include a .8K kayak (1/2 mile), 5K (3.1 miles) mountain bike ride, and 1.6K (1 mile) trail run. Participants may tackle this individually or as a team. Start time is 2 p.m.

A touring event is available for those who wish to participate in a non-competitive triathlon experience. The event will follow the Youth Triathlon course. The event is for all ages, with the minimum age set at 8. Start time is 4 p.m.

Native American Storytelling: Tony Miron returns to the U.P. to share culture and stories for all ages. Start time is 7:30 p.m., followed by Michelle Chenard playing guitar and singing.

Sunday events include:

Adult Triathlon (ages 18+) will include a 3K (2 miles) kayak, 20K (12 miles) mountain bike ride, and a 5K (3.1 mile) trail run. Participants may be individuals or teams of 3. Start time is 10 a.m.

For information, costs, and registration, go to www.clearlakeinfo.org.

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