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2023 Wolfman Triathlon

September 7, 2023

Saturday, September 9th, will mark the 29th Annual Wolfman Triathlon, one of the first off-road triathlons in the lower 48, highlighting the rugged and beautiful terrain of the eastern part of Langlade County in and around the upper Wolf River. Due to its popularity, it has brought many people to the area throughout the summer in hopes of getting a leg up on the completion all the while supporting the local economy in the White Lake/Langlade area.

The first boat sets off at 8:00 am with the racers going out every 30 seconds in kayaks/canoes on a very rocky 3-mile class II whitewater section of the Wolf River north of Langlade. This downriver canoe and kayak leg ends at the DNR landing in Langlade near the junction of Highways 55 and 64. Racers then pull their boats ashore and sprint to the bike racks for a 13-mile mountain biking portion of the race. After a short ride east on Highway 64, the course enters the Nicolet National Forest and into the area’s extensive network of challenging technical single-track of the Nicolet Roche Mountain bike trails. The course eventually exits the National Forest, crosses Highway 55 south of Langlade and into the Gardner Dam Adventure Base. The last leg of the race is a 3-3/4 mile rugged trail run along the scenic Wolf River that ends with a unique river crossing featuring a “rope climb”. After racers compete, there is a traditional pig roast served with locally grown vegetables, awards presentation, with live music all afternoon.

The triathlon’s weekend headquarters are located at Gardner Dam Adventure Base. The weekend reflects a festival atmosphere with onsite camping, a large tent for all the festivities, live music, food trucks, and yard games all of which will be available all weekend long. This year we also welcome back Hinterland Brewery out of Green Bay as the official recovery drink of the Wolfman! There will be a variety of Hinterland beer on tap as well as other beverages for sale all weekend long.

Join other Wolfman participants and spectators at Gardner Dam on Saturday for the musical entertainment line-up. Saturday the music begins at 12:00 pm as the Wolfman welcomes back Tuck Pence and as well as Aaron Williams and the HooDoo starting at 4:00 pm. All are welcome to come and listen to these fantastic musicians.

Wolfman Triathlon, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, which collaborates with many local organizations resulting in a donation to each of the groups for their efforts. More than 120 people volunteer for the Wolfman, whether as a non-profit or as a hard-core volunteer, all of which contribute to the success of this event. In 2022, the Wolfman donated $7,000 to the volunteering non-profit organizations all of which having a large influence on the community.