The 24th annual Wolfman Triathlon, a unique off road triathlon which highlights the rugged and beautiful terrain of the eastern part of Langlade County, returns to the upper Wolf River on Saturday.
Racers will begin at 8 a.m., taking their canoes and kayaks down a rocky 3-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. Racers then pull their boats ashore and sprint to the bike racks for the 13-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. Riders eventually exit the forest, cross es Highway 55 south of Langlade near the Bear Paw Adventure Resort, and continue on more purpose-built trail culminating with a river crossing.
The last leg of the race is a three and three-quarter mile rugged trail run along the scenic Wolf River.
“We have athletes come from throughout the Midwest as well as several western states all vying for the top spot,” organizer Karen McCabe said. “After racers compete, there is our traditional locally prepared pig roast, awards presentation, and live entertainment.”
The triathlon’s weekend headquarters is located at the Gardner Dam Boy Scout Camp. The weekend reflects a festival atmosphere, McCabe said, with on-site camping, a large tent for all the festivities, two days of live music, stand-up paddleboards and kayak demos, food trucks and outdoor adventure equipment vendors.
Wausau’s Bull Falls Brewery is back as the official recovery drink of the Wolfman There will be a variety of Bull Falls beer and wine for sale all weekend long. Food trucks include Milky Way Coffee Company, Hanuman Express and Hatchy's Snack Shack.
Entertainment will include Colleen “Boss Mama” Myhre to the stage at 5:30 p.m. Saturday we welcome back The Brothers Burn Mountain starting around 2 p.m. and The Aaron Kelly Band to follow at 6 p.m.
Wolfman is also 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 130 people volunteer from these organizations that help contribute to the success of this event.