The 18th annual Wolfman Triathlon will be taking place this Saturday in southeast Langlade County. 350 competitors ranging from the local area to as far as Utah are scheduled to take part in this unique three-leg event.
Unlike your traditional triathlon that begins with a swimming leg, this event starts with a three-mile kayak/canoe segment on a class-two whitewater section of the Wolf River north of Langlade. From there competitors will complete a 14-mile mountain bike segment through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and Bear Paw Adventure Resort, followed by a 3.75-mile trail run along the Wolf River.
Event organizers say there is more to this annual event than just to see who earns the honor of Wolfman or Wolf-woman.
-First, the event helps to showcase the natural beauty that this portion of our listening area has to offer.
-Second, it has been estimated that over $100,000 is injected into the local economy during the weekend of the event. Along with the event weekend the triathlon has helped to bring people to the area through the summer as competitors do run the course a couple times before the official event.
-Third, the event has been a benefit to local community organizations whose members volunteer their time to help run the event and raise funds for themselves. Over 60 people from groups such as the Antigo Bike and Ski Club, the Elcho Cross-Country Ski Club, the White Lake Historical Society and the Antigo Swim Club are expected to assist this year.
The event gets underway at 8 a.m. a few miles north of Langlade with the finish line at Bear Paw. For more information on where you can best see some of the triathlon action you can contact Jamee Peters at 715-493-4486.