Wolfman Triathlon, the 25th, will be Held on, Along the River Saturday
September 5, 2019
The Wolfman Triathlon, one of the nation’s first off-road triathlons, will celebrate its 25th anniversary this weekend.
The event, which highlights the rugged and beautiful terrain of eastern Langlade County along the Wolf River, has expanded into two days of activities, with events opening Friday night and continuing well past the close of racing Saturday.
And it all continues to benefit its volunteer army of youth and community organizations, who receive stipends for their work parking cars, pulling kayaks, and directing racers and traffic.
“Due to its popularity, it also bolsters the local economy and has brought people to the area all summer in hopes of getting a leg upon the competition by running the course a few times before race day,” race director Karen McCabe said. “Athletes come from throughout the Midwest as well as several western states all vying for the top spot.”
Racers begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, taking their kayaks and canoes down 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 Department of Natural Resources landing in Langlade near the junction of Highways 55 and 64.
A pair of kayakers heads towards the DNR landing just south of the highway 64 bridge at the 2018 Wolfman Triathlon.
The bridge and landing are a great spot for spectators viewing the action.
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 that normally enters the Nicolet National Forest will this year be re-routed through local farm fields and into the area’s extensive network of challenging technical single-track mountain bike trails.
“This change is due to the extensive damage the Nicolet National Forest received from the July 19 storm,” McCabe said.
The course eventually exits the national forest, crosses Highway 55 south of Langlade near the Bear Paw Adventure Resort, and continues on more purpose built trail culminating with a river crossing near the end of the mountain biking course.
After racers compete, there is a traditional locallyprepared pig roast, awards presentation, and live music.
The triathlon’s weekend headquarters are located at the Gardner Dam Scout Camp. The weekend reflects a festival atmosphere with onsite camping, a large tent for all the festivities, live music, food trucks and outdoor adventure equipment vendors all of which will be available all weekend long.
“This year we welcome Hinterland Brewery out of Green Bay as the official recovery drink of the Wolfman,” McCabe said. “There will be a variety of Hinterland beer as well as other adult beverages for sale all weekend long.”
This year, onsite food trucks include Milky Way Coffee Company and Jessica’s Cucian.
Join other Wolfman participants and spectators in the Wolfman Tent both Friday evening and Saturday for musical entertainment. Friday the music starts at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday the live music begins at noon with Colleen Myhre and the Jebberhooch. Chicken Wire Empire will take the stage at 4 p.m.
Wolfman is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, which collaborates with many local organizations resulting in a donation to each of the groups for their efforts. More than 160 people volunteer from these organizations that help contribute to the success of this event.