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The Great Race Triathlon & 5th Annual Kids Dualthlon

These events are held along the American River Parkway between Rancho Cordova and Sacramento, California.

Saturday, July 17, 2010


The Great Race – Run, Bike, Paddle.

5.82 mile Run

12.5 mile Bike

6.35 mile Paddle (Kayak or Canoe)

According to their website:

The Great Race Triathlon was established in 1974. It is the World’s Oldest Triathlon and the Country’s Largest Paddling Event. There are many divisions for both teams and ironpersons.

If you have never entered a triathlon, this might be the one for you. Check out their website for all the information you’ll need. You can even view their instructional video on running The Great Race.

5th Annual Kids Duathlon

Kids can compete in their own event while family members are racing in the Great Race.

This event is for kids 17 & younger. The divisions are Iron kids and teams.

2 mile run

5.75 mile bike

Online entries for both of these events will close July 13th.

For more information on this triathlon & dualthlon or to find other paddling races, events, festivals, paddlefests or triathlons all over the U.S.,   click here to go to our kayak, canoe & paddling races and events page

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Kayaking and Canoeing Races and Events for July 2009

Here are a few kayaking and canoeing races and events that the whole family can enjoy.


If you’re looking for a triathlon you might want to check out The Great Race, the world’s oldest triathlon, on Saturday, July 18th. Your team will need to a run, bike, and paddle. The Great Race is held along the American River Parkway between Rancho Cordova and Sacramento, CA. According to their website there are many divisions for both teams and iron-persons.

This race consists of a 5.82 mile run, 12.5 mile cycle, and 6.35 mile paddle.

If you need another person in order to enter, you can check out their team message board. There you can post a message to find a teammate.

This event also has a duathlon for kids. Kids can compete in a 2 mile run and 5.75 mile bike event. The age for this is event youths 17 & younger.


If you are an experienced canoer you may want to enter the AuSable River Canoe Marathon on July 25-26th. This is a 120 + mile course, 14-19 hour overnight race from Grayling to Oscoda. According to their website, this is the longest non-stop canoe race in North America.


If you live near the Twin Cities you may want to participate in the Mississippi River Challenge on July 25 & 26. Each day is a 22 mile downstream paddle with two rest stops and a lunch stop. Paddlers can choose to paddle the 44 mile two day route or the 22 mile one day. According to their website, paddlers that have participated in this event have been of all skill and experience levels. This challenge will take you from Coons Rapids Dam Regional Park to Grey Cloud Island.

This is a fund raising event for the Friends of the Mississippi River. Each paddler needs to raise pledge funds in order to participate.


To find other places to paddle, kayak and canoe all over the USA, go to our Places to Paddle page and click on any state, or check out nationwide kayak, canoe and paddle events and races on our Paddling Events and Races page.

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