If your regular exercise routine is boring, take your adventurous side to Taming of the Slough! This combination canoe (or kayak)/bike/road race will get anyone out of an exercise rut.
This year’s race takes place on Saturday, September 13, starting at 8 a.m. at Empire Park in East Moline. All transitions take place at the park. First up is a 3.8 mile paddle around Campbell’s Island . Next is the mountain bike course at Illiniwek Park, which features 3.8 miles of paved road, 4.5 miles off road and 400 feet of elevation change. Finally, there’s a two mile run back at Empire Park. The race can be done as part of a two person team, in which the final time is the average of both participants’ times, or a three person team, in which each person does one leg of the race. There’s also a corporate adventure challenge, where three person teams compete to be the best corporate team in town. Afterwards, there’s a post-race party with pizza and beer.
Tune Up for Taming helps racers get ready for the big day. Tune Ups are fun and loosely structured training events that promote adventure sports in the Quad Cities and are open to registered racers and the general public. Registered racers can reserve a canoe or kayak free of charge by calling (563) 322-2969 or emailing River Action. They’re available to nonregistered racers on a first come, first served basis. Tune Up sessions are on Thursdays from 5:30-7 p.m. on August 21, 28 and September 4.
Registration is $35 for individuals, $60 for a two person team, and $75 for a three person team and the corporate challenge through September 6. Add $10 for registration from September 7-12. Volunteers are always needed and will receive a free t-shirt.