The 1st Annual Canoe and Du takes place on the beautiful La Crosse river and La Crosse River state trail along with the surrounding West Salem neighborhoods. This event is a great fit for all abilities and is family and beginner friendly. Test your abilities in open water paddling, road cycling, and running. Athletes can compete as individuals or as teams.


The Duathlon will begin at 8:00 am

The Canoe Triathlon will begin at 8:00 am

*Additional processing fees may apply.

Registration Fees

Duathlon Relay Closed

Teams consists of 2 participants. Participant 1 completes 1st run leg, Participant 2 completes bike leg, Participant 1 completes 2nd run leg.

Individual Racer Solo Closed

Participant paddles a solo canoe or kayak. Participant completes all three legs (paddle, bike, run) to accrue a total individual time

Individual Racer Tandem Closed

Participant paddles with another individual racer or non-racing person in a canoe or double kayak. Participant must supply own paddling partner. Participant completes all three legs (paddle, bike, run) and accrues an individual time.

Team Relay Option Closed

Teams can consist of 2-4 people. (1-2 people complete canoe/kayak leg, 1 person completes bike leg, 1 person completes run leg (Note must register 2 or more members to start team)

Duathlon Closed

Participant completes all 3 legs (Run, Bike, Run) and accrues total time.

FAQ

What categories are available to register for?

 

Individual Racer- Solo Boat

Participant paddles a solo canoe or kayak. Participant completes all three legs (paddle, bike, run) to accrue a total individual time.


Individual Racer- Tandem Boat

Participant paddles with another individual racer or non-racing person in a canoe or double kayak. Participant must supply own paddling partner. Participant completes all three legs (paddle, bike, run) and accrues an individual time.


Team Relay Option

2 racers paddle together in a canoe or double kayak, one racer bikes, and one racer runs. Teams accrue one total time. Teams can consist of 2-4 people.


Duathlon

Participant completes all 3 legs (Run, Bike, Run) and accrues total time.


What are the distances?

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Will the Canoe and Du pair me with a paddling partner? 
No! Participants must supply their own paddling partner. The paddling partner can be another individual person or a non-racing person

Will the Canoe and Du have Canoes/Kayaks Available to rent?
Yes! We will have a limited number of canoes and kayaks avaialable to rent for a $20 additional fee

If my paddling partner and myself need to rent a canoe, do we each pay for the canoe fee?
No! If two Individual racers are paddling together, one should select "No" and one should select "Yes" to the rental question during registration to avoid double canoe payment.

Can I enter with a double kayak?
Yes! Racers with double kayaks can compete against individuals and relay teams.

When will I get race day instructions?
A confirmation letter and race day instructions will be emailed to you about a week prior to the event. Please enter an accurate email when registering to ensure you receive the race information.

When are the registration deadlines?
Please refer to our Registration Page

What does the Canoe and Du course look like?
Please refer to the Course Maps

If you have any other questions please refer to the Race Packet or email Shawn McClone at smcclone@laxymca.org


VOLUNTEER: 

Make a difference this summer and help support your community and local athletes at the 1stAnuual Canoe and Du. Help is needed on the run and bike course, directing participants where to go. Volunteers are also needed to help at the water and aid stations.

For more information and to sign up to volunteer as an individual or a group http://www.laxymca.org/events/canoe-du/

Race Information/Packet

CANOE AND DU RACE INSTRUCTIONS

 

PLEASE READ THOUROUGHLY– There is no pre-race meeting. It is your responsibility to read/understand these instructions.

 

Packet Pick-Up: 

Racers can pick up race bibs, timing chips, and shirts during the following times.

- Friday, 11:00am - 5:00 pm at the Dahl Family YMCA (1140 Main Street, La Crosse, WI)

- Saturday (Race day) 6:30 - 7:30 am

 

 EVENT SCHEDULE 

6:00-7:30 AM: Canoe/Kayak Drop Off

6:30-7:45 AM: Transition area open

7:00-8:15 AM: Shuttle transporting athletes from transition area at Veterans Memorial Park to boat launch at HWY 108

8:00 AM: Duathlon begins in Veterans Memorial Park

8:00 AM: First canoe/kayak enters the water at HWY 108 Boat Launch.

 

 

 

Check-In/Start:

 

Canoe Tri

 

Step 1: If using a YMCA supplied boat go directly to step 2. If supplying your own boat, you first deliver it to the canoe start area/boat landing located on highway 8 near Swarthout park canoe/kayak drop off will be available from 6:00am-7:30 am

 

Step 2: Transition Area Check-in/ Gear Drop at Veterans Memorial Park, West Salem. Racers should report to check-in tent. After checking in racers can place bike/gear in the transition area. 

 

Starting at 8:00 am One boat will enter the water every 30 seconds. Boats will enter the water based on the order of line-up. Boat placement holds a racer’s spot in line. Please stay with your boat so there are no issues regarding the order. Be courteous and patient, you arr racing the clock.

 

Boat Course: Paddling is the first leg of the race. Theboatcourse starts at the landing on the La Crosse River off of highway108 and ends at the landing near the transition area at Veterans Memorial Park. If using a YMCA supplied boat, grabrentalboat, paddles, and life vest when you arrive at boat start. Racers using their own boat must supply own paddles and life vests. State law requires 1 life vest for each person on board. Be considerate of fellow racers and exit the river in the order you arrive. Race officials will help you out of the water and carry your boat to land. Please deposit your paddles and life-vests in your boat before heading totransitionarea. Teams will tag off with their biking member in the “relay zone” in the transition area. River bottom and banks may be muddy and a change of clothes after the paddling leg may be desirable.

 

Bike Course: Biking is the second leg of the race. Roads will be open to vehicles. Bikers must obey traffic laws. Bike helmets are required. Racers without helmets will be disqualified. Drafting is not allowed. Volunteers are officers will be posted at all major intersections. Stayalertto traffic and keep rate. Racers must dismount your bike before crossing the timing platform. Teams will tag off with their running member in the “relay zone” in the transition area

 

Run Course: Running is the last leg of the race. The run course is an out and back from the transition area and onto La Crosse River State Trail

 

Duathlon

 

Step1: :Transition Area Check-in/ Gear Drop at Veterans Memorial Park, West Salem. Racers should reporttocheckintent. After checking racers can place bike/gear intransitionarea. Transition area opens at 6:30 am

 

The Duathlon will start simultaneously with the Canoe Tri in veterans memorial park at 8:00 am

 

Run Course: Running is the last leg of the race. The run course is an out and back from the transition area and onto the La Crosse River State Trail

Bike Course: Biking is the second leg of the race. Roads will be open to vehicles. Bikers must obey traffic laws. Bike helmets are required. Racers without helmets will be disqualified. Drafting is not allowed. Volunteers are officers will be posted at all major intersections. Stayalertto traffic and keep rate. Racers must dismount your bike before crossing the timing platform. Teams will tag off with their running member in the “relay zone” in the transition area

 

 

Parking: Racers and spectators will park in the designated spaces at Veterans Memorial Park. Overflow parking will be in the surrounding neighborhoods.

 

Shuttles: Two Large shuttle busses will transport racers from the check-in and transition area to the canoe/kayak start between 7:00am-8:15am. The last shuttle bus will leave Veterans Memorial Park at8:15AM

 

Race Bibs/Timing:  Grandbluff Running will be timing the race. All bibs will have chips on the backside

 

Relay Teams: Each member of the relay team will receive their own bib. There will be a relay tag area located in transition.

 

Restrooms: Portable toilets will be located at the boat start and in transition area

 

Water/aid stations: There will be water stations in transition area, at the turnaround on the run course, and one at the finish line

 

Food: Post-race snacks will be provided

 

Results: Paddle, Bike, Run, and transition times will be recorded by timing mats at the main transition area. Results will be posted periodically as racers finish the race and will also be available online following the race

 

Awards: The duathlon award ceremony will begin at 10:30 am. (pending on finish times) The Canoe Triathlon Award Ceremony will begin at 11:30 pm (pending on finish times)

 

Individual Racer-Tandem & Solo Boat

(Male/Female) Youth (

Relay Teams (Top 3)

Duathlon

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Weather: If the weather is questionable (thunder/lightning) we will wait for the “all clear” from local authorities and then proceed. The race directors will havefinal decision in any delays or cancellations.

 

Personal Conduct Policy: The YMCA is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

 

Questions: Contact Shawn McClone at smcclone@laxymca.org or 608-519-5493 with any questions.

Good Luck & Have Fun!!!

 
 
 
 

Packet Pick-Up

Racers can pick up race bibs, timing chips, and shirts during the following times:

- Friday, 11:00am - 5:00 pm at the Dahl Family YMCA (1140 Main Street, La Crosse, WI)

- Saturday (Race day) 6:30 - 7:30 am

 

Thank You Sponsors!

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IN KIND SPONSORS 

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ELLISTONE CANOE RENTALS

Event Schedule

  • August 26 6:00 AM CDT - Canoe Drop Off- Opens

  • August 26 6:30 AM CDT - Transition Area Check in Opens

  • August 26 7:00 AM CDT - Shuttle begins transporting athletes from park to boat launch

  • August 26 8:00 AM CDT - Canoe Start (Boat Landing)

  • August 26 8:00 AM CDT - Duathlon Start (Veteran's Memorial Park

Contact Information

Event Location

Veterans Memorial Campground, County Road VP, West Salem, WI, United States

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