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The Naturalist Scouts
Oak Openings Winter Race Brochure
Welcome to the Maumee Valley Tri-Adventure Race official website!
Sponsored by: The Naturalist Scouts
When: Saturday, May 18, 2013, 7:30AM
Independence Dam State Park, State Route
424, 3 miles east of Defiance, Ohio
Fees: Age 25+ $30.00, Age 21-24 $20.00, Age 16-20 $10.00, Age 15 or younger $5.00
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Currently at the Race Location:
Most people do this event with a partner as these two guys are doing. There will
be seven (7) classes in 2013.
Awards are given to the best male team, the best female team, and the best male-female
team in each class as long as they have another team to compete against, and finish
with a time under 6 hours.
- Youth & Adult: Someone 17 or younger with someone 18 or older
- Young Adult: A team of 2 in which both members are between 18 & 24
- Adult & Adult: Two people 25 or older, or someone 16 or older with someone 25
- Senior: Two people 50 or older
- Solo: Anyone one person 18 or older
- Relay: Make up a team however you wish. The canoeing event requires one person to
be at least 18 years of age. The other events require participants to be 16 or older.
- Senior Solo: For those 50 and older
In 2013, we will have everyone do the 36 miles of road biking first. This will make
the event more fair. In the past few years it has been so windy in the afternoon
that the morning bikers had an unfair advantage. Each team will be given a map just
as they start biking. We have also painted green arrows on the road to mark the
route. There will be 2 check points where someone will write down your number as
you pass. Make sure your number is visible and call it out. This will prove that
you did not take any shortcuts. Men will be directing traffic in front of the Florida Library and at
the Florida Bridge to improve safety. There will be water at both bicycle checkpoints, at Gessner Park, and at 2 points on the
We suggest using a road bike because the entire route is on paved roads. Most of
the roads have very light traffic. We require that you wear a helmet at all times
for safety. We also require gloves, which protect your hands in the event of a fall.
The biking leg takes most people about 2 hours.
When you return from the biking, check in at the timekeepers tent. You may wish to
pick up some free food and drink at our food table, but their are no time outs for
eating. You should lock your bike in your vehicle or chain it to a tree. We have
never had any bikes stolen, but we don't want to tempt fate. You should go to your
canoe or kayak as soon as possible. You may put your vessel out on the lawn before
you start biking if you wish. If you are renting a vessel it will be waiting for
you. Life jackets and paddles come with rental boats. You will have a short portage
from the lawn at the Marina Parking Lot to the put in point.
Canoeing or kayaking
You may use the river or the canal. The distance is the same,
about 6 miles. Reaching the river requires a longer portage, but the faster river
current makes up for the lost time. The canal is available for those who are not
confident about their paddling skills. If the river is in flood stage, everyone will be required to use the canal. If we use the canal, we are requiring that everyone pick up one
piece of litter. Most people require about 2
hours for this leg. Highly skilled people can do it in about 1 hour. Everyone must
wear a life jacket at all times while canoeing or kayaking. If you would like some
canoe training, we are offering a class. Call 419-826-5182 for more info or to sign up.
You will know you are finished canoeing when you reach the first bridge that crosses
the Maumee River and the canal. At this point, you must stop and take your canoe
or kayak out on the left bank just before the bridge. Then you must carry your canoe
up the small hill and slide it into the old canal. From this point it is only about
a quarter mile east to the finish point at Gessner Park in the village of Florida.
There will be a timekeeper in Gessner Park to write down your time of arrival. You
should leave your canoe or kayak at Gessner Park. We will have people watching them,
but you may chain it to a tree if you wish. Rental boats will be picked up.
There is no time out during transition. It is important not to waste time as you
move from the canoeing leg to the backpacking leg. Your backpack must be 20% of
your body weight. You may drop off your pack anytime after 6:30 a.m. at Gessner
Park. Another option is to get your backpack weighed at the marina parking lot at
the Independence Dam Marina Parking Lot, and we will truck it to Gessner Park for
The backpacking leg is 8 miles. You start at Gessner Park and hike uphill for 1
mile. Then you will pass a checkpoint, cross a bridge over a waterfall, and head
west on the towpath trail. The towpath trail is a beautiful 5 mile hike with the
river on your left and the old canal on your right. The trail is a tunnel of trees,
and there are many spring wildflowers. The last 2 miles passes through picnic areas
in Independence Dam State Park. The hike ends at the Marina Parking Lot where you
began the event.
When you finish the hiking, you must check in with the timekeepers. They will give
you your final times. We will post the times on this web site as well (maumeetriadventurerace.net/results). The awards
will be mailed in mid-June.
Brochures are available at most northwest Ohio, southeastern Michigan, and northeastern
Indiana bike shops and health clubs. You may also call 419.826.5182 between 7-10PM,
419.825.2735 between 8AM-5PM, or email larryllindsay at centurylink dot
YOU MUST MAIL IN YOUR ENTRY FORM, YOU CANNOT REGISTER ON THIS SITE, BUT YOU MAY PRINT OUT THE FORM
HERE. Mail your application and check or money
order to: The Naturalist Scouts, Post Office Box 36, Swanton, Ohio 43558. We are
sorry but we are not geared up to accept credit cards.
The Naturalist Scouts
Post Office Box 36
Swanton, Ohio 43558