Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Wye-Tri Adventure Race

Participants can run, paddle and ride through the Wye Island Natural Resources Management Area (NRMA) during the second annual Wye-Tri Adventure Race on Saturday, May 5.

The Maryland Park Service (MPS) sponsored race is a unique version of a triathlon, broken down into three segments: running, kayaking and mountain biking. The race will begin with a 2-mile run over wooded and open field trails along Dividing Creek, followed by a .75-mile paddle on the Wye River and Granary Creek, and finish with a 6.5-mile mountain bike ride along Wye Island Road and the island’s trail system.

The Wye-Tri Adventure Race is open to anyone 14 years of age or older in good physical health. The cost is $15 per person and each participant will receive a souvenir event shirt.

MPS will permit kayaks and canoes of all sizes. Participants can rent a boat for an additional $5. There are a limited number so be sure to contact the park office to reserve in advance. Life vests will be mandatory for athletes under 16 years of age. MPS will hold the Wye-Tri rain or shine but may delay or interrupt the race in the event of extreme fog, wind or thunderstorms.

Participants are required to have their kayaks and bicycles in place by 7:30 a.m. and be present for a pre-race meeting at 7:45 a.m. The Wye-Tri Adventure Race will begin promptly at 8 a.m.

Wye Island NRMA is located in the tidal recesses of the Chesapeake Bay between the Wye River and the Wye East River. Of the facility’s 2,800 acres, 2,450 are managed by the Department of Natural Resources’ Maryland Park Service for resource management, recreation and agriculture. A major emphasis at Wye Island is to provide suitable habitat for wintering waterfowl populations and other native wildlife.

For more information or to register for the Wye-Tri Adventure Race, contact the Wye Island NRMA office at 410-827-7577 or the Tuckahoe State Park office at 410-820-1668.

source: MD DNR

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