Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Guts Triathlon

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Guts Triathlon

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For the past 11 years the Outdoor Recreation Center at K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base, Michigan has sponsored the annual Guts Triathlon, consisting of a five-mile cross-country ski, 10-mile run and one-mile snow shoe. Sawyer AFB is Located in the heart of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, some 25 mites southeast of Marquette. During the winter months, the breathtaking scenery transforms into a winter wonderland perfect for outdoor sports. There are numerous cross-country ski and snowmobile trails that challenge both the beginner and advanced athlete.

The Guts Triathlon is a competitive event that brings together the military and surrounding civilian communities to exchange a fun-filled day of "blood, sweat and tears." The event begins at the base golf course with the five-mile ski event. After the cross-country trek is over, the skiers are greeted at the end of the trail by dedicated volunteers who assist them out of their ski gear and into their running clothes. The athletes are then challenged by 10 miles of rugged terrain consisting of dirt and paved roads, curves, inclines, and declines, all snow-packed to create an additional challenge.

The running portion of the event concludes at the bottom of Marquette mountain, where the athletes are received again by volunteers who assist them out of their running shoes and into their snowshoes. The final segment of the triathlon requires the athletes to race up, and then back down, the one-mile mountain course.

Once the athletes are dry and warm, a Large awards celebration awaits them at the Marquette Mountain Ski Resort chalet. Although at this point, it is unanimously decided that every Guts athlete is a winner, there is still one crown jewel to be awarded. …

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