Join other surf ski, SUP, sea kayak and stand up paddleboard enthusiasts for the 7th annual 13.5 mile Cheboygan Waterways Open Water Challenge Great Lakes Downwind Championship, Saturday, June 29th, 2019. The open water race will take place in Lake Huron's Straits of Mackinaw. The Straits are known for great downwind conditions especially with prevailing Northwest winds. This is the Great Lakes Downwind Championship!
Start point: Mill Creek Campground : 9730 US Hwy 23 Mackinaw City, 49701
Finish Line: Cheboygan Pedestrian Bridge, parking off Cleveland Ave.
11:00 am- Registration at Mill Creek campground and boat staging. (or alternative starting area as weather dictates)
12:15pm - Participants leave Mill Creek campground to drop their vehicles at the parking lot on the South side of the pedestrian bridge in Cheboygan. Directions: Take US23 South to Cheboygan. At the stoplight in Cheboygan; turn left and continue on US23 approximately 1/4 mile to Cleveland Ave. Right on Cleveland Ave about 1/4 mile to the pedestrian bridge parking lot.
1:00pm - Shuttle leaves from the pedestrian bridge to bring racers back to the start at Mill Creek Campground
1:30pm - Marathon course description and safety talk at Mill Creek starting area
1:45pm - Kayak launch and line up
2:00pm - Marathon starts!
5:00pm - Awards Ceremony and post-race party at Festival Square, in the center of beautiful downtown Cheboygan.