5 Triathlons with a Canoe Leg

When people find out I participate in triathlons, I end up in conversations about how they would love to do one, but they have a fear of swimming in the lake or the ocean or swimming just isn’t one of the tools in their skill set. I can understand that since The Hubby is not much of a swimmer either.  So, I started researching ways friends could do an alternative types of triathlon without having to do a relay and I stumbled upon an amazing opportunity that could also be a fun way to get the whole family involved.  So, here’s a whole new level of Racecation!  


Racecation Canoe PIN


There is a whole movement out there that is bring canoe to triathlon in place of the swim. How fun!!! If you live in or are traveling to any of these areas, be sure to check out these five triathlons to get a whole different experience in the sport.


1. The Great Race (New York)


The Great Race, Auburn, NY

The Great Race is the nation’s largest team only run, bike and paddle triathlon. Hundreds of 2, 3, or 4 person teams begin with a runner (5k or 10k) who hands off to a biker (10 or 20 miles) who then hand off to their kayaker or 2 canoeists.


2.  Chippewa Triathlon (Minnesota)



The Chippewa Triathlon is a unique event that combines canoeing, biking, and running, all through the Chippewa National Forest in Cass Lake, Minnesota. The course follows the centuries-old “Pike…


3.  Little Miami Triathlon (Florida)



The Little Miami Triathlon happens 2 times a year, June and October. The Triathlon includes Canoeing, running, and biking. This year in place of the running portion you may enter a Walking Division. Also new this year is the Single Person Kayaking Division.


4.  The Marshalton Triathlon (Pennsylvania)

This race might just have invented a whole new race category…the Quadathlon! Teams of two start by peddling down to the river. Once at the river, they paddle a two-man canoe down the river. Now, you would think the run is the last leg, but after the run, you’ll peddle your bike once again back to the Inn.


Chester County’s Premier Community and Sporting Event

The Marshalton Triathlon is Chester County’s premier community and sporting event that has flourished for forty years and counting. First run in 1973, it is considered one of the longest continually running triathlons in the country.


5. Root River Triathlon (Minnesota)


Root River Triathlon

Come Join Us Saturday May 21, 2016 in Houston Minnesota for our annual Lion’s Root River Triathlon Do something different this year. This “doable”, non-swimming triathlon is set in the Root River valley in scenic Bluff Country. The first triathlon was held 1998 by the City of Houston.


I have some travel planning to do! These all sound like fun, family adventures.

Have you ever done a non-swimming triathlon? I think it would be fun to add in a canoe as a Mommy-Daughter or Daddy-Daughter race. I’ve added this to our Family Bucket List!



Cassandra Burke is a Forensic Scientist by day, and a Group Fitness Instructor, Swim Team Coordinator and Travel Agent by night. A Breast Cancer Survivor since 2010, she writes about her journey as well as her struggles – training for triathlons and races, struggling to get back her health, and balancing family life all while building her brand and finding her purpose after cancer. Subscribe to Cassandra’s newsletter for updates and follow @poweredbybling on social media! For endurance sport race travel and custom family vacation travel, visit her at pbbtravel.com.

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