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Event info

Our 5th Cuyuna Off-Road Triathlon is scheduled for Sunday, June 11, 2023 at the world-renowned Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area, in northern Minnesota. This off-road triathlon challenges participants to a 3-mile paddle, 8.5-mile mountain bike ride, and 2.5-mile trail run. 

purposeful profits

100% of the event proceeds benefit youth sports, activities, and education in the Cuyuna area (through the Cuyuna Range Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization) so your contributions directly impact the health and wellbeing of our kids and community! 

Since our inaugural event in 2018, the triathlon has generated nearly $30,000 for the PTO. The profits have helped fund a ton of great projects in and around the Cuyuna area!


Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area is managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. They reserve the right to postpone or cancel the race in the event of inclement weather or poor trail conditions. If this happens, no refunds will be given.

If you register and are not able to participate (no matter the reason) you can request a refund. Refund requests can be submitted through May 15th by emailing the co-chairs at (You will be refunded the cost of registration, less the online processing fee.) After May 15th, all fees are non-refundable.

If the race is cancelled due to COVID, we will give registrants the following three options (similar to 2020):

  • forward registration to the 2023 event,

  • donate their fee to the CRES PTO, or

  • receive a full refund. 

If inclement weather may threatening the race, please watch this website or our Facebook page for updates. 


Friday, June 9th:

  • 6:00 - 8:00 PM - volunteer check-in & packet pick-up at Cuyuna Brewing Co.

Saturday, June 10th: 

  • 4:00 - 7:00 PM - packet pick-up at the Rally Center, Cuyuna Country State Rec Area​​

Sunday, June 11th: 

  • 6:15 AM - packet pick-up & equipment drop off  

  • 8:00 AM - triathlon starts

  • 12:00 PM (approximately) - awards ceremony

  • Post-race get together @ The Hudson (Ironton)


The race start/finish and transition areas are all at the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area’s Rally Center.


Participants will start by paddling on Huntington Lake, biking on various trails around Huntington, and then running around Pennington Mine Lake. 

Heat assignments (with bib numbers) will be posted here and emailed to all team captains a day or two prior to the race.


Depending on how many people register, there will be 3-4 heats, with approximately 10-12 minutes in between the start of each heat. 

We are once again partnering with Pickle Events to manage our online registrations, timing, and some of the event logistics. 

The bike ride will take place on beginner and intermediate mountain bike trails. All participants are required to wear a helmet. Given the rough terrain in Cuyuna, we recommend that participants use mountain bikes (not cross/hybrid bikes). Pedal assist or e-bikes are not permitted.


Allowed vessels include canoes, solo canoes, kayaks, tandem kayaks, or stand up paddle boards. Canoes, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, paddles, and personal flotation devices (required) will not be provided to participants. They must either bring their own equipment or rent it.

>> 2023 RACER GUIDE (PDF) << 

>> 2023 Heat/Bib Assignments (PDF) <<

Note: heat assignments will be emailed to current participants and posted here by Friday evening. 

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