In a city known for motors, bikes (and running) are getting their due respect, with a new duathlon on its way to Rouge Park on June 25.
The Rouge-A-thlon, as it is called. is brought to the city by one of its major contributors to the local cycling world, Tour de Troit.
The event begins with a 5k trail run, then a 10k street ride and then another 5k trail run. The whole thing takes place on Rouge Park’s impressive 982 acres, which makes it Detroit’s largest park.
“With the success of our biking events and February’s PaczKi Run, we thought it would be fun to combine the excitement of biking and running in one spectacular event,” said Vittoria Katanski, director, Tour de Troit. “Given the beauty of the park, we expect the Rouge-A-thlon to sell out quickly, so register right away.”
Only 250 cyclists can participate. Of those 250, only 50 can be VIPs. This second tier of registration costs $125 and includes TDT branded signature smart wool socks, a commemorative t-shirt and premium placement on the run-to-bike transition.
Those interested in the less pricy ride only pay $75. You still get a commemorative t-shirt.
Any rider can take advantage of the refreshments offered afterward.
The Friends of Rouge Park is the beneficiary. The nonprofit organization was founded in 1986 to raise awareness about the need to clean up the Rouge River in southeast Michigan. Proceeds will help support improvements to Rouge Park’s mountain bike trails.
The Rouge-A-thlon begins at 8 a.m. near the Brennan Pool in Rouge Park. The event will be timed, but it is not a sanctioned duathlon event.
Visit www.tour-de-troit.org to register for the Rouge-A-thlon. Packet pickup details will be announced shortly.
While you’re there check out the Cycle into Spring event on Saturday, May 7 at 9 a.m. It’s at Maheras Gentry Park, along Detroit River at Clairpointe.
The big Tour de Troit, Saturday, September 17, and runs through Roosevelt Park, Michigan Avenue and Corktown
Cycle Into Spring costs $30 for just the ride or $40 for the ride and lunch. Non-riders are able to register for lunch only for $15. Day-of ride registration is available for $40 but a t-shirt not guaranteed and lunch not available.
Early registration for the Tour de Troit runs Feb. 1 to April 30 at a cost of $45. From May 1 to August 31, it’s $50. From Sept. 1 to Sept. 9, it’s $60 and from Sept. 10 to Sept. 17 the price goes up to $70.
Might be good to register early. Go to http://www.tour-de-troit.org.