Kayak Racers In Fog

The Midwest’s Top Fall Adventure Race Is This Weekend!

One of the top adventure races in the Midwest is celebrating their 10th Anniversary this weekend! On September 19, 2015, the Quad Cities will be filled with outdoor enthusiasts who are taking part in River Action’s Taming of the Slough race.
Mike Ernster On Stand Up Paddle Board
Mike Ernster on his Stand Up Paddle Board
Taming of the Slough is a combination paddling, mountain biking, trail running event that you will never forget. Whether you watch or participate, you’ll quickly see why this race has been a favorite of thrill seekers for the past 10 years.

Exiting Canoe at Adventure Race
There is nothing like watching kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddle boards cut through the morning steam off of the Mississippi River during the 3.8 mile paddle which kicks off the race. The water is usually quite calm at that time of the day, and you’ll enjoy the view as you round Campbell’s Island.

Pulling Kayak from the River

The next phase of the race is a combination paved/off-road bicycling route which includes 3.8 miles of paved path and 4.5 miles of off road at Illiniwek State Park (one of my favorite mountain biking paths!) You may also enjoy my previous article; Pedal, Paddle, Trail.
Kid Mountain Biking Mountain Bikes at Race
Finishing out the adventure race is a 2 mile trail run.
For additional details and to register, Visit River Action’s Site. You can participate as an individual, 2 person, or 3 person team. One category that is new this year is the teen category for ages 12-17. Entry fees begin at $25 for teens, $35 for adults, and $60-75 for 2-3 person teams.


About the author

Dave "The Shef" Sheffield Dave "The Shef" Sheffield is a keynote motivational speaker and author. He is an avid kayaking, mountain biking, and trail running enthusiast. He lives in Pleasant Valley, Iowa, and also loves cooking, playing guitar, photography, and spending time with his kids.

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