Contestants will begin with a 1/4 mile swim in Grand Marais Bay. For those that are unfamiliar, the bay is open to Lake Superior and the warmest it gets is Labor Day Weekend. The swim will definitely wake you up for the start of the race! Next is a 13.6 mile bike race through the beautiful Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, west of town on a newly paved asphalt road passing by waterfalls and Grand Sable Lake in the shadow of the Grand Sable Dunes; remember, this is a race so don't let the scenery slow you down! The final leg of the race, a 5K run going east of Grand Marais, begins and ends at Bayshore Park in downtown Grand Marais. This route takes runners along Grand Marais Bay, through magnificent stands of timber on a secluded country road, and back to town along the same route. Good thing we didn't pick other roads as the entire town is surrounded by a steep ridge...hmm, should we make it a little tougher? Nah... it's going to be hard enough for the contestants to keep their minds on the race in this beautiful setting!