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Forest Frenzy Winter Triathlon
February 15, 2020.

Your wilderness winter triathlon adventure begins in Boulder Junction on February 15, 2020.


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Your wilderness winter triathlon adventure begins in Boulder Junction on February 15, 2020.

SKI: 7.5K Cross Country Ski (Classic or Skate) Course

STOMP: 5K Snowshoe Course

BIKE: 7.5K Fat Tire Bike Course

Boulder Junction is proud to be a premier destination for winter silent sports enthusiasts and we are excited to bring to you our 3rd Annual Forest Frenzy Winter Triathlon, the premier outdoor winter triathlon in the state of Wisconsin.

Forest Frenzy is staged at historic Camp Manito-wish YMCA with race headquarters at the Manito-wish Leadership Center, a beautiful Northwoods lodge with fireplace overlooking Boulder Lake.

This fun challenging wilderness endurance event features a 7.5-kilometer cross-country ski (classic or skate) course, 5-kilometer snowshoe loop and 7.5-kilometer fat tire bike course all tucked in the woods of the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest.

Forest Frenzy courses are not your typical winter races trails. These trails are tucked in the tall trees beginning at Camp Manito-wish YMCA and leading into the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest. We have widened existing trails to accommodate the race. You will find that this is a challenging wilderness endurance event with some tight turns and narrow areas. Some of the course does cross other public use trails.

Forest Frenzy courses are not your typical winter races trails. These trails are tucked in the tall trees beginning at Camp Manito-wish YMCA and leading into the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest. We have widened existing trails to accommodate the race. You will find that this is a challenging wilderness endurance event with some tight turns and narrow areas. Some of the course does cross other public use trails.

  • Individuals, ages 15-70+:   Medals will be awarded to the top two males and top two females in each of the following age categories in both classic and skate ski divisions: 15-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59, 60-69, 70+. Award plaques to the top male finisher and top female finisher overall in each ski division.
  • 3-Person Relay:  Three people will each complete one leg of the course.  A plaque for each member of the top relay team in both the classic and skate ski divisions will be awarded.
  • All athletes finishing the race will receive a participation medal.

The race begins promptly at 10am at Manito-wish Leadership Center. The race time limit is set at 1:50pm. If any participant has not passed the finish line and exceeds this limit, they will be disqualified to receive an award medal but can continue to complete the course and receive a completion time and participation medal. Failure to heed the commands of a race official means disqualification.

Camp Manito-wish Leadership Center, 5650 Camp Manitowish Lane on Friday, February 14 from 1pm to 4pm and Saturday morning from 7:30am to 9am. Walk-in registrations accepted until 9:00am on Saturday February 15.

Photo ID required!  Racers will pick-up their race packet and may ask questions about the course and event.

Trail preview is from 1pm to 3pm on Friday, February 14. We will be grooming the course Friday evening and do not want racers using the trail after final grooming.

Do to logistics at Camp Manito-wish YMCA, we are not offering a warming route on-site. The parking area is 1/4 mile from the staging area so you will have an opportunity to run for warm-up if you would like, or off-site trails could be used prior to arrival.

The is no indoor waxing area available. We advise that skis should be waxed in advance. For classic skiers only, a short kick wax test trail will be located near the Camp parking lot for your use prior to the race on Saturday morning from 7:30am to 9am. This trail is noted on the course map and entrances to the trail will be marked with orange cones.

Race begins promptly at 10am at the start line near Manito-wish Leadership Center. Waves will be assigned at orientation. Waves consisting of 2 triathletes will be released every 30 seconds. Expert levels will start in 1st waves, followed by intermediate then beginners.

The Finish line is at Manito-wish Leadership Center and we expect to conclude on or around 1:50pm. Followed by an awards ceremony when the last racer crosses the finish line.

Soup, chili, rolls, cookies, hot beverages, bottled water and fruit will be available at the finish line for all participants upon completion of the race.

Complimentary massages will be available after the race.

The Awards Ceremony will be held inside Manito-wish Leadership Center after the last racer crosses the finish line.

Participation medals will be awarded to all athletes completing the triathlon as an individual or relay team participant at the finish line.

  • A soup luncheon including: soup, chili, rolls, cookies and beverage will be served at the Manito-wish Leadership Center for the participants, their friends and family, as well as the general public.
  • Participants will receive lunch and beverage by showing their bib.
  • Please note: Camp Manito-wish YMCA is an alcohol-free facility. Enjoy adult beverages after the race in one of our local establishments.
  • Family and friends may purchase food for a small fee.
  • Relax and enjoy the fun with your family and friends!

Check out Boulder Junction’s quaint and historic downtown. Visit local shops and galleries.

On Friday evening Aqualand Ale House will be serving a pasta feed. All other restaurants will be open and serving regular menu including Friday Fish Fry.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday enjoy a Tavern Tour throughout Boulder Junction. Stamp your card at all 6 locations and enter to win a complimentary entry to the 2021 Forest Frenzy Winter Triathlon! Businesses participating in the Tavern Tour are:

Aqualand Ale HouseBoulder Beer BarGeorge’s PubHeadwaters Restaurant & Tavern , Wittig’s Point Resort & Tavern and McGann’s Pub & Wine Bar

Make it a weekend to remember and enjoy!

Inside Camp Manito-wish Leadership

In the case of emergency, call 911. Safety and first aid stations will be available at the transition/finish line staffed by volunteers from the Boulder Junction Fire Department and EMTs. There will be a warming hut at #51 were the ski/bike and snowshoe course intersect. Race sweepers will be on the course throughout the event. It is your job as a participant to help another racer if they are in distress and need help.

Please remember to bring:

  • Bike helmet, bike, snowshoes, cross-country ski equipment, and cold weather clothing.
  • Please note: Conditions will dictate the best choice of equipment. Please check the weather forecast here. Trail conditions will be posted when the snow flies.
  • Filled beverage/water bottles, a smile and great attitude!
  • No waxing equipment or space with be available on-site.
  • Your safety is our number one concern.
  • Race officials will monitor the weather and course conditions closely the week of the race. We will keep participants aware of any alterations to the schedule or alert registered athletes if the race has been postponed or cancelled via email and Facebook notifications.
  • All or any part of the race may be delayed or cancelled due to severe weather conditions.
  • If weather is favorable, but trail conditions are poor, the race may be modified. In this event, notification to registered triathletes would be made via email and Facebook notifications.
  • The triathlon will be cancelled if the high for the day is -5F or colder.
  • The triathlon will be postponed 1.5 hours if the high at the starting time (9:50am) is forecast to be -10F.
  • Please dress for all-weather conditions and plan accordingly.
  • NO REFUNDS will be issued if competition must be modified, shortened or cancelled due to weather conditions. Registered triathletes will receive their participant gift, if picked up in person, or they can be mailed upon request only.

Forest Frenzy courses are not your typical winter races trails. These trails are tucked in the tall trees beginning at Camp Manito-wish YMCA and leading into the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest. We have widened existing trails to accommodate the race. You will find that this is a challenging wilderness endurance event with some tight turns and narrow areas. Some of the course does cross other public use trails.

Forest Frenzy Course Map

ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST START AT THEIR APPROPRIATE START TIME at the starting line near the Manito-wish Leadership Center. The start-line will be clearly marked. The course is throughout Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest trails, some of which are along Boulder Lake, and in the woods around Camp Manito-wish YMCA.

Estimated completion time for each leg is approximately 30-60 minutes depending on your ability.

*Trail conditions will depend on snowfall and temperatures in the weeks and days leading up to the event.

(classic and skate sharing the same trail) Marked with ORANGE ribbon and signs: 

Take a ski on the wild side – the ski course is a wilderness trail that is deceptively tough and incomparably beautiful – glimpse the Manitowish River and Boulder Lake through the tall pine trees, watch for deer, snowshoe hare and other wildlife tracks while breathing in the fresh unpolluted air of the Northwoods.

Waves consisting of 2 triathletes will be released every 30 seconds at the start line.  Your first .10K is downhill with two single tracks that merge into one.  For the first 1K of the race you’ll go through the campus where the trail is narrow (single track) with tight turns around buildings and trees – there will be little if any chances to pass other skiers. Be patient and practice good sportsmanship while you enjoy the views of historic Camp Manito-wish YMCA which is celebrating their 100th year.  After the 1K point, you’ll enter the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest where the trail will widen to accommodate both classic and skate lanes and allow for passing. The terrain is gentle – curvy and mildly hilly but still challenging to race.  There will be an aid station with water and sports drink around the 3K point. You’ll cross trails with the snowshoe course at two intersections – skiers will have the right-of-way. The only semi-big hill will be at the 4K point and shortly after that you’ll get a view of the Manitowish River on your right. At 6.5K you’ll cross the main road leading into camp, volunteers will make cars yield to skiers to ensure your safety. At 7.5K you’ll ski through the camp’s ropes course and be back on the narrower campus trails.  After you finish the course by passing through the timing arch, take a moment to pop out of your skis to run over to the transition area which is blacktopped road that may not have snow cover.

(marked with BLUE ribbon and signs): 

The snowshoe course is beautifully rugged – winding through the woods on a combination of ungroomed single-track sections that could be powdery and groomed 10-12” wide ski trail sections. Watch for low hanging branches and uneven terrain in some tight spots.

After taking off skis and ski boots and changing into your boots and snowshoes (we recommend you wait to put your snowshoes on until after you are out of the blacktopped transition area and back on the snow), you’ll leave the transition area and start the snowshoe course in the same location where you began the ski. After taking a sharp left at the bottom of the hill, you will cross a frozen bog to get back into the woods trail. Around the 2K and 2.5K points you will cross the ski/bike course -snowshoers must yield to skiers and bikers. At the 2.5K point you’ll be able to see Boulder Lake as you take a short loop near the wilderness campsites.  At the 3.5K point and until the end of the race, the trail is 2-way and you will need to follow trail etiquette when passing other snowshoers.

(marked with ORANGE ribbon and signs:) 

The fat tire bike course uses the ski course. By the time the bikers hit the trail, all skiers should be finished and onto the snowshoe course. We cannot control the weather and the course conditions can vary widely, from hard packed to soft powder or “mashed potatoes.” Riders are expected to be familiar with biking on snow and have appropriate equipment.  Bikers should stay off the classic ski tracks when possible.

To protect the ski trails and help minimize sinking and spinning, we adopted the following guidelines:

  • A bike specially designed with tires that are 3.5 inches wide or wider to float on snow.
  • Rims range from 60mm to 110mm wide, and tires that run on LESS THAN 10 psi.
  • Mountain bikes are not recommended on trails unless the race description is modified due to lack of snow.
  • Riders need to be aware of the depth of their tire grooves.
  • If your groove is deeper than a half inch, air pressure should be reduced. This will enhance your experience, as well as protect the trail for other users.
  • All riders are strongly encouraged to reduce air pressure. If you ride in an area with little snowfall and rock-hard groomed trails, your “high pressure” tires (7-10 psi) are NOT the right tool for the job here. You will encounter soft, deep snow the likes of which you may have never seen, and a properly aired-down tire (3-6 psi) will float and grip, while a 7-10 psi tire will definitely sink and spin.
  • Bikers must walk their bike to the designated start line near the Manito-wish Leadership Center/Transition Area. On returning from the biking route, participants must again run or walk their bikes from the woodland trail exit through the finish line.

3-Person Relay Teams: Skiers will begin the race with the full triathlon at the designated starting line. Once you complete this ski leg and pass through the timing arch and reach the road (which is closed) you will need to meet your snowshoe partner at the flagged area near the starting line and touch tag before the snowshoer begins. After you complete the snowshoe leg and cross through the timing arch, meet your biking partner at the flagged area over by the start line and touch tag to start the biking leg.

Safety: Race sweepers will be out on each course to make sure all triathletes finish safely.  It is your job as a participant to help another racer if they are in distress and need help. There will be first aid at the Leadership Center and a warming hut/aid station #51 on the course at the intersection of the ski/bike and snowshoe course – report an athlete in distress to any race volunteer. In an emergency situation, call 911.

Withdrawing From The Race: If at any time you cannot complete the race for any reason, you must let a volunteer know so that we know you are safely off of the course and back at Leadership Center.

If you are unable to make it back to the Leadership Hall Center on your own, you may wait at the aid station at #51 for a ride back via snowmobile after the race has completed. OR you may notify a race sweeper and they will make arrangements for a volunteer to meet you at the EMT station at trail intersection #45 who will give you a ride back to the Leadership Center.

Respect the Tracks: All courses will be set with classic track for the entire length. Skaters, please do not stake across the tracks if at all possible! Bikers, please stay of the tracks as well.

Passing:  Use your voice when passing to alert the other triathlete you are passing, then do your best to pass quickly. Conversely, when being overtaken by a faster skier, move out of the way and double pole if possible to allow the faster skier to pass. If in the tracks and you hear “Track!” behind you, move out of the tracks to allow the faster skier to pass, then move back into the tracks. If you want to pass someone in the tracks, either yell, “Track!” or move out of the tracks and overtake the skier in front of you.

Trail Preview: Conditions permitting, trail preview is from 1pm to 4pm on Friday, February 14. We will be grooming the course Friday evening and do not want racers using the trail after final grooming.

Warming Route: Due to logistics at Camp Manito-wish YMCA, we are not offering a warming route on-site. The parking area is 1/4 mile from the staging area so you will have an opportunity to run for warm-up if you would like, or off-site trails could be used prior to arrival.

Participants will take their gear to the Manito-wish Leadership Center from 7:30am until 9am.

No personal listening devices (iPods, radios, and mp3 players) are allowed during this entire event.

Once the clock starts it does not stop until you cross the finish line by bike. All transitions are timed as part of the race.

  • From Main Street in Boulder Junction, follow Highway K west and drive approximately 1.5 miles to the east entrance of Camp Manito-wish YMCA. Look for the banner and flagging.
  • Take a right turn into the camp and follow the signs to the Manito-wish Leadership Center.
  • Pull in to the Manito-wish Leadership Center parking lot on the right (this will be signed) and circle around to the transition area.
  • This will be a single file flow of vehicles. Unload your gear as quickly as possible.
  • Place your equipment in the staging/transition area. There will be racks set-up outdoors, numbered with your bib number with room to hang your bike, place your skis upright without falling, snowshoes and other necessary gear.
  • You are responsible for your own seating. Bring a bucket or small folding chair. Limited indoor changing is available.
  • After your drop-off please continue left down the road you came in on, the east entrance of Camp Manito-wish, to the designated racer’s parking area on the left, ¼ mile from the Manito-wish Leadership Center.
  • Walk back ¼ mile to the Manito-wish Leadership Center & starting line.
  • All participants should have gear at transition area and be prepared to start the race at Camp Manito-wish by 9am.
  • The cross-country ski portion of this event will begin at the designated start line near the Manito-wish Leadership Center.
  • All participants should be at the start line to line up 10 minutes before their start time.
  • Check-in will take place just before you enter the course. If you miss your start time, you will have to start at the end of the line. The clock will not be reset, it begins at your original start time.
  • Two triathletes will be released, every 30 seconds.
  • Expert levels will start first, followed by intermediate then beginners.
  • Classic Ski on right/Skate Ski on left. Pass with care.
  • Follow signs, stay on the trail. Please be courteous to other racers at all times.
  • Approximately 50 feet before the timing arch the trail will be shared with skiers, snowshoers and bikers.
  • Participants will pass through the timing arch which is located at the end of the trail, cross the street (road will be closed) and enter the transition area. Passing through the arch will stop ski time and begin the snowshoe leg of the race. The transition from ski to snowshoe will be timed as part of the snowshoe course.
  • The snowshoe portion of this event will begin at the designated starting line near the Manito-wish Leadership Center/Transition Area. This is a different starting line than the cross-country ski and will be clearly marked.
  • Follow signs, stay on the trail. Please be courteous to other racers at all times.
  • Approximately 50 feet before the timing arch the trail will be shared with skiers, snowshoers and bikers.
  • Please snowshoe on the far left of the trail leading to the timing arch.
  • Participants will pass through the timing arch which is located at the end of the trail, cross the street (road will be closed) and enter the transition area. Passing through the arch will stop snowshoe time and begin the biking leg of the race. The transition from snowshoe to bike will be timed as part of the bike course.
  • Helmets must be worn and buckled at all times during the biking leg of this event. If they are removed during this timed section, you will be disqualified.
  • Failure to heed the commands of a race official means disqualification.
  • Bikers must walk their bike while in the transition area until the entering the designated trail to the bike course This is the same trail leading to the snowshoe course.
  • The bike course is the same course as the cross-country ski. Please do not bike on the classic track.
  • Follow signs, stay the on trail. Please be courteous to other racers at all times.
  • Pass on the left.
  • Approximately 50 feet before the timing arch the trail will be shared with snowshoers.
  • Participants will pass through the timing arch which is located at the end of the trail. This is the finish of the race. You will again cross the street (road will be closed) and enter the transition area.
  • Please walk your bike when in the transition area.
  • If your bike breaks down, please remove yourself from the course and a race official will be on the course to assist you in getting help.

To protect the ski trails and help minimize sinking and spinning when on the bike course, we adopted the following guidelines:

  • A bike specially designed with tires that are 3.5 inches wide or wider to float on snow
  • Rims range from 60mm to 110mm wide, and tires that run on LESS THAN 10 psi.
  • Mountain bikes are not recommended on trails unless the race description is modified due to lack of snow
  • Riders need to be aware of the depth of their tire grooves
  • If your groove is deeper than a half inch, air pressure should be reduced. This will enhance your experience, as well as protect the trail for other users.
  • All riders are strongly encouraged to reduce air pressure. If you ride in an area with little snowfall and rock-hard groomed trails, your “high pressure” tires (7-10 psi) are NOT the right tool for the job here. You will encounter soft, deep snow the likes of which you may have never seen, and a properly aired-down tire (3-6 psi) will float and grip, while a 7-10 psi tire will definitely sink and spin.
  • Bikers must walk their bike to the designated start line near the Manito-wish Leadership Center/Transition Area. On returning from the biking route, participants must again run or walk their bikes from the woodland trail exit through the finish line.

Withdrawing From The Race:

  • If at any time you cannot complete the race for any reason, you must let a volunteer know so that we know you are safely off of the course and back at Leadership Hall.

Transition Staging Areas and Set Up Rules:

  • Transition area will become congested, so it is advised that you begin early and allow at least 1/2 hour to drop off equipment at the transition area, beginning at 7:30am until 9:30am.
  • Volunteers will be there to assist you.
  • Once the clock starts it does not stop until you cross the finish line by bike. All transitions are timed as part of the race.

Equipment Pick-Up Following Awards Ceremony:

  • Equipment pick-up is NOT permitted until the last racer crosses the finish line.
  • Pull out of the designated racer’s parking area and turn to the right to come back to Manito-wish Leadership Center, pull in parking lot as you did in the morning and circle around to the transition area on your right.
  • Pull off to the right out of the way of other vehicles and load your gear.
  • After pick-up please continue left down the road you came in on-the east entrance of Camp Manito-wish to Hwy K. Take a left turn on Hwy K to return to downtown Boulder Junction.
  • All equipment must be picked-up no later than 4pm.

Parking Areas:
Designated parking area for the race is located ¼ mile south from the Manito-wish Leadership Center on Camp Manitowish Lane. Overflow parking will be on the west side of Camp Manito-wish Lane.

Spectator Parking & Viewing:
Spectators are welcome to cheer on the triathletes outside the Manito-wish Leadership Center, which is where the start and finish line of the race are located. We ask that spectators also park in the designated parking area ¼ mile from the Manito-wish Leadership Center. Spectators are NOT allowed on the trails.

Camp Manito-wish YMCA: Camp Manito-wish YMCA is an alcohol free and tobacco free property. No pets are allowed on campus. Thank you for respecting this beautiful property.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Your entry includes:

  • Bib
  • Forest Frenzy Performance Hat
  • Participation Medal
  • Food & Beverage
  • Post-race massages
  • Awards Ceremony
  • An adventure in Boulder Junction!

Register by mail by February 3, 2020: (Download the PDF form)
Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 286
Boulder Junction, WI 54512

Online Registration:  This link will take you directly to the online registration which closes February 13, 2020.  Walk-in registrations will be allowed at Packet Pick-up on, Friday, February 14, 2020 from 1pm to 4pm and the morning of the race, Saturday, February 15, 2020, between 7:30am and 9:00am.

Divisions and Awards:

  • Individuals, ages 15-70+:  Medals will be awarded to the top male and female in each of the following age categories in both classic and skate ski divisions: 15-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59, 60-69, 70+. Award plaques to the top male finisher and top female finisher overall, in each ski division.
  • 3-Person Relay:  Three people will each complete one leg of the course.  A plaque for each member of the top relay team in both the classic and skate ski divisions will be awarded.
  • All athletes finishing the race will receive a participation medal.

Registration Fee:

Early Bird – November 1 thru November 30: $65 individual or $155 3-person relay team. Standard Rate – December 1 thru February 14: $75 individual or $170 3-person relay team. Walk-In Registrations – February 15 & February 16: $85 individual or $180 3-person relay team.

Registration Info:

  • No refunds will be given for any reason including race cancellation.
  • Proof of registration will be emailed. Signed waivers are required and separate registrations for every participant.
  • If you are registering as a 3-Person Relay Team, the captain will register and pay for the entire fee; however, each participant of the relay must sign a separate waiver at check-in on Friday evening or Saturday morning when they pick up their packet.
  • We will do our best to accommodate wave requests submitted to us no later than the Sunday before the race.
  • It is assumed that you will have your own equipment; however, skis, snowshoes, & bikes will be available for a fee at the following local business:
    • Chequamegon Adventure Company for Skis, Snowshoes & Fat Tire Bikes: (715) 356-1618
    • Coontail for Skis, Snowshoes & Fat Tire Bikes: 888-874-0885
    • Call to reserve them early, as supplies are limited.
  • Hotels also fill up fast so make your reservations early. A two-night minimum may be required.

NO REFUNDS OR TRANSFERS FOR ANY REASON, INCLUDING RACE CANCELLATION OR DISQUALIFICATION.

WAIVER (required to be signed by all participants in the race)

 

 

 

Boulder Junction is proud to be a destination for winter silent sports enthusiasts and we’re excited to bring to you 3rd Annual Forest Frenzy Winter Triathlon, the premier outdoor winter triathlon of its kind in Wisconsin, on Saturday, February 15, 2020.

Forest Frenzy is stationed at Camp Manito-wish YMCA with race headquarters at the Manito-wish Leadership Center, a beautiful Northwoods lodge with fireplace overlooking Boulder Lake.

The Forest Frenzy Winter Triathlon’s 3-legs include:

SLIDE: 7.5K Cross-Country Ski (Classic or Skate) Course

STOMP: 5K Snowshoe Course

BIKE: 7.5K Fat Tire Bike Course

This is a timed event. Registration opens November 1, 2019 and ends February 13, 2020. Proceeds from this event will help to support the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce in coordination of future events and promotional activities.

You can help support this event by being a contributing sponsor to Forest Frenzy. We are anticipating a turnout of about 100 participants. Sponsors that sign up early will have the benefit of having their name and/or logo on posters, our website, in print materials and in press releases as they happen throughout the promotional period leading up to the event.

Download the Forest Frenzy – Sponsor Form to determine the level you would like to support for this event.

If you have questions or would like to be a sponsor please call:

Theresa Smith, Executive Director

Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce: 1-800-GO-MUSKY or 715-385-2400

Thank you in advance for your contribution and support!

 

Will the event be canceled for poor weather?

  • Your safety is our number one concern.
  • Race officials will monitor the weather and course conditions closely the week of the race. We will keep participants aware of any alterations to the schedule or alert registered athletes if the race has been postponed or cancelled via email and Facebook notifications.
  • All or any part of the race may be delayed or cancelled due to severe weather conditions.
  • If weather is favorable, but trail conditions are poor, the race may be modified. In this event, notification to registered triathletes would be made via email and Facebook notifications.
  • The triathlon will be cancelled if the high for the day is -5F or colder.
  • The triathlon will be postponed 1.5 hours if the high at the starting time (9:50am) is forecast to be -10F.
  • Please dress for all-weather conditions and plan accordingly.
  • NO REFUNDS will be issued if competition must be modified, shortened or cancelled due to weather conditions. Registered triathletes will receive their participant gift, if picked up in person, or they can be mailed upon request only.

Am I able to start in the same wave as my friend or family member?

We will do our best to accommodate wave requests submitted to us no later than the Sunday before the race.

Will there be an aid station? What fuel will be provided?

Safety and first aid stations will be available at the transition/finish line staffed by volunteers from the Boulder Junction Fire Department and EMTs. There will be a warming hut where the ski/bike and snowshoe courses intersect with water and gatorade. Race sweepers will be on the course throughout the event. It is your job as a participant to help another racer if they are in distress and need help.

In the case of emergency, call 911.

Are studded tires allowed?

Yes, we will allow studded tires on the fat bike course.

Will there be a place to drop clothing at the start?

Clothing can be left at your transition station. The transition area is very close to the start line and finish line.

Are snowshoes required for the run?

Yes, to keep this an even competition, please wear snowshoes even if you might be able to run without using them. However there aren’t restrictions as to what type of snowshoe you use.

Where can I do some more skiing or biking while I’m in the Boulder Junction area?

Find some ideas for exploring the area here.

If I have any mechanical needs while I’m up north, is there a bike shop/support?

Coontail in town has bike support. Other shops are available in Minocqua as well.

If forget something, like a clothing item, where can I shop?

Northern Highland Sports and Coontail have sporting gear available. Visit our shopping page for a full list of retailers.

Are there awards for top finishers? What were the winning times last year?

Here is the awards breakdown:

Individuals, ages 15-70+: Medals will be awarded to the top male and female in each of the following age categories in both classic and skate ski divisions: 15-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59, 60-69, 70+. The top male finisher and top female finisher overall in each ski division will receive award plaques.

3-Person Relay: Three people will each complete one leg of the course. A plaque for each member of the top relay team in both the classic and skate ski divisions will be awarded.

All athletes finishing the race will receive a participation medal.

Last year’s race results are here.

I’m not going to compete this year, but are there any volunteer opportunities?

We always welcome volunteers – we need plenty of help and may have some shorter shifts available. If you would like to volunteer, please call 715-385-2400.

What kind of ski wax should I use? What tire pressure should I run?

Race day conditions will determine the best setup. We’ll post some information on Facebook about trail conditions and some local skier/rider tips, as the race approaches. In the meantime– here’s a fat bike tire pressure guide and a good guide on ski waxing by Swix.

May I preview the course?

Yes! See the details here.

Is there a warming route?

There is not a warming route on site, but we have some nearby suggestions here.

What food is available at the finish?

Soup, hot beverages, bottled water and fruit will be available at the finish line for all participants upon completion of the race. There will also be a soup luncheon from 11-3.

Are there any other racer perks?

Free massages will be available after the race.

What is there to do in Boulder Junction on Sunday?

Make it a weekend to remember and enjoy! See some of our tips.

Please call the Boulder Junction Chamber at 1-800-GO-MUSKY or email us at [email protected]

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Your wilderness winter triathlon adventure begins in Boulder Junction on February 15, 2020.

SKI: 7.5K Cross Country Ski (Classic or Skate) Course

STOMP: 5K Snowshoe Course

BIKE: 7.5K Fat Tire Bike Course

Boulder Junction is proud to be a premier destination for winter silent sports enthusiasts and we are excited to bring to you our 3rd Annual Forest Frenzy Winter Triathlon, the premier outdoor winter triathlon in the state of Wisconsin.

Forest Frenzy is staged at historic Camp Manito-wish YMCA with race headquarters at the Manito-wish Leadership Center, a beautiful Northwoods lodge with fireplace overlooking Boulder Lake.

This fun challenging wilderness endurance event features a 7.5-kilometer cross-country ski (classic or skate) course, 5-kilometer snowshoe loop and 7.5-kilometer fat tire bike course all tucked in the woods of the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest.

Forest Frenzy courses are not your typical winter races trails. These trails are tucked in the tall trees beginning at Camp Manito-wish YMCA and leading into the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest. We have widened existing trails to accommodate the race. You will find that this is a challenging wilderness endurance event with some tight turns and narrow areas. Some of the course does cross other public use trails.

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Our Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors
Aqualand Ale House
Coontail Market
Coontail
Experience Manito•wish
Gold Sponsors
peeplelures
The Lakeland Times
Northern Highland Sports
North Lakeland Discovery Center
Marshfield Clinic
Silver Sponsors
Redman Realty Group
moondeer
Shaw
Manitowish Waters Athletic Club
Bob's Manitowish Waters
Septic Inspection  Service
Bronze Sponsors

Boulder Junction Shooting Range        
Wild Women of the North & a Few Good Men, LLC        
White Birch Village Resort        

News

Photos of the 2019 triathlon

10/18/2019

To see last pictures of last years participants click here.

2019 Forest Frenzy race results

10/18/2019

View last year’s race results here. Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors:

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