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XTERRA - Rockport Rugged!

Date / Location

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Rockport State Recreation Area
Alpena, MI 49707


Parking will be inside the Recreation Area in designated areas. Please follow the Event Parking signs.


Olympic Triathlon - 1000m swim, 14 mi mountain bike (MTB), 10k trail run = XTERRA points series
Sprint Triathlon - 500m swim, 8 mi MTB, 5k trail run 
Olympic Aquabike - 1000m swim, MTB 
Sprint Aquabike - 500m swim, MTB 
Sprint Kaya-Tri - 2 mile Kayak/SUP,  8 mi. MTB, 5k trail run

**Relays offered for Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlon

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The Scene

Rockport State Recreation Area sets the scene for this event, and the name could not be more fitting. Set in the beautiful up north area of Alpena, it’s like you landed in another state out west somewhere. This is one of Michigan’s most unique state parks, rich in history and picturesque in its breathtaking beauty. We incorporate all the unique aspects of the park to offer this one of kind event, as well as stunning scenery along the shoreline with the kayak/SUP event. We are very proud to be the official event management team for this event and we look forward to creating a event like no other in the region. 

Proceeds support the Friends of Rockport Recreation Area.  

  • Custom event shirt
  • Custom latex swim cap
  • Sponsor supplied samples
  • Professional chip timing with results available online
  • Awards to top three in each age group
  • Great sponsor supplied raffle and awards ceremony following the last finisher  
  • The best post race snack table out there 

Age Up Rule
Your age on race day is the same as how old you will be on December 31 of that year.

Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women Overall in each event and excluded from their age group.

Age Groups
Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women within each of the following age groups:
19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39,40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+
*In the event there may not be at least 4 athletes within an age group, an age group may be combined, for example 2 in 20-24 and 2 and 25-29 = 20-29 age group combined.

*Sprint Triathlon - Typically offers 15 and under and 16-19 in addition
*Masters - First place 40+ masters in Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlons
*Top 3 Clydesdales in Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlons (Clydesdale = Male 225lbs or more)
*Top 3 Athenas in Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlons (Athena = Females 165lbs or more)

Aquabike - First place Olympic Aquabike and first place Sprint Aquabike
Kaya-Tri - Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women Overall (when applicable)
Super Sprint - All athletes will receive a finisher medal when crossing the finish line. This category is designed for those wanting to Try the Tri or to enjoy a fun, family-friendly race. In that spirit, no awards are presented. Everyone is a winner!
Awards will in NO circumstances be given out early, or individually before the awards ceremony. If you must depart before the awards ceremony, you may opt to pay a shipping and processing fee and have the award mailed to you. Please click on the link below to be taken to the Transition Bag Store where you can select the AWARD Item.



Alpena Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
Michigan DNR - Rockport State Recreation Area
Friends of Rockport State Recreation Area

Pepsi Co
Gatorade Endurance
Paul Mitchell
Xterra Boards
Xterra Wetsuits
Event Hosts; 
Performance Locker & Friends of Rockport

Platinum sponsors
Besser Co 
Gold Sponsors
Irving Entertainment
Silver Sponsors
Courtyard Resturaunt, Family Enterprise, Lafarge Presque Isle, First Federal of NE MI
Bronze Sponsors
Edward Jones; Bryan Strong, Harborside Cycle, Thunder Bay Trails Association, State Farm; Neil Seabase

Support Crews

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