Triathletes expect attractive scenery for first St. Croix Fat Cat Triathlon

Route includes river, lake, state park, country roads

Mary Bailey
Community Editor

Fat Cat Triathlon logoThe inaugural St. Croix Fat Cat Triathlon will be a joy to participate in, if scenery is a major factor.

The July 12 race will include paddling on the St. Croix River, running through William O’Brien State Park and biking along the shores of Big Marine Lake and through the back roads of Scandia.

Presented by the Scandia-Marine Lions Club, the race will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 12.

To make it even more inviting, the Lions have limited the number of participants to 375, and they offer individual, tandem or team relay registration.

The race begins with a 3.8-mile paddle down the St. Croix River (with the current). Racers start at Scandia’s Log House Landing boat launch, going around Greenburg Island into William O’Brien State Park.  

Then the running begins. The 5.2-mile route goes through the state park and ends at Scandia-Marine Lions Park, located at the intersection of Olinda Trail and Old Marine Trail.

The bicycle loop begins and ends at Lions Park. For 11 miles, riders will travel along the shores of Big Marine Lake and through rural Scandia.

Fat Cat Triathlon mapAfter finishing, they are invited to enjoy a catfish snack with a beverage.  

All participants will receive a race-day T-shirt, and top finishers will be given awards.

Proceeds will benefit Scandia-Marine Lions Club community projects.

Individuals can compete for an entrance fee of $69. A single participant will complete all three legs. 

Tandem racers pay $50 per person. The two paddle together, then each participates individually in the run and bike portions. The slower running and biking times will be counted for the overall result. 

Relay teams pay $45 per person. Three participants make up the team, with one member completing each leg. The total time for each leg will be counted for the overall team result. 

Rental kayaks are available for $45 each. Participants can also supply their own canoe or kayak.

Register online at Online registration closes June 27.