This will be the fifth year for me participating in this event. The race consists of three legs: road cycling (36 mi.), kayaking (6 mi.), and backpacking (8 mi). Each year I assist in fielding one or more "non-competative" relay teams for the event (everyone gives their best performance in their leg but there is no pressure to meet a specific finish time). The event can also be done solo (I did it this way for the first time last year). This is a really great event for both the novice and more advanced athletes. The event is well organized, and is attended by a wide range of participants...from father/daughter teams, to casual outdoor enthusiasts, and of course some very serious athletes who count the seconds on the transitions and like to use this as a starting point for their summer season of racing.
Website for the event: Tri-Adventure Race Homepage
Visit the website for more details about the venue and the event, and feel free to contact me directly. Give me a shout if you are interested in being part of relay team and are looking for additional team members. I will be posting other meetups through the month of April for people interested in training together.
Note: Not having your own boat is not an excuse for missing this event. There is a reasonably priced livery in Waterville, OH that will bring and pick up a rental boat to/from the race event for you and it is best to setup rental with them early. They rent tandem and single kayaks in addition to canoes. I also know of other rental options here in Michigan in case you "miss the boat" on the above mentioned livery.