About the Race
The MISH Experience is Extreme! Racers will begin the race on a kayak or paddleboard with a 3 mile open water PADDLE. Starting at the Terrace Bay hotel, the route will follow the protected Little Bay de Noc shoreline on Lake Michigan to the Gladstone Beach. Upon arrival at the beach, racers will transition to their bikes staged in Van Cleve Park. The BIKE portion of the race will take riders 13.5 miles through the City of Gladstone and up to Rapid River along Bay Shore Drive. Returning back to Van Cleve Park, racers will dismount from their bikes and finish the last stretch of the race on foot. A 5K RUN will follow the Lake Michigan shoreline along the brand new waterfront non-motorized trail, finishing at the Terrace Bay Hotel.
Rather Swim than Paddle?
Get the full Lake Michigan experience with a 600M swim in Lake Michigan, 13.5 mile bike finished with a 5K run. The route starts in the protected waters of Little Bay de Noc on the North end of Lake Michigan starting from the Gladstone Beach in Van Cleve Park. The bike and run portions of this race feature scenic waterfront views along a very flat course.
Races will start at 8am.
Bring Your Friends!
Sign up for our team option and share the fun. Split the disciplines between a two or three person team.
Race registration includes official timing, race T-Shirt, finisher medal, hot food and 1 free beer.
Packet Pickup/ Check-in
Participant packets can be picked up on Friday from 5-7pm, or Saturday from 6:30 - 7:30am at the Terrace Bay Hotel.
Equipment Drop-Off / Staging
Bikes and kayaks/sups can dropped off in staging areas on Friday from 5-8pm or Saturday morning from 6-7am.
Bikes will be staged in VanCleve Park, in Gladstone. Kayaks will be staged at the boat launch at the Terrace Bay Hotel.
Participants are required to provide their own equipment for the race (bikes, kayaks/ SUPs). We have a limited supply of rental kayaks, SUP and single speed cruiser bikes available. Kayaks can be rented for $40 each. Rentals available for selection through registration process. Bikes may be available for rent at local bike shops.
Water stations will be positioned along the route along with Hammer Nutrition Gel and Heed Sports drink.
Sorry no refunds will be provided.
Preliminary Route Map. Route May Change
Mishigamaa • "Great Water"
We know you're all wondering.."what the heck does MISH mean? Is it an acronym for something?"
MISH is short for the Ojibwe Native American word Mishigamaa, which is translated to"Great Water" and is where the state and the lake got their name. MISH started back in 2015 as a water sports rental business. When we first formed the business we wanted to come up with a name that had some meaning, but was also short and catchy, so Mishigamaa became just MISH (capitalized for aesthetics). As we ventured into endurance events in 2018, we thought that we'd carry through with the brand and MISH Events had a nice ring to it.
The Race will begin and end at the Terrace Bay Hotel. Located right on the shores of Lake Michigan. The hotel features waterfront rooms, indoor swimming pool, and a full service restaurant.