Register Now: Wye-Tri Adventure Race at Wye Island NRMAWho: Ages 14 and older When: Saturday, May 3, Race begins at 8 a.m. Where: Wye Island NRMA, 632 Wye Island Road, Queenstown Cost: $15 per person Contact: 410-827-7577
Register now to run, paddle and ride through the Wye Island Natural Resources Management Area (NRMA) during the 3rd annual Wye-Tri Adventure Race. This year, the race is returning to the popular 2012 format, which includes three segments: running, kayaking and mountain biking.
“Based on the feedback we received, we decided to give people the chance once again to enter either individually or as part of a team,” said NRMA Manager Ranger Martin Callahan. “We expect a lot of interest in this year’s race as the island’s landscapes, scenic waterways and even terrain make it a natural setting for this type of event.”
The race will begin with a 2-mile run over wooded and open field trails along Dividing Creek, followed by a .75-mile paddle on the Wye River and Granary Creek, and finish with a 6.5-mile mountain bike ride along Wye Island Road and the island’s trail system. Categories for this year’s event are: Male over 40, Male under 40, Female over 40, Female under 40, Two Person Teams (16 years and older), and Adult/Youth.
Sponsored by the Maryland Park service, the Wye-Tri Adventure Race is open to anyone 14 years of age or older in good physical health. The cost is $15 per person and each participant will receive a souvenir event shirt.
The Park Service will permit kayaks and canoes of all sizes. Participants can rent a boat for an additional $5. There are a limited number so be sure to contact the park office to reserve in advance. Life vests will be mandatory for athletes. The event will take place rain or shine but may delay or interrupt the race in the event of extreme fog, wind or thunderstorms. Participants are required to have their kayaks and bicycles in place by 7:30 a.m. and be present for a pre-race meeting at 7:45 a.m. The Wye-Tri Adventure Race will begin promptly at 8 a.m.
Wye Island NRMA is located in the tidal recesses of the Chesapeake Bay between the Wye River and the Wye East River. Of the facility’s 2,800 acres, 2,450 are managed by the Department of Natural Resources’ Maryland Park Service for resource management, recreation and agriculture. A major emphasis at Wye Island is to provide suitable habitat for wintering waterfowl populations and other native wildlife.
For more information or to register for the Wye-Tri Adventure Race, contact the Wye Island NRMA office at 410-827-7577 or the Tuckahoe State Park office at 410-820-1668.