Tune ups for Taming of the Slough to begin
Taming of the Slough is an adventure triathlon that celebrates the many water, biking and running trails that keep Quad-Citians busy year-round. The race is in its 11th year, and organizers are inviting past and potential participants to get ready for the Sept. 17 event in a series of tune up sessions.
Taming tune ups will be held on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Aug. 25, Sept. 1 and Sept. 8. at Empire Park in East Moline. There will be an informational meeting at the beginning of each session and there will also be free canoes and kayaks available for those who call ahead and make a reservation. The number is (563) 322-2969 or participants can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers will watch over equipment, but there is not a secured transition area, so bike locks are recommended. Safety boats will be on the water around Campbell’s Island to address any issues.
The mountain biking and paddling elements set Taming apart from a traditional triathlon. Triathlons most often consist of a swim, road bicycle ride, and run. River Action’s not-so-traditional event includes a paddle instead of a swim, off-road bicycle ride, and run, part of which is off-road. Taming of the Slough is designed to use the river and riverfront in East Moline and Hampton, raise awareness for its unique recreational opportunities, and advance water trail and off-road trail development in the region.