LES CHENEAUX ISLANDS SWIMRUN COURSE DESCRIPTION

Welcome to Les Cheneaux Islands, Cedarville, Michigan! The Les Cheneaux Island Chain is a hidden gem tucked away on the northern shores of Lake Huron. These unique islands form one of the most pristine and hospitable environments for SwimRun in all the midwest. Being about 30-min from the closest airport (to the north) and 30-min from the Mackinac Bridge and Mackinac Island, the Les Cheneaux SwimRun offers something for both athletes, and their families to enjoy.

The course is mostly flat with the exception of a large hill at mile 14, which means it’s wonderfully suited to attract beginners to the sport while still being long enough to challenge even the most seasoned swimrunners. The terrain consists of pavement, gravel, dirt, and single track trail running. The entire swim is in the crystal clear gorgeous blue freshwaters of Lake Huron. The depth of the swim is between 6-30’ with most of the swim averaging about 8-12’ deep with visible bottom. Athletes will enjoy entering and exiting the swim via beaches, docks, boat ramps, all natural shorelines, and even a swim through the middle of La Salle Island via Bosley Channel, a narrow channel meant to get from one side to the other with absolutely stunning views as you swim.

This is one of the most beautiful SwimRun courses in the country and something that you will never forget. Do it as a team or solo then stay a few extra days to explore the great lakes in Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas. There’s nothing like a Pure Michigan summer/fall

ALSO CHECKOUT OUR COURSE TALK WEBINAR

For a more detailed, step-by-step description of both courses please checkout our Les Cheneaux Islands Course Webinar on our YouTube Channel (Coming May 2019).

AVAILABLE DISTANCES & CATEGORIES

Short Course - TENTATIVE

Keep in mind that the short course is not taking athletes on Government or La Salle Islands. This part of the course is stunning. If you have the time and budget we highly recommend the long course although you certainly cannot go wrong with either. They are both gorgeous and you will love ever minute of the adventure.

  • 2-Person Teams (All Male, All Female, Mixed) Allowed

  • 1-Person Solo/Individual - Allowed but must use athlete provided New Wave Swim Buoy

  • 9 Total Segments (4 Swim Segments, 5 Run Segments)

  • 16.85 Total Miles (3.1 Swim Miles, 13.9 Run Miles)

  • The runs are anywhere from 1/8-mile to 5.75 miles and swims are anywhere from 400m-1,900m and the longest swim has some points, beaches, and sandbars you can rest on if needed.

Long Course MAP - TENTATIVE

Despite the long course having about 6-miles of total swimming please keep in mind that the 3 long swims all have points and sandbars you can rest on if need be. Water levels do vary from year-to-year and this will likely be a higher year but we should still be able to route the course along rest points to use if needed.

  • 2-Person Teams (All Male, All Female, Mixed) Allowed

  • 1-Person Solo/Individual - Allowed but must use athlete provided New Wave Swim Buoy

  • 17 Total Segments (8 Swim Segments, 9 Run Segments)

  • 23 Total Miles (6 Swim Miles, 17 Run Miles)

  • The runs are anywhere from 1/8-mile to 4.5 miles and swims are anywhere from 400m-2,000m. Some of the longer swims have some points, beaches, and sandbars to rest if needed.