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October 5, 2024

The Kickapoo Reserve Dam Challenge Triathlon challenges participants to compete among the rugged hills of scenic southwestern Wisconsin's rural countryside and the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. Proceeds from this event benefit the Kickapoo Valley Reserve education program.

Welcome back to the best Dam Race around!  Join in to support Kickapoo Valley Reserve .

Registration open NOW!

Make plans to join us for the 22nd Dam Challenge in 2024!

 Boat Course - 7 RIVER MILES:  The river portion of the Dam Challenge is 7 river miles, with the current.  Paddle past towering sandstone cliffs on one of the crookedest rivers you will find.  The Kickapoo River is arguably one of the most scenic rivers to hold a triathlon on. Bring your own boat or race rentals are available.

Bike Course - 14.5 ROAD BIKE MILES  The bike route takes you through the valleys and over the ridge in one of Wisconsin's most scenic rural landscapes. Steep climbs and rapid descents provide the ride of a lifetime! The course goes through Amish country so be on the lookout for road apples! This is not a closed course.  The race shares country roads with vehicle traffic.

Run Course - 3.5 Trail Run Miles: The trail run course of the Dam Challenge uses natural surface trails through woodlands and prairies.  The landscape provides elevation changes, vistas, a true trail run experience. 

Join us
Friday, October 4, 2024 for the Annual Friends of Kickapoo Valley Reserve Pasta Supper.

All you can eat - $15
Children under 12 $5

Everyone is welcome! 




Competitive Racer:  A racer that will be timed and who is eligible for awards depending on placing.

Fun Racer:  A racer who will be timed but is not eligible for awards regardless of placing.

Individual Racer - Individual completes all three legs and submits an individual time. Paddles a solo kayak OR canoe with a partner. Must supply own paddling partner.

Relay Team - Racers paddle solo in a kayak or together in a canoe. One racer bikes, and one racer runs. Times are not averaged. Team submits one total time. Each team member registers separately but uses the same team name.

Race Timing/Results: 
Race will be timed by Pickle Events. Results will be posted at the event, announced at an awards ceremony and posted online.  Awards will be given in the competitive category only. 

Dam Challenge Race Manual

Printable Registration Form

Interactive Race Route Map

Main Event/Transition Site Map




Registration fees are nonrefundable and may not be deferred or otherwise transferred for any reason - including race cancellation. 


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The Kickapoo Reserve Management Board acknowledges that the state and federal lands that comprise the Reserve fall within the ancestral homelands of First Nations people including the Hooçak Nation. We recognize the sovereignty of the Hooçak and other First Nations and will work towards a shared future by continuing to create collaborative opportunities to protect and preserve these lands.

Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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