kuparisaari tri

the only half iron distance triathlon in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula -Lac La Belle, Michigan -

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Preorder the Kuparisaari Triathlon Visors now!

The sun is shining in the Keweenaw, and the snow is melting fast. This warm weather makes this girl get a bit of triathlon on the brain.

Now is the time to pre-order your own Kuparisaari Tri visor, made by Headsweats. These visors are incredible at wicking the sweat away and keeping the sun out of your eyes. The embroidered logo in our race colors is flashy and super-attractive. Your choice of a solid blue bill or a two-tone blue bill with a green brim. Like 'em both? Get 'em both! For only $17, this is a deal hard to pass up ($17 for local pick-up upon arrival [you'll be notified via email] or for race day pickup). Want them shipped to your house? Add $4. If you purchase more than one visor, shipping will be free for the additional visors (just select the $17 visors for any additional orders). Pre-orders can be made through the end of April for delivery in time for race day, so don't delay! Place your order now.

Preorder for Kuparisaari Tri Visors

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Find us at the Great Lakes Multisport, Cycling, and Running Expo this weekend

This weekend, the race directors of the Kuparisaari Triathlon- Megan and Bob - will be at the Great Lakes Multisport, Cycling, and Running Expo in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Stop by our booth for a chance to win some sweet prizes, including a basket chock full of great triathlon gear from SBR Sports, Headsweats (one of our special race-issue visors!), Peace Coffee, and the Kuparisaari Tri!

The first 25 folks to register for the Kuparisaari Tri on-site at the Expo will receive a 12-oz bag of Peace Coffee French Roast beans. Plus, we'll be there to talk to you about the race, the course, the area, and life in da UP.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Headsweat visors are in!

Join us at the training session tomorrow to see them first-hand and help us pick which design you like better. If you're interested in ordering one, send an email to: info@kuparitri.com or purchase one when you register (coming soon). They will be ready at packet pickup on August 13-14th!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Kuparisaari Training Series Session 1- Live online!

Attend the Kuparisaari Training Series - Session 1 in person or online!

The event will be held on Thursday January 7th at the Portage Hospital (Hancock Campus) from 6:30 to 7:45 pm.  USAT coaches Rick Vendlinski and Chris Schwartz will be presenting "Introduction to Triathlon" and "Periodizing Your Training for Maximum Results", and organizers of the Kuparisaari Triathlon (the Keweenaw's first half-iron distance triathlon) will be providing information on this summer's race.

To attend the session online please send an email to ravendli@NorthwoodsEndurance.com requesting an invitation.  Prior to Thursday's session you will receive an email invitation.  After you click on the "Enter class" link in the email invitation you will be directed to WiZiQ.com where you will be asked to create an account, or sign in if you already have an account.  To create the account you need to provide your name, a valid email address and a password of your choosing.  When that is done you can click on the button to "Launch Class".  The class is presented through your web browser and either Microsoft Internet Explorer or Firefox will work.  You'll need speakers or a headset to hear audio and you should be able to see the powerpoint slides and webcam video on your computer screen.  You'll be able to submit questions via the chat box if you like.

In the case of unforseen technical difficulties the live session will commence as scheduled and we will email the presentation slides in PDF format to those who asked for online invitations.

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

the genesis of the kuparisaari triathlon

 This guest blog post was originally posted on YooperSteez's Upper Peninsula blog and was written by Bobb Haase and came my way via Megan Killian. The knob in the photo is called Bare Bluff, which may be part of the course.
Bob Haase and his wife, Jan, started the Copperman Triathlon in Copper Harbor in 1992 and have since passed along these duties to other organizations. He decided to do his first triathlon at the age of 31 after watching the Ironman (Hawaii) on TV. His most memorable race is the Bud Light USTS Chicago Triathlon in 1986, where he got Dave Scott’s autograph and chatted with him after the race. Megan is a graduate student with a running problem. She found her love for endurance sports in the heart of the Keweenaw, where she now lives with her boyfriend, Adam, and cat, Abbie. You can follow Megan on Twitter.

Some artists can visualize their finished sculpture in a block of raw granite. I think that I can visualize a triathlon race course in a particular setting. Well, okay, that may not be true, but some places just cry out for a race, don’t they?

In 1992 my wife, Jan, and I saw the possibility of staging a triathlon in Copper Harbor. We made the mistake of telling someone that “Copper Harbor would be the perfect place for a triathlon,” and the next thing you knew, we were putting on the Copperman, an Olympic-length race in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula.

We put on the race for several years and then passed the race on to someone new. Last year the race sold out under the new management. A few years ago, I started to see the possibility of staging a long-course race in the Keweenaw. This past summer I made the mistake of telling someone, and guess what? The race is on!

The” someone” I told was Megan Killian. We were at the Liberty Triathlon and I was talking about my favorite subject, what I was calling the Copperman Half. My idea was to put on a half iron distance race using the same venue as the Copperman, maybe even on the same weekend. Megan was very interested, but I didn’t really expect anything to happen. Then I got this email in August. “Hey Bob, it’s Megan. Did you really want to put on a race?”

Since then, Megan and I (but mostly Megan) have been busy. We agreed on staging the race in Lac LaBelle instead of Copper Harbor, especially after I saw the State marina and dock in Lac LaBelle. It is absolutely the perfect place to put a transition area. And then the rest of the course just fell into place.

I don’t know about you, but I REALLY like loops for biking! From the transition area, there is a 56-mile loop on smooth paved roads with very little traffic. The first twenty-five miles are fairly flat, so don’t forget to HAMMER! Then there is about a four hundred-foot climb to wake you up. From then on it’s a rolling course until the last SCREAMING downhill. Be grateful that the bike course travels clockwise, or you’d be climbing this Category 3 climb instead of rocketing down it to the transition.

Expect a challenging run. With so much two-track in the area, racers are bound to end up with some extraordinary views of Lake Superior, not necessarily at lakeshore level. We're finalizing the course, and it may include surrounding scenic outlooks that offer potentially breathtaking (both from beauty and effort) such as Bear Bluff and Mount Houghton. The run will also include some of Lake Superior shore on one of the prettiest sand beaches in the world.

Feel free to just give ‘er, as we say in up here in da UP, hey!

If you plan on racing, it’s never too early to start training, which is why we wanted to help get the word out early. Follow Megan on Twitter for additional updates.

Friday, December 4, 2009

What is the Kuparisaari Triathlon?

Join us in 2010 for the inaugural Kuparisaari Triathlon, the only half iron distance triathlon in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Enjoy the calm, inland waters of Lac La Belle for a 1.2mile swim. Climb the rolling hills of the Keweenaw on the 56 mile, single lap bike course, and take in the beautiful views from the shoreline of Lake Superior during the half marathon run. This race will be a challenge even for experienced triathletes, but offers treasures unlike any other race you’ve done. 

The Kuparisaari Triathlon will take place on August 15, 2010. Enjoy the low-traffic, laid-back lifestyle of the Upper Peninsula for this action-packed race! Age group prize awards of locally made, hand-crafted prizes will be issued after the event. All athletes will receive a custom race shirt and finisher’s award. Food, including freshly baked pasties, will be available at the finish line. 

For more information, contact us at info [at] kuparitri [dot] com !