River Action's Taming of the Slough

in United States at Bass Street YMCA

Online registration for this event is closed. You may sign up by phone or at the River Action office before 9/14, at packet pickup on Friday 9/14 from 5:00-7:00 pm (Bent River Brewing Co., Moline), or at the race headquarters before 7:30am on race day, 9/16.

  • Masters Individual
    For Ages 55+

    Online registration is closed for this category.

  • Elite Individuals
    Participants using racing kayaks MUST register in the elite category

    Online registration is closed for this category.

  • Individual
    For Ages 18+

    Online registration is closed for this category.

  • Youth Individual
    For Ages 12-17

    Online registration is closed for this category.

  • 2-Person Team Registration
    For Ages 18+

    Online registration is closed for this category.

  • 3-Person Team Registration
    For Ages 18+

    Online registration is closed for this category.

  • Corporate Adventure Challenge (3-person team)
    For Ages 18+

    Online registration is closed for this category.

Race Details - Race will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2023

Taming of the Slough is an adventure triathlon where racers paddle, mountain bike, and run in and along the Mississippi River and Sylvan Slough.

Trophies are given to the first three finishers in each individual category, the first two finishers in each relay category, and the Corporate Challenge Winner. After the race we have a post-race party and awards ceremony with food and beverage provided.

Taming of the Slough
* All categories can participate.
* Meet at Bass Street YMCA at 1701 1st Ave. Moline, IL 61265
* Check in at 7:30 AM
* Race Start at 8:00 AM
* Paddle 2.5 miles in Sylvan Slough
* Mountain Bike to Sylvan Island, make TWO LAPS on the island, and come back to the YMCA. 7.5 miles total, 5 miles off-road.
* Run up to the oculus on the pedestrian path of the new I-74 bridge, then turn around and head back to the finish at Bass Street Landing. 1.75 miles.
* Detailed maps can be found at riveraction.org/tamingroute

Packet Pick Up

Packet pickup is from 5:00-7:00 pm on Friday, September 15, 2023 at the Bent River Brewing Company in downtown Moline.

1413 5th Ave, Moline, IL 61265.
We will be set up on the back patio.

Tune Up for Taming

Come practice the course at Tune Up for Taming! We open the Taming of the Slough paddle and mountain bike courses for racers or the general public to get out and try the course. Tune Ups will be held on August 24, August 31, and September 7 from 5:30-7:00 PM. Meet at the Bass Street YMCA.

Tire Width Equipment

All equipment must be provided by racer
* Bike helmets and PFDs required
* Tires must be 1.4 inches wide
* If you have a racing kayak, please register in the Elite Registration. This will affect your starting position, racing kayaks are not
required to use the Elite Registration.

Canoe and Kayak rental is available

Canoes & kayaks are available for rental through the following companies:

CrawDaddy (319) 352-9129

Team Competition

3-Person Team:
Relay: Kayak, Bike, Run

Corporate Adventure Challenge (3-Person Team):
Relay: Kayak, Bike, Run. Traveling trophy to honor each year's winner. Corporate teams also eligible for team overall awards.

* Teams can compete as an all-men's team, an all-women's team, or a co-ed team.


For more information contact Robert Dunn by clicking the [b]Contact the Organizers" button on the left hand side of the page.

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