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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 same great race - made even greater!  Experience an improved route!  Let's just say we put the Dam into the Dam Challenge!  Join in to support the KVR and celebrate the best Dam race around.

Registration opens
Spring 2024 

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

 Boat Course - 7 RIVER MILES:  Race start 9am start. Racers using their own boat must supply their own paddles and life vests. State law requires one life vest for each person on board. Be considerate of other paddlers. River bottom and banks are muddy and a change of shoes after the paddling leg may be desirable. An extra change of clothes is helpful if conditions are rainy.  Boat rental available on registration page.

Bike Course - 14.5 ROAD BIKE MILES  The 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! Be on the lookout for road apples! Roads will be open to vehicles, so you must obey traffic laws. Stay alert and stay to the right. Bike helmets are required; For safety reasons, bikers are advised not to wear headphones. 

Run Course - 3.5 Trail Run Miles: The trail run course 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.

Adults one trip $12
two trips $14
Children under 12 $7

Everyone is welcome! 




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

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

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.

Dam Challenge Race Manual

Printable Registration Form

Interactive Race Route Map 2023

Main Event/Transition Site Map




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






Gold Sponsors


Southwest District
Communication Incident
Response Team

La Farge Volunteer Inc.

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Bergum's Food Mart

Bank of Ontario

Driftwood Inn Motel

Hansen's Market IGA

Kickapoo Valley Forest School

Let's Shine Coffee 

Nature Nooks Retreat

Old Country Cheese

Quality of Life Chiropractic

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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