Taming of the Slough - See you on Sept. 28th, 2024!

Join River Action for our annual Taming of the Slough Adventure Triathlon this fall to paddle, mountain bike, and run your way to the top. This year's Taming of the Slough will take place in downtown Moline. The route takes you through the Sylvan Slough by kayak or canoe, then through one of the Quad Cities excellent single track mountain bike trails on Sylvan Island, and finishes with a run up to and around the oculus on the Pedestrian path of the I-74 bridge.

Start thinking of your 2024 team, either compete individually or form a team to Tame the Slough!

Tune Up for Taming Allows Racers to Practice the Course in Advance

Tune Up is a series of training sessions open to Taming of the Slough racers and the general public. Meet at the foot of 17th Street outside of the Bass Street YMCA in downtown Moline. Sylvan Island mountain bike course will be very similar to the race day setup.

Tune Up for Taming Schedule:

  • August 29th, 2024 from 5:30-7:00 pm
  • September 12th, 2024 from 5:30-7:00 pm
  • September 19th, 2024 from 5:30-7:00 pm

Get prepared for Taming of the Slough or just enjoy some time on the river, or bike the off-road trails on Sylvan Island. It's a fun and loosely-structured event promoting adventure sports in the Quad Cities!

Bring your own boat and mountain bike to try out the track. There are limited boats available for general use. To reserve a boat call River Action at 563-322-2969.

Packet pickup is from 5:00-7:00 pm on Friday, September 27, 2024 at the Bent River Brewing Company in downtown Moline. 1413 5th Ave, Moline, IL 61265. We will be set up on the back patio.

The race is Saturday Sept. 28, at 8:00 am.

  • Please arrive for the race by 7:30 am at the latest.
  • Greeting and race info at 7:45 am outside of the Bass Street YMCA.
  • All transitions take place at the foot of 17th Street outside of the Bass Street YMCA in downtown Moline.

The Boat (Kayak or Canoe) is a 2.5-mile paddle in the Sylvan Slough.

The Bike is a short ride to Sylvan Island for a challenging mountain bike course returning to the Bass Street YMCA (2.5 miles paved, 5 miles off-road).

The Run is 2 miles up the new I-74 Bridge to the Oculus, and finishing at Bass Street Landing.

Chip timers must be handed off in the transition area.

The Corporate Challenge pits three-person relay teams from local businesses against each other for our Corporate Challenge Trophy. Compete for bragging rights against other local businesses. If you win your team will be forever etched onto the trophy and it will go with you to display at your office until next year's event, when you can defend your title!

You must provide your own equipment (bike, helmets, paddles, life jackets, kayak), if you need to rent a kayak or canoe for the race, please see section below. Bike tires must be wider than 1.4 inches.
The race begins at 8:00 am. Please arrive prior to 7:30 to register or check in.

The event goes on rain or shine, only thunderstorms or dangerously high winds will cancel the event. Trails on Sylvan Island stay open during rain. Competitors must still use tires wider than 1.4 inches wide.

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

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