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Taming of the Slough - SUNDAY September 12, 2021

Join River Action for our annual Taming of the Slough Adventure Triathlon next fall to paddle, mountain bike, and run your way to the top. Next 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 two-mile run along Moline's riverfront trail. Compete individually or form a team to Tame the Slough!

The 2020 race observed COVID guidelines by making some small changes to the event. The changes went well and will be used again if we are still going through the crisis next year(please, please no):

  • All participants wear face coverings before and after the race.
  • Volunteers will wear face coverings throughout the event
  • Racers will be started individually
  • Packet Pick-Up will be held as a drive up service at the TaxSlayer Center parking lot.

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 26, 2021 from 5:30-7:00 pm
  • September 2, 2021 from 5:30-7:00 pm
  • September 9, 2021 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 10, 2021. Location TBD.

The race is Saturday, Sept. 12, 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, 5.2 miles off-road).


The Run is a 2-mile run along the riverfront trail.

Compete individually or as a team

2-Person Team:
Consists of 2 members (start in canoe or kayak) who do all legs of the race.
Finish time is the average of both members' times.

3-Person Team:
Three team members compete as a relay team. Chip timers should be handed off inside the bike transition area.

Corporate Adventure Challenge: 3-Person Team:
Relay: Kayak, Bike, Run. Traveling trophy to honor each year's winner.

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:

Want to see how you did for each of your splits or who placed? Check out your final results here.. A special thanks to Jeff Castro at Accusplit for our speedy results!

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