M22 Challenge 2020 canceled due to COVID-19

From staff reports

Organizers of the M22 Challenge announced today that they will cancel the popular annual run-bike-paddle triathlon within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and around the Glen Lakes. This year’s M22 Challenge was scheduled for Saturday, June 13. Next year’s event is scheduled for June 12, 2021.

All major Leelanau County events before July 1 have now been canceled or postponed.

“The M22 Challenge has always been about you, the athlete, our amazing volunteers, and our community,” organizers wrote to participants via Facebook. “The energy and camaraderie of everyone involved is extraordinary, making it one of our favorite days of the year. If you have experienced it before, then you know.”

“We have been hoping that this year’s event would still take place, and COVID-19 would be a thing of the past, allowing us to gather in our large group. However, with the continued uncertainty of COVID-19, and out of respect for you to make alternative plans in a timely fashion, we have decided to postpone the M22 Challenge until June 12th, 2021. Unfortunately, there were no alternative dates available in 2020.”

“The registration you worked so hard for on March 1 will be secured for 2021. If you are unable to participate in the 2021 race, we will open a no-fee transfer option from September 1st, 2020-March 1st, 2021, so that you may offer your registration to someone else for the price you paid this year. We will also offer our standard transfer option on May 1st, 2021-May 25th, 2021. All information regarding transfers will be posted on our M22 Challenge Facebook group, and our website www.m22challenge.com

“Right now, more than ever, we need to stay positive and healthy. We encourage you to continue to train safely, keep a positive mindset, and be ready for your best race yet on Saturday, June 12th, 2021!”

This story was sponsored by 9 Bean Rows in Lake Leelanau.