Pirate Perry Events

What is the Buffalo River like?

The Lower Buffalo National River, where this event takes place, is generally a very relaxed body of water.  

This event is both a trail run and run/kayak biathlon weekend extravaganza! 


The trail run consists of a TRAIL MARATHON and a TRAIL HALF MARATHON along the Buffalo River Trail.   Taking place on Saturday, April 27, the half is an out and back between Dillard's Ferry and Spring Creek.  The Marathon passes over the Spring Creek Rd. and continues through the South Maumee section for another 2 miles and is also an out and back.


The BIATHLON is a 6.8 mile trail run on the Buffalo River Trail from Dillard's Ferry to Spring Creek followed by a 4.6 mile canoe/kayak race from Spring Creek back to Dillard's Ferry taking place on Sunday, April 28.  Biathlon participants my bring their own kayaks or rent.  Either option is available through registration.  Those who rent will find their vessel waiting for them at the transition area tagged with a number corresponding to their bibs.  All fees have been built into the registration pricing.

Additionally, the night of Saturday the 27th, there will be packet pick up, a dinner, and live music at Buffalo Point!  The Mellow Mountain Band will again grace us with their sweet sound.

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general description

This event is both a trail run and run/kayak biathlon weekend extravaganza! 


The trail run consists of a TRAIL MARATHON and a TRAIL HALF MARATHON along the Buffalo River Trail.   Taking place on Saturday, April 27, the half is an out and back between Dillard's Ferry and Spring Creek.  The Marathon passes over the Spring Creek Rd. and continues through the South Maumee section for another 2 miles and is also an out and back.


The BIATHLON is a 6.8 mile trail run on the Buffalo River Trail from Dillard's Ferry to Spring Creek followed by a 4.6 mile canoe/kayak race from Spring Creek back to Dillard's Ferry taking place on Sunday, April 28.  Biathlon participants my bring their own kayaks or rent.  Either option is available through registration.  Those who rent will find their vessel waiting for them at the transition area tagged with a number corresponding to their bibs.  All fees have been built into the registration pricing.

Additionally, the night of Saturday the 27th, there will be packet pick up, a dinner, and live music at Buffalo Point!  The Mellow Mountain Band will again grace us with their sweet sound.

This event is both a trail run and run/kayak biathlon weekend extravaganza! 


The trail run consists of a TRAIL MARATHON and a TRAIL HALF MARATHON along the Buffalo River Trail.   Taking place on Saturday, April 27, the half is an out and back between Dillard's Ferry and Spring Creek.  The Marathon passes over the Spring Creek Rd. and continues through the South Maumee section for another 2 miles and is also an out and back.


The BIATHLON is a 6.8 mile trail run on the Buffalo River Trail from Dillard's Ferry to Spring Creek followed by a 4.6 mile canoe/kayak race from Spring Creek back to Dillard's Ferry taking place on Sunday, April 28.  Biathlon participants my bring their own kayaks or rent.  Either option is available through registration.  Those who rent will find their vessel waiting for them at the transition area tagged with a number corresponding to their bibs.  All fees have been built into the registration pricing.

Additionally, the night of Saturday the 27th, there will be packet pick up, a dinner, and live music at Buffalo Point!  The Mellow Mountain Band will again grace us with their sweet sound.

​What is the Buffalo River like?

The Lower Buffalo National River, where this event takes place, is generally a very relaxed body of water.  Athletes will not experience whitewater or rapids.  Some obstacles may be present in terms of sand bars to navigate, limbs or rocks....any other river goers!


How high will the water level be?
​You can check out the current floating conditions HERE

​What is the Buffalo Trail / course like?
This is an awesome trail!  The trail is single track and should be considered difficult for most runners.  While rugged, steep at times, and challenging, it is a beautiful trail with gorgeous overlooks!  Hard course, but the cut-off times are meant to accommodate athletes of various skill levels.  If you can hike at a brisk pace, you'll have plenty of time to finish the biathlon course.

What are cut-off times?
Trail Runs: 8 hours
Biathlon: 6 hours


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What's the schedule?


Friday April, 26

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Trail Runs ONLY Packet Pick Up - Friday, April 26 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Buffalo Point Campground Pavilion #3


Saturday April, 27

  • 6:00 am - 6:30 am:  Trail Runs ONLY Packet Pick Up at Dillard's Ferry (Hwy 14 Bridge / race start and finish location).
  • 6:45 am:  Safety talk & Announcements
  • 7:00 am Race start
  • 3:00 pm - Trail Run finish / cut-off time
  • 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm:  Biathlon Packet Pick Up and Drop Off at Buffalo Point Campground Pavilion #3.  Athletes can pick up packets and drop off personal craft at this time.   
  • 5:00 pm:  Dinner is served
  • 7:00 pm * ???: Mellow Mountain Band Plays


Sunday April, 28

  • 7:00 am - 8:30 am:  Biathlon Packet Pick Up at Dillard's Ferry (Hwy 14 Bridge / race start and finish location).
  • 8:45 am:  Safety talk & Announcements
  • 9:00 am: Race starts
  • 9:15 am: Relay Team Shuttle departs Dillards Ferry to Spring Creek
  • 11:00 am: Run portion cut-off time
  • 2:00 pm: Float cut-off time