Kayak. Canoe. Raft. Geocache. Clamber around a ropes course. Tie into a traction kite and bounce, fly and cruise mid-air above a meadow. The goal of the TRAILathlon at Shanty Creek Resort isn't winning--it's trying out gear, testing your mettle and exploring Up North's outdoors in ways you haven't before. Add to the event a rafting trip down the Jordan River, a sunrise paddle in the Grass River Natural Area, the Century Ride around Torch Lake, gear reps galore and more. This shindig's worth the whole weekend (June 20-22), and that's why Shanty's offering rooms to TRAILathlon participants for $75 per person and $150 for a family of four (with kids 12 and under) nightly, 800-678-4111, shantycreek.com. TRAILathlon registration, $35, trailathlon.com.