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.