My name is Aaron Palaian. I am the owner of Onurmark Race Productions LLC.
Over the past decade my team and I have put on a total of over 100 endurance events in locations such as Texas, Alaska, Hawaii, and Iceland ranging from large 5k runs all the way up to extreme triathlons lasting nearly 24 hours in some of the harshest racing environments on earth. In the process we have contributed millions to the economy, given work to hundreds, and helped to facilitate the raising of just over a million dollars to 3 dozen+ charities.
I live, eat, and sleep endurance sports. It's my passion/career. This past year my family and I moved back to Michigan (Lake Orion) after living in Houston, Texas for nearly 12-years. We are excited to be back and we hope that the Lake Orion Turkey Trot is the start of many local events that spread family fun and fitness to the community we live in.
Thank you for your support.
Various 2019 Events
LAKE ORION CHALLENGE
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Paddle 1.2-Miles | Bike 10.75-Miles | Run 2.2-Miles
The Lake Orion Challenge is a Paddle Triathlon. I traditional triathlon is swimming, biking, and running. Our challenge replaces the swimming with paddling, the traditional road biking with a trail ride bike, and the run, well it’’s a run. 2-laps around the Village of Lake Orion. 2019 will be our inaugural year. We will limit the event to 250 individuals/relays and keep the distance to a minimum to keep it simple, quick, and fun. Going into 2020, our plan is to increase the field limit and offer multiple distance choices.
LAKE ORION TURKEY TROT
Thursday, November 28, 2019
Run 5k | 10k | Kids K | Beer Mile
Join us for the 2019 Lake Orion Turkey Trot and start a holiday tradition! With nearly 1,000 runners expected the Lake Orion will take to the streets around the Village of Lake Orion and the Paint Creek Trail to complete multiple distances on Thanksgiving Morning. This family friendly event caters to runners (and non runners) of all ages and abilities with a goal of building community health and wellness.
2019 events include race is Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan (NEW), and Washington.
Swimrun is the fastest growing sport in the world. You participate in teams of two, alternating between trail running and open water swimming along a marked course.
Two multisport veterans looking for the next adventure were inspired by the preeminent, international swimrun race ÖTILLÖ (“island to island” in Swedish). Entering our fourth year, Ödyssey SwimRun is pleased to once again present in 2019 the only island-to-island-style races in North America!
TYPHOON TEXAS KIDS TRIATHLON
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Swim 100 | Bike 2-Miles | Run 1-Mile
Swim 200 | Bike 4-Miles | Run 2-Miles
Join us for the 2nd largest kids triathlon in the world and the most fun your child will have all year!
Sunday May 5, 2019 the 4th Annual Typhoon Texas Kids Triathlon will take place at Typhoon Texas Waterpark in Katy, Texas. The triathlon takes place before the park's opening weekend and comes complete with private usage of the park after the event (free ticket with registration, family and friends additional cost). Juniors (ages 6-10*) will race a 100-meter swim, 2-mile bike, and 1-mile run while the Seniors (ages 11-15*) race a 200-meter swim, 4-mile bike, and 2-mile run.
About Extreme Endurance Events (E3)
Through the years triathlon has steadily evolved towards normality over adventure, routine over spontaneity, and substance over experience. The challenge of swimming, biking, and running was meant to breed competition and camaraderie, courage and bravery, admiration and respect. From the first triathlon in France in the 1920’s to the birth of the modern day sport in sunny Southern California during the 70’s, triathlon has a rich history and culture that started out of a desire to test the limit of the mind, body, and spirit. As with anything in life, time, growth, and expansion push our ideals further from their origins. We believe it’s time to rethink triathlon, to get back to how it all began, and reestablish our relationship with the sport we all love.
Extreme Triathlon revisits the days of athlete versus nature, determination versus the clock, and perseverance versus self-doubt. Whether you’re conquering the cold waters and wild mountains of Alaska, the windy roads and stunning terrain of Iceland, or the tropical waters and brutal ascents of The Big Island of Hawaii, we invite you to come along on an extreme journey that you will never forget and will reshape you as a triathlete.
2019 Extreme Triathlon Events
ALASKAMAN EXTREME TRIATHLON
Saturday, June 29, 2019
Swim 3,000-Meters | Bike 113-Miles | Rn 27-Miles
Alaskaman was founded in 2017 by extreme triathlete and full time race director Aaron Palaian. After taking part in both Norseman and Celtman Xtris in Europe, Aaron felt that it was a shame nothing along the lines of an extreme triathlon existed in the states. At the Norseman briefing in 2015 it was mentioned that the current position of that briefing was at the same latitude as Anchorage, Alaska. That’s when the lightbulb came on and the idea of Alaskaman was born. After two years of work Alaskaman was finally approved and sold out in just 3-days, over a year in advance.
People from all over the World, come to Alaska to experience the “Last Frontier.” Alaska is a wild and untamed. The only thing rivaling the challenge of this event is the beauty you will encounter while on your journey. From the cold and invigorating waters of Seward’s Resurrection Bay, to the big climbs and larger-than-life views of the Seward Highway, all the way to the legendary mountain run on Mt. Alyeska, this event will test the truth depth of the human spirit. Are you brave enough to toe the line?
ÍSLAND EXTREME TRIAHTLON
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Swim 2.4-Miles | Bike 121.5-Miles | Run 27-Miles
Iceland is on everyone’s bucket list. With a rich Nordic History dating back as early as the 9th Century, Ísland (Iceland) is a land of proud people and somewhere everyone wants to visit. The Ísland Extreme Triathlon Swim Course takes place in Kolgrafarfjördur, a cove that was carved out, and now protected by the steep mountains that surround it. Kolgrafarfjördur is continuously fed by the tides of the North Atlantic making the water salty and the temperatures low. From there the bike course takes athletes on a rolling, yet scenic, tour of the Snæfellsness Peninsula. With mostly empty roads, the main challenge, beyond the ascents/descents, will be the wind. Iceland is known for it’s unrelenting wind, which is at times some of the strongest in the world. The run course from Ólafsvík to Arnarstapi and back is no small task having to climb and descend Snæfellsjökull twice (out-and-back) before finishing the event at the foot of a waterfall and old Icelandic ruins.
ALOHAMAN EXTREME TRIATHLON
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Swim 2.4-Miles | Bike 112-Miles | Run 26.2-Miles
Welcome to Hawaii! No qualifying, no waiting, just first-come first-serve registration for up to 300 people to attend the hardest 1-day triathlon on the Big Island. Alohaman is different from our other two extreme triathlons (Alaska and Ísland) with a warm water tropical swim (76-82°F), but don’t let the warm crystal clear water fool you, the bike and run more than make up for the ease of the swim course. Once done with their swim at Hapuna Beach athletes take to the roads to ride a 112-mile out-and-back course with over 10,000’ of total gain and a top elevation of over 6,500 in the first 35-miles of climbing. After a short decent everyone turns around to climb back up and over the base of Mauna Kea on Saddle Road to head back to the resort. Most will finish the bike around sunset and start their run during one of the most beautiful times of the day. With day turning to night athletes will run uphill under the stars north on the Queen K towards Hawi before turning around and heading back to the Westin for an amazing finish on the lush resort grounds.