Course Route/Trail Description
Start times: 8:15 a.m. There will be 5 waves, 3 minutes apart. Beginners and kids will start in the 5th wave. Chip timing by Racing Underground. Cutoff of 1 hr. 40 min. for the run portion and must finish in 4 hrs to be eligible for finishers medal.
Don't be deceived by the drive to the start (which honestly is quite barren and boring) because hidden just a short distance from the start line is a magical wonderland of amazing and unique features. The single-track is welcoming and, well, perfect. This kind of race and this kind of course are hard to come by. We think you will really enjoy it! The trail and scenery are amazing. You are welcome to do your thing: fly through the course like water through a rapid, or poke through it like a snail savoring every movement. Everyone is welcome!
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Run (8k): You will start off running (maybe a mix of walking) with a meandering climb up a small creek bed weaving through unique rock formations before opening up into the dinosaur dancing floor; a gigantic smooth white slickrock surface with literally 100's of Therapod tracks. From here the climb continues a short distance further to a ridgeline with a nice dirt single-track and spectacular views of Salt Valley, Arches National Park and the snow-covered LaSal Mountain range. The route continues with a fast curvy single-track downhill through a series of desert coves with cactus in bloom. The final half mile to the transition area is mostly downhill and fast.
Bike (13k): After a quick transition to the bike you will head out on a smooth fast dirt road, which will give you a short time to get back into your rhythm and get used to your bike. Beware when you cross the little wash with the quick dip. After less than a mile the FUN begins: DinoFlow singletrack. This is some of the best and most fun singletrack around. It winds cruisy and fast before leading to the climb up Little Salty. The climb start off tough, which some steep slickrock sections to negotiate but it gets easier leading to the aid station on the ridge, which is more than ? way up the climb. Stock up at the aid station, and then continue climbing. There's one short section that may require a hike-a-bike, but for the most part the climb with go by fast and soon you'll be flying along the ridgeline 4x4 trail and enjoying the distance vistas of the Bookcliffs and the Henry Mountains. Be sure to pay attention to the course arrows, as the turn to the Baby Steps Trail and the exciting descent comes quick! Avid riders will fly down the steps but most will take the recommendation of its namesake and ride the trail with baby steps. The bottom of the decent you will make a sharp right turn where you will make your way along the slightly uphill but super-fun DinoFlow singletrack where you will cruise through the hoodoos to the finish. Your finisher's medal will have been well earned!
Swim (1k - limited to first 100 entrants): The 1k swim will take place on Friday evening at the Moab Recreation Center pool during early packet pickup. Packet pickup opens at 6:00pm, however swimmers in the first heat only will be allowed to pick up their packets starting at 5:30pm outside the recreation center. The swim is 1 kilometer, which is 20 laps (40 lengths) of the 25 meter pool. Participants in the swim will include triathletes and swim-only participants. Swim lanes will be assigned based on estimated swim time. There will be up to 4 swimmers per lane (all of similar swim ability). Each swimmer will receive an individual start time, separated by approximately 10 seconds. Triathlon time will consist of each athlete's Friday swim time added to their Saturday duathlon time. Triathletes will be eligible for swim awards.
Strategy Note: Passing on the bike will be fairly easy on the Little Salty climb and also on the Baby Steps Trail (both the Jeep Trail along the ridge and the descent on North Baby Steps). Passing will be tough on the two Dino Flow sections, as it is mostly dirt singletrack. There will be plenty of places to pass on the run, even though the trail is singletrack. Please try to pass on the slickrock rather than the untracked soil. Wave starts are designed to spread out competitors and reduce the need to pass.
Kids and Beginners: Course (1 mile run, 3 mile mtb): A short but fun and challenging course for kids, and a good introduction to the Off-Road Duathlon world for grown-up kids at heart. The run/walk is about 1 mile. It starts off flat then climbs uphill through a little wash and onto the slickrock, then descends steeply and the last mile to the transition is flat. Then transition to mountain bike, which is about a 2.7 mile loop. The first mile or so is double track and relatively easy and slightly downhill, then you'll turn onto fun single track that is moderate difficulty and mostly flat but slightly uphill. The last mile is downhill and flat to the finish. It's a fun course and you'll get all the same goodies (tshirt, medal, goodie bag, food) that come with the long course!