This is a point to point swim. The swim will take you across the reservoir. Once you get to the other side, you will begin seeing buoys. Keep all buoys to their right till you get to T1. Hopefully, you will be greeted by your support crew and lots of cheering! You will begin swimming before the sun is up. Because of the early morning start we will have lights attached to the buoys for sighting purposes because how can you swim towards something you can’t see?
The swim starts at 6:00 am from the Rabbit Gulch Campgrounds. Support crews and spectators are welcome at the swim. Parking is limited and is on a first come first serve basis. Also, there will be no road parking in the park, all cars need to park in a parking stall.
We will have rescue boats and kayaks during the swim. These boats will contain a mix of medic personnel and lifeguards along with rescue equipment to aid swimmers in need.
The bike course will be marked at turns with signs letting the athletes and support crews know where to turn. We will have mile marking signs every 10 miles along the course. Any time an athlete needs to cross the road to make a left turn, please be very careful to obey all laws and that you do not impede traffic (this is an open road course)
Extra Caution Area
There will be absolutely no support from the base of Guardsman climb to T2. Any and all support given must happen before mile 86. We highly encourage giving final support as early as possible to give you enough time to get to the transition from bike to run. We recommend your last support happens just after mile 78. We are not responsible for and cannot predict traffic conditions that may hinder you from reaching your athlete at T2. It is your responsibility to get to transition before your athlete. As an athlete, plan on over an hour and a half for this stretch of the ride. If you are found giving your athlete support between the base of Guardsman climb to T2, your athlete will be disqualified.
Extra Support for Riders on Guardsman Pass
Since support cars are not allowed after mile 86, we will provide 2 vans on this section of the race. These vans will patrol from mile 86 to mile 93. These vans will be stocked with water, some nutrition and bike supplies.
Only the registered support crew member is allowed into T2 with a wristband. This crew member can be inside T2 waiting for their athlete to arrive. Once the athlete arrives, it is the crew member’s job to help their athlete get ready for the run. Once the athlete is ready for the run, it becomes the crew member’s job to clean up all of their athlete’s equipment. This includes all clothing, gear and bike. The crew member will need to take all their athlete’s equipment out of T2.
Obey Traffic Laws
This is a completely open bike course without any law enforcement. All athletes are to obey traffic laws and rules of the roadways at all times. This includes arm signals when turning and stopping when required to do so by signs and signals. You must have your front and rear lights on, and a cell phone with you at all times. Additionally, there is no littering.
This can be a long day for the support crew, so we would like to try and take a little of the planning and worrying about car fuel and fuel for yourself out of the equation. On the bike course there is only one section where you can find gas stations. This is at the beginning of the bike couse in Duchesne. Along with these gas stations, you will find a grocery store.
Another section of the course that has a gas station and food options nearby is around mile 84, just before the final climb and finish. Just 2 miles off the course, on Main St. in Midway, you will find 2 more gas stations, a grocery store and a Subway. If you feel you need something more than these options you can always head into Heber, just under 4 miles off the course. Heber has a larger selection of gas stations, fast food options and additional grocery stores.
One last place you can find gas and fuel for yourself before getting to Solitude is in Park City. This is when you are off the course and making your way to T2. You will find many gas stations and food options while driving through here. Remember once you get up to the finish, Solitude Resort, there are no more gas stations or grocery stores. Solitude will be offering food from their facility.
The run course will begin at Solitude Resort. The course will be marked with color flags. For night time racing, we will mark sections of the course with glow sticks to indicate major turns.
The course starts at the bottom of Eagle Express chair lift. A trial will take you to the top of the lift. From here you will leave Solitude Resort and make your way over to Brighton Resort, passing Patsy Marley Peak and Mount Wolverine. Here you will follow trails and make your way to the top of the Great Western Express chair lift. From here you will leave Brighton Resort and make your way to Guardsman Pass Rd. This will be around mile 10 and the first time your support crew can provide aide for you. You will cross the road and head to Desolation Peak. From here you will continue on to Little Water Peak. After Little Water Peak you will make your way down to Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd. Once you get to the road, mile 23, your crew will have a second opportunity to assist you. You will head up the road for the last 3 miles returning to Solitude Resort and crossing the finish line.