On this site, you will find all necessary information needed to complete the 2020 The Guardsman. All registered athletes and their support crew are required to read and fully understand the information contained within this website. It is your responsibility to be educated and know the event, schedule, courses, rules, regulations, etc.
Our goal is to deliver a one of a kind triathlon endurance race in one or the most challenging backdrops in America, the Utah Mountains. Triathlon is meant to challenge you, push you to your limits and show you what you are capable of. Our race series looks to redefine the experience…. Iron Cowboy Style. I believe you truly find yourself in those moments you are nearly broken, much like I found myself during the 50-50-50. This was one of the most profound moments of my life, and one EVERYBODY should experience. This race is my way to deliver that challenge to you and allow you to share it with your loved ones.
This course will challenge you like no other. From the brisk swim, to the punishing elevation on the bike, to the technical running course... YOU WILL be challenged, you will be pushed, you will find your limits. Are you ready?
Traditional triathlon is the worst spectator sport! Some races you merely catch a glimpse of your loved ones racing or on the sidelines for only but a few moments throughout what can be a long day. With The Guardsman, your friends and family are your support crew actively involved in the race! They are with your along your journey providing you encouragement and nourishment and sharing in the challenge.
You will truly find your limits on our course... it's designed to do so. Our goal is to take you to that edge where you come face to face with who you are and what you are capable of. We feel that it's in those moments that you step closer towards becoming the absolute best version of yourself!
Well hello there, meet Casey & Ryanne Robles. The race team is excited to be working with James Lawrence , The Ironcowboy, in putting on this EXTREME race. Casey has competed in a number of triathlons from sprint distance to full distance. Casey was part of the “wingman” crew for James during his 505050 and knows first hand what it took to help James accomplish what most people thought was impossible. Casey was able to make the impossible.. possible. That is exactly what we wish to offer to you as an athlete: an opportunity to test your physical and mental limits in an AMAZING race in the great state of UTAH. We will be there on race day cheering and encouraging you along the course. . . . . Oh, and of course, we’ll be there celebrating with you and partying it up as you cross that finish line!
From jordanelle reservoir to brighton resort, a challenging grass-roots race with over 16,000 ft of elevation gain between the bike and run. If you’re looking for more of a challenge than the traditional 140.6, this race is for you!
This race will not only challenge your physical stamina,
but also your mental fortitude.
The Guardsman is a point to point race. It is 143 miles start to finish. There are no shortcuts!
You should plan on staying in or near Heber. We have partnered with Zermatt Resort in Midway, UT.
If you haven’t already, take advantage of the discounted rates with our host hotel, Zermatt Utah. Follow this link to find all the hotel info and to book your room. The discounted rate is good between August 1-4.
This is an extreme triathlon. The swim is open water and the conditions can be unpredictable. The bike course takes place 6,000 feet above sea level and climbs up over 9700 feet altitude. THERE IS 8,681 feet of vertical climbing through the Utah mountains. The run STARTS at 8,727 feet and with a peak elevation of 10,629 above sea level. THERE IS over 6,000 feet of vertical climbing. The run is off road and on trails in and around the Brighton resort. Before you sign up, please be honest with yourself about the time you have to dedicate to preparing for this event. Every athlete is different in the amount of hours necessary to prepare for an endeavor of this magnitude. Only you know for sure.
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Aaron was one of James’ #wingmen during the world record-breaking summer of 2015 and was instrumental in getting him through each day of the 50. Aaron’s attention to detail and work ethic is second to none. Aaron grew up in Pleasant Grove, Utah where he excelled as a wrestler dominating the competition taking his athleticism to a high level.
He is a monster on the bike and his love for cycling got him into triathlon and competing in endurance sports. He has won and placed at different distances of triathlon. He is very well rounded having raced all distances of triathlon including competing at the Xterra World Championships in Hawaii, competing in ultras, many cycling events, and most recently competing in World’s Toughest Race Eco Challenge in Fiji hosted by Bear Grylls and put on by Amazon Prime. Aaron has been well taught by David Warden and is certified by Ironman University. He has been coaching with Team Ironcowboy since 2016. He loves seeing the success of others and help bringing athletes and people to their ultimate potential and help complete their goals.
Carlee Tulett is an elite amateur triathlete and experienced endurance athlete in a wide range of running, cycling, and triathlon events. Starting in high school, Carlee found success in both soccer and track and field and eventually went on to compete as a 100 and 200 meter runner at Western Washington University.
After competing in various local running and triathlon events, Carlee registered for her first 70.3 in 2011 and sought coaching assistance from James Lawrence and Team Ironcowboy where she went on to qualify for the 70.3 world championships later that same year. In addition to winning and placing in various local events, Carlee snagged 3rd female in her first full distance at the Lake Havasu HIITS triathlon series. Subsequently, she joined Team Ironcowboy as a coach in 2015, completed the Ironman University Training certification, and has gone on to coach many athletes to race successfully in events ranging from 100 mile ultra trail runs to the Ironman World Championships in Kona.
While staying home and raising her five little boys ranging from age three to 13, Carlee has managed to complete (and typically podium in) over 20 70.3 events, 4 full Ironman events, and a variety of endurance road, trail, and cycling events. Recently, Carlee placed 2nd female in the ICON Livigno xtreme triathlon which qualified her for the Norseman xtreme triathlon in 2020. Carlee brings to the Team Ironcowboy coaching staff her expertise in open water swim technique, mental toughness training, extreme endurance events, and balancing work and motherhood responsibilities with endurance training.
David Warden is an internationally recognized coach and author. His current and former clients include World Age Group Duathlon champions, Guinness World Record triathlon holder James Lawrence, and multiple full and 70.3 Ironman World Championship qualifiers. He is the co-author of the primary academic triathlon resource Triathlon Science. His personal athletic resume consists of 45 first place overall wins in triathlon and duathlon, including the 2x USA Triathlon Rocky Mountain Region Sprint Triathlon Champion (2011, 2016) and 2nd place USA Triathlon Age Group Duathlon Nationals. He has finished as the top American at the Mallora 70.3, Abu Dhabi International Half, and Balearic Olympic Championships. David is a certified IRONMAN® coach.
James is originally From Calgary, Alberta Canada. He grew up a wrestler and later in life became to love endurance racing to escape the hectic routine of Corporate America. After losing everything in 2008, James turned to his new found passion for triathlon racing and went on to break two world records within three years. In 2015 James accomplished the unthinkable despite everyone saying his end goal was impossible. He completed 50 Ironman distance triathlons, in 50 days, in each of the 50 United States — The 50-50-50.