There will be 3 big corner buoys on the swim course. There will be smaller buoys between these big buoys to help keep you on course. Athletes will keep all buoys to their right. 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? At the end of the second loop relay teams will switch athletes and the second athlete will begin their swim. After the completion of the fourth loop, athletes will exit the water and head to T1. Hopefully, they will be greeted by their supporters and lots of cheering!
The swim starts at 6:00 am at Hailstone Main Park at Jordanelle Reservoir. Athletes will be required to leave T1 for the swim by 5:45 am. 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)
There will be absolutely no support from the base of Guardsman climb to T2. Any and all support given must happen before mile 94. 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 just after mile 86. We are not responsible for and cannot predict traffic conditions that may hinder you from reaching your athlete. 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.
Since support cars are not allowed after mile 94, we will provide 2 vans on this section of the race. These vans will patrol from mile 95 to mile 102. 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 itself. The crew member will need to take all their athlete’s equipment out of T2.
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 area where you can find gas stations. You will find both of these gas stations between miles 49 and 51. Also between miles 76 and 77. Along with these gas stations, you will find a grocery store and a Subway. Another section of the course that has a gas station and food options nearby is around mile 92, 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 another 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 on gas stations, fast food options and additional grocery stores. One last place you can find gas and fuel for yourself before getting to Brighton 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, Brighton Resort, there are no more gas stations or grocery stores. Brighton will be offering food from their facility.
*run course is subject to change
the run course will take place on the trails around Brighton Resort. The course will be a two loop course. 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 Milly Express chair lift and follows the service road up to Twin Lakes Reservoir. The course then goes around Twin Lakes Reservoir counter clockwise. From here the course jumps on a trail that will take athletes next to Lake Mary. From here the course joins the Lake Mary trail heading up the mountain. This trail will take you towards Sunset Peak. You will reach the turn around before reaching Sunset Peak and head back down. Along this section of trail you will encounter what we call the “Sand Wall” (we highly recommend gators). You will begin heading back down the same trail you came up on for just a little bit. The course will take a right on the trail and go around Lake Catherine. After going around Lake Catherine you will continue back down the same trail to Lake Mary. Once back at Lake Mary the course will turn right. You will follow the trail till you reach the trail head to go up to Clayton Peak. At the top, Clayton Peak, the course meets up with Western Trail. Here you will turn left and heads toward the Great Western Express chair lift. Just before the last climb up to the Great Western Express chair lift the course turns left down Elk Park ski run. The course follows Elk Park ski run and then jumps onto the Golden Needle ski run. The course will go by the Snake Creek Express chair lift and run down Snake Creek Rd (service road). Once at the bottom of the trail the course turns left and follows a trail next to the parking lot. The trail comes out at the bottom of Milly Express chair lift where the 2nd loop begins.
As long as an athlete reaches Lake Mary before 9:00 pm, the athlete can complete the full second loop of the run course. The course is the exact same as the first loop.
If an athlete reaches Lake Mary any time after 9:00 pm, the volunteers will inform them they will not be able to continue on the trail up towards Sunset Peak. The athlete will need to follow the trail till they reach the trail head to go up to Clayton Peak and finish the loop the same way they did the first time through.
If an athlete completes the first loop any time after 10:00 pm the athlete will not be able to complete any part of the second loop.