WELCOME TO UTAH’S TOUGHEST.
WELCOME TO UTAHS TOUGHEST
ARE YOU TOUGH ENOUGH?
AUGUST 3RD, 2019
THREE WAYS TO RACE
FROM JORDANELLE RESERVOIR TO BRIGHTON RESORT, A CHALLENGING GRASS-ROOTS RACE WITH OVER 19,000 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. ARE YOU TOUGH ENOUGH?
A MESSAGE FROM
JAMES "THE IRON COWBOY" LAWRENCE
A MESSAGE FROM
CASEY ROBLES, RACE DIRECTOR
Well hello there! I am Casey Robles and I am so excited to be working with James Lawrence , The Ironcowboy, in putting on this EXTREME race. I have competed in many races from sprints to full distance triathlons. Also, I was able to crew for James during his 505050. I know what it took to help James accomplish what most people thought was impossible. I was able to help make the impossible possible. That is exactly what I am excited 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. I will be there on race day cheering and encouraging you along the course. . . . . Oh, and of course, I’ll be there celebrating with you and partying it up as you cross that finish line!
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 12,118 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 7,000 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 endeavour of this magnitude. Only you know for sure.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP
63.5 degrees Fahrenheit or 17.5 degrees Celsius
gloves and booties are not permitted. Wetsuits are strongly recommended but not mandatory.
The swim course will be four loops. Athletes will keep all buoys to their right. 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 supporter 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.
9,459 feet/2,883 meters
The bike course will be marked at turns with signs letting the athletes and support crews know where to turn. We will have very few mile marking signs 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)
*As you leave the State Park, you will be entering onto a highway. Make sure to stay to the right of the white line and rumble strips. This is a 5 mile downhill stretch of road.
*Just after mile 12, there is an intersection athletes will need to travel through. Remember this is an open course and athletes will need to make sure the light is green before crossing through the intersection.
*Just after mile 35, athletes will be greeted and helped out by a race volunteer as you turn left off the road into a parking lot. Once in the parking lot, the athletes will ride through the parking lot and back out to the road (This is a great place for crew members to be to help their athletes with any assistance they may need before heading back onto the course). They will then head down the road they just climbed.
*Between miles 49 and 50, relay teams will be switching athletes. Keep an eye out for the signs. We will have a race volunteer there to record the switch.
*Just after miles 59 and 66, athletes will be turning left and crossing the road.
*Just after mile 88, there is an intersection athletes will need to travel through. Remember this is an open course and athletes will need to make sure the light is green before crossing through the intersection.
*At the top of the last climb athletes will be turning left onto Guardsman Pass Rd.
*At the end of Guardsman Pass Rd. athletes will be turning left onto Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd and head up to Brighton Ski Resort.
T2: Only the registered support crew member is allowed into T2 with their provided shirt and 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 cleanup 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.
Sunglasses (tinted or clear) are suggested, front-facing solid white headlight and rear-facing red blinking light (both mounted to bike), bright neon reflective high visibility bike jersey OR reflective vest, flat changing kit, fully charged cell phone.
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.
Support must offer athlete support from outside the vehicle. Absolutely no support is given to your athlete while the car is moving. Support cannot be offered from the shoulder or road. All support must take place either from the gravel (beyond the shoulder) or within a parking lot pull off. Support may NEVER park on the southbound side of the road and may NEVER cross lanes of the road on foot. There is no event supplied support. You need to know how to fix and service your bike!
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 90. 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 mile 85. 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.
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 at miles 49 and 75. 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 90, 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. 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.
5,944 feet/1,811 meters
10,390 feet/3,166 meters
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 and signs. 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. You will reach the turn around and head back down. Along this trail you will encounter what we call the "Sand Wall" (we highly recommend gators). 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 and here you will follow the trail to Clayton Peak. When the course meets up with Western Trail, the course turns left and heads toward 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.
The second loop is the exact same as the first loop. The finish line will be right next to the Milly Express ski lift.
Each athlete and/or support person will need to have a water bladder or bottle system, headlamp, cell phone, small rechargeable battery pack and enough nutrition to get through the first loop then fill up with enough to make it to the finish. Trail shoes are recommended as the majority of the run will be on trails. Hiking poles may be used, but are not required. If you choose to use them, please practice hiking with them prior to race day.
While on the run course, the athlete may have one additional crew member with them. This is not limited to the registered support crew member.
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