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Try Simsbury - River-To-Ridge Try-Athlon

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Try Simsbury - River-To-Ridge Try-Athlon

: 3.6 mile “River to Ridge” running/hiking segment, 11.5 mile bicycling course, two-mile paddle on the Farmington River, and a brief sprint to the finish
Race Date: Sunday, May 18, 2014
Start Time: 11:00 AM
City/State/Zip: Simsbury, Connecticut 06070
Country: USA
Phone: (860) 651-8739
E-Mail: SimsburyTryAthlon@gmail.com
Registration: http://www.trysimsbury.com/
Race Website: http://www.trysimsbury.com/
 
Description:

Come to enjoy the beautiful outdoors in Simsbury, while participating in our first annual triathlon (or “try-athlon”) on May 18, 2014 at 11:00am.

This adventure race, “Try Simsbury: River to Ridge Try-athlon,” will start with an ambitious 3.6 mile “River to Ridge” running/hiking segment, from the banks of Farmington River up some challenging new trails that enter Penwood Forest, gain about 400 feet in elevation, and provide lovely views from the ridge of the valley below. The next segment will be a 11.5 mile bicycling course, comprised of two loops on country roads and a short segment on the Farmington Valley Greenway. In lieu of swimming, the final component of the race is an approximately two-mile loop on the Farmington River – paddling upstream first and then back, thereby crossing twice under Simsbury’s landmark Flower Bridge….a great place for spectators! Register here - http://www.trysimsbury.com/

Course Info:
Course Information
  • Trail Running - This adventure race, “Try Simsbury: River to Ridge Try-athlon,” will start with an ambitious 3.6 mile “River to Ridge” running/hiking segment, from the banks of Farmington River up some challenging new trails that enter Penwood Forest, gain about 400 feet in elevation, and provide lovely views from the ridge of the valley below.
  • Bicycling -The next segment will be a 11.5 mile bicycling course, comprised of two loops on country roads and a short segment on the Farmington Valley Greenway.
  • Kayaking - In lieu of swimming, the final component of the race is an approximately two-mile loop on the Farmington River – paddling upstream first and then back, thereby crossing twice under Simsbury’s landmark Flower Bridge….a great place for spectators!
  • The Final Dash - A brief sprint to the finish line at Simsbury’s Performing Arts Center will wrap up the race in approximately 2-2.5 hours for most racers.
Directions:

Race Day - May 18, 2014 @ 11:00am

  • Racers will drop off their bikes and kayaks on Riverside Drive after registration. On-line registrants should bring a copy of their emailed confirmation with them and a photo ID.
  • Race packets may be picked up on Saturday the 17th at a place and time to be determined, if you are pre-registered. Check back later for details.
  • Race Briefing will be at 10:40AM Sunday on Riverside Drive.
  • Clothing and Gear:
    • Either K-1 kayaks or C-1 canoes (single-person, closed-deck) can be used on the river portion of the race.
    • Life vests are mandatory for the river portion of the race.
    • Both Collinsville Canoe and Kayak (CCK) and also EMS have kayaks to rent to participants, if needed.
      • CCK is charging $15, and will deliver and pick up the kayaks. Paddles and life jackets are included. Call CCK (860) 693-6977 or visit them in Canton no later than May 11 to reserve a kayak. 25 kayaks are available.
      • EMS is charging $20, and renters must pick up the kayak themselves. Paddles and life jackets are as foam blocks and tie downs for transporting the kayak. Contact EMS (860) 651-8031 at least one week in advance of the race to reserve a kayak. There are 5 kayaks available.
    • Wear trail running or off-road shoes. Cleats are prohibited. The running trail is a woodland hiking path, which has a couple of short steep sections. There are roots and loose rocks on the path, as well as a section of elevated planked puncheons to get over muddy areas.
    • Your running shoes may get wet getting in and out of your kayak, but you will need them after the kayak section to sprint to the finish line.
  • Support:
    • There will be 1-2 water stations on the running trail and water in the transition area.
    • There will be a port-a-potty in the transition area and at the finish line.
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