3.5-MILES ON THE DUCK RIVER
The canoe start will be near the Maury County Jail (thus the name). We will start in waves of about 30 canoes. The person in the back of the canoe hangs on to a rope strung across the river. Waves will begin about 7 minutes apart. Expect the canoe trip to take 40+ minutes. Participants will need to wear shoes, water shoes, or mountain bike shoes and expect them to get wet. Life jackets must be worn; the rental companies will provide them but personally owned jackets are allowed.
8-MILE MOUNTAIN BIKE ON SINGLE TRACK
The bike course will be one loop of the Chickasaw Trace Park trails minus two difficult climbs. It is almost all single-track trails in woods. There are plenty of technical (difficult and challenging) sections. After two miles the course takes on several tough climbs. Participants must gain mountain bike experience on trails before racing. Beginners are welcome, but first-timers on trails may be pulled from the race. Passing is generally accomplished by the approaching rider announcing, On your left, and the lead rider conceding and staying to the right of the trail. Helmets must be worn.
2.5-MILE TRAIL RUN
The run section is on the flattest and easiest portion of the mountain bike trail. There are some terrain challenges and a long, gradual incline in the second mile. We do not expect bikes to be on the same trail portion at the same time as runners except as a backup plan if a trailer of canoes does not show. If this occurs we will instruct bicyclists to announce their approach and pass carefully on the left. Relay Runners: Expect to wait 40+ minutes for your partner to return from biking. You may get wet on the canoe trip, so be prepared to stay warm with a towel or blanket or a change of clothes. The actual distance is about 300 feet short of 2.5 miles.
At the end of the canoe, strip off the company provided life jacket and leave it in the area. Carry your personally owned life jackets and paddles to transition to prevent mix-ups with the canoe companies. Those who will be biking will run about 100 yards from the boat ramp to transition. Bikes will be laid on their side in a grass transition area. Bicyclists will return to the same area to tag their relay partner or begin the run.