Because the February race has been a qualifier for the world duathlon championships, the TriSports.com Desert Classic Duathlon draws a strong field of top age groupers from throughout the United States. It is also popular with many pros who use the race as an early season test of fitness. And immediately after the race there is even a kids duathlon making the entire event a family affair
A great course, unique desert venue, warm weather, plenty of sunshine, fun music, great awards, a huge raffle and racing alongside some of the best athletes on the planet all make the TriSports.com Desert Classic Duathlon the essence of what we love about our sport.
Run - 3.5 miles: The race begins with a 3.5 mile run that starts with 800 yards of paved road that leads to the trailhead of a 3 mile trail run. If you are running for position the first 800 yards is critical as the course narrows significantly when you enter the trailhead, so if you want to be out front during the trail run, make your move during those first 800 yards. The run then meanders through the majestic sonoran desert on a smooth desert trail that gradually climbs 100 feet in elevation to the 1.8 mile mark and then descends back to the transition area.
Bike 21 Miles:The 21 mile, out and back, road bike course begins with a short gradual climb out of transition followed by a 3.5 mile descent to the park entrance. The paved road bike course then follows three miles of rolling desert hills to the turn around point, three miles back to the park entrance and the climb back to the transition area.
Run 2.7 Miles: The second run is 2.7 miles that begins on the same paved road as the bike course, but quickly veers off onto a dirt road that leads to another one of the parks beautiful running trails. Save a little for the finish as this trail has a steep but short hill at the half way point before the one mile descent to the finish line.
Phoenix, AZ - McDowell Mountain Regional Park - (North of Fountain Hills)
From central Phoenix, take Loop 202 east to Beeline Highway (SR 87). Continue northeast on SR 87 to Shea Blvd. Travel west on Shea Blvd. to Saguaro Blvd.; turn north. Continue through Town of Fountain Hills to Fountain Hills Blvd; turn right and travel four miles to the McDowell Mountain Regional Park entrance (park entry fee of $5.00). Go 6 miles on McDowell Mountain Park Drive. On race morning there will be signs and event staff directing you where to park.