_ 2017 Race on the Rock Triathlon, Duathlon & Aquabike:
Planning your summer vacation? Here is a great opportunity to race, see one of the nation's most beautiful states, and experience the last total eclipse of the sun in our lifetimes all in the same weekend!
We are happy to bring the fourth year of the Race on the Rock in Rock Springs, WY. We are generally a small race but a lot of fun. This is also a great opportunity for kids to race as well, the whole family can race together, our youngest racer this past year was just 6 and she finished the Super Sprint like a champ!! This race does have a pool swim the bike and the run are on city streets. We do have one lane designated as the race lane on that street and we do have law enforcement stopping traffic at the two bigger intersections.
The great thing is this race is on Saturday the 19th and the total eclipse of the sun is on the 21st. Rock Springs is located just 3 hours south of Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, the path of the eclipse will go right through Yellowstone. Not only would it be a race weekend for the whole family but educational as well with the eclipse just two days later!! The hotels in Casper are already booked for the eclipse, the hotels in Jackson Hole are already full, Rock Springs is the next closest city where we not only have hotels but a KOA campground, not to mention the Flamming Gorge National Recreation area where you can camp for very little cost! Green River is just 15 miles west of Rock Springs with other hotels as well.
This is our fourth year and we host an Olympic Distance Tri, a Sprint Distance Tri, a Duathlon, new this year is the Aqua Bike, we also have a youth division as well. The Olympic race generally starts at 6am, the sprint races start at 7 and we do "heats" instead of a serpentine swim. If need be we can also arrange day care if you have youngsters that are too young to race. The swim is in the aquatic center of Western Wyoming Community College, the transition area is about 10 feet from the exit of the pool. We have pool counters to count your laps, we have lots of volunteers along the entire path that are going to cheer you on with every step!!
Please like us on Facebook - Race on the Rock that is where the latest updates are readily available. We will open up early registration in January with deals for early registrants. We also will have special offers for military and first responders and their families. Every participant will get a goody bag this year of course we will have eclipse glasses for you inside, everyone gets a t-shirt, finishers get a medal. We have music and food at the race we do hope to broadcast the race live as well online so family that might be at home can listen in! Not only do we have that, we also have prizes for the top finishers and this past year everyone walked away with some kind of additional prize. Take a chance on this race you won't be sorry.
After the race is over I put the pictures on Facebook for you to download at your pleasure, I also will put together a video of the race which will be shared at NO Cost!!Our professional photographers - Jeremy Weber and Jennifer Knox do a great job with the race, take a look at this year's video here: https://youtu.be/i45gV8-a6-k
Come Race with Race on the Rock, experience the eclipse as well, one family vacation all wrapped into a great weekend!
The swim will be in the Western Wyoming Community College Aquatic Center - we start at 6am with Olympic Racers, the first Sprint race will start at 7. We generally do "heats" with only 13 swimmers in the pool at a time, you get half of a lane there is no serpentine swim. The heats are usually set up by registration. If you have a particular need to be in a certain time start just let the race director know.
The transition area is only about 10 feet from the exit of the pool. The transition area is grass - and well manicured grass think in terms of a big green carpet. The bike course then leaves the college parking lot and in our own lane on the city street you will head toward White Mountain and most of the bike course is in a residential neighborhood with very little traffic. Where we have traffic we have law enforcement to stop traffic for you.
The run course follows the same path as the bike course, they are all out and back courses.
This race has an average altitude of 6300ft which adds some additional challenge especially for those practiced athletes. We are also a desert like community so we have plenty of available water, powerade, oranges along the route for you.
The starting temperature will generally hover around 50-55 degrees, do remember though it is a pool swim to start the temperature of the water is generally about 84 degrees at start time. The three previous years of this race we had a high that day of about 75 degrees with sunny skies - in other words we have perfect racing weather!
The race site is easy to get to. I - 80 comes right into the middle of the city, from that interstate you take Exit 103 and follow the signs to the college. We are about 3 hours from Salt Lake City and about 5 hours from Denver