Our first Sand Squirrel Off-Road Duathlon on January 12, 2019 at Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park in Pasco County.
Regular Race Distances: TBD, but will be something like a 3-mile trail run, 10-mile mtn bike and 1-2 mile trail run. We're still working out course specifics, so watch our Facebook Event Page for up-to-date details. But, it will be some version of run/bike/run.
We will also have an "Extreme Edition" that will be two times through the entire course and have both individual and two-person relay team categories. Each relay team will have one runner and one mountain biker.
The race courses will not be overly technical (trail running and mountain biking) and is suitable for beginner off-road enthusiasts. Running will be mostly on the hiking trails. Biking will be a combination of paved trail (about 2 miles), wide forest road (about a mile) and twisty single track mountain bike trails (about 7 miles). Be mindful of the race name ("SAND Squirrel") and be prepared for a few soft surface challenges along the way on both the run and bike ;-) There may also be a special challenge for all racers to complete before crossing the finish line--stay tuned!
While we will have a designated "Transition Area" to hold your bikes and a small amount of other gear, we will not have bike racks. We recommend you bring a bike stand of some kind or something against which to prop your bike. You have plenty of time to be creative ;-)
Racers will receive a finisher's medal in all distances and a race shirt. We'll have awards for first overall male and female and first male and female in each 10-year age group in the individual categories. In the Extreme Relay division we will have finisher's medals for each team member and will have awards for overall male team, overall female team and overall co-ed team.
We'll have post-race snacks and drinks at the finish line.
Event will be held rain or shine.
**NO REFUND OF ENTRY FEES**
**LIMITED TRANSFERS OR DEFERRALS MAY BE AVAILABLE UP TO TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO THE EVENT DATE**
Event details and schedule
Saturday, January 12
630am: Park opens--park in fields on right side of entrance
645am-745am: athlete check-in
7:30am: Extreme Start
7:45am: Regular Distance Start
**Awards will be handed out as they are computed by the timers. There will be no official awards ceremony***