_ The 2021 Sand Squirrel Off-Road Duathlon:
Our third annual Sand Squirrel Off-Road Duathlon on January 9, 2021 at Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park in Pasco County.
Regular Race Distances: Trail Run: 2.8 miles. Mountain Bike: 9.25 miles. Trail Run: 1.2 miles.
We will also have an "Extreme Edition" that will be two times through the entire course.
A two-person relay team category is available for the regular distance only. 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, wide forest road and twisty single track mountain bike trails. 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 will also be a couple "special challenges" mixed in along the way for all racers to complete and the infamous "Sand Bucket Challenge" to grunt your way through before crossing the finish line!
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 Regular Distance 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**
Additional Information & Event Schedule:
Saturday, January 9
630am: Park opens--parking area depends on number of participants
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***
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