Danelle Ballangee
Coach Nellie Ballengee

Moab Off Road Duathlon

8k trail run / 13K mountain bike - March 3rd, 2018

Coach Nellie BallengeeMoab’s Premier Multisport Event!
Make tracks where the Dinosaurs made tracks
150 million years ago!

Takes place on the SUPERB Klondike Bluffs Trails, North of Moab, UT. It is a super fun course featuring Classic Moab Singletrack including slickrock, red dirt trails, and scenic views of Arches National Park.

Enter as a SOLO (run then bike) or as a TEAM (one runner and one biker, tag off in the transition area.)

Start times: 8:15 a.m. There will be 5 waves, 3 minutes apart. Beginers and kids will start in the 5th wave. Chip timing by Racing Underground. Cutoff of 1 hr. 40 min. for the run portion and must finish in 4 hrs to be eligible for finishers medal.

Registration: Opens October 1st, 2017 at IMathlete.com. You may also request a mail in entry form, please email danelle22@msn.com. Registration includes a well marked super-fun course with aid stations, chip timing, t-shirt, post race meal, finisher’s medal, and awards for the top finishersCoach Nellie Ballengee.

Cost: Online registration available starting October 1st at IMathlete.com.

  • Early sign up: Oct 1st - Oct 31st: Solo $70. Team (per person) & Kids $50.
  • Nov. 1st - Dec 31: Solo $80. Teams(per person) and kids $60.
  • Jan 1st - Feb 28th: Solo $85. Teams (per person) Kids $65.
  • March 1st - race day: Solo $90. Teams (per person) and kids $75.
  • Cancellation policy: No refunds. No transfers. If you cannot make it, you may defer to next year if you do so on the IMAthlete.com site before Feb. 28th, for a $15 fee.
We recently got permission to use a new section of foot-only track that goes by an actual dinosaur track site. This trail, the Dinosaur Stomping Ground Trail, combined with Mega-Steps Trail were built by Trail Mix volunteers as well as our local chapter paleontology members and the Sierra Club. This area is what paleontologists call the “Dinosaur Dance Floor”. I’m certain you also will enjoy “dancing” on this beautiful and unique trail!

Pre-Race and Race Day Information:  CLICK HERE

Course Route/Trail Description: (Subject to BLM approval) click for map.Duathlon Map

Don’t be deceived by the drive to the start (which honestly is quite barren and boring) because hidden just a short distance from the start line is a magical wonderland of amazing and unique features. The single-track is welcoming and, well, perfect. This kind of race and this kind of course are hard to come by. We think you will really enjoy it! The trail and scenery are amazing. You are welcome to do your thing: ‘fly’ through the course like water through a rapid, or poke through it like a snail savoring every movement. Everyone is welcome!

Run (8k): You will start off running (maybe a mix of walking…) with a meandering climb up a small creek bed weaving through unique rock formations before opening up into the “dinosaur dancing floor”; a gigantic smooth white slickrock surface with literally 100’s of Therapod tracks. From here the climb continues a short distance further to a ridgeline with a nice dirt single-track and spectacular views of Salt Valley, Arches National Park and the snow-covered LaSal Mountain range. The route continues with a fast curvy single-track downhill through a series of desert coves with cactus in bloom. The final ¼ mile to the transition area is mostly downhill and fast.

Bike (13k): After a quick transition to the bike you will head out on a smooth fast dirt road, which will give you a short time to get back into your rhythm and get used to your bike. Beware when you cross the little wash with the quick ‘dip’. After less than a mile the FUN begins: DinoFlow singletrack. This is some of the best and most fun singletrack around. It winds cruisy and fast before leading to the climb up ‘Little Salty’. The climb start off tough, which some steep slickrock sections to negotiate but it gets easier leading to the aid station on the ridge, which is more than ½ way up the climb. Stock up at the aid station, and then continue climbing. There’s one short section that may require a hike-a-bike, but for the most part the climb with go by fast and soon you’ll be flying along the ridgeline 4x4 trail and enjoying the distance vistas of the Bookcliffs and the Henry Mountains. Be sure to pay attention to the course arrows, as the turn to the Baby Steps Trail and the exciting descent comes quick! Avid riders will fly down the ‘steps’ but most will take the recommendation of its namesake and ride the trail with ‘baby steps’. The bottom of the decent you will make a sharp right turn where you will make your way along the slightly uphill but super-fun DinoFlow singletrack where you will cruise through the ‘hoodoos’ to the finish. Your finisher’s medal will have been well earned!

Kids and Beginners: Course (1 mile run, 3 mile mtb): A short but fun and challenging course for kids, and a good introduction to the Off-Road Duathlon ‘world’ for grown-up “kids at heart.” The run/walk is about 1 mile. It starts off flat then climbs uphill through a little wash and onto the slickrock, then descends steeply and the last ¼ mile to the transition is flat. Then transition to mountain bike, which is about a 2.7 mile loop. The first mile or so is double track and relatively easy and slightly downhill, then you’ll turn onto fun single track that is moderate difficulty and mostly flat but slightly uphill. The last ½ mile is downhill and flat to the finish. It’s a fun course and you’ll get all the same goodies (tshirt, medal, goodie bag, food) that come with the long course! (Awards for girls and boys: 6 and under, 7-11, 12-15 only.)Keri

Strategy Note: Passing on the bike will be fairly easy on the Little Salty climb and also on the Baby Steps Trail (both the Jeep Trail along the ridge and the descent on North Baby Steps). Passing will be tough on the two Dino Flow sections, as it is mostly ‘dirt’ singletrack. There will be plenty of places to pass on the run, even though the trail is singletrack. Please try to pass on the slickrock rather than the untracked soil. Wave starts are designed to spread out competitors and reduce the need to pass.

Awards: Awards will be given in the long course to the top 3 overall male and female finishers as well as age group awards in 10 year increments, m/f. Also the top male, female, and coed teams will receive awards as well as the top male and female beginner's course (13 & over) and top 3 m/f kids course (under 13). All finishers within the cutoff will receive a finisher’s medal.

Packet Pickup: You may pick up your t-shirt, race number and timing chip on race morning at the start/finish venue starting at 7am. If you happen to be dining at Milt's Stop & Eat on Friday March 2nd between 4:30-6:30pm we will have packets there also.

Rules:  Please follow all USAT Duathlon off-road rules. Helmet required on bikes. Walk bikes through transition area. (These rules are in addition to the normal, ethically-correct rules of fair racing and good sportsmanships.)Teamwork

Directions to the Start: From Moab head North (towards I-70) on Hwy 191 for 21 miles to the signed right-hand turn for North Klondike Trails. Park in the designated lots or along-side the dirt road. Please carpool! Parking is limited. Please allow 20 minutes to drive there and another 15 min to park and walk/ride to the start. It is advised to bring a backpack for your transition gear so that you can ride your bike to the start, as some parking spaces are about ½ mile away.


Travel Info:  Click Here for printable travel info.
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