Participants must compete with a partner so that two people will be in the canoe. If both want to do the full triathlon, then sign up as a TEAM: Partners should not stick together after the canoe portion; your finish times will be combined (added together) for finish results.
Alternatively you may compete as a RELAY: Partners canoe together, then one person will continue on the bicycle while the running partner waits for the bicyclist to return. When the bicyclist finishes, he or she will tag the runner to begin the run course. Team and Relay partners will compete at the same time, but scoring results will be separate.
3.5 Miles on the Duck River
The canoe start will be near the Maury County Jail (thus the name). We will start in waves of about 30 canoes. The person in the back of the canoe hangs on to a rope strung across the river. Waves will begin about 7 minutes apart. Expect the canoe trip to take 40+ minutes. Participants will need to wear shoes, water shoes, or mountain bike shoes and expect them to get wet. Life jackets must be worn; the rental companies will provide them but personally owned jackets are allowed.
Canoes Provided – No Personal Canoes Allowed
Two-person canoes from neighboring rental businesses are being provided as part of the entry fee. No personally owned canoes will be allowed for this event. Personally owned single-blade paddles are allowed.Participants will need to be physically able to carry the canoe (80 lbs.), along with their partner, down an embankment to the river. Canoes and paddles will not all be identical. In fact, some canoes will be aluminum and others fiberglass or composite. Entrants must accept these shortcomings as a condition of registering.
8 Mile Mountain Bike on Single Track
The bike course will be one loop of the Chickasaw Trace Park trails minus two difficult climbs. It is almost all single-track trails in woods. There are plenty of technical (difficult and challenging) sections. After two miles the course takes on several tough climbs. Participants must gain mountain bike experience on trails before racing. Beginners are welcome, but first-timers on trails may be pulled from the race. Passing is generally accomplished by the approaching rider announcing, “On your left,” and the lead rider conceding and staying to the right of the trail. Helmets must be worn.
The run section is on the flattest and easiest portion of the mountain bike trail. There are some terrain challenges and a long, gradual incline in the second mile. We do not expect bikes to be on the same trail portion at the same time as runners except as a backup plan if a trailer of canoes does not show. If this occurs we will instruct bicyclists to announce their approach and pass carefully on the left. Relay Runners: Expect to wait 40+ minutes for your partner to return from biking. You may get wet on the canoe trip, so be prepared to stay warm with a towel or blanket or a change of clothes. The actual distance is about 300 feet short of 2.5 miles.
At the end of the canoe, strip off the company provided life jacket and leave it in the area. Carry your personally owned life jackets and paddles to transition to prevent mix-ups with the canoe companies. Those who will be biking will run about 100 yards from the boat ramp to transition. Bikes will be laid on their side in a grass transition area. Bicyclists will return to the same area to tag their relay partner or begin the run.
Participants will park and check-in at Chickasaw Trace Park. Arrive by 7:30 a.m.! Signs and volunteers will direct you. At 8:30 a.m. participants will load into the vans to be transported to the put-in. Canoes will have numbers taped on them that correspond to racer’s bib number. The start time of the race is uncertain, but hopefully by 9:30.
No Place for Spectators at the Canoe Start
Spectators will be able to watch transitions and much of the first mile of both the run and bike. There will be no place to park at the canoe start. Therefore we ask that spectators remain at Chickasaw Trace Park and not move the cars. Bring a lawn chair.
Teams and Relays will be scored separately. Based on the previous year’s attendance trophies will be awarded to Females three deep, Mixed four deep, Males five deep. A prize will be presented to the fastest individual male and individual female in the Team competition.