We’ve dug up one dragon of a duathlon, and now it’s up to you to ride it! Multi-sport athletes, trail runners, and mountain bikers: Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 14th, 10am, for the 2nd annual “Dig the Du” race.
Racers will blast off with a 2.5 mile trail run, transition into a chain-rattling, off-road 12 mile cycle, and finally run against the same 2.5 mile trail, only this time reversed—with 14.5 miles under the belt—the last stretch will be ten feet taller and breathing fire. The event is on private property, never before open to the public for any other events.
The off-road duathlon is not only a good introduction to off-road, multi-sport events but it is also a great venue for seasoned athletes. Register as an individual or part of a two or three person relay team. The twin 2.5 mile trail courses weave through beautiful single-track, grassy fields and rugged forest service roads, while the 12 mile off-road bike course descends steadily down scaly forest service roads, which on the return, quickly become a challenging charge back over the spine of the mountain.
When athletes participate in this race, they are not only competing for hand-crafted awards and special ‘sprint’ prizes, but they are also helping to fund the OpenDoors of Asheville, which supports local children and youth. OpenDoors breaks the cycle of poverty by connecting local children with an active individualized support network and providing them with opportunities for higher level education. Overall and Age Group Awards, plus SPRINT $$ certificates for the fastest run and bike splits! Also, a raffle with BIG prizes from local sponsors!
The race entry fee allows participants access to private, undisturbed property for purposes of participating in the duathlon event. Registration fees: Individual: $45 thru September 15th, 2012; $50 thru October 9th, 2012; and $55 Race Day. Team Entry (2 person team): $60 thru September 15th, 2012; $65 thru October 9th, 2012; and $70 Race Day. Team Entry (3 person team): $80 thru September 15th, 2012; $85 thru October 9th, 2012; and $90 Race Day. The first 175 participants will receive a custom-designed long sleeve technical t-shirt. Additional information is available online at www.idaph.net. Athletes may register online at imATHLETE. Don’t forget to ‘like’ us at Facebook.com/DigtheDu and follow us at Twitter.com/digthedu.
Special race features include: specially designed race tees for men and for women, congestion-free start area, individual & team registration, LIVE music, bike rentals (by Sycamore Cycles), unique & private trails, handcrafted awards, and incredible post-race food and Sierra Nevada beer!
New for 2012: Camping! Tent sites are available ($35, includes water / bath house) on a first-come basis, by reservation (Call: 828-697-1363). Campers remove their own trash.