Welcome to the Rope Mill Dirty Duathlon and 3.3 Mile Trail Run - October 21, 2017
Thursday, October 19, 2017
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm - Optional Early Packet Pickup and Registration at OutSpokin' Bicycles on Sixes Road.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
6:30 am to 8:00 am Packet Pickup
8:30 am Race Brief
8:55 am 5K Run Race Start
9:00 am Duathlon Race Start
Directions to Rope Mill Park
690 Old Rope Mill Park Rd
Woodstock, GA 30188
From the south, take I-575 north to exit 9, Ridgewalk Parkway. Turn right onto Ridgewalk Parkway and then take an immediate left onto Rope Mill Road at next intersection. Rope Mill Road dead ends at the park.
Race Entry Fees
All entries must be received by Thursday, October 19th at 8 pm There will be no race day registration. There is a combined limit of 330 racers in this year’s event.
On or Before September 30th, $45
After September 30th, $50
Duathlon 2 Person Team Relay
On or Before September 30th, $70 (per team)
After September 30th, $80 (per team)
Duathlon 3 Person "First Timer" Team Relay
On or Before September 30th, $100 (per team)
After September 30th, $115 (per team)
3.3 Mile Trail Run
On or Before September 30th, $30
After September 30th, $35
A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to SORBA Woodstock for their continued maintenance and upkeep of the Blankets Creek and Rope Mill Trails.
- Beginner Female
- Intermediate/Sport Female
- Advanced/Expert Female
- Beginner Male Under 40
- Beginner Male 40+
- Intermediate/Sport Male Under 40
- Intermediate/Sport Male 40+
- Advanced/Expert Male Under 40
- Advanced/Expert Male 40+
- Male 50+ (Beginner/Sport/Expert combined)
- Clydesdale (200 lbs +)
- Open Singlespeed (all ages, genders, and abilities)
- Open Juniors 18 and under (genders combined)
Duathlon Team Relay
- 2 person male
- 2 person female
- 2 person coed
- 2 person 18 and Under
- 3 person "First Timer"
I'm new to this...which category should I enter?
If you are trying to choose which solo category to enter here are some suggested Avalanche Trail lap times (Loops 1, 2, and 3) based off of last years race times:
Advanced/Expert Male - 34 minutes or less
Intermediate/Sport Male - 34 to 40 minutes
Beginner Male - 40+ minutes
Advanced/Expert Female - 38 minutes or less
Intermediate/Sport Female - 38 to 45 minutes
Beginner Female - 45+ minutes
If you are riding a singlespeed, you may enter in the singlespeed cateogory or you may race in any other age/ability class that you would qualify for..just be prepared for a flat start on the concrete path. Juniors may also enter in either the Junior category or one of the respective gender/ability level categories. The Male 50+ category is a combined ability level category so that those over 50 can compete against competitors of the same age. If you are over 50, you may race in any of the 40+ divisions as well, if you feel those would be more appropriate. There are plenty of options so there should be a category that is fair and suits everyone.
We are again offering a 3 person "First Timer" Division for new beginner racers who want to give an off road duathlon a try. Each member of the team will complete one leg of the race. There are no age or gender divisions as the category is intended for beginners and first time racers only.
3.3 Mile Trail Run
We will utilize the same 5 year age group brackets that are seen at our Trail Run Series events, for both males and females.
- Female under 18
- Female 19-24
- Female 25-29
- Female 30-34
- Female 35-39
- Female 40-44
- Female 45-49
- Female 50-54
- Female 55-59
- Female 60-64
- Female 65-69
- Female 70+
- Male under 18
- Male 19-24
- Male 25-29
- Male 30-34
- Male 35-39
- Male 40-44
- Male 45-49
- Male 50-54
- Male 55-59
- Male 60-64
- Male 65-69
- Male 70+
In addition to medals and prizes for the top 3 individual male and female finishers, medals will be presented to the top 3 finishers in each category. Sponsor prizes will be presented as deep as sponsorship allows.
We are also excited to announce that we have created custom podium t-shirts that all of our first place winners will receive (solo and teams). Trust me, you'll want one, so start training now!
The awards ceremony and post race party for the Duathlon will take place at 11:45, to allow the majority of racers to finish. You must be present at the awards ceremony, or have someone pick up your award, as medals will not be mailed. If you bail on the awards ceremony and it turns out you won something, your prize will be added to the raffle goodies pile or given to a race volunteer.
Trail Run Awards
Medals will be presented to the top 3 finishers in each category. The top overall male and female will also be recognized and receive some special prizes.
The awards ceremony for the trail run will take place at approximately 10:15 am. You must be present at the awards ceremony, or have someone pick up your award, as medals will not be mailed.
T-Shirts and Swag
2015 shirt design - yes, you're going to want one! Shirts are long sleeve tech tees in dark red with orange side panels. Those who register before the October 8th shirt size deadline are also guaranteed a commemorative event pint glass!
Entries include a shirt for all and additional swag item for first 300 registrants. We will be able to guarantee your shirt size in a long sleeve wicking shirt through midnight on October 7th. After the 7th limited sizes will be available in the wicking shirts and you will receive a Mountain Goat logo wicking tee if/when we run out of race shirts in your size. If you would like a women's specific shirt, you must register on or before the 7th.
How Does This Event Actually Work?
Solo racers will race the entire course, including the 6 mile bike, 3 mile run, and another 6 mile bike. After each segment, all racers will return to a central transition area where their bikes, running shoes, food/drinks, and any other items needed for the race will be located. Racers may rest in the transition area or they may grab their gear and move onto the next discipline immediately.
For teams, there will only be one team member out on the course at any given time. When the bike rider returns from the first bike loop, the runner will then go out on the run OR the person who just did the bike may also go out on the run. Once the runner returns, they can either switch again or the same person can complete the final bike loop. Each team member must do at least one segment of the race, but how they are split up is completely up to the teams. Racers will always go through the transition area after each discipline, so there is no advantage gained by solo racers or those teams who opt to not switch teammates after each segment.
- All participants will be required to wear a bicycle helmet at all times while riding. Penalty is DQ.
- No outside (non racer) assistance is permitted at any time during the race. Racers may assist other racers.
- All food and drink for the race must be either carried with the racer or staged in the transition area. There will be no water stops on the course
- You must run or walk your bike out of the transition area.
- After crossing the finish line, racers will be directed into a finishing chute so that they can be scored appropriately. Wristbands for relay teams will be surrendered at this time.
- Due to the number of racers on the trail, headphones/ipods will not be permitted.
- Race numbers must be visible at all times.
- Cutting the course is not permitted. Penalty is DQ.
- The relay exchange will take place in the transition area. This exchange will be done by transferring the wristband from the runner to the biker.
- In the event of a mechanical, the racer must cross the finish line with his/her bike to receive an official finish time.
- Please exercise caution and good sportsmanship when passing other racers on the trail.
Yellow Jacket Alert!
Fall in Georgia means yellow jackets are very aggressive and prevalent in the woods. They make their nests in the ground and typically aren’t discovered until a lot of ground disturbance (for example from 250+ people in a race) brings them out. We recommend everyone carry Benadryl or other meds as necessary.
Parking and Equipment Drop Off
Parking is somewhat limited at Olde Rope Mill Park so racers will be parking in one of three locations: the small lot on the left side as you enter the park, the auxiliary gravel lot at the top of the hill on Rope Mill Rd or at the Kirk-Rudy office building at the intersection of Rope Mill Rd and Ridgewalk Parkway. Please plan accordingly as it may be up to a half of a mile walk/ride down to the transition area. We recommend putting all your race gear in a backpack or duffle and riding down to the start/finish. There is no gear drop off at the park as there is not enough room to turn around.
Mountain Goat Adventures utilizes Chip Timing using MyLaps Bibtag Technology and our Real Time Results System. See your finish time and placing in your category right after you cross the line!
The race will run rain or shine, however, the Race Director reserves the right to cancel or modify segments of the event as deemed necessary for preservation of the trail and/or participant safety. No refunds will be given in the event of an act of God that requires cancellation of the race for the saftey of participants. Once the race has started, no refunds will be given due to delayed start or early conclusion of the race.
If you have a race question that was not answered above or would like to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please email the race director at email@example.com