Your Multisport Season Starts Now.
Desert Classic Duathlon is now the yearly kickoff of the Southwest Multisport Series (SWMS), joining Rocky Point Triathlon, Tempe International Triathlon, and the brand-new Swim/Run & Triathlon series coming to Lake Pleasant. SWMS ’17 will be announced shortly on ADV.FIT
2017 Desert Classic Duathlon features a new, rugged 5k run course that is entirely off-road, and a fast road bike course with beautiful views of Fountain Hills and Rio Verde’s acclaimed “9 Mile Hill.”
3.17 miles off-road • 24 mile road bike • 3.17 miles off-road
NOTE: There will be no mountain-bike version in 2017.
The transition area is on dirt, and so is all of the running. Prepare to be dry and dusty amigos! Run In & Out are located on the west side of the transition area, Bike In & Out are located on the east side, this avoids any cross-over during the bike and run legs.
The same 3.17 mile trail run course is used for BOTH run segments. This is a NEW course for 2017, featuring some beautiful singletrack and 258 feet of climbing; trail shoes are absolutely recommended.
There will be no water stations on the course,carrying at least 16oz of water is mandatory for BOTH run loops.
The new run course does not use McDowell Mountain Park Road at all, and is entirely on the trails. With over 250 feet of climbing and some technical climbing and descending on single track, this is one of the most challenging run courses Desert Classic Duathlon has ever offered.
There are NO AID STATIONS during the off-road run, you are required to carry at least 16oz of water with you on both run loops. Staff and volunteers will be on-course for safety and to provide directions, and will be equipped with radios to contact emergency staff. Take precautions for severe desert conditions and be alert for wild animals including snakes. Toughen up buttercup, this is a wild west duathlon.
Though the transition area is on dirt – your pretty road bike will get dusty, get used to it – the bike course is entirely on-road with the mount/dismount area on McDowell Mountain Park Dr. The bike course is 24 miles in length with a double out & back design. The first out & back is to the south for approximately 4 miles, and the north out & back covers about 20 miles, including almost half of “9 Mile Hill” on Rio Verde Rd.
One lap of this 24-mile road bike course.
Out of transition, turn right onto McDowell Mountain Park Dr, and then right again onto McDowell Mountain Road, where you will continue south for 2 miles, turning around at the police barricade. Travel north on McDowell Mountain Road for approximately 4 miles before turning left on Forest Road for approximately 2 miles, then left on Rio Verde Road for slightly over 4 miles until the turnaround at the police barricade. Return to the transition area, turning right off McDowell Mountain Road onto McDowell Mountain Park Dr. NOTE: On the return loop, do not continue to travel south past McDowell Mountain Park Dr to the first turnaround.
Run: 3.17 Miles, Off-Road
Same song, just one more verse. Once again, you’ll tackle the same off-road trail run following the same course. Carrying at least 16oz of water in mandatory for both run legs. If you are not carrying a water bottle heading out onto either lap of the run course, you will be stopped and required to fill one up.
McDowell Mountain Park • 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr. • MMRP, AZ 85255 • Phone: (480) 471-0173
Participants are responsible for obtaining their own parking pass at the gate ($6/car).
Early Registration • Road & Off Road (Opening July 1st, 2016)
Registration Prices will increase September 1st, 2016
Registration Prices will increase January 1st, 2017
Packet Pickup and Race Day Registration
Top 3 Overall Male & Female – $500, $300, $100 (estimated payout, exact prize purse TBD)
Top 3 Open Male & Female (14 to 39)
Top 3 Masters Male & Female (40 – 59)
Top 3 Grand Masters Male & Female (60+)
Top 3 Clydesdale (Males over 200lbs)
Top 3 Athena (Females over 150lbs)
Top 3 Teams (Note: there are no requirements for male or female athletes comprising a team)
There are no 5-year age breakdowns, what you see above is the way awards will be given out. If you are not present for the award ceremony, we’ll give it to a kid or trade for a beer. Awards will not be shipped.
Do I have to be a USAT member to participate in USAT sanctioned races?
Yes, you must have either an annual membership or 1-day license:
Why do I age-up in triathlons?
USAT bases age on December 31, 2017 so you compete in the same age group throughout the year.
Example: Jane Doe is 39 during the entire 2013 racing season, but turns 40 on Dec. 15th, 2017. Jane will then compete in the Master’s Division.