This triathlon "sold out" in 2017. Why? Because the Gut Check is so different! A quarter-mile pond swim in mid-60s water temperature (for duathletes: a 2-mile killer trail run). Ten hard miles on your road bike, climbing a total of 1000 vertical feet. A 3-mile technical trail run through the woods of Nickerson State Park starting with an 18% hill descent and a deep-sand beach sprint, ending with a long 12% ascent. Named one of the top 6 "bucket list" races in the world by the Athelete's Choice Awards. It's a true test to end your 2018 season!
This is a race for intermediate and experienced athletes. Expect cold
water, steep hills and difficult cliffside running trails paved with
tree roots. While there will
be emergency medical support on-site, all participants race at their
Registrants for either the triathlon or duathlon may change their mind
up to 8am the morning of the race and switch to the other event. This
decision must be made BEFORE you pick up your race packet.
Leg #1: Triathletes. A beach start, running into the chilly waters of Cliff Pond. A .25-mile, rectangular course with lifeguard support.
Leg #1: Duathletes. A
narrow, very technical 2-mile run around Little Cliff Pond ending with a
beach run alongside Cliff Pond before the transition climb.
Transition climb: All athletes. a difficult, 300-foot stair climb from end of swim to transition area.
Leg #2: All athletes.This is a
3-loop bike course of 9.9 miles on paved roads with very challenging
hills. Racers follow signs out of transition, make a left turn onto Nook
Road. Continue to the entrance to Area 7. Turn into Area 7 for a loop
that brings you back to Nook Rd. Return to Area 6 for your second and
Leg #3: All athletes. A 3-mile
run into the seldom-visited backcountry of DCR-Nickerson State Park.
Narrow trails and frequent rocks and roots underfoot require alertness
On-line registration will close on October 10 at 11:59pm.
Private transfers will be allowed as long as both parties notify
registration personnel by 7am morning of race. There will be no refunds
or wait list but race director will try to assist racers to arrange
transfers ahead of race date.
There is no rain date. It’s supposed to be the toughest sprint tri in
the East! Race director does reserve the right to substitute a trail run
for the swim if water temperature is below 55 degrees.
Yes! For both the duathlon and the triathlon. Your choice: 2-person or 3-person.
Chip timed. Results are expected to be posted to the Gut Check
website and coolrunning.com
within a day. Results link will be posted on this website and the race Facebook
Results will count toward national and regional rankings. All USAT rules
and regulations will apply. Racers are subject to time penalties or
disqualification for infractions of USAT rules.
Please note: You will need at least a 1-day USA Triathlon membership in
order to race any sanctioned triathlon (including this one). Follow
prompts through registration to choose a 1-day ($15) or Annual ($50)