Sign up for the 2014 Tri the Trails Triathlon!

Race date: June 21, 2014

Swim: 800m,  Bike: 13 mile,  Run: 4 mile  ***starts at 9:00am sharp***  JUNE 21, 2014

Who should participate in the Tri the Trails Triathlon?

If you are excited for a challenge through the Alaskan beauty then Tri the Trails is right for you! However; there are some elements to the race that may be more difficult than a beginner triathlon. It is suggested that training and a pre-race run through of the trails are highly advised. If you are looking for a beginner triathlon, we recommend the Wasilla Why Not Tri, which is specifically designed for newbies. It will be held on June 14, 2014 in Wasilla, Alaska. For further information on this triathlon, go to www.whynottriwasilla.net or contact Robin at wasillatrisponsor@gmail.com. If you already to “Tri the Trails” and experience a great triathlon, then proceed.

Brief description:

This will be the fourth running of the “Tri the Trails” “sprint” “off road” triathlon. The course is situated on the “greenbelt” between Palmer and Wasilla AK, right close to where the Glenn and Parks Highways split. The swim will take place in the Matanuska Lake, the bike and run will take place on the trail system. The course is all off road and a good mountain bike will be required. This is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event,- this means certain planning and safety ”nets” are in place,  therefore, each participant will need to be a member of the USA Triathlon Association. (This can be a one day membership for a minimal fee- however, it is mandatory.) http://www.usatriathlon.org/

Length: Swim 800m, Bike ~13 mile, Run~ 4 mile- These distances are close estimates.

Date and Time: June 21, 2014  The race starts at 9:00am sharp, mandatory pre-race meeting starts at 8:30am

General Registration opens online: March 1, 2014 through April 30,2014.

Late Registration: May 1-Race date.

Registration Closes: June 2 or when the last slots are filled. (100)

Bib/Race packet pick up will take place in Anchorage WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 9-5PM -AT ALASKA PHYSICAL THERAPY SPECIALISTS- 3650 LAKE OTIS STE 201, (subject to change)  and Palmer- THURSDAY JUNE 19, 10-6, AT ACTIVE SOLES PERFORMANCE FOOTWEAR, 642 SOUTH ALASKA ST (KOSLOSKY CENTER-BACK ENTRANCE) PHONE# 746-0600.
Start location: Matanuska Lakes State Park

General Requirements: 18 years old or older, Bike Helmet Required – no exceptions, wet suits are not mandatory, BUT Strongly encouraged. The morning of June 21th, race day, should NOT be your first time swimming in an Alaskan lake.

Fee: $60.00 — If you are not a member of the USA Triathlon, you will need to have at least a one day membership ($12.00 fee). There will be no exceptions. This is necessary for us to have the race sanctioned, which in turn makes the insurances more affordable. Become a member of the USA Triathlon by visiting http://www.usatriathlon.org/member-services

Volunteering: Pre- race and post-race volunteer work is a great way to prepare for the race. We are deeply indebted to all the volunteers that have made this event possible. We would love to have your help. Contact Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers trailhead@vmbah.org or Matanuska Green Belt Trails http://www.matanuska-greenbelt.org/  for information.

Recommended level of experience: One needs to feel confident with their abilities to swim in cold water lakes, mountain bike on single track trails of moderate difficulty and run on trails.

There is  limited parking at the campground. Be courteous and patient! We are sharing this park with everyone. If you are going to spend the night at the campground, reservations are HIGHLY recommended you can set reservations for the park by contacting Dan at mailto:info@lifetimeadventures.net. Also Fox Run Campground is a close location for camping and they offer great deals! For more information check out their website and special deals. http://www.foxrunlodgealaska.com/

There will be volunteers directing traffic the morning of the race. Carpooling is highly recommended. Should it become necessary, there will be a shuttle from the Matanuska Susitna Visitor’s Center parking lot over to the starting line- please attempt to park at the event site first- we may not need to be running the shuttle if we are all considerate of others as we park our vehicles. All parking within the campground (and the small area outside the gate) is subject to a $5 Day Parking Fee, or you can purchase a season parking fee for $40. http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/asp/fees.htm Did you know that if you do hours of volunteer work on the parks and trails with an organization such as Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers you can get a free MSB parking permit? http://www.vmbah.org/

Going Green

The Tri the Trails Triathlon is a green event. We are doing everything possible to make as small of an impact on the local trails as possible. If you drop a water bottle, GU wrapper, GPS, cell phone, or anything else during the race please go back after the race is over and pick it up. If you can help with the maintenance of the trails before and after the race as well, that is even better. Contact at bionic@mtaonline.net  for information on volunteering.

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