12th Annual Blitz Duathlon – Fall K-Country

NEW LOCATION – Forgetmenot Pond

Picture snapped during race week!

REGISTER TODAY!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

WHAT
5km Trail Run, 18km Road Bike, 5km Trail Run
WHEN
Sunday September 19, 2021
WHERE
NEW LOCATION – Forgetmenot Pond by Little Elbow Provincial Recreation Area, Kananaskis (HWY 66) – 20 minutes SW of Bragg Creek

Here is a larger area map for your reference.  Forgetmenot Pond is 25 minutes south-west from Bragg Creek.  Click here.

Be a part of Calgary’s longest running annual Duathlon!

The race will start from the Forgetmenot Pond parking area and take you on an out-and-back 5km run on groomed trails. The bike is an out and back north/east on Highway 66 (18k).  When you return, repeat the run for your final 5km.  Food, beer and cheers will await you at the finish!

Race Details

Times:

8:30am – Athlete Check-in Opens
9:50am – Warm-up
10:00am – RACE START
11:30am – Food

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

As an outdoor event we must limit the field to 200 athletes.  Social distancing rules will be in effect as follows:

  1. Athletes will rack their backs in an alternating format on ribbons.
  2. During race package pickup, athletes will queue with six feet social distancing.
  3. The race start will be a pulse releasing runners one at a time after the leader.  Queue every 6 feet and your time will officially start when you first cross the start line.
  4. No post-race awards ceremony.

Blitz Duathlon Transition

Course Maps

Distances: 5km run, ~18km bike, 5km run

Terrain
Running Route: groomed trails

Cycling Route: paved highway.  Please note that we are racing on roads that are open to the public. PLEASE use caution while racing. We will control traffic with pylons, signage and volunteers but we are unable to stop traffic and you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.

You can park near the transition zone.  Rack your bike (max 6 per rack alternating each side on ribbons).  Proceed to our timing tents for you race package and timing chip.

Parking & Transition Zone

Run Leg 1: 5km Trail Run

The first leg of the race is a run around Forgetmenot Pond, across the river and back.   This trail has a net elevation gain of only 104′.  Click the picture for an interactive map.

Transition Zone

You will return through the start/finish line arch into the transition zone.  Proceed to your bike and remember to buckle up your helmet before taking your bike off the rack.  It must remain on until you return and rack your bike.  Walk your bike to the mount/dismount line and begin your ride.

TEAMS:  Upon finishing the first run, find your cyclist in transition and attach your timing chip to your teammate’s ankle.  Cyclists then un-rack bike and proceed to the mount line to begin the cycle portion.  Upon returning from the bike, cyclists dismount and return to the rack and the runner grabs the chip from their ankle and starts the second run.

Leg 2: 19km Road Bike

The bike course is out and back on Hwy 66 to the Powderface trail head.  It is paved highway with one cattle gate.  The bike route has a total elevation gain of 1,466m.   There will be marshals on the highway to ensure you can cross the road safely at the turn around point and when re-entering the transition area, however they are unable to stop traffic so please keep your head up for vehicles and use caution.  Click the picture for an interactive map.



Leg 3: 5km Trail Run

Same as your first run.  Time to look at the gorgeous scenery!

PARKING & SPECTATORS

Spectators are welcome and encouraged to cheer on friends and family members while enjoying a beautiful fall day in Kananaskis.  We ask that spectators do not follow the participants on the highway in order to avoid excessive traffic.  Leashed dogs are permitted in the park.

RACE PACKAGE PICK-UP

Currently Package pick up will be on race day at Forgetmenot Pond from 8:00-9:30am.

Race Support

Aid Station:  We will have an aid station at the run start with water and Reboost maple gels.

First Aid: There will be a medic on-site at the timing tent through the day.  A support vehicle will travel the road for assistance during the cycle portion.

Bike Support:  During the race, there will be a truck cruising the truck for roadside assistance.

Timing Chips: All athletes must check in the morning of the race to get their ankle timing chip.  Relay team partners will also receive a chip.  Race bibs must be worn in the front on the run portions.

Washrooms: Several outhouses available around parking lot.

POST RACE

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we will not have a post-race awards ceremony.  Results will be posted on Sunday afternoon.

PARTICIPANT LOVE

Still not sure if this race is for you? Here’s what others had to say:
“This was the third year and the race was awesome as always. Every detail was covered. Wonderful food and goodies; all the courses are fun and challenging; amazing participant support from bikes, bag check-in, easy registration, complete information updates, finish announcer, transition set-up; the volunteers who make it possible were all knowledgeable, friendly and helpful; and the sponsor support much appreciated. All that yet I love how the race directors keep things simple and low key.”

“This is the best race that I have done in all the years I have raced. So much fun and very well organized. All the other athletes and volunteers were awesome as well. Thanks gang”

“It was a fun atmosphere yet also very well organized. I liked how there was no waiting around for draw prizes or awards. Excellent post-race meal as well.”

“​It was my first time at this race and it was well organized and a lot of fun! ”

“Great venue, trails were good, scenic ride with a challenging hill climb. Lots of volunteers who were awesome, energetic, and encouraging”

​”It was great, everyone was really supportive, the course was challenging, the announcer was great at the finish line, it was a great day! Thank you for all that you did for this race!”