Blitz Duathlon Race Details

 

Be a part of Calgary’s longest running annual duathlon! Our awesome volunteers make the day fun by ensuring you stay on course, cheering you on and serving you lunch after the race. Athletes will enjoy the precise organization and execution of a Blitz event, all with a laid back atmosphere.

The race will start from the Station Flats parking area and take you west along the Elbow Valley/Sulphur Springs trail for 3.5km before heading back to the transition area at Station Flats. The bike is an out and back south/west on Highway 66 with lots of rolling hills (20k), followed by a shorter 3.5km loop on the Tom Snow Trail to finish the race.  See Course Map.

*Trail Run: these are not your typical city trails with nice groomed, even shale paths. You are in the back country where the trails have loose gravel, rocks, tree roots, uneven terrain, hills, water, cow patties etc.  So make sure to get out and do some “trail” running before the race.  Get those ankles nice and strong!

PARTICIPANT LOVE

Still not sure if this race is for you? Here’s what others from 2017 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!”

DETAILS

Date:

Saturday September 15, 2018
Location:
Station Flats near Bragg Creek
Off Highway 66 outside of Calgary, AB
Map & Directions

Times:

8:00am – Athlete Check-in
9:50am – Warm-up
10:00am – RACE START
11:30am – BBQ
12:00pm’ish – Awards/Prizes

Blitz Duathlon Transition

COURSE MAP

Distances: 7km run, ~19km bike, ~3.5km run

Terrain   
Running Route: hiking trail, hills, loose rocks, gravel, tree roots, water, cow patties.  You’re in the back country, so expect everything.

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.

View Course Map
Read our FAQs for more details on the course

Blitz Duathlon Course Map

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PARKING & SPECTATORS

Event parking will be at River Cove Group Campsite  (located 0.5km East of Station Flats  on Hwy 66, across from Elbow Fire Base).  You will have to walk or ride your bike from the parking area to Station Flats (the starting location). A nice little warm-up!

Station Flats will be used as a temporary drop off location only.  No race day parking available.

Spectators are welcome and encouraged to cheer on friends and family members while enjoying a beautiful fall day in Kananaskis. Spectators are able to participate in the post race meal but must have purchased a BBQ ticket before September 6th. We ask that spectators do not follow the participants on the highway in order to avoid excessive traffic.

RACE PACKAGE PICK-UP

Currently Package pick up will be on race day only at Station Flats beginning at 8am.

Race Support

Bag/gear check: Available near athlete check in table. See FAQ on how it works.

First Aid: There will be a First Aid tent beside the food tent and all course marshals have first aid kits and will be able to assist you. A first aid vehicle will travel the road for assistance during the cycle portion.

Bike Support:  A tent will be set up before the race for minor bike maintenance. During the race, there will be one vehicle equipped with basic bike maintenance gear available for road side assistance. Bike racks will be available in the transition area for you.

Timing Chips: All athletes must check in the morning of the race to get their race bib which will have a timing chip attached to it.  Partners will each receive a race bib with timing chip on it.   It is VERY IMPORTANT that you wear the bib on your front, do not crumple your bib or your timing chip will not work, and if you are a running as a team do not step over the timing mat while waiting for your partner to finish his/her leg of the race.

Washrooms: Outhouses available.

POST RACE, AWARDS & pRIZES

We are known for great prizes, stick around so you don’t miss out!

There will be prizes for the top finishers and lots of door prizes.  Top finisher prizes will be presented about 10 minutes after completion.

All athletes will be given three 50/50 tickets at check-in and can enter into draw prize(s) of his or her choice before the race starts. Extra 50/50 tickets can be purchased for $1. Draw prizes will be drawn during the race and a winners list posted near the prize table.   All prizes will be awarded at the prize tent by registration.

Blitz Duathlon Volunteer