HEART OF THE ROCKIES
IRONMAN 70.3 CALGARY
GREAT WHITE NORTH TRIATHLON
CHINOOK TRI FESTIVAL
HEART OF THE
RED DEER RUN SERIES
Station Flats(east loop)
Staging Area (east loop)
Transition / Bike Racks
River Cove Group Camping Access Road
Leg 1: 7km Trail Run
The first leg of the race is out and back on the Sulphur Springs trail. This trail has 4 or 5 rolling hills but they are relatively short. The overall elevation gain is 160m, broken up over the 7k run. There is a shallow stream to cross and one section that often is a big mud hole covered with a few logs to help you cross, or you can run around it.
Leg 2: ~19km Road Bike
The bike course is out and back on Hwy 66 to Beaver Flat. It is paved highway with rumble strips and some loose gravel at certain sections. The bike route has a total elevation gain of 162m, mostly gaining in the first 9km. Once you hit the turnaround point, it’s a nice quick ride back to transition. Due to safety reasons you turn around at 9.4km making it just short of 20km.
Leg 3: 3.5km Trail Run
The last leg of the race is the most technical and consists of a loop on the Tom Snow trail/1st Ridgeback loop. The Tom Snow has a few mud holes that you can run around, and the Ridgeback loop is definitely narrower with a hill. Elevation gain of 200m.
Important Notes: The run components of this race are on hiking/mountain bike trails so expect to see everything: rocks, roots, mud, gravel, logs, streams, and holes. Parts of the trail are wide and other areas, especially the last 3k loop, have some narrower sections so be alert for other trail users. Please keep in mind mountain bikers will be on the trails as well and travel at high speeds so for your safety it is recommended run without headphones on.
There will be marshals on the highway to ensure you can cross the road safely at the turn around point and when re-entering Station Flats transition area, however they are unable to stop traffic so please keep your head up for vehicles and use caution.