Valkyrie Relay - Durango Race Description
The Valkyrie Multisport Relay is the Intermountain West's premiere multi-sport relay race, spanning over 100 miles of spectacular mountains, lakes, trails, and municipal & country by-ways in each of five popular adventure destinations: Wasatch Back (UT), Durango (CO), Coeur d'Alene (ID), Donner Pass (CA), and St. George (UT). The event pits teams of up to 9 (3 - 9) specialized competitors against each other, racing against the clock and exchanging between trail running, kayak/canoe paddling, marathon, mountain biking, stand-up paddle boarding, open water swimming, and road cycling. The Valkyrie consists of a Full Course (100 mi) and a Sprint Course (50-70 mi), with many events featuring companion races such as a marathon & half and a 5K - all running concurrently in their respective host communities. The races culminate at an all-day endurance sport industry expo and family-oriented live site at the finish line.
VALKYRIE RELAY - DURANGO SPORT LEGS:
ROAD RUN (RDR)
The picturesque 26.2-mile Road Race pays homage to Utah’s celebrated Central Wasatch. Road Racers compete on the comparatively cool scenic highways and country roads of Wasatch County and Midway, Utah. The first half is a fast descent. The second, meanders through tree-lined neighborhoods and past green pastures before arriving to Soldier Hollow.
MOUNTAIN BIKE (MTB)
Mountain Bikers compete on an 17.5-mile course of scrub oak and sage brush terrain with spectacular views of Deer Creek Reservoir. Beginning at Soldier Hollow with a two-lap circuit, then an undulating double-track to Deer Creek Dam. Experience steep climbs and descents with direct midday sun bearing down on them.
TRAIL RUN (TRL)
The race begins at with an undulating 10.2-mile Trail Run, along the Jordanelle Reservoir. Starting pre-dawn, headlamps are required. Pace-setting Trail Runners benefit from cooler weather as they lengthen the field. Maneuvering space will be a premium at the transition at the end of the Trail Run. If you can get ahead, do it.
STANDUP PADDLE BOARD (SUP) LEG
The Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) course is a 5K Southbound route at the South end of deep blue Deer Creek Reservoir. Expect afternoon winds to challenge you. To clear the worst chop, hug the shore to your left. Enter the Main Creek inlet at mile-2, and leave the afternoon breeze to the wind-surfers.
OPEN WATER SWIM LEG
Open Water Swimmers (SWM) complete an out-and-back 1.0-mile course in the calm water of the Main Creek Inlet of Deer Creek Reservoir. Deer Creek is known to be a destination for wind-propelled sports. The SWM course is the stark exception, aided by Valkyrie exclusive use. Swim without worry of conflict with boaters.
ROAD BIKE LEG
The Road Cycle course (RCY) is a 35.0-mile route through one of Utah’s most cherished scenic byways of the Wasatch. Elevation gain is formidable but so is the descent. Surrounding mountains cast cooling shade in the late afternoon through evening, but also challenge cyclists’ light adjustment as they pass in and out of the shadows. And then, after a tour of Midway, bring it home to the Finish at Soldier Hollow. Route: Deer Creek Reservoir to Soldier Hollow Nordic Center via Route 92 (Alpine Loop), Cascade Scenic Rd, and a tour of Midway.
Paddlers race 5K, out-and-back, with single/tandem canoes/kayaks. Beginning and finishing at the Rock Cliff Campground boat ramp, Paddlers cut the glassy surface of the Southeast arm of Jordanelle Reservoir, adding urgency for onlooking Trail Runners about to finish. Morning sun will hit you right in the eyes, so bring your shades.
FINISH LINE EXPO and LIVE SITE
Relay Racers and Marathoners and Half Marathoners will conclude the race at Soldier Hollow Nordic Center in Midway Utah at the The Endurance Sports Summit. The Summit is an all day event that coincides with the Valkyrie Relay Race. The Summit brings together manufacturers, retailers, coaches, educators, and event companies, in an expo style setting. Our goal is to have everyone involved in the endurance community together under one roof to exchange training ideas, learn about endurance related products and plan out their event calendars for the next year, and to spend a day as a team participating in the the Valkyrie Multi-sport Relay.
- Location: Durango, CO 81303
- Race Date: 2023/09/16 05:00:00 AM (Saturday)
- Individual Sport Competitor - Durango (Full Course)
- Individual Sport Competitor - Durango (Sprint Course)
- Valkyrie Relay - Durango (Full Course)
- Valkyrie Relay - Durango (Sprint Course)