Race on the Rock

  • 08.19.2017 @ 06:00 AM
  • Rock Springs, Wyoming
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Welcome to the Race on the Rock in Wyoming!
Welcome to our fourth year!!! We will once again host a Sprint Race, an Olympic Distance race, A youth race, a Duathlon ( run, bike, run), and new this year is the Aquathon (swim and bike). We may introduce the Athena and Clydesdale racer options, I would also love to have a military division and we will be working on becoming a para-friendly race for 2017. So this race has something for everyone!!! Whatever your race is, we have it!

Great news!!! We already received confirmation that the race will be broadcast LIVE this year locally and online with.... Johnny K and 307Country.com - REAL Country 93.5 FM KREO Radio Check out their website and bookmark it so you have it the day of the race for family and friends to listen in as you race!!

Our Race this year is August 19th starting with the Olympic swim at 6am. One of the really exciting things about the race this year is it is the same weekend as the last total eclipse of the sun in our lifetimes, which just happens to go right through the middle of Yellowstone on the 21st! The hotels in Yellowstone and in Casper, WY are already booked for the eclipse, Rock Springs is the closest city to Yellowstone and the Teton National Parks outside of those two areas! Bring the family make it an racing and educational family vacation before kids head back to school! Just think about it, you and your kids could see the last full eclipse of our lifetime from Yellowstone National Park - just imagine the pictures and the lasting memories!!! Our youngest racer this past year was just 6, we have a designated lane on the busier city street (we aren't that big of a city that the street is "busy") most of the bike takes place in a residential neighborhood and we have lots of volunteers to watch traffic every step of the way.

These are the races we are featuring this year which is our fourth year of being a sanctioned event:

Sprint: 10 laps in the pool, 12.2miles bike, 5k run
Olympic: 30 laps in the pool, 24.4 miles bike, 10k run
Duathlon: 5k run, 12.2 miles bike, 5k run
Aquabike: 10 laps in the pool, 12.2 miles bike
Youth Division: Ages 15-19 Full Sprint Distance
Younger Youth Division: 5 laps in the pool, 6.1 miles bike, 1.6 mile run. - this past year we had a six year old finish this race

Costs: Keep your eye on our Race on the Rock Facebook Page for codes to register at a discount if you qualify. We will be hosting an early registration at a discount as well, which will be announced on Facebook as well, Early registration generally may involve a buy one get one registration. Watch for details!!! We will be keeping the same prices this year that we had when we started:

USAT members:
Olympic Distance: $65
Sprint Distance $35
Duathlon $30
Aquabike $30
Sprint Team $50
Olympic Team $80
Youth and Younger Youth Division $25

Those who are not USAT members (you can become a member at www.USAT.org)
Olympic Distance $80
Sprint Distance $50
Olympic Team $95
Sprint Team $65
Youth and Younger Youth Division $30
Duathlon $45
Aquabike $45

We want to thank Sinclair Oil, a Major Sponsor to this Race. Sinclair Oil is celebrating their 100th year of Fueling America's Journeys and they have chosen to invest in and fuel this journey in Triathlon. Here's to another 100 years and a continuing partnership fueling journeys!!!!

We also want to thank Tronox which is a new company to the Southwest Wyoming Region.

A little bit about the area:

Hi there and welcome to the Race on the Rock. We are in our fourth year as a USAT certified event. Make sure you like our page on Facebook for updates.

This race is a high altitude race, the average altitude is about 6300ft. This adds to the difficulty of the race for those not used to training at high altitudes. We are at the top of the Rockies, in the desert plateau, that means our humidity is low, the air is a bit thin, and the temperatures at the start of the race will be somewhere in the 50's. The nice thing about living at the top of the Rockies is that no matter how hot during the day, night time temperatures fall into the low 60's or 50's every night. So you can expect the air to be crisp and cool the morning of the race. Generally being a desert as well we rarely have a lot of rain, we haven't had any rain over the past three years, if it does rain generally it is very light and very short.

As for what you can expect. The race has a pool swim. We are looking at 2018 to relocate the entire race to the Flaming Gorge Reservoir, but for now the race starts with a pool swim at the College Aquatic Center. We have counters for you, so you do not have to count laps. You will be sharing a lane with one person, no serpentine, no needing to pass people. You have your own side to a lane. There are a total of 8 lanes in the pool, due to ADA accommodations one and possibly two lanes will be just one swimmer, the lanes are first come first choose. We start with our Olympic Racers at 6am (or as close as possible) If we have a need for a second Olympic heat that will start at 645am. If not, our first sprint racers will take off at 7am and every 30 minutes after that will be the next group. Start times are assigned by order of registration. If the start time is an issue for you, please discuss that with me leading up to the race by email or phone. The number and email are listed. The pool generally is kept at 87-degrees although on the week of the race, the heater is turned off on Friday morning and the pool is allowed to cool for about 24 hours before race time. So the pool temperature will be somewhere near 80-83 degrees. (it isn't as warm as you would think).

The transition area is right outside the Aquatic Center on the lawn of the college. The bike path leaves the college and will head toward White Mountain and the route will take you into subdivisions with very light traffic. We expect to have police presence at the two intersections that might have some traffic. They will be stopping traffic for racers, we are also anticipating the city allowing us to close off one lane of College Dr. just for the race. The roads do have to remain open, as the road we use is the route to the hospital but we will have one lane designated for the race again this year. Most of the bike route is on low traffic subdivision roads.

The run will follow with the bike path with turn-around areas for Olympic and Sprint racers. We will have two to three water/PowerAde stations. We will have one at the Olympic run turn around and one at the Sprint turn around, both of those are also on the bike path and available for that portion of the race as well.

After the race we will have refreshments, music, and eventually awards. Everyone who signs up gets a race t-shirt and a goodie bag. Those who cross the finish line will get the finisher's medal. We have prizes then for the top time finishers. This year we are anticipating being able to broadcast the race live on a local radio station that streams on the internet, so you can give the internet address to friends and family who may want to listen. This year we are also hoping to include video footage.

For those who might be coming in from outside of the local area the directions are simple, take Exit 103 off I-80 and follow the signs to the college. There is plenty of parking on campus. We will have packet pick up at the Bike and Trike the night before the race, I will send out the address and directions to that store in an email after you register.

Some of the things that you can do while in town include:

The Wild Horse Loop: Up on White Mountain there is a herd of Wild Mustang Horses. As you drive along the top of the mountain you could come face to face with some of the herd. On top of that mountain as well is Pilot Butte, a prehistoric volcano. It used to be used for navigation from the Oregon Trail to when pilots first took to the skies.

Sand Dunes: on the opposite side of the highway from the entrance to the wild horse loop basically is the entry way to the sand dunes

Flaming Gorge: South from I-80 at Exit 99 you will be able to view this national recreation center. Not only are the sights something, there is also the ability to swim, boat, paddle board, or fish if you so desire.

The College: There are a number of dinosaurs throughout the college. Casts of actual bones found locally have been made and are assembled throughout the college including the T-Rex, the walking tour guide is right at the front desk when you walk in. We also have a museum of wild animals as well on campus. Lots of things to see and do while there.

Grand Tetons and Yellowstone: if you want to make the race part of a vacation the Grand Teton National Park and of course Yellowstone are only about 3 -4 hours north of the race site. During the drive north you will actually pass the very scenery that you may have seen in Pixar's new film - The Good Dinosaur. Artists with Pixar spent a year in Wyoming finding and duplicating the scenery used in the film. Most of that scenery stretches from Rock Springs to Yellowstone. Don't forget though that this year will feature a total eclipse of the sun going right through Yellowstone on Monday the 21st of August. This race is just three hours south of there!

Shopping, movies, food: We have plenty of shopping opportunities, a movie theater, and lots of restaurants for anyone's tastes. If you need suggestions just let me know.

Post race awards ceremony and party with refreshments will be held at the college starting point, please be sure to stay for music and refreshments. We will have a specific award for first time racers.

*All participants in sanctioned events must have a valid USAT membership card to present on the day of the race or purchase a one day membership for $15 at the time of registration. ($10 for youth) If you do not have your valid membership card available participants will be required to pay the one day fee.* Membership is very reasonable and allows you to participate in as many sanctioned events as you wish during the year. Membership information with USA Triathlon can be located at: www.usatriathlon.org

All participants will be required to sign a USAT waiver for participation, which will be provided to you at check in.

The Olympic Race will start first followed by the Sprint and then followed by the Super Sprint.

2015 Results: http://strideracing.com/2015/8/racetherock.html
2016 Results: http://strideracing.com/2014/9/racetherock.html

Please Like us on Facebook: Race on the Rock: https://www.facebook.com/RaceontheRock

Last year's Video:https://youtu.be/i45gV8-a6-k
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