WELCOME TO THE 3rd Annual Dig the Du – WNC’s DIRTY DUATHLON!
The multi-sport race is scheduled for Sunday, October 13th with a start time of 10:30am.
Directions to Sky Valley Farm:
We strongly advise you follow these directions to get to the race site; google maps and mapquest have given incorrect directions to this location. Please LEAVE PLENTY of time to get to the race site. It takes approximately one hour+ to get to the event site from the southern part of Asheville. We expect a lot of cars on one-lane roads to get to the site, and some of them are gravel roads. Follow the event signs when you turn onto Dupont State Forest road.
Directions from Asheville: Take airport exit (Hwy 280) towards Brevard. Take left on Hwy 64. There is a Bi-Lo and Walmart shopping center on your right. Go approx. 3 miles and take a right on Crab Creek Rd. There is a Marathon gas station and a light. Penrose Rock Quarry on your left. Go approx. 3 miles take a right on DuPont Rd. There will be a brown rectangular sign that says “DuPont State Forest”. Go 1/2 mile take first left onto Sky Valley Rd. Sky Valley Rd will be paved for the first little bit then turn to gravel, you will go 4.4 miles on this road until you arrive at the race site. Look for parking signs for race.
From Hendersonville: Take Kanuga Rd/Crab Creek (once out of city limits the road becomes Crab Creek) Take a left on Dupont Road, Take first left on Sky Valley Road and go 4.4 miles (Sky Valley Rd starts off pavement but changes to gravel). Look for parking signs for race.
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ONLINE REGISTRATION VIA IMATHLETE CLOSES ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9th at midnight. ON-SITE REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE AT PACKET PICK-UP. THE FIRST 100 PRE-REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE A RACE T-SHIRT.
DIG THE DU PACKET PICK-UP
Event Packets may be picked up at the following times & locations:
Saturday, October 12th from 2-5pm at Sycamore Cycles in Hendersonville
Sunday, October 13th from 8:30-9:30am at event site
Kids Du 2 Packet Pick up and Registration:
Sunday, October 13th from 8:30 to 9:30am and 1:30-2pm at event site for kids.
Don’t forget to bring some CASH! We will have coffee available from Izzy’s coffee truck before the race! NEW this year: Spectators – we will have 12 Bones BBQ plates for sale for $5 for adults and $3 for kids. Participants eat FREE. Also, don’t miss out on our AWESOME CHANCE TO WIN DRAWING! Tickets can be purchased for $5 at packet pick-up. All proceeds will benefit Open Doors of Asheville. We have BIG prizes from local sponsors including hubs from Industry Nine, Lululemon gift certificate and more!
NOTE: If you are on a relay team, you will only have one race bib and one timing chip. Please notify your team members if you pick up the race bib to eliminate confusion at registration.
All participants will pick up their timing chips and ankle band on event morning. Timing Chip Pick up will take place close to the registration area. You must show your run number to receive your timing chip! There is only one race bib and timing chip for a relay team. NOTE: Chip pick-up will be available until 10 AM. If you lose your timing chip, you will be charged a $30 replacement fee.
YOU MUST RETURN YOUR CHIP AT THE FINISH LINE. IF YOU DROP OUT OF THE RACE – YOU MUST RETURN YOUR CHIP TO THE FINISH LINE. Do not hand your chip to anyone other than someone at the finish line. Volunteers will remove your strap and remove your timing chip as soon as you cross the finish line.
All participants must be marked at the body marking area – located near the registration area.
You will be issued one number on race day. The square number is your only number for the entire race and must be displayed on the front of your body during the entire race. Safety pins will be available at packet pick-up if you don’t have a race number belt.
NOTE: If you are on a relay team, you will only need one race number. You will exchange the timing chip, which is on an ankle strap, in your designated spot in transition area.
EVENT DAY PARKING
There is plenty of race parking. Parking is ONLY available in the field very close to all the event activities. Event Staff will be onsite parking cars, please pay attention to them and follow their directions. Participants will park on the grass field when entering the race site. There will be signs for parking. There will be NO parking allowed in the area near the transition area or on the side of the roadways adjacent to the event site. Any cars parked along the side of the road will be towed. Equipment drop-offs are not allowed. Please proceed directly to the parking area upon arriving at the event site.
There are plenty of great spots to see your friends and family members at this event! Remember only race participants are allowed INSIDE the transition area. Check out the race hub map to see some of the best viewing areas for the event.
Please be respectful of the beautiful private property that the event is being held in so we can continue this event for many years!
We ask that you line yourself up at the start line according to your run pace. If you are a slower runner or under 16, we ask that you please start more towards the back of the starting line-up. The race begins on a fire road but quickly moves to single-track and it will eliminate congestion if you line yourself up appropriately on race morning! Everyone will have a better experience.
- Participants will have individually numbered bike rack locations.
- Find your numbered bike rack and then find your specific space on that rack. You’ll notice that half the numbers on the bike rack face one direction and the other half face the other direction. Place your bike on the rack centered on your number and facing the same direction as your number. This will allow for more space between bikes for placing your gear.
- No bike storage the night before the race.
- Participants only in the transition area.
- Only the race participant will be allowed to remove his/her bike from the transition area.
- Participants will have to run their bikes to the transition area entrance before mounting and will have to dismount at the transition area entrance upon completing the bike leg.
- Sycamore Cycles will be providing bike tech support and will be set up near the transition area.
- During the race, if you’re a participant and you need to get into the T.A. after you have finished racing, please watch for other athletes moving in and out the transition area.
- This is a 12 mile out and back, off-road, which descends down un-even surfaced, forest service road, which becomes a challenging charge back up the mountain.
- VERY IMPORTANT! ALWAYS STAY TO THE RIGHT! A portion of the bike course is shared with the run course, please always stay to the right side of the road when you are on your bike. If you have to pass someone, quickly pass and move back to the right of the road. There are some holes/big dips in the road please USE CAUTION and if you need to move over in the middle of the road to avoid the holes, watch for other cyclists coming the other direction!
- Please be advised that although we do not expect much if any traffic during the event, there may be an occasional car that is on one of the courses. Our volunteers will be working to move these vehicles through quickly or to the side of the road so you can pass by. Please use safety and pre-caution and be aware that this is not a closed course.
- No drafting! Don’t get caught drafting or blocking.
- Helmets must be fastened before leaving the transition area.
- Stay to the right in the designated bike lanes to allow faster cyclists to pass on the left.
- No headphones, earphones or any radio-type devices will be allowed.
- There are volunteers on the course.
- Volunteers will be wearing safety vests.
- Do not throw any trash on the bike course – this will result in a DQ.
- Sycamore Cycles will be providing bike tech support available at the transition area.
- This 2.5 mile run course, is a big loop around the Sky Valley Farm property, which includes some single track, forest service roads and fields. You will enjoy nice views and a variety of surfaces, making this an interesting and exciting run course. The 2nd run is a reversal of the first 2.5 mile run so on the same course, just in the opposite direction.
- The course will be well marked with signs, volunteers and flags in the single track sections and along the course.
- There will volunteers on the course.
- You must wear the race number that is provided in FRONT. If you do not have your race number clearly displayed on your front as you cross the finish line-you will be assessed a two-minute penalty.
- We will have 1 water station on the run course. See race hub map for water station locations.
- The water station will have water and HEED
- No headphones, earphones or any radio-type devices will be allowed.
- Relay team members will be given a Velcro strap when they pick up the timing chip. This strap will be passed from member to member when switching legs of the race. Remember to pass off this timing chip attached to the Velcro band to each team member!
- Runner #1 will tag bikers at their assigned bike rack location
- Bikers must tag runners at their assigned bike rack location
- All team members must get body marked before the race.
You have had fun racing, now it is time to kick back and relax! Bring a chair to hang out afterwards and enjoy some awesome, post-race yummy food. We will have Twelve Bones BBQ, Moe’s Burritos, bagels and fruit, yummy baked goods and MORE! Plus, we will have Sierra Nevada beer on tap.
While awards are tallied, we will have our CHANCE TO WIN DRAWING for all kinds of cool items donated by our race sponsors. You can purchase tickets for $5 at packet pick-up and on race day. All proceeds benefit Open Doors of Asheville! We have quite the selection of prizes from our sponsors including gift certificates, running and biking gear and HUBS from Industry Nine + more!
Awards presentation will begin immediately after the last finisher completes the race near the finish line area. We have super cool, custom awards for overall and age group winners as well as some additional prizes from our race sponsors for our overall winners. In addition, we have preems for the fastest run 1, bike and run 2 legs for the fastest male + female. If for any reason you are unable to stay for the awards you may pick up your award. We will not mail awards.
Male & Female:
Overall: 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Age Groups: 1st, 2nd and 3rd — categories below
19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & over
2 person relay teams: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
3 person relay teams: 1st, 2nd and 3rd
** FOOTRX & SYCAMORE CYCLES SPRINT AWARDS (male and female) for both the fastest run and bike legs of the race. Relay team members are eligible for these awards.
All results will be posted on the iDaph and Right on Time Productions website by midnight on Sunday, October 13th.
Post-race we have some great things in store for you! We will also have yummy food courtesy of Twelve Bones, Moes and complimentary beer from Sierra Nevada! Hang out and meet some of our race sponsors at their vendor booths. The kids du 2 race will start at approximately 2:15pm stick around and be a part of this new event, help cheer, volunteers and bring your kids to race!
Special Thanks to all of our 2013 Race Sponsors!
Harmony Motors, Sycamore Cycles, Plum Dog/Chase, Foot Rx, Sierra Nevada, Hammer Nutrition, Clear Channel, BB& T, Allegra, Moe’s, Twelve Bones, Industry 9, lululemon, Brueggers, Barley’s, Chainheart, Indigo, ABLE and Mangum Pottery