Valkyrie Segment: Paddle

Team Members – 1 to 2 | Distance – 3.1 MLS/5KM |  Paddle Segment Map

LOCATION: Southeast arm of the Jordanelle Reservoir

The Paddle segment is a 3.1 MLS/5Km out-and-back canoe/kayak race beginning and finishing at the Rock Cliff Campground put-in area. Peak activity of the Paddle segment happens between 07:00-07:30 AM. Teams may choose to enter 2 paddlers with a touring canoe or a solo paddler with kayak or racing canoe. All Paddle Leg competitors must outfit themselves with US Coast Guard approved Type III flotation or better while in the water.




Course Map

The Paddle segment begins with a tag-up from the counterpart AT THE BOAT STAGING in the Rock Cliff put-in parking lot. Teammates may then carry the boat to the shoreline and launch the paddlers. The course starts immediately westward for 2km before rounding the first buoy. Turning back toward home, paddlers stay a course up the middle of the arm for 2km to the second buoy, then turn left and straight to shore. Once ashore teammates may again assist the paddlers and boat out of the water and to the boat staging. Only once the boat has returned to its staging can the Paddler (or one of two Paddlers) run from the take-out 0.5 miles to the Marathon Course start to tag their Road Race counterpart. The Paddle course will be closed to other boating traffic, and the southeast arm calmed.

Parking Information

The limited parking at the Rock Cliff Campgrounds put-in is for Valkyrie Relay™ operational vehicles and team boat and competitor load & unloading only. Nearest dedicated parking for competitors and their gear is at The Homestead Resort or the Finish Line at Soldier Hollow. Some vehicle staging is available nearby (driver remains with vehicle) as drivers wait to load boats, trail racers and paddlers. (see diagram) *Parking is limited along the course so we highly suggest that your team travel together as much as possible, ideally having a team vehicles(s) with non-competing drivers that can pick-up and drop off team members and gear along the course as the race progresses. Please review section on event parking and the Valkyrie Relay Wingmates.

Transition Information

NOTE: the transfer of your boat from staging to the water, from the water back to staging, and the 0.5 mile run to the Paddle transition to Road Race is ON THE CLOCK! Timing of the Paddle segment begins once your team timing chip crosses the finish line of the Trail Race. All boats must be at the boat staging for the tag up and NOT already in the water. You will be allowed up to three people to help you carry your kayak/canoe from the boat rack to water and back again. Once paddlers return to shore, the boat must be returned to the staging area before the Paddler can continue to the transition with the Road Race.

Segment Rules

All PAD competitors must outfit themselves with U.S. Coast Guard approved Type 3 PFD in good, working condition, serviceable and without major defect or wear.