Valkyrie Segment: Paddle
The Valkyrie Relay spans nearly 100 miles of Utah’s spectacular ‘Wasatch Back’ mountain range. The event pits teams of up to 9 specialized competitors, each racing against the clock and exchanging between trail running, kayak/canoe paddling, marathon, mountain biking, stand-up paddleboarding, open water swimming, and road cycling.
The 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 face, so bring your shades.
Teammates: 1 or 2
Distance: 3.1 mls / 5.0 km
Start & Finish: Rock Cliff boat ramp, Jordanelle Reservoir
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 am
Rock Cliff: The limited parking at the Rock Cliff Campgrounds boat-ramp is for Valkyrie Relay operational vehicles and team boat and competitor load & unloading only. The nearest dedicated parking for competitors and their gear is at the Valkyrie Relay Bivouac at the Rock Cliff Campground. Some vehicle staging is available nearby at the mouth of Rock Cliff Rd on SR-32 (driver remains with the vehicle), as drivers wait to load boats, trail racers, and paddlers. (see map)
*Parking is limited along the course so we highly suggest that your team travel together as much as possible, ideally having a team vehicle (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 the section on Wingmates, event parking, and the Valkyrie Relay Bivouacs.
NOTE: The transfer of your boat from staging to the water and back is ON THE CLOCK!
Exchange Zone Details: TRL > PAD: At the Trail Run Finish timing sensor, competitors will tag their team’s Paddle leg (PAD) counterpart waiting at the boat staging area with their boat. Trail Run and Road Run competitors may assist their Paddle teammates in moving the boat into and back out of the water. The movement of boats in and out of the water is "on the clock." Timing of the Paddle leg begins once your team timing chip crosses the finish line of the Trail Run. All boats must be at the boat staging for the tag up and NOT already in the water. You will be allowed up to two 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 continuing to the Road Run Exchange Area.
Exchange Zone Details: PAD > RDR: The Paddler runs 0.7 MLS from the boat staging area to the Road Run Exchange Area at the Rock Cliff Valkyrie Bivouac. Once across the timing sensor, the Paddler tags his/her Road Run counterpart and the Road Run leg begins.
Segment Rules1. Your team member must complete this leg and tag your Road Run teammate before the Paddle course has closed.
2. Canoes and kayaks MUST be registered with a Valkyrie Paddle racing number which shall be attached to the front of the canoe/kayak. Teams who violate this rule will not be allowed to race. The racing number will be available in your registration package.
3. Prior to a race, no racer nor his/her support crew will touch or move any other contestant’s craft or equipment without permission.
4. All Paddle competitors must outfit themselves with U.S. Coast Guard approved Type 3 PFD in good, working condition, serviceable and without major defect or wear. Teams who violate this rule will not be allowed to race.
5. Racers shall be mindful of the hand signals to be used if someone is injured, in danger (paddle in the air, waving, or erect), or in need of help but not injured (hand in the air). All competitors should be mindful with any persons that may be in danger during the course of the race and should assist or help get safety staff attention.
6. We strongly recommend that you refrain from using portable music players at our events. This is a safety issue—you need to be able to hear the racers around you and any safety or medical vehicles that are trying to move along the course.
7. The event organizer reserves the right to remove a paddler from the course if, in our judgement, it is possible that serious or fatal injury could result from continued participation.
8. Teams may use hard-shell canoes and kayaks with single paddlers, or approved canoes and kayaks designed for up to two paddlers. These additional paddlers are subject to all above rules and are accounted for in the Team Registration and Team Packet. Only one of two paddlers need to wear the timing chip and tag their Road Run counterpart.
9. Inflatable craft, pedal or motor-assisted canoes and kayaks, rowboats, sculling boats, and stand-up paddleboards are NOT approved watercraft for the Paddle leg.
10. Racers shall only use the paddle, waves, and wind to propel the board forward during a race. No outside assistance drafting a vessel not in the race, in the form of a sail, clothing designed to catch wind, or any other speed device not considered the norm to canoe/kayak racing is allowed. Boat wakes are considered natural conditions unless a competitor is deemed as getting an unfair advantage over other competitors.
11. The transfer of your boat from staging to the water and back is ON THE CLOCK!
12. All boats must be at the boat staging for the tag up and NOT already in the water.
13. Trail Run and Road Run competitors (up to 3 people) may assist their Paddle teammates in moving the boat into and back out of the water.
14. Once paddlers return to shore, the boat must be returned to the staging area before continuing to the Road Run Exchange Area.
15. Ony one Paddler (if two are competing) needs to run 0.7 MLS from the boat staging area to the Road Run Exchange Area at the Rock Cliff Valkyrie Bivouac for tag up with the Road Run counterpart.
16. Device used to assist propulsion are not allowed.