Valkyrie Segment: Road Run
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 paddle boarding, open water swimming, and road cycling.
The Road Run pays homage to Utah’s celebrated Central Wasatch. Road Runners 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 at Soldier Hollow Nordic Center (SHNC).
Teammates: 1 or 2
Distance: 26.2 mls / 42.2 km
Elevation Gain: 1027 ft / 313 m
Elevation Loss: 1677 ft / 511 m
Start: Rock Cliff Campground
Finish: Soldier Hollow Nordic Center (SHNC)
Time: 7:00 am – 1:15 pm
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 diagram)
Soldier Hollow Nordic Center: Ample parking is available at the SHNC with a walk of 0.3 miles to the Finish Line and Exchange Zone. Wingmates with Vehicle Access and Parking Permits (VAPP) will be able to access the Exchange Zone of the SHNC for drop off and pick up of athletes and gear only. Vehicles cannot park or wait (with a driver) at the Exchange. Limited space is available for waiting vehicles (with driver) at the Biathlon Range area.
*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.
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.
Exchange Zone Details: RDR1 > RDR2: If applicable, the first Runner, completing the first half of the Marathon arrives to the mid-point at the Wasatch Mountain State Park. There, he/she crosses the timing sensor and tags the second Runner in the Exchange Zone, who continues the race. If a team has fielded a single athlete to run the entire Marathon, this person passes through the Exchange Zone un-slowed and continues.
Exchange Zone Details: RDR > MTB & SUP: Runners enter the SHNC Exchange Zone and tag their MTB teammate at the timing sensor to begin the closed course. As Runners cross the timing sensor, his/her team’s SUP athlete counterpart will also be alerted to begin their 5K leg at the Rainbow Bay Day Use area of Deer Creek Reservoir. This will begin a team’s split time for SUP and SWM legs, which will be included as part of the team’s overall time.
Segment Rules1. The Road Run leg, the Valkyrie Midway Marathon, and the Valkyrie Midway Half Marathon are considered "Rules of the Road" races. While competing on the road sections of the race, competitors must obey all relevant pedestrian and cyclist laws of the community in which the course is located.
2. Strollers, roller or inline skates, skateboards, scooters, bikes, dogs, unregistered runners, and runners against race traffic will be prohibited from entering any closed portions of the course and strongly discouraged by race staff and Public Safety Officers from entering or otherwise obstructing race traffic in open course areas. Competitors should remind any spectating family and friends of race etiquette with regard to course access.
3. Public Safety Officers will not prevent general public vehicles from circulating on open portions of the course. But Team support vehicles with a visible Valkyrie Vehicle Access and Parking Permit (VAPP) will be given preference by race staff and Officers to approach racers.
4. To maintain the aggregate timing of your team's progress, your team member must complete this leg and tag your teammate before the Road Run course has closed.
5. The event organizer reserves the right to remove a runner from the course if, in our judgement, it is possible that serious or fatal injury could result from continued comport or participation.
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 runners around you and any safety or medical vehicles (including bikes) that are trying to move along the course.
7. Tag-up between first-half and second-half runner shall occur only in the Road Run Mid-point Exchange Zone at Wasatch Mountain State Park Headquarters.