Valkyrie Segment: Stand Up Paddleboard
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 Stand-Up Paddle course is a 5K southbound route at the south end of the deep blue Deer Creek Reservoir. Expect afternoon winds to challenge you. To clear the worst chop, hug the shore to your left. Enter the Main Creek inlet at mile-2, and leave the afternoon breeze to the wind-surfers.
Distance: 3.1 mls / 5.0 km
Start: Rainbow Bay Day Use Area, Deer Creek Reservoir
Finish: Wallsburg Group Area, Deer Creek Reservoir
Time: 9:30 am – 4:45 pm
SUP Start: The limited parking at the Rainbow Bay Day Use parking lot is for Valkyrie Relay operational vehicles and SUP competitor and gear unloading only. The nearest dedicated parking for competitors and their gear is at the Choke Cherry Campground/Valkyrie Relay Bivouac at the south end of Deer Creek Reservoir between miles 19 & 20 of US-189. Some vehicle staging is available at day-use parking and highway turnouts nearby (driver remains with the vehicle) as drivers wait to unload SUP paddlers. (see diagram)
SUP>SWM Exchange & SWM Finish: The limited parking at the Wallsburg Group Area is for the Valkyrie Relay operational vehicles and SUP and Open Swim competitor and gear load & unloading only. The Wallsburg Group Area will be dedicated to the Valkyrie Relay and closed to the general public during course hours, 10:45 AM - 4:45 PM. The nearest dedicated parking for competitors and their gear is at the Choke Cherry Campground/Valkyrie Relay Bivouac at the south end of Deer Creek Reservoir between miles 19 & 20 of US-189. Some vehicle staging is available at day-use parking and highway turnouts nearby (driver remains with the vehicle) as drivers wait to load/unload Swimmers, SUP Paddlers, and their gear. (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 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 event parking and the Valkyrie Relay Bivouac.
Exchange Zone Details: RDR > SUP: RDR Runners arrive to Soldier Hollow and tag their MTB counterpart waiting for them there with their mountain bike. As RDR 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. Communications will be by radio between Valkyrie Relay operations staff at each location. It is the responsibility of the SUP paddler to be at the ready to hear their bib number called out to begin. SUP paddlers should be in communication with their Team's Wingmate to know roughly the progress their RDR counterpart is making. Once the SUP paddler "green-light" is posted, the SUP & SWM split time begins. SUP paddlers and their SUP board should stage at the SUP staging area and NOT already at the water. The movement of boards in and out of the water is "on the clock." You will be allowed one other person to help you carry your SUP board from the SUP staging area into the water.
Exchange Zone Details: SUP > SWM: SUP paddlers beach themselves on the inland end of the Main Creek Inlet. The SUP board must be carried out and free of the beachhead before the Open Water swimmer may begin. The swimmer may assist the SUP paddler in carrying the board. Once SUP comes ashore, the board must be returned to its staging area before the SWM counterpart can begin. The combined SUP & SWM split time will be combined with the other sports to for your team's aggregate Finish time.
Segment Rules1. Your team member must complete this leg and tag your Open Swim teammate before the SUP course has closed.
2. SUP Boards MUST be registered with a Valkyrie SUP racing number which shall be attached to the front of the board. Teams who violate this rule will not be allowed to race. Racing number will be available in your registration package.
3. Racers must be standing while paddling once the SUP race leg starts until crossing over the finish line. Racers are allowed to sit, lay, or kneel on thier board to rest as long as they are not making forward progress. If a competitor takes more than five strokes while sitting, laying, or kneeling once a race has started the racer may be disqualified (DNF). The exception with this would be for racers discontinuing the race or for safety reasons where a racer needs to avoid or may be put into a potentially dangerous situation that would put them or others at risk of injury and or property damage.
4. 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 SUP racing is allowed. Boat wakes are considered natural conditions unless a competitor is deemed as getting an unfair advantage over other competitors.
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. 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.
7. Prior to a race, no racer nor his/her support crew will touch or move any other contestant’s craft or equipment without permission.
8. 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.
9. The event organizer reserves the right to re-move a stand up paddle boarder from the course if, in our judgement, it is possible that serious or fatal injury could result from continued participation.
10. Teams may use hard-shell or inflatable SUP boards.
11. SUP Paddler may begin only once their bib or board number is posted for "green light."
12. The transfer of your board from staging to the water and back is ON THE CLOCK!
13. All boards must be at the SUP staging for the tag up and NOT already in the water.
14. An additional person may assist in getting the board into and back out of the water.
15. Once paddlers return to shore, the board must be returned to the SUP staging area before the Swimmer can begin their leg.