Triyak-a-thon XC is off road running, mountain biking and creek paddling combined together making the ultimate outdoor adventure race! Don’t have both a mountain bike and/or kayak? NO PROBLEM… multiple registration options: TEAM, 2 or 3 people execute a leg or two; INDIVIDUAL for those beastly solo Triyakers; 5K only Leg 1 Trail Run!!!
The venue is Swatara State Park conveniently located 1 exit north of the I81 and I78 interchange. It is a beautiful venue and easy to get to. See the Racers tab for an interactive map. The race starts in a northerly direction toward the Swatara Gap.
Wheel measured and *professionally timed* Leg 1 - 3.4mi rail-trail run, mix of crushed gravel and asphalt. The ‘Leg 1 runners’ will do an out and back, turning around at 1.55 miles to head back to the finish line. The ‘triyakers’ will continue on to the run/ride transition with a nice 140’ climb in the last 1.2mi. Leg 2 - 14.8mi mountain bike (8.6mi is SINGLE TRACK) ride. Ride is a mix of asphalt, single track dirt trail, and crushed gravel. A GREAT mix of SPEED and technical FUN! One beautiful bridge crossing over the ‘swatty’ and 4 challenging creek crossings on the single track trail! Leg 3 - paddle 2.5 miles south back through the Gap (Gap N Back) on the Swatara creek… start / finish at the same location. The creek is flat water with a few fast spots mixed in for fun. Basic boat handling skills and basic ability to ‘read the water’ for low spots is recommended. Riders and paddlers MUST follow basic rules, see the Racers tab.
Awards for 1st place overall male and female Triyakers. Age bracket awards for the top 3 Triyakers and Leg 1 Runners (5k only). Teams (2 or 3 person) compete for overall top 3 awards, each team member getting an award. All participants will receive Swatara Gap N Back ’17 dog tags and a tech T. All participants are eligible for prize drawings and best ‘war paint’ prizes.
Outdoor adventurers 12+ are welcome. 12-15 year olds must be part of a team and may not participate in the kayak leg. All participants under 18 must have a legal guardian sign under age waiver either by mail in registration or the morning of the race. There must be a legal guardian in attendance during the race.
Registration… number of entrants is limited. If registration process is still listed on the Racers tab, there are still spots available. Tech T included for all entries thru April 29th, after that while supplies last. Triyaker fee is $60 for online or postmarked entries thru April 29th. Fee of $70 April 30th to May 10th and is online entry only. Trail Run fee $20 thru April 29th. Fee of $30 April 30th to May 10th and is online entry only.
Proceeds of this event will benefit suicide awareness, prevention and surviving family care via the DES foundation. As of 2014 per the CDC, suicide is the second leading cause of death in age groups 10-14, 15-24, 24-34. Suicide has surpassed stroke in 45-54 year olds. Stopping 1 suicide prevents on average 6 others from dealing with crushing trauma, depression, PTSD, guilt…
Suicide… NO more should it hide, shine light and FIGHT!