FULL Swim 2.4 miles Bike 105 miles Run 22 miles Elevation Gain 14,671 feet
HALF Swim 1.2 miles Bike 51 miles Run 12.2 miles Elevation Gain 10,690 feet
OLYMPIC Swim 750 meters Bike 24 miles Run 6.1 miles Elevation Gain 6,565 feet
final bike climb is 10.82 miles with it’s steepest grade being 17% with an overall grade of 7%
the entire race takes place 6,100 feet above sea level and athletes will peak at 10,640 feet
water temp average: 63.5 degrees Fahrenheit
air temps: daily average 73 degrees Fahrenheit and evening average 43 degrees Fahrenheit.
Start: Jordanelle Reservoir
Finish: Brighton Mountain Resort
*Age Requirement: You must be 18 years of age before race day to participate in this event.
Self Supported: All athletes must have their own support crew. Both athlete and a support crew member must be registered with Utah’s Toughest and have signed all liability forms. The designated support member can help their athlete out of the water and through T1, supply hydration, nutrition, and mechanical assistance (if needed) on the bike. The event will only provide assistance on the bike course during the climb up to Guardsman Pass, at T2 and only one hydration spot on the run course. There are also very strict support crew rules that must be followed. Those not following these rules at all times risk disqualification for their athlete.
Mandatory Gear Requirements: For the swim, gloves and booties are not permitted. Wetsuits are strongly recommended but not mandatory. For the bike, front-facing solid white headlight and rear-facing red blinking light (both mounted to bike), bright colors are highly recommended or reflective vest, flat changing kit, fully charged cell phone. For the run, each athlete and/or support person will need to have a water bladder or bottle system, headlamp, cell phone, small rechargeable battery pack and enough nutrition to get through the first loop, then fill up with enough to make it to the finish. Trail shoes are recommended as the majority of the run will be on trails. Hiking poles may be used, but are not required. If you choose to use them, please practice hiking with them prior to race day.
Weather: Weather in Utah can change extremely quickly. Event management reserves the right to change, alter, and/or cancel any of the three disciplines at any time. This also includes cancelling the entire event if it is in the safety interests of the athletes, volunteers, and staff to do so. Our #1 concern is safety.
TEAM VS INDIVIDUAL
Individual: One athlete will complete the entire course on his/her own along with the assistance of their support crew member.
Individual Support Crew: Utah's Toughest is unsupported. Individual athletes are required to have a support crew member to act as their aid station. This support crew member will need to follow the support crew guidelines as laid out Support Crew and Spectator page.
Team: (only available for full distance) A team will consist of 2 athletes. Each athlete will complete half of each discipline.
This is what race day will look like for your Team:
The swim will be a four-loop course. Team member 1 will swim the first 2 loops. As they finish the second loop they will tag their team member and team member 2 will swim the third and fourth loops. As team member 2 is swimming their loops, team member 1 will be getting ready for the first half of the bike. As team member 2 exits the water they will enter T1, tag team member 1 and that team member will begin the bike. Team member 1 will bike about 50 miles before entering a designated team area and tag team member 2. Team member 2 will then finish the bike course and end at T2. Once team member 2 enters T2, they will tag team member 1 and begin the first loop of the run course, almost 11 miles. As team member 1 finishes the first loop, they will find team member 2 in a designated team area and tag team member 2. Team member 2 will begin the 2nd loop of the run course, almost 11 miles. At this point team member 1 may run the second loop with team member 2, if they so desire.
Please be aware that all information contained in the swim, bike, and run course sections apply to teams as well.
Team Support Crew: Each Team may have a support crew member help them throughout the race, but this is not a requirement. *If you choose, in place of a designated support crew member, the other team member may act as the support crew. This support crew member will need to follow the support crew guidelines as laid out Support Crew and Spectator page..
All athletes and their support person must check in at packet pickup together, with mandatory bike and run equipment ready for inspection. The bike equipment includes front and rear lights, tire changing kit and jersey top or reflective vest. The run equipment pack MUST have a water bladder or bottle system, headlamp, cell phone, small rechargeable battery pack.
All athletes and their support person must show a valid government issued photo ID to verify their identity. Photos and/or photocopies of IDs will not be accepted.
Both the athlete and their support person must physically sign the Liability waiver.
All athletes must pick up their own packet. No one but the athlete may pick up their packet.
Medical / Anti-doping:
Medical crew and race marshals appointed by the organizers may at any time during the race remove an athlete from the race, in case of health issues or risk of injury to the athlete. The use of prohibited methods and substances included in the WADA List of Prohibited Substances and Methods is forbidden.
Obey Traffic/Bike Laws:
The bike course is completely open to all vehicular traffic. All athletes are expected to obey all cycling and traffic laws at all times. This means stopping at stop signs and stoplights and yielding to those with the right of way whenever necessary. Penalty: Disqualification.
Each bike must have working lights mounted on the front (solid white) and back (blinking red) at all times. Both lights must be turned on at all times during the bike course. Battery lights (although not as bright) do tend to work better than lithium as they last longer and the batteries can be replaced on the fly. Penalty: Disqualification.
Cell Phones & Communication:
Athletes must have a cell phone on them during the bike and run at all times to communicate with their support crew and/or the event management in an emergency situation. We recommend a small external battery and USB cable to charge it on the fly. This can be carried by your support crew until needed. Penalty: Disqualification.
Athletes and support are required to carry certain items throughout the event. These are listed in each discipline as well as throughout the guide.
No outside pacing on the swim or bike. Penalty: Disqualification.
No athlete is allowed to change their bike or wheels unless they are badly damaged and unusable. Penalty: Disqualification.
USAT MOST VIOLATED RULES
Only helmets approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission may be used. Helmets must be worn at all times while on your bike. This means before, during, and after the event. Penalty: Disqualification.
Chin straps must be buckled at all times when on a bicycle. DO NOT unbuckle your chin strap unless you are off your bicycle. Penalty:Disqualification on the course; variable time penalty in the Transition Area(s) only.
All equipment must be placed in the properly designated and individually assigned bike corral. All participants must return their bicycles to an upright position in their designated bicycle corral. No person shall interfere with another participant’s equipment or impede the progress of another participant. All bar ends must be solidly plugged. No participant shall bring ANY glass containers into the Transition Areas. Penalty: Variable time penalty.
Drafting--keep at least three bike lengths of clear space between you and the cyclist in front. If you move into the zone, you must pass within 15 seconds. Position--keep to the right hand side of the lane of travel unless passing. Blocking--riding on the left side of the lane without passing anyone and interfering with other cyclists attempting to pass. Overtaken--once passed, you must immediately exit the draft zone from the rear, before attempting to pass again. Penalty: Variable time penalty.
All competitors are required to follow the prescribed course and to stay within all coned lanes. Cutting the course is an obvious violation and going outside the course is a safety issue. Cyclists shall not cross a solid yellow centerline for ANY reason. Cyclists must obey all applicable traffic laws at all times. Penalty: Disqualification.
Foul, harsh, argumentative or abusive language or other unsportsmanlike conduct directed at event officials, volunteers, spectators or fellow athletes is forbidden. Penalty: Disqualification
Headphones, headsets, ipods, mp3 players, or personal audio devices, etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time during the event. Penalty: Disqualification
All athletes are required to wear event numbers at all times during the bike and the run. On the bike your number should be rear facing and on the run it should be forward facing. All numbers should be visible at all times. Numbers may not be cut or folded or altered in any way. DO NOT transfer your number to any other athlete or take a number from an athlete that is not competing. Penalty: Variable time penalty for missing or altered number, Disqualification and one year suspension from membership in USAT for transferring a number without even director permission.
All personal equipment and belongings taken out onto the course must stay on the athlete the entire time. No garbage, clothing, etc. shall be thrown on the course. Penalty: Variable time penalty.
TIMING & AWARDS
We will be using timing chips for the Olympic and Half distance. For the Full distance race we will be using GPS trackers.
FULL DISTANCE AWARDS
Awards for top three male and female finishers will take place 30 minutes after the third place male and female have finished. There will be no age group awards. All soloist who complete the entire race will receive a commemorative coin. Any remaining coins will first be awarded to teams who complete the entire race and then relays who complete the entire race.
HALF AND OLYMPIC DISTANCE AWARDS
Awards for top three male and female finishers for each distance will take place 30 minutes after the third place male and female have finished.
Age group awards will take place after the third place finisher for that age group has finished. The age group will be for male and female 18 - 29, 30 - 39, 40 - 49, 50 - 59, etc.
CUT OFF TIMES
We must strictly enforce all cutoff times:
Swim: 8:00 am (2 hours from race start)
T1: 8:15 am
Bike: 6:00 pm (10 hours from swim cut off)
T2: 6:15 pm
Run 1st loop cut-off: 9:00 pm
Please be aware that if you start a run loop after 6:00 pm you are required to have a headlamp and fully charged cell phone with you.
EVERY REGISTERED ATHLETE RECEIVES THE FOLLOWING AT PACKET PICKUP & THE PRE-RACE MEETING:
Bike Helmet Stickers
Bike Frame Sticker
Bike/Run Bib Numbers
Support Vehicle Sticker
*PLEASE NOTE: None of the items listed below will be mailed out before or after the event. You must pick up your own packet and your support person must be present with you when you show up at packet pickup. Please also bring your bike and run pack with all required equipment for inspection. Packet pickup and the pre-race meeting is at the same location.
1200 WEST MIDWAY LANE
HEBER CITY, UT 84032
JORDANELLE STATE PARK
HAILSTONE CAMP BOAT LAUNCH
515 UT-319, Heber City, UT 84032
BRIGHTON MOUNTAIN RESORT
8302 S Brighton Loop Rd, Brighton, UT 84121
Bike claiming can be done by the athlete’s support crew (with proper documentation) immediately after the athlete has finished the bike course. Please be aware that the only person with a support wristband is allowed in the transition area.
Lost & Found
We will gather gear found throughout the race and place it in an area just outside T2. Any gear not collected by midnight will be donated to a local charity.
The following rules will be strictly enforced, to protect the event from loss and ensure future success and stability.
Your registration is yours and only yours. You may not transfer or defer it to another person or another year. Anyone starting/racing under someone else’s race number will be disqualified and banned from the event indefinitely.
There are no refunds, transfers, or deferrals of any kind, for any reason through the event itself unless otherwise stated by the event.
Kindness & Respect
Event staff and volunteers: Please remember that at all times before, during, and after, the event crew and volunteers are there for you. The reward they get is you reaching your goal and crossing that finish line. Some are paid for their efforts, some are not. Regardless, they work very hard and spend a lot of their time making sure you have the opportunity to enjoy Utah’s beauty while racing a triathlon.
Local Residents & Businesses: The local residents and businesses are the future of the event. Each year we have to obtain the permits and permissions necessary to have this event. We want the local residents and businesses to be amazed by your achievement, the quality and organization of the event, the friendliness of the athletes and support crews, and the overall joy and business the event brings to their town(s). If they’re happy, then the event will live on from year-to-year.
Photographers: Our photographers and videographers will be on the course(s) the entire day. Some athletes may see them more than others. When you do see them try to smile. If you’re suffering and can’t smile, that’s ok, keep working hard. We promise the photos and videos will be amazing even if they catch you at a moment of suffering, it will be a memento you will cherish forever. Trust us to make you look good. Trust us to create something amazing.
Sponsors: Sponsors of an event like this care more about the participants than they do the numbers and return on their investment. They are part of this because they love the sport of triathlon and they love the spirit of the athletes out there. Please respect that and be grateful they are supporting the event; show your appreciation by supporting their businesses when possible. Without them it would be infinitely harder to produce.
Mother Nature: We aim to leave the areas we use for this even cleaner than we found them. That means absolutely no litter under any circumstances. Failure to abide by this rule is an automatic disqualification and possible ban. The future of this event depends on how we treat the wilderness, the locals, and each other.