On September 8-9, in Grand Junction The Desert’s Edge Triathlon festival Kicks off. Fun for all with a sprint, olympic and Xterra offering. Come check out racing on the Western Slope. Register by 8pm on Aug 31st and SAVE!
Race a triathlon they said. It’ll be fun they said. Maybe you’ve heard that in your head in the middle of your swim. Or, maybe you just like to suffer and tell yourself how good it feels to burn! Regardless, our MADtastic triathlons are fun and challenging events that will require every ounce of your effort and determination to complete. In the end, when you cross the finish line, you’ll know you’re a true warrior-athlete who has what it takes to compete in one of the most challenging competitive sports MAD Racing Colorado hosts. Get ready to train. Get ready to show your grit.
Not sure if you’re up the challenge? Consider how you will feel when you surprise yourself by the boundaries you’ve pushed. Expand your comfort zone and find out what you are capable of! You’ll meet new people, improve your health, and earn some bragging rights!
The Desert’s Edge Tri Festival brings you two days of racing, a weekend of camping with other triathletes and their fans, and a fun end to the Colorado Tri Season. Desert’s Edge weekend includes your choice of XTERRA Sprint (not eligible for points) or XTERRA Tri on Saturday, your choice of Sprint or Olympic distance road tri’s on Sunday! The races will be staged at Highline Lake State Park, just 7 miles north of I-70 off the Loma exit. Camping is available right at the race site, just 200 yards from the start and finish line. Enjoy great post-race food, and a fun final tri weekend of the 2018 season. All just a few short hours from Denver and Salt Lake City!
Are you really good at running, but swimming isn’t your forte? Work better in a team? Build a team to compete in the relay categories! Single-sex and coed categories are available. Begin building your team by inviting friends, family, schoolmates, or coworkers to join you OR contact your local bike/running shop to find out about local clubs to recruit your team.
XTERRA / XTERRA Sprint (Saturday):
The XTERRA Fruita Triathlon starts off with a 600 meter swim with a 50 meter run on the beach, and another 600 meter swim in the awesome waters of Highline Lake, a 13 mile mix of single track and double track course on the beginner friendly mountain bike trails inside Highline State Park, and finishes with a 4.5 mile run that can be described as scenic and interesting! If the full XTERRA doesn’t appeal to you, you should do the XTERRA Sprint, but keep in mind that it’s not eligible for XTERRA points. We will start the Sprint wave after the XTERRA full triathlon athletes. XTERRA Sprint athletes will complete 600 m, 7.5 miles mountain bike and 2.8 miles. This is a great event for those of you not ready to compete in the full distance yet. You will not be scored for XTERRA points and will only be sorted overall for this category. You will still receive a finisher goodie!
The Desert’s Edge Tri Festival offers two road triathlon distance options on Sunday – a 1,500 meter swim, 40K (24.8 mile) bike, 10K run Olympic distance tri and a 750 meter swim, 13.2 mile bike, 5K run sprint tri. Both races are staged at Highline Lake State Park in Fruita, and feature spectacular courses in the heart of the Grand Valley. Post-Race Fun,
Results, and Awards: We’ll have plenty of good food to fill your belly at our post-race picnic! Participant meals are included in your entry fee. There will be a limited number of picnic lunches available for purchase by spectators on race day. We will also award lots of sponsor merchandise and gift certificates at random during our awards presentation – everyone is eligible for these random prizes, so be sure to stick around!!! Each finisher (all races) will take home a 2018 Desert’s Edge finisher glass! These will be given as you exit the finish chute.
For more info about the course and awards: www.desertsedgetri.com
This event is limited to 500 competitors combined fields; please register early to take advantage of the discounted pricing. Info on USAT license, event schedule, camping, hotels, awards details, registration discount info is available on the registration site: www.desertsedgetri.com
Earn up to a free entry by volunteering; email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details!
Why Volunteer? YOU are the smiles of MAD Racing Colorado! These events will not happen without your great help. The Race Director will handle any “problems”. All you have to do is to help fill roles and empower the participants during each event. Volunteering at a MAD Racing Colorado event is often times more fun than participating in the event itself!
There is a great triathlon opportunity still on the horizon, not on the front-range, but instead in Grand Junction. Itching to try some roads and trails. Maybe a little road trip?
Gather up your family or a group of friends and head west for the Desert’s Edge Triathlon Festival located at Highline State Park near Fruita, CO on September 8-10, 2017.
This unique festival offers XTERRA, Sprint and Olympic options for your choosing plus lakeside camping for the whole gang. Once you’ve raced, let the adventure continue with world-class mountain biking, road riding, hiking, climbing, SUP, rafting or wine tasting.
Just feel like relaxing after your race? Take a drive over the Colorado National Monument with the family then grab pizza at the infamous Hot Tomato or hit downtown Grand Junction for brews and other great dining options. You’ll even have the chance to get the last of the mouth-watering Palisade peaches, a refreshing reward for all that activity.
Triathletes may choose between an XTERRA Tri on Saturday or your choice of Sprint or Olympic distance road tri’s on Sunday. Camping is available on-site at Highline State Park for $30 per night. Sites are just 100 yards from the transition and the start/finish areas. If camping isn’t your thing, there are a number of hotels in the Fruita area, just a 15 minute drive from the race site.
About the Races
The XTERRA Fruita Triathlon starts off with a 600 meter swim, a 50 meter run on the beach and another 600 meter swim in the waters of Highline Lake. Then you’re off on a 13 mile ride on a course that mixes single and double track. And finally, you’ll finish off with a scenic and interesting 4.5 mile run. The XTERRA Sprint is also available, offering a 600m swim, 7.5 mile ride and 2.8 mile run.
This is the 6th year for the Sprint & Olympic triathlons, taking place on Sunday. Both races feature some of the best road courses you will find in Colorado.
For course maps, race schedules and registration info, visit https://www.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=8482
Our wonderful partner, XTERRA, is working closely with us to ensure you will have a great off-road triathlon event. They are supplying us quite a bit of support, so we’re grateful for their teamwork and for the support to make sure we can provide you one heck of an XTERRA to remember by! They also host and support a huge number of off-road events internationally, so we’re honored to be hosting this event on their behalf! Click on their logo to the right for more details.
The XTERRA Fruita Triathlon starts off with a 600 meter swim with a 50 meter run on the beach, and another 600 meter swim in the awesome waters of Highline Lake, a 13 mile mix of single track and double track course on the beginner friendly mountain bike trails inside Highline State Park, and finishes with a 4.5 mile run that can be described as scenic and interesting!
When you register you’ll be asked to rank your mountain bike ability between Pro/Expert and Intermediate/Beginner. This is to place you in the appropriate waves for the race day. There will be two starting waves separated by 40 minutes. This will give wave-1 athletes (the faster mountain bikers) time to clear the first lap before the second wave of athletes hits the bike course, thus eliminating the need for the faster riders to pass other riders on the course. It means a more enjoyable ride for everyone!
This event is limited to 300 competitors; please register early to take advantage of the discounted pricing.
* AVAILABLE DISCOUNTS *
Juniors (19 & Under) – Juniors get $10 off standard adult entry!
Challenged Athletes – CA’s get $10 off standard adult entry!
Desert’s Edge weekend includes an XTERRA Tri on Saturday, your choice of Sprint or Olympic distance road Tris on Sunday, and $1,000 in Club Cash Prizes split among the top-3 clubs in the weekend’s point standings!
Camping is available right at the race site, just 200 yards from the start and finish line. Enjoy great post-race food, and a fun early fall weekend of the 2017 season. All just a few short hours from Denver!
Your registration includes: Deserts Edge Triathlon visor hat* made by Headsweats, $10 meal ticket to any of the food vendors on site, plenty of goodies from our sponsors, and a chance for some post-race raffle goods and podium prizes! * Register by 05/30/2017 to be guaranteed a hat! *