Thursday, November 11, 2010

Rules (the important ones)

1. Registration with check or money order must be received prior to the cutoff. See the Registration Link to the left. Some exceptions will be made for bikers as the coordination of transporation is not an issue.

2. Hotel reservations can be made any time before the event! However, we have booked our event headquarters hotel 3 years in a row now, so dont wait. We have negotiated hotel sponsorship and have a great rate for all… see Hotel Information link to the left. This is a great race to bring the family along to, let them enjoy the pool while you enjoy… well you get the idea. Need to specify that you are with this event (TRIPLE D WINTER RACE) to receive the discounted rooms. If you want to share a room send me an email, and I’ll get you into a group. International Racers are provided free lodging.

3. Entry fee is $60 for all categories except the Bike Poker Tour (which is $45). Tandem bikes, if you’re crazy enough to attempt this is $60 total, if you decide the day of the race to ride singles the other rider must pay $60 – this is one exception to pre registration).

4. There are multiple categories (Ultra Bike 67 miles, bike poker tour, UltraMarathon, Marathon and Half Marathon for run and ski. These are then broken down to Male/Female categories).

5. No refunds will be allowed. However, you may change categories the day of the race. Please make a good guess as to the event you MAY race in so that we can make appropriate reservations for racer transportation and food/drinks at each location.

6. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU! No outside help from anyone except other racers. This means that there are no support crews of any kind allowed on the course (they can cheer and photograph – but not assist). If you take a ride or resupply, you are forfeiting your right to “finish” the race and you must contact the race day coordinator with when & where you are dropping out of the race. Participants are encouraged to help each other. The buddy system is a good way to do this race for the first time. Please note where you dropped out of the race as in years past we awarded prizes based on who made it the furthest.

7. Any combination of forward motion is allowed (i.e., skiers can run, runners can snow shoe, bikers can push, etc.). No towing/pushing other racers, you can assist them but not in the forward direction.

8. No littering (and no stashes). Leave no trace. Make use of sanitation facilities provided along the trail (there are a couple of restrooms on Heritage trail and at Dyersville. Bring your own t.p. just in case.

9. If you leave the race course for some reason (food, water, bike repair), you must re-enter the course exactly where you left it or notify race officials that you are dropping out as soon as is feasible. Short-cutting the course is not allowed. Turning around early is allowed and encouraged over dropping out in the middle of the race (as this reduces the time our volunteers spend sagging racers), record the mile marker or location where you turned around to receive credit for the distance raced.

10. STOP AT ALL INTERSECTIONS and obey all traffic laws.

11. The course will be marked and maps will be provided (compass is recommended for bikers, GPS and cycling computers are also allowed - but temperatures may prevent them from working). There are forward and backward mile markers on Heritage Trail. Half-Marathon Runners and skiers have to no chance of getting lost as you are on Heritage trail the ENTIRE time. Bikers however, will traverse public and private snow machine trails for about the first 24 miles prior to landing on heritage trail for 33 miles then back to private trails for the last 10 miles. Marathon and Ultra-Marathon Runners and skiers will have some single track snowmobile trail near the end of their event.

12. There will be no cut off time! This race is about finishing! However, we encourage everyone to finish or sag by 12 hours. If you are out longer than 12 hours make sure you call the race day coordinator to inform them of your intentions and your condition. Note: all the “free” beer and pizza will be consumed without you… (but we will all be thinking about you, which may help you feel warm and full ;-).

13. It is required that everyone have TWO flashing red lights turned on for the entire race (one front and one back) and bikers are REQUIRED to have a foward white light for after dark. It is recommended (but not required), that you have some extra reflective material front and back, a helmet, and do not use head phones.

14. Stay safe, stay warm. Warn other trail users when passing, etc… read up on frostbite and hypothermia so that you know what to do to prevent and treat these winter risks!

15. Awards will take place at 10 PM on race day at the Best Western Plus on Highway 20 (DO NOT stay at the finish line bars, have your drinks, socialize and head back to the Best Western Plus). Cash and Awards to the top finishers in addition, awards and extra cash will be divvied lottery style to all racers and volunteers. Cash: Numbered tickets will be given to all starters. Additional tickets will be issued to finishers. The better you finish the more tickets. We will then give away all race profits lottery style, the same as prior years. In years past we will have awarded up to $2,000 in cash. However, this could be much higher if you pass the word… race expenses will be kept to an absolute minimum, no profits to anybody (expenses include: event room, insurance, trail access fees, shuttle, sag, course markings, beer and pizza at the awards), more racers, the more fun everyone has!


  1. Are there any sags or stores near the route? Not really necessary - just wondering.

  2. i assume the trail is groomed for snowmachines. is the course groomed for classic skis as well?