Heel & Crank
Heel & Crank Duathlon
April 20, 2013
3 mi. run / 13.5 mi. bike / 3 mi. run.
Historic Mooresville, AL
Registration is open for the 2013 Heel and Crank at IMAthlete.com.
This race is sanctioned by USA Triathlon. All participants must either be an annual member of USAT, or purchase a one-day membership for $12. Annual membership can be purchased from USAT for $45. Youth racers 17 years old and under MUST be an annual member of USAT. Annual membership for youth members (17 and under) can be purchased from USAT for only $15.00. Visit www.usatriathlon.org for more information about becoming an annual member.
This event is now a United States of America Triathlon (USAT) sanctioned race, meaning YOU MAY PICK UP YOUR RACE PACKET ONLY. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but it is a strict USAT rule. At packet pickup you must show a PHOTO I. D. and your USAT card. If you are not a USAT member, you must sign up for a special one day fee ($12 CASH or CHECK only) and sign a USAT waiver.
These are very strict guidelines we must follow to retain USAT sanctioning. If they are not met, you will not race, no exceptions. The decision to become a USAT event was made due to the astronomical cost of private insurance for a one day multi-sport race. As a USAT race, USAT completely covers all insurance needs, plus earns you points toward national rankings, and ensures you are competing in a USAT approved event. As over half of our competitors are USAT members, this becomes a very cost effective means for covering our race. If you are not a USAT member, you may want to consider joining as more and more races are falling under USAT governance. Please consider going to the USAT website and reviewing the benefits of membership.
All USAT races use the "age-up rule" for award distribution and ranking. the "age-up rule" means you are racing based on your age as of the last day of the year (12/31/2013).
Packet Pickup will be held at Fleet Feet in Huntsville Alabama on Friday 4/19/2013 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Packet pickup on race day will be held in the brick church at Mooresville, AL from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m.
No refunds or transfers unless you are a member of Team Rocket Tri Club.
Help Us Donate to the Local ALS Chapter:
The Heel & Crank Duathlon raises money and awareness for ALS (Lou Gehrigs disease). This charity was chosen because of the late Darin Kruse, one of our local triathletes and friend, who recently lost a 3-year battle with ALS.
Run 1: Run 1 (3 miles) is an out-and-back course. Approximately 1 mile of the run will be on paved roads through Mooresville with the remainder of the run being on a crushed gravel road running through Wheeler Wildlife Refuge.
There will be two aid-stations on the run course, the first at 3/4 miles and the second just prior to the turnaround. This means runners will enjoy a total of three aid-stations spaced approximately every 3/4 mile. Each turn on the run courses (both courses are exactly the same this year), will be marked with a RED turn arrow sign. RED for RUN.
Bike: You will then enter transition, go to your bike, run it to the mount line, then proceed to enjoy a bike through beautiful East Limestone County. Bike course (13.5 miles) is marked with BLACK turn arrows with volunteers at the major intersections. The bike course is mostly flat, but will have a few "rollers". The bike course will not have any aid stations, but will have sag wagon for any bicycle mechanicals.
Each turn on the bike course will be marked with a BLACK turn arrow sign. BLACK for BIKE. Please pay attention to these signs as we will not have turn workers on course. HPD will be blocking traffic for us at each intersection giving you the right of way over vehicular traffic. Their job is to keep each of you safe from traffic, not to direct you where to turn, so PLEASE pay attention to the turn signs. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the course maps.
The bike course will have mile markers, a small triangular sign on a post beside the road.This is a NO DRAFTING race. You can read that as, this is a race of individual skill, not the “power of the Peloton”. Yes, I have a real problem with drafters.
Run 2: Upon completion of the bike portion, you will enter transition (dismounting at the marked line), rack your bike in the exact same location, then head out on run 2, which is the exact same course as the first run.
All parking (specator and racer alike) will be on the Old Hwy 20. Absolutely NO PARKING on Mooresville city streets.
Friday: Last minute race registration and packet pick up will be April 19, 2013, 2012 at Fleet Feet Sports (http://www.fleetfeethuntsville.com/) from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Race Day: Saturday, April 20, 2013
6:30 - 7:30 am: Packet pickup inside Mooresville Brick Church
7:45 am: Transition Area closes
8:00 am: Race starts
Bike racks are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Please be considerate of your fellow athletes while racking your bike. Don’t be a “rack hog”, and whatever you do, don’t mess with someone else’s stuff. If you have issues with someone else and their bike racking, please see the race director and let me resolve any problems.
Make sure ALL HANDLEBAR ENDS ARE PLUGGED. If you have open ends, you will not be allowed on course. There will be bike mount and dismount lines, no riding in transition. Your helmet must be on (properly) and buckled before you get to the bike mount line. It must remain on and buckled until AFTER crossing the bike dismount line.
We will have the award ceremony at the race site this year. Be sure and stay for door prizes!
You must be present to accept your awards, or arrange to have someone pick them up for you. I will not mail awards.
Awards will be given 3-deep in;
- Age groups, male and female (5 year)
- Overall, male and female
- Clydesdale (male over 225 lbs)
- Athena (female over 165 lbs)
- PC (physically challenged)
Awards will be given for First place only, in teams divisions (teams can be two, or three person teams)
- Male team
- Female team
- Mixed team
Good luck to all of you, and please remember the cause of this race. We are raising money for ALS patients in order that their remaining days on this planet might be just a little bit easier. Please take a moment to think about the late triathlete, Darin Kruse and what he and his family went through for three long and painful years, and be VERY glad for what you have!
Race hard, and race safe!