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Get Down and Dirty at Duathlon Holiday Valley Hosts June 9

By Jesse Mast

To run or to ride a bicycle?  That’s a fair question, but for those who have a hard time deciding, the 2013 Dirty Duathlon and Dirty Bit Trail Run at Holiday Valley Resort will allow them to do both.

The action is set to take place June 9 at Holiday Valley. The annual event has enjoyed “12 years of hard-core trail running and mountain biking,” said event organizer Mark Lawrence.  Lawrence said the event draws about 100-250 people each year.

The event will consist of two timed races held simultaneously on the same course. Beginning and ending at the Holiday Valley Mountain Sports Center, the course consists of four miles of Holiday Valley’s cross-country trails. Athletes will encounter various types of terrain: dirt, gravel, rocks, grass and hills — just no pavement.

Runners in the Dirty Bit Trail Run will complete one lap of this scenic course. Those for whom four miles is not enough may opt for the Duathlon, in which they will complete three laps on the same course. After racing the first lap on foot, athletes will grab their bicycles and race two more laps, this time on two wheels. This race may be done solo or in a two-person tag team.

Both the Dirty Bit Trail Run and the Dirty Duathlon will begin at 10 a.m.

Prizes will be awarded to the overall male and female finisher for each race, as well the overall team in the Dirty Duathlon. In addition, awards will be given three-deep in 10-year age groups for each race.

Pre-registration for the event ends June 5, after which there will be an additional $5 fee. Event T-shirts will be given to the first 300 registrants. There is a field limit of 100 participants per class. However, race-day registration is available, unless sold out, beginning at 8 a.m.

Packet pickup will be at 8 a.m. at the Holiday Valley Mountain Sports Center, and a pre-race meeting for both events will take place at 9:50 a.m.

Registration costs are as follows: $45 for duathlon solo competitors; $55 for duathlon teams; and $25 for trail run competitors. Proceeds from the event help support HEART Animal Shelters.

“We support HEART throughout the year and are proud to donate thousands for this great organization,” Lawrence said.

Helmets are mandatory for those on mountain bicycles. Because the course includes highly technical trail sections, cyclocross bicycles are not recommended for the duathlon.

For out-of-town athletes, the Inn at Holiday Valley offers a special athlete rate Saturday night.  For special lodging offers, visit heartrateup.com and click on the link provided.

A course map and registration form are available for download at www.heartrateup.com.

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