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Additional race information can be found at http://gutchecktriathlon.com.
After five successful years as one of the most difficult sprint triathlons in the world, The Gut Check was reconfigured in 2019 as a point-to-point adventure race within Cape Cod’s 2000-acre DCR Nickerson State Park. Each year, the course will be different — and no one knows exactly what what it will be until shortly before the race. Just know that it will be an endurance workout you won’t soon forget!
This is a race for intermediate and experienced athletes. Expect cold water, steep hills and difficult cliffside running trails paved with tree roots. While there will be emergency medical support on-site, all participants race at their own risk.
HOW IT WILL WORK:
Until shortly before the race, all you’ll know about this year’s Gut Check is that it will combine running, cycling, orienteering and water crossing (two race categories: swim or surfboard/paddleboard). You will present yourself at designated checkpoints along the way. Expect a finishing time of 1 - 2 hours. Whether you compete solo or with a group of your friends (2, 3 or 4 persons), the objective is to use your wits and fitness to scramble your way (and, on the last cliff climb, it will be a scramble!) to the finish.
Athletes will receive laminated maps that have checkpoints pre-marked before the race. You will navigate between checkpoints using the map and compass. Teams must check in at all checkpoints and the finish line together. Segments will be categorized as either a run, bike, or paddle discipline. Keep in mind that you may have multiple running, biking, and paddling legs that alternate throughout the race. Also, unlike a relay, 2, 3 or 4-person teams compete together the entire race.
This is a point-to-point race, there is no central transition area.
Be prepared to: Paddle 1 - 1.35 miles, Bike (steep hills) 4 - 8 miles, Run (technical trails) 3.5 - 6 miles
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