Green Monster Duathlon
About Green Monster Duathlon
This duathlon IS A RACE. It’s a test of your mettle. Do you have the intestinal fortitude to complete 25 miles over three legs of running and cycling, while gaining nearly 5000 feet of elevation and battling the average early-March weather of Kitsap County? We think you do!
Registration is available for participants in one of three categories: SOLO, 2-PERSON TEAM, or 3-PERSON TEAM. Registration for the event will be capped at 50 team/solo competitors!
Leg 1 (RUN)
8 Miles with 1650’ Elevation Gain – Depart the Transition Area (located at Horse Camp) and ascend the Wildcat trail. This initial kick in the pants will take you up the mountain just shy of the Vista parking lot at which time you'll plunge down Gold Creek trail but not before taking in an amazing view of the Hood Canal and the surrounding Olympic mountains. As you near the end of Gold Creek trail you'll turn left onto Davis trail and follow along Beaver pond until you take a sharp left to start your climb up to Turtle Rock. This climb will last for 1 mile and has 1000' feet of elevation gain; your reward will be some beautiful views of the Puget Sound and Seattle as you near the summit of Green Mountain. Once you reach the summit you'll be rewarded with a gentle decent on fire roads back to the Horse Camp, a welcome relief!
Leg 2 (BIKE)
9 Miles with 1300’ Elevation Gain – On this leg you’ll depart Transition and and churn through the challenging single cross conntry style single track of the Beaver Pond trail until the intersection with Plummer trail. At this point you will reach the most challenging single track of the course as you climb up the trail until the Tasi connector at which time you will be rewarded with an Enduro style decent. At the end of Plummer trail you will turn onto the Gold Creed connector to the Davis trail. Enjoy the smooth level ride along the beaver pond but remember that you are now at the base of the mountain and have not yet reached the summit. Continue along the Davis trail to the intersection with GM-17. Hope you brought your climbing legs – because you’re in for a treat! Head straight up GM-17 in your granniest of granny gears and you’ll link up with GM-1 past the gate. Follow GM-1 around and continue climbing to the Summit. From the Summit it's all single track back to transition. You’ll head down the vista trail and then take a sharp right onto the Wildcat trail which will give you additional challenging climbs and a thrilling decent.
Leg 3 (RUN) - The Fire Swamp
7.5 Miles with 1450’ Elevation Gain – This is our “discovery” route – as this leg thrusts participants into the far-outlying areas of Green Mountain upon which only a few have trodden. Bring your sense of adventure (and maybe some waterproof socks) as you depart transition and head south on the Davis Trail. After the bridge crossing, you’ll jump to the left and follow the up-and-down “Tree Farm Trail” to the Hangman Trail, where your tree-climbing skills will be tested as you scale the downed timber blocking access to motorized vehicles. After you scale the trail block at the far end, continue down towards the Ueland Tree Farm. When you hit the Ueland access road take a load off at the aid station before doubling back to the left on the pseudo-fire road with all the crazy cool vehicle ditches. From here, you’re going to have to get mentally sorted before tackling the “toes and finger tips” climb of the Cliffs of Despair to save Princess Buttercup before heading back to the finish line and enjoying a libation with a R.O.U.S.!
Accessing Horse Camp
A map will be published the week prior to the event, and the gate will remain open for the duration of the event for safety reasons. Please watch your speed on GM-1, as there are hikers and bikers using it daily, and be cognizant of the fact that it’s a two-way road. Please don’t be the reason that we’re asked not to come back next year!!
SUPER IMPORTANT: YOU NEED A DISCOVER PASS REGARDLESS OF WHERE YOU PARK!
More Important Information
For more information about the course, lodging, food & beverages, amenities, and event parking, please visit one of the following websites:
Kitsap Adventure Outdoor Sports (KAOS) https://kitsapkaos.com/
Facebook KAOS page https://www.facebook.com/kitsapkaos
Event page https://www.facebook.com/kitsapkaos