2017 Green Monster Duathlon
Join us for the inaugural Green Monster Duathlon event held on Green Mountain! This duathlon is NOT A RACE....It's a test of your mettle.
With 24 miles and 5000' of elevation gain over three legs of running and cycling, plus on-site camping, food trucks, and great sponsors...you're in for an outstanding weekend!
Registration is available for participants in one of three categories: SOLO, 2-PERSON TEAM, or 3-PERSON TEAM. Registration is available in-person at Silverdale Cyclery or Poulsbo Running, or online HERE. Registration for the inaugural event will be capped at 60 participants!
All proceeds from the event will go directly back to our community – supporting Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance – West Sound, Team RWB, and the Evergreen Turtle Rockets. These are our trail users and stewards! Let’s rally and support them!!
The event will be structured in a traditional run/bike/run format, with different loops for each leg. The event will NOT BE TIMED, and there will be aid stations and checkpoints along the way to keep you on track.
Loop 1: trail run
The Miserable Loop – 7.4 Miles with 1350’ Elevation Gain – Follow Paul Sheldon and depart the Transition Area (located at Horse Camp) and ascend the Beaver Pond Trail. Beaver Pond will take you on a rolling gallop along the west side of the mountain and link up with Plummer Trail. Down Plummer for a bit, and you’ll connect to the infamous ankle breaker….the Gold Creek Trail – on which you’ll head up to the Vista Point of Green Mountain. The Vista will be home to a lovely aid station so you can restock your depleted nutrients before descending Wildcat Trail back to Transition.
Loop 2: Mountain bike
Slaugherhouse Onslaught – 8.6 Miles with 1750’ Elevation Gain – On this leg you’ll depart Transition and bomb down the Davis Trail to the intersection with GM-17. Hope you brought your climbing legs – because you’re in for a treat! Follow Billy Pilgrim 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 Vista, where you’ll again take advantage of the lovely oasis presented by calorie-laden chunks of food and electrolyte boosting beverages. From the Vista, you’ll get in your aero tuck for the descent down GM-1 to link up with GM-3 heading back towards Transition. As you approach the Horse Camp, drop to the left down the Wildcat Trail to get your singletrack fix. At the road crossing with GM-41, hang a right and get ready for an off-road time trial against the creatures of Tralfamadore back up the road to Transition!
Loop 3: trail run
The Fire Swamp – 7.5 Miles with 1450’ Elevation Gain – This is our “discovery” route – as this leg thrusts participants into the far-outlaying 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.!.
While this event will not be timed, there will be a "safety clock" at Transition so folks have an idea of how they're doing. Competitors/teams must be off the course by 5:30pm on the day of the event for safety reasons (course sweepers will be released 45 mins prior).
More Important Information:
Lodging: There is camping available on Green Mountain beginning the evening of March 3rd. The camp ground will stay open until noon on Sunday, March 5th. Sites are first-come, first-serve. More plush accommodations are available in Silverdale, WA (about 20 mins away) at a variety of hotels. Currently, campfires are permitted at the camp sites, and there will be a communal fire pit going after dark. This is obviously subject to change due to fire danger level.
Food and Beverages: We'll have a variety of local establishments on hand with food and beverages.
Restrooms: Since we are good stewards of public land and don’t want to destroy the on-site camp toilets that the Backcountry Horsemen work hard to maintain, we’ll be pulling additional units from Randy Kans to meet the unique demands that runners and mountain bikers place on commodes. If you can’t live without your triple-ply silken bath tissue, you should stock up and bring some with you.
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!!
Parking for Event: Parking will be primarily at Horse Camp for the event. Once the event goes live, however, be advised that vehicle traffic will be curbed out of Horse Camp for the duration for safety reasons. Only emergency and support vehicles will be authorized movement. If you’re planning on going really fast and trying to get out before the evening festivities start – consider parking at the Wildcat or Gold Creek Trailheads and hiking in (bonus hardcore points if you hike in and do the event). SUPER IMPORTANT: YOU NEED A DISCOVER PASS REGARDLESS OF WHERE YOU PARK! The Discover Pass funds Washington State Department of Natural Resources, anyway – so get yours today!