All race courses are tentative and subject to change, pending the permit process! That said, enjoy this preview of what’s to come…
Day 1: 6.2 mile swim + 90.4 mile bike
The inaugural Ultraman Arizona begins with a 6.2 mile swim in beautiful Lake Pleasant, in the far northwest corner of the Phoenix valley. With water temperatures ranging between 65F to 70F in late March, this wetsuit legal swim will be supported by plenty of local volunteer kayakers to help ensure a safe and enjoyable swim!
Following the swim, athletes will hop on their bikes and ride just over 90 miles from Lake Pleasant, winding their way thru the suburbs of Sun City and Surprise. Around mile 45 they will turn onto the Sun Valley Parkway and enjoy almost 30 miles of fast terrain. After a mere 2,132 feet of elevation gain, Day 1 finishes at scenic Skyline Regional Park near the southwest corner of the valley, where athletes will enjoy their complimentary end-of-day massage, while crews relax and enjoy desert scenery and a colorful Arizona sunset!
Day 2: 171 mile bike
Time to climb! The Day 2 bike course begins in the northern section of Peoria, Arizona. Athletes will cruise thru many suburbs of the Valley of the Sun, making their way toward the eastern end of the valley. With almost 8,000 feet of climbing over 171 miles, our UMAZ athletes will especially enjoy the scenic views between all the rollers they will encounter! After traveling thru the areas of New River, North Scottsdale, and Fountain Hills, athletes may end up spotting the wild horses of the Salt River Reservation between miles 85 and 105!
After some time out on the east end of the valley, athletes will make their way toward the northeast, where they will discover the charm (and hills!) of Carefree and Cave Creek. Day 2 finishes up at Cave Creek Regional Park with cold drinks, well-earned massages and cooling off in the kiddie pools!
Day 3: 52.4 mile run
Starting before the sun rises above the horizon, athletes will head north from Peoria, following the first 29 miles of the Day 2 bike course. Day 3 continues thru parts of Carefree and the frontier town of Cave Creek, culminating in a finish line BBQ and party at Cave Creek Regional Park. After just over 2,100 feet of elevation gain, athletes will enjoy soaking their feet in kiddie pools full of ice as they wait for the final finisher, who will be awarded the “Snake Bait” award at the Monday Awards Banquet!