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 mile bike
The Ultraman Arizona begins with a 6.2 mile swim in beautiful Lake Pleasant, in the far northwest corner of the Phoenix valley. This wetsuit legal swim will be supported by plenty of local volunteer kayakers to help ensure a safe and enjoyable swim. March on Lake Pleasant can bring colder water temperatures and highly variable wind possibilities, creating challenging swim conditions.
Following the swim, athletes will hop on their bikes and ride 90 miles from Lake Pleasant, winding their way thru the northern roads of the valley. Day 1 finishes at Cave Creek Regional Park, where athletes will enjoy their complimentary end-of-day massage, while crews relax and enjoy desert scenery and a colorful Arizona sunset!
Day 2: 171.4 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 over 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.
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, and well-earned massages!
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 culminates with 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 “Snakebite” award at the Monday Awards Banquet!