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The Harvest Moon Long Course Triathlon, Duathlon, and Aquabike

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Swim 1.2 Miles, Bike 56 Miles, Run 13.1 Miles
Run 3.1 Miles, Bike 56 Miles, Run 13.1 Miles
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Aurora Reservoir
Aurora, Colorado
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The 13th edition of this event takes place at the beautiful Aurora Reservoir. Est. in 2000 this Colorado classic provides the community a challenging, affordable, and competitive race with a local flavor. Whether this is your final event of the season, or a tune-up for a fall Ironman, don't miss the Harvest Moon! The Aquabike portion is one of the fastest growing Aquabikes in the nation. The Duathlon is Colorado's only long-course duathlon.

One of the biggest expos, stocked goodie bags, and event sweatshirts are just some of the highlights. When you cross that line make sure to sprint because there's no better way to cool off that the Without Limits Slip n' Slide! The Harvest Moon Half truly is where Colorado comes to race. The Harvest Moon Long Coure Triathlon is the 4th stop on the Colorado Triathlon Tour!


Course Description
Swim:
Swimmers will complete a 1.2 mile triangular shaped swim route in the Aurora Reservoir, starting and finishing on the sandy beach to the left of the pavilion.
The start will be in waves which will be posted at packet pick-up locations and on our website 1 week before the event.
Water temperature in the reservoir in early September is typically in the sixties, so wetsuits will are encouraged.
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DUATHLETES ONLY: 5K Run
The Harvest Moon Duathlon is a 5K (3.1 mile) run, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run event.
Duathletes will all begin in the same wave after all of the swimmers in the Tri have entered the water.
Following the gently rolling opening run, racers will then follow the same bike and second run courses as the triathletes. There are no aid stations on the first 5K run. The course is completely closed to traffic.
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Bike:
The 56 mile bike course will cover a mix of hilly terrain and long flats through the farm & ranch country of eastern Colorado.
The start and finish will be the hilliest part of the course. Riders will complete a 46 mile loop, with a 5-mile out-and-back spur located in the first half of the course.
The route will follow paved rural country roads as well as a 9-mile stretch of I-70. Drafting is not permitted on any portion of the bike course, and weenies who do will be penalized!!!
Bike Aid Stations: There will be 3 water bottle hand-ups on the bike course stocked with water and Gatorade. Please discard all empty bottles at these zones only.
Approximately 15 miles: On the map, this is on Quincy, shortly before the turn onto Watkins Road.
Approximately 33 miles: On the map, this is on Hwy 36 in Bennett, shortly after you make the the turn from Hwy. 79.
Approximately 44 miles: On the map, this is on Watkins Road, a couple of miles after you cross I-70.
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Run:
The 13.1 mile run course is a winding route on the asphalt bike path around Aurora Reservoir - THE RUN COURSE IS NOT on concrete.. The run will be an out and back format, with aid stations at each mile.
The terrain is flat to gently rolling, and the course is completely closed to motor vehicles.
The run leaves the back corner of the upper parking lot and travels counter clockwise around the lake to a turn-around point on the dam, then returns via the same route to finish near the pavilion at Aurora Reservoir swim beach.
Aid Stations will be located at each mile of the run. Water will be available at all aid stations.
Gatorade will be available at every aid station. Food will be available at miles 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, and 12.
Ice will also be available on the course!!!

Timing / Results
Chip timing by Racing Underground

Weather
Water temp 68 and air temp 75-85

Directions
Aurora Reservoir
Directions To Race:
The race site is the Aurora Reservoir, located a short drive from Denver.
Spectators will be charged a $4.00 per vehicle entrance fee to the park. This fee will be waived for athletes on race day.
The most direct route is to take I-70 east from Denver, & exit onto I-225.
Exit I-225 at 6th Ave. & turn left (east). 6th Ave. eventually becomes Gun Club Rd.
Stay on this road as it continues past Buckley AFB. A short time later you will see signs for Quincy Ave & the Aurora Reservoir.
Turn left on Quincy & right into the reservoir.
 
 

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