Toughman Utah – July 16, 2016

THE TOUGHMAN UTAH HALF Saturday, July 16 2016, 7:15 am The Flattest & Fastest Half in the West!

The crowning and longest multisport event on the Wasatch Front … 

 Utah County, Provo City, and Utah State Park are pleased to present the annual UTAH HALF long course triathlon … a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run triathlon. If you are a seasoned triathlete, put this into your schedule and experience an amazing event. Or if you are looking to jump up from sprint and olympic distances, this is your graduation present. The long course triathlon requires more training and intensity but as many will attest, the satisfaction of completing one is also increased. Are you ready to go long … the long course?  

 2016 RACE CENTRAL MAP (same as 2013)

Swim 1.2 miles REVISED SWIM MAP 2016 CLICK HERE Because of the low water levels we are directing the swimmers to the deepest part of the harbor with this revised swim course. 

The Utah Half swim takes place in the sheltered harbor of Utah Lake State Park. Swimmers will leave in a wave format based on your race division (see above).

BIKE 56 Miles Updated Interactive Bike Map  – Total Elevation gain 417′

The bike course is a flat 56-mile out-and-back that heads out to West Mountain. While in Provo City there will be open traffic and police blockades. Once outside the city the roads will be heavily marked but open to traffic. So use caution and yield to things that are bigger and faster than you! There will be police officers and county sheriffs on course… just follow their instructions as you approach. There are a few cattle guards that will be heavily marked and covered, but be careful going over them. We will have 3 aid stations on course. They are located at the following locations:

AID 1- mile 15: Gels, Bottles (water) AID 2- mile 28 Turnaround: Special Needs Bags AID 3- mile 41: Gels, Bottles (water)

There is the option of special needs bags at the bike turnaround. It is then your responsibility write your number on it, place inside it nutrition you might want at the bike turnaround, and then deliver it to us race morning. Bike support will be roaming the streets to help with bike malfunctions.

RUN 13.1 Miles Updated Interactive Run Map – Total Elvation gain 104′

The Utah Half run course is improved from our previous years and now includes more shade trees, more aid stations, and a more spectator friendly 2 loop course along the asphault trail along the Provo River. There will be an aid station every mile. You will follow the trails and loop back to 3110 west. This road will bring you back towards center street in Provo. From here you will pick up on the provo river trail and run a loop following the river. Individuals pass by three aid station locations 4 times for a total of 12 passes by an aid station. There are potties located by the aid station during passes: 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, and 12. After the turn head back to Utah Lake State Park for lap 2, when the second lap is completed head for the finish line where a party awaits! The run is flat as a pancake with virtually no elevation gain so enjoy your half marathon run PR!

 Packet Pickup is located at Utah Run

211 East State StreetAmerican Fork, Utah 84003


To pick up your packet you must have your PHOTO ID and USAT card. Athletes can get their packet and body marked Friday at Utah Run. Your friend cannot pick up your packet for you – there are no exceptions to this rule.  

 Race Week Wednesday – Friday 

Packet Pickup at Utah Run 10AM –  8PM 


5:00 AM – Body Marking/Timing Chip distribution, Transition Area Opens & Packet Pick up available (You are highly encouraged to pick up your packet before race day!)

6:15 AM – Packet Pick up CLOSES PROMPTLY

6:30 AM – Race Director Briefing – Mandatory

7:15 AM – Race Begins Wave Start TBA

                  Swim Cut Off 8:50 AM

                  Bike Cut Off 12:50 PM

                  Run Cut Off 3:50 PM

                  Failure to enter the transition area before the Cut Off time will result in a DNF – coverage & course support will not be provided after those times.

1:00PMish – The Awards Ceremony (Premium Awards, 1st, 2nd, 3rd overall/age groupers, and Triple players presentation – those who completed a sprint, olympic, and the Utah Half with RaceTri)



AWARDS & SWAG – All finishers will receive an AWESOME 4″ 5mm colorful custom die cast medal. That’s one heavy medal! The top 3 overall and in the age groups listed below will receive a custom Utah Half 1st 2nd or 3rd place medal and gift card to Elite Trisport.


15-19 20-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 40-44 45-49 50-54 55-59 60+ Clydesdale 220lbs+           It takes a “small” army to manage the awards Athena 165 lbs+

 There is always confusion about what age group you are in … here it is: Right now in the eyes of USAT you are the age you will be on December 31 of this year. So if you are like my mom and have a birthday on December 31st and are turning 45 on that day then you will be racing in the 45-49 age group (even though on the day of the race you are actually 44)  

All registered club members must indicate their club name during registration. This information can be amended in the notes section by going to:

  1. Log in to iamathlete
  2. My Events
  3. Utah Half -> Notes

Swim Caps

Swim caps will be provided in your race packet. The issued cap must be worn during the swim.


Only athletes are allowed in the transition areas, please instruct family members and friends to stay outside of the transition area.

WETSUITS and WATER TEMPS The water temperature at Utah Lake is currently CLICK HERE.

  • USAT rules state that competitors may wear wetsuits if the water temperature is 78 degrees or lower.
  • USAT rules also state that if the water temperature is between 78.1 – 83.9 degrees, competitors may wear wetsuits but will not be eligible for awards.
  • If the water temperature is 84 degrees or above, participants may not wear wetsuits.
  • If the water temperature is 78 degrees or lower everyone will receive series scoring points.
  • If the water temperature is between 78.1 – 83.9 degrees and you elect to wear a wetsuit, you will officially receive “0” points for that event. The event will count towards the minimum number of required events to become eligible for awards.
  • If the water temperature is 84 degrees or higher, no one may wear wetsuits and everyone will receive series scoring pointsElectronic chip timing of the event will be provided. All participants will be timed and provided with 5 split times (swim, T1, Bike, T2, Run). If you are in the transition area when the race begins and then cross over one of the blue timing mats your timing chip will record that as a split time, please be sure your TA is set up and you have exited the transition area with plenty of time to spare before the start of the race. Results will be posted on Saturday within 8 hours of the final participant crossing the finish line. A link to the RESULTS will be posted on this webpage. Instructions for chip use will be provided at packet pick-up. A lost or misplaced timing chip will result in a $20 fee.The “biker” Relay team member will wait inside the transition area at the bike rack location where the “swimmer” will transfer the timing chip from one team member to another. The “runner” relay team member will be waiting in the same place for the “biker” to return.  Each team will be issued one timing chip, one swim cap, and one bib number.*Those on relay teams must find a replacement.  There are no refunds or deferrals for relay teams or team members.VOLUNTEERSFINISH 
  • Finish line hydration and goodies will be available for athletes. To request a favorite please email
  • We still need volunteers if you know someone who will be at the race cheering you on and they can lend a helping hand with front row race action as a volunteer please have them contact:
  • Same Day Registrations: There will be NO same day registration. Registration closes on Wednesday August 20th or when the race reaches its cap of 500 participants.
  • Refund: There will be no refunds, no exceptions. Transfers: There are no transfers (giving up your spot to another person), except for relay team members – *see note below. Deferrals: Deferrals for
  • medical reasons will be handled on a case by case basis. 

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