The Valkyrie Sprint Relay offers competition in all seven sports and runs concurrently with the Full-Course version. Spanning 69 miles, the shorter distances make the race more accessible to recreational, youth and family teams. Experience the same excitement and epic racecourse as the Full course counterparts. Ultra athletes can compete as single "Ultra Heptathletes" or as Ultra Duos
The journey kicks off with the Trail Run (TRL), commencing in the early hours at 6:00 am. Runners will set out from Santa Rita Park, crossing Hwy 3 to access the Horse Gulch Trailhead. The 6.1-mile course follows Rocky Road to Extended Ridge to Ben's Down and Out to Cuchillo's, down Horse Gulch trail and back to Santa Rita Park. With the dawn breaking and headlamps lighting the way, participants are treated to an invigorating experience in the embrace of the crisp morning air.
The Mountain Bike (MTB) leg takes place at the local favorite, Twin Buttes Trail System. Bikers embark on their ride, spurred on by the signal from the course referee, who awaits confirmation from Santa Rita that the TRL counterpart has concluded their stage. For those competing in the sprint course, the challenge comprises one 8.3-mile lap of this fun and fast single track gem.
Navigating the tranquil north end of Lake Nighthorse, the Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) course follows the wakeless buoys out, and returns by following the coastline. Against the serene backdrop, participants complete a total of 1.5 miles, skillfully mastering the waters with their paddle boards.
The Open Swimmers (SWM) stage beckons adventurers to tackle the wakeless waters at the north end of Lake Nighthorse. On the out-and-back journey, swimmers conquer an 800 meter course, basking in the beauty of their surroundings.
Road Cycle (RCY) enthusiasts take on a 27.5-mile route, seamlessly connecting Lake Nighthorse to the lovely Animas River Valley. Sprint course racers turn at Trimble Lane to CR 203 to Oxbow Natural Preserve to tag off the next racer. This leg serves as a testament to the resilience of both athletes and the region's breathtaking terrain.
As the baton of determination passes from the RCY counterpart, paddlers step into the spotlight for the Canoe/Kayak (PAD) stage. Launching from the sandy banks of Oxbow park, the current-assisted 5-mile voyage along the Animas River unfolds, ending with the Smelter rapid section just before the Santa Rita take-out.
Finally, the Road Run (RDR) leg, encompassing 10 miles, invites the Sprint Relay participants to enjoy the scenic Animas River Trail. Starting and finishing at Santa Rita Park (see map for details), the journey concludes triumphantly at the whitewater park's Finish Line.