3rd Annual Madison Duathlon

Event Date

Sun, Jul 6, 2014


Virginia City, MT

About This Activity

3rd Annual Madison Duathlon – Sunday, July 6, 2012

Bike: 14 miles, Run: 7 miles

First Leg of the Madison Trifecta

The Madison Duathlon (bike/run) started out as a natural expansion of a good idea (i.e. the Madison Marathon), but it quickly became a good idea on its own.  It has grown in popularity every year from the inaugural race in 2012.  Many duathletes who have competed in the Madison Marathon say they had more fun on the duathlon.

There are probably several reasons for its popularity.  First off, it’s a point to point duathlon that starts in one town and finishes in another (i.e. this ain’t a loop route like most duathlons).  The biking leg begins on Main Street in Ennis, one of Montana’s most beautiful small towns which is right on the banks of the Madison River.  From Ennis, riders will cycle approximately 14 miles into the mountains separating Ennis from the Gold Rush Era town of Virginia City. The route is about eight miles of asphalt, along Varney Bridge Road that parallels the Madison River, and then six miles of good quality gravel roads along Shining Mountains Loop Road and Axolotl Lake Road. There will be at least a 1,000 foot gain in elevation (from 5,000 to over 6,000 feet above sea level) to the bike/run transition.  Just a quick warning:  There’s a two mile uphill that will truly test your legs.

At Twin Lakes (see map), the bikers hop off the bike and begin a one mile uphill run followed by a six mile down hill run to Virginia City. This will be on a dual track dirt/gravel road. The road is passable by trucks, but is a bit rough for vehicles.  Runners will have no trouble navigating the route.

The home stretch is right on the main drag of Virginia City which was the Territorial Capitol of Montana from 1865 to 1875. It’s a gold rush town in which most of the original buildings are still there and many are still in use. Runners will see it all since the final mile includes a run down one set of back streets and then a final 500 or so yard home stretch right on Main Street to the finish line in front of the Madison County Courthouse. This is the oldest courthouse still in use in the State of Montana.

Runners, friends, and families then have the entire town of Virginia City to relax, be a tourist, chill with ice cream, candy, and other food.  This is your chance to visit one of America’s best preserved gold rush era towns. This point-to-point duathlon is a good combination of natural beauty, wildlife, history and heritage, and a competitive challenge for any athlete who loves the West and Montana in particular.

We hope to see you this summer. Stay healthy, stay happy, and keep running and cycling forward.

Event schedule and times

The 2014 dates for the Madison Trifecta, the greatest sporting series in Montana, are set.  Do one race, two races, or the best yet…. do all three races in 2014 and earn a T.B.A. Award.

Get your race calendars out, reserve the dates, sign up early, and get ready to have your life changed forever.

Leg One:  3rd Annual Madison Duathlon – Sunday, July 6

Leg Two:  7th Annual Madison Marathon – Saturday, July 26

Leg Three:  3rd Annual Madison Triathlon – Sunday, August 10

Not convinced that the Madison Trifecta Sporting Series will change your life forever?  Check out these videos:

Madison Trifecta – to be launched by January 1, 2014 on YouTube

Madison Duathlon - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-Ac-3bFh48

Madison Marathon - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1DnROMo1a4

Madison Triathlon - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ilsc2KJ03js

All race registration will be on Active.com, but you can get more details on the race at our event website - www.themadisonmarathon.com.  

Registration for all events opens on January 1, 2014.

Sign up early, book the best airfare deals possible, and plan on spending at least a week’s vacation in America’s Last Best Place…. Madison County, Montana.

This year the Madison Trifecta is proud to announce an exclusive sponsorship with Yellowstone Wealth Management from Ennis, Montana.

Race check-in, race times, and other issues will be covered in subsequent emails.

 The MCEDC has a policy of no refunds allowed after a participant has signed up.

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