Friday, Sep 28, 2018 @ 7:00 AM

BADCAT Ultra-Distance Triathlon

Bullfrog, UT 383 Miler, 383 Mile - 3 Person Relay, 315 Miler, 315 Mile - 3 Person Relay

This Event Took Place Fri. Sep 28, 2018

"awesome, terrible and painful, but amazing"

~ Brian (Alabama)

"it's like the Barkley and the RAAM got drunk at an Ironman frat party

and said Hey, you know what would be cool?" ~Scott (Colorado)


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A 380 mile, crew-supported point-to-point ultra-distance triathlon, the BADCAT is an adventure race for the tough, the gritty, and the goal-oriented. The race consists of 30 miles of kayaking, 250 miles of biking, and 100 miles of running. The bike and the run are almost entirely on dirt roads.

And when you finish, you'll return home knowing you are the baddest cat in your yard. Let'em eat that.

Competitors will be monitored by GPS tracking throughout the race. Officials will be dispersed throughout at various checkpoints.


For complete information including course maps, please visit

A tamer version of the Big One, this short course version features a 202 mile, crew-supported point-to-point adventure. The short course consists of 15 miles of kayaking, 135 miles of biking, and 52 miles of running. The course is shared with the 383M competitors but split off upon meeting I-70.

As with the long-course, competitors will be monitored by GPS tracking throughout the race. Officials will be dispersed throughout at various checkpoints.


Relay teams will share the course with one person doing the kayak, one person on the bike, one person closing it out with the run. Team-mates will tag out at the Transitions. Relay team members may crew for their team in addition to racing.

Relay racing is available in both the long-course and short-course events.


For true endurance badasses we bring the division of Kings: the Solo. All the way, all on you. You'll be required to bring a crew with you and designate a Crew Chief.


Starting from Bullfrog, UT, at the Bullfrog Marina, racers will kayak west on Lake Powell toward Iceberg Canyon. Turning around paddlers will return easterly to Bullfrog Marina (Transition 1) having covered 30 miles.

On the bicycles, racers will ride 248 miles north through the Capitol Reef National Park and the Manti-La Sal National Forest, to the Tie Fork Rest Area in Tucker, UT. Camping is encouraged along the bike course but riders are free to leave the course with their crews as needed (If you leave the course you MUST return to the same point before continuing with the race). All but a few miles of the bike section is on low-traffic dirt roads. Transition 2 will be at Tie Fork.

Leaving Tie Fork the run course is 105 miles with the middle 87 miles above 7500ft of elevation. 14,000ft of climbing, about 10 miles of trail, 1 mile of pavement, and the remainder on dirt roads.

Party at the finish at Camelot Resort campground in Fruitland, UT.

Short-course competitors will follow the same route as the long-course with the exceptions being: a 15 mile out-and-back kayak course, and the run will feature almost entirely dirt roads with a turnoff to make the course 52 miles and about 7300ft of climbing. Short-course participants will follow exactly the same bike route as the long-course then split off at I-70 where their crews will transport them to Tie Fork for the run .


Competitors will have 17 hours to complete the kayak, 100 hours to complete the bike, and 53 hours to complete the run.

Time may be banked if you're faster on one section and slower on another. I.e. the cutoffs are against the race clock, not your splits. Please see for the offical cutoffs by their time of day.

Qualifying for BADCAT

To enter this race you need to show you can handle it. For Long Course entry you should have completed at least one organized event with searchable results from the following list, on or after Oct 1, 2016:

100M run in under 29 hours, or
100M mountain bike race in under 14 hours, or
Any kayak race longer than 70 miles within the advertised time limit, or
Any 200M run within the advertised time limit.

For Short Course entry these qualifications are accepted:
50M run under 12.5 hours; or
Ironman (tm) in the time limit (bonus for multiple finishes).
We'll consider a lot of things for the Short Course, so message us and we'll look at it

*Other qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis, but please email the RD before submitting your application for entry. Thanks!


Registration for 2019 will open on October 1st, 2018.

Qualifications/resume will be weighed prior to your acceptance to the competition. Your initial registration is a place-holder. You won't be charged the full entry fee until we accept you and notify you of acceptance.

Registration will remain open until August 15th.

Relay teams (long-course): $495
Solo Athletes (long-course): $285

Relay teams (short course): $415
Solo Athletes (short-course): $185

Most of the cost is going toward the GPS trackers. Also there's a lot of permits and logistics. We did our best to keep the price down.


Some of you will notice the Tandem division has disappeared and been replaced by a short-course option. This decision came after months of discussion, and emails exchanged with people interested in the event. We listen and we want the competitors to be as much a part of the event as the organizers.

Local time: 9:45 PM


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