The Big Hurt is open to participants age 15 and over. Big Hurt participants can race solo in Iron Division or as a relay team of 2 to 4 persons in the team Division. Awards will be given for overall top 3 men and women in the Iron Division, and top three overall teams. Each participant who registers before August 31, 2018, will receive a Big Hurt t-shirt.
Please, check out the registration page for Early Bird Pricing.
A portion of event proceeds are donated to the Peninsula Trails Coalition, a local non-profit organization dedicated to the construction, maintenance, and promotion of the Olympic Discovery Trail and Olympic Adventure Trail.
The Big Hurt event central, or Hub, is located in downtown Port Angeles at the Waterfront Park at the intersection of Oak Street and Railroad Avenue.
Each team must bring a completed Team Roster and signed liability waivers to pick up the packets. You may pick up your team members' packets so long as you bring a completed Big Hurt 2018 Team Roster and signed liability waivers of all your team members.
There are no refunds after September 1, 2018.
The race will start at 10:00 a.m. All leg starts and finishes will take place at the Hub except Leg 1—Mountain Bike—which will have a remote start and finish at the Hub.
The race starts with the Mountain Bike leg—team mountain bikers must be dropped off at the mountain bike start area by 9:30 a.m. Iron Division can be dropped off, or can be shuttled to the start area from the Hub by reserving a shuttle spot during the registration process. There will be a bicycle parking area available at the Hub when the leg is completed.
All kayaks must be dropped off and inspected by a race official between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Friday, September 21, 2018. Representatives from the athletic program at Peninsula College will help you unload your boat, and will keep boats secure and keep watch over them overnight. We encourage a small donation to the athletic program for their help!
Road bikes will be staged at the Hub, and must be dropped off between 7:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 22, 2018.
Temporary parking for equipment drop-off and pickup is available at the Hub only during the times specified above. No parking is available for pickup until after the end of the event, however you can take your bike back to your car at any time.
Each team will be assigned one timing chip that will be included in and picked up with their race packet. This chip is associated with your team bib number and cannot be switched with any other chip. This timing chip is to be treated as if it were a baton, by being passed from one team member to the next during the event, and turned into the timing crew at the completion of all stages, at which point you will receive overall time and times for each stage. Note: You will need to pay a $20 deposit when you receive the timing chip, which will be returned to you when you return your chip.
There will be a Transition Zone established for the start and finish of each of the event legs (except mountain bike, which will have a remote start line, but will finish in the Transition Zone). During the race, a team member that is finishing their leg will be greeted by a volunteer Finisher that will tag your chip as a "finish", then go to the Transition Zone to hand off the chip to the next team member who will complete their event, and again will be greeted by another volunteer Finisher. And so on. The Big Hurt is not responsible for your times if you fail to make contact with the Finisher.
All team members should wait outside of the Transition Zone until their number is called that their finishing team member is approaching the Transition Zone, then they can enter the Transition Zone.
In addition to having timing chips, all participants must wear a bib number that must be visible when crossing through the race check points and the transition zone. Bicyclists will attach their number plates to their bicycle handle bars. Kayakers will display their number plates to the front of their boats, and runners will display their numbers on the front of their shirts. Numbers and chips will be issued at packet pickup.
All individuals and team members must be off the course by 5:00 p.m. There will be also be time limits per leg—please check back for details to be announced.
In case of rapidly approaching bad weather that may cause problems for the kayak leg, the kayakers may receive an early start. Instructions on what to do in this case will be included in your race packet.
Bicycle legs will take place on roads and trails that are open to public traffic. Other than in the downtown area, where traffic control personnel will be in place, all riders must follow the regular rules of the road. All stop signs and signals must be abided by and all racers will use hand signals when turning. At the downtown areas with traffic control, racers must follow the instructions of the law enforcement officials that are on duty. The run leg will take place on the Olympic Discovery Trail, which will remain open to public use during the event. Racers must yield to public trail users.
MP3, iPods or similar music/audio systems are NOT allowed to be used by the racers while competing. Racers and their teams will be disqualified for using these devices.
The Big Hurt can only happen with the support of our sponsors, volunteers, and local officials. Please show the greatest respect for any of the volunteers or workers along the course. If any participant disregards the instructions of any volunteers or law enforcement officials, they may be disqualified.
Common sense stuff, we know—thank you for enduring our reminder!
Olympic Distributing, Station 51 Taphouse, and Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club will host the beer garden and food concession at the Hub, which is open to the public and for race participants. Each participant will be treated to one free beer compliments of The Big Hurt and Olympic Distributing. A food table with free snacks will be available for race participants.
Big Hurt Iron Division participants will be given instructions on where they are arranged to park. Team Division participants and spectators must use public parking. There is limited parking in downtown Port Angeles. Street parking is limited to two hours, and public parking lots are typically limited to three hours. All day parking is available on Second and Third Streets, where they intersect with Laurel Street, and downtown can be accessed by a stairway from there. Another great all-day place to park is the County Courthouse parking lot, at Fourth Street and Peabody—it is just a short walk down to the Big Hurt Hub from there. There are also Pay lots downtown which have all-day parking for $8-10.
Only customers of the Red Lion hotel are allowed to park at the Red Lion.
We request that local teams try to arrange to be dropped off or carpool as much as possible in order to keep as much parking available downtown as possible for non-event visitors.
Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female Iron Division finishers, and to the top three overall teams.