All competitors will be issued a timing chip at the Monarch Pass start.  The timing chip must be handed off to the next team mate at each transition (if on a team).  Timing chips will be collected at the finish line by a 3P volunteer.   $95 replacement fee for any timing chips not collected at the finish.

If participants don’t make the cut off times, we can’t guarantee they will receive a time for that leg, and they will be asked to turn in their timing chip.  They may continue the race, but without official event support.

There may be one competitor per leg on a team.


All skiers must use skins for AT gear and wear a helmet. Nordic gear and scaled skies are welcome as well. Splitboards are allowed but not recommended.  Caution and skill for all participants will be needed on the steep grade from the Continental Divide down to Fooses Creek.


All bicyclists must obey all traffic laws. Bicycles will be walked across the highway.  There will be volunteer staff for assistance in crossing the highway. Oncoming traffic will not be stopped or controlled.  Failure to comply with walking the bike across will result in disqualification. Volunteer staff will determine compliance. Helmets are required, and a repair kit is suggested but not mandatory.

Private Property:

The bike route runs through and adjacent to many parcels of private property.  You are required to stay on the road when traveling through these private parcels.  If you trespass off the road onto private property, you will be disqualified from the event and may be prosecuted for trespassing.


Paddlers must wear a PFD and may use canoes, SUPs or kayaks (hard shell or inflatable). One boat, one racer- no athletes joining up on one craft.  Exceptions are occasionally made to this rule when paddlers aren’t capable of navigating the river solo.  Paddlers must get out of their boat and cross the finish line on shore wearing their timing chip and carrying their boat.  PFDs and helmets must be worn by all competitors in the boating leg. Be aware of possible high winds at Transition 2 blowing gear.

Right of Way:

Slower competitors: Please give right of way to an overtaking competitor.

Faster competitors:  Use caution when passing.  Don’t expect the slower racer to yield in areas of danger.

This is an open backcountry course- look out for other people, cars, atvs, motos, horses, moose, elk, snowmobiles, etc.

Aid Stations/Medical Assistance:

There are no aid stations available in the Salida 3P.  At each transition station, volunteers will be present and basic first aid will be available.  Volunteers will contact EMS if needed.  3P volunteers will sweep the race and provide assistance as needed as well.  The Good Samaritan Rule is in effect throughout the race, with each competitor accepting the responsibility to assist another.


Have a plan to collect and very clearly label your gear at each exchange. Labeling each individual piece of gear is highly recommended as well. A friend or family member may collect your gear at each exchange. If needed, skis from Transition 1 and bikes from Transition 2 will be transported to the finish by 3P volunteers/Absolute Bikes.  Absolute Bikes and Salida 3P are not responsible for lost or stolen items, but many folks with lost gear have success finding their gear by posting on the Salida 3P facebook group.

Support Crews/Vehicles:

Support crews are not allowed, although friends and family may watch along public roads.  Absolutely no parking will be allowed on Highway 50.  On the bike portion, note that the first 3 miles of Section 1 after the highway crossing aren’t accessible by vehicle and none of Section 2 is accessible by vehicle.

If support crews have dogs, Forest Service rules state dogs must be leashed.  Violators will be disqualified.  Please pick up after your dog 🙂