Schedule of Events

(Please see below this schedule for IMPORTANT details of the scheduled events. Check back often and look for email communications regarding any changes or updates.)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

American River Canyon Overlook

Race Expo – Athlete Check-in/Registration – T2 setup – Mandatory Pre-race Meeting – Raffle – Special Guest Speaker – Free Pasta Feed

2:00 – 5:00 p.m.: T2 set up (T1 set up is Sunday morning) Expo and Raffle tickets on sale/merchandise for sale

Set up your T2 transition so you don’t have to in the wee early morning hours. (T2 will be secured all night). If you absolutely can not check in Saturday, you can get your chip race morning at Rattlesnake State Park Folsom Lake but we highly recommend you check in Saturday.  You still must bring your USAT card and photo ID or be prepared to purchase a 1-day USAT license($15).

3:00 p.m.: MANDATORY Pre-race Athlete Meeting

We highly recommend that you all attend this meeting. We will discuss course details, transition logistics, safety considerations and important rules as well as provide valuable tips and answers to your questions.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Free pasta dinner and prayer service sponsored by FCA Endurance at American River Canyon Overlook. Special guest speaker: TBA

12:00 – 7:00 p.m.: T2 shoe drop-off at American River Canyon Overlook. Gates will lock after 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Rattlesnake Bar / T1 / Swim venue

5:00 a.m.: – T2 set up if you didn’t set up on Saturday up at the American River Canyon Overlook

5:30 a.m.: T1 opens up at Rattlesnake Bar State Park. PLEASE DO NOT USE YOUR SMART PHONE TO FIND RATTLESNAKE BAR PARK. You may end up on the other side of the lake. Use the directions given here on the website.

5:30 – 6:45 a.m.: Late participant check-in at Rattlesnake Bar State Park at Folsom Lake. Everyone is responsible to get body marked.

6:50 a.m.: T1 CLOSES (STRICTLY ENFORCED). Everyone in all events should have their transition set up and be ready to go. ALL racers no matter what time you start need to be set up. This allows for you to get to water and have that mandatory swim prior to starting. We will be enforcing this mandatory swim!

Wave Starts

The first wave will start at 7:00 a.m.

  • 7:00 a.m. – World’s Toughest Half Men and Men Aquabike
  • 7:05 a.m. – World’s Toughest Half Women and Women Aqua bike and Relays
  • 7:10 a.m. – International Men
  • 7:15 a.m. – International Women and Relays
  • 7:30 a.m. – Mini Men
  • 7:35 a.m. – Mini Women

Sunday at the American River Canyon Overlook

  • 8:30 a.m. – Race Expo Opens
  • 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Post race athlete and volunteer buffet. There will be lunch available for sale for spectators. Beer provided by the local Knee Deep Brewery
  • ~10:00-10:30 a.m. – Mini award Ceremony
  • ~11:30 a.m. – International award Ceremony
  • ~1:30 p.m. – World’s Toughest Half and Aqua bike award Ceremony
  • ~12:45 p.m. – World’s Toughest Half Run Start Cut-off Time (~5 hr and 15 min after final wave start)
  • ~3:45 p.m. – Official World’s Toughest Half Finish Time (8:30 after final wave)

Important Things to Know

Packet Pickup is on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the American River Canyon Overlook (which is T2 and the Finish Line). We prefer you pick up your packet and swag bag on Saturday so that you can attend the Mandatory Race Meeting on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. You will be able to pick up your packet at Rattlesnake Bar State Park on Sunday morning from 5:30 to 6:45 a.m. if you absolutely can not pick up on Saturday. You will not receive your bag and shirt at Rattlesnake Bar, you will need to pick it up after you finish your race up at the finish line at that point no shirt size guarantee.  Be prepared to come early as there will be limited staff doing late packet pickup.


If you are a USAT Annual Member Be sure to bring your USAT card and photo ID to Packet Pickup for both Saturday or Sunday morning. If you do not have your card you can use your smartphone and bring it up electronically,  or take a picture of it so it is on your phone as coverage is iffy at T1. No evidence of card you will need to purchase a 1-day license ($15.00.)

If you registered on Raceplanner then you probably have already purchased the 1 day license and or membership, if not then you will need to buy one. Please bring cash or check made out to USAT. No credit card when purchasing your 1-day USAT membership but you can use it for annual membership.

You must sign two waivers: one for USAT (only if purchasing a 1-day or purchasing an annual membership) and everyone needs to sign one for Tahoe Peak Endurance, LLC (if you did not online with Raceplanner).


Set up T2 on Saturday or early Sunday morning.

Those who registered prior to April 16th will have priority of t-shirt sizes. We had to estimate sizes for those that would register after April 16th. Just be aware, though, if you wait till Sunday to pick up your packet and t-shirt no matter when you registered for the race there is a chance you may not get the shirt size you requested. If you do not get the size you want you can check with us Sunday after you race to see if you can exchange for your size that is if it is available.


We strongly encourage you to attend the course talk at 3:00 for updates and important information with regards to logistics of the courses etc.

Please Note: You CAN NOT pick up anyone else’s packet, sorry but USAT requirements. We can not afford to default on losing the sanction. Sanctioning the race is for your and our benefit and safety. Please do not ask, even if you know “us.” NO EXCEPTIONS. You will be able to pick up your timing chip, bib and swim cap Sunday morning, but we prefer you pick up on Saturday. Again, you will need to show USAT card and ID and or pay the 1-day fee that morning at Rattlesnake Bar as well as sign appropriate waivers. Bring exact cash if you need to purchase a license. There will be NO REGISTERING for the race on Sunday at Rattlesnake Bar. All team members will be required to pick up their packet, not just one team mate and they too will need to show proof of USAT card or each purchase a 1-day license.

Raffle tickets for sale all day Saturday and Sunday. Raffle proceeds help donate to the non-profit groups out there volunteering on the course. Raffle prizes are donated by Expo Vendors and Sponsors of the Auburn Triathlon.

Our Non-Profit Volunteer Groups

Kiwanis – 49er Lions and Meadow Vista Lions Club, Placer High Band, UC Davis Tri Club, Sacramento Tri Club, Running School, and Sierra Academy.

Free Pasta Feed Dinner

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Free pasta dinner and FCA prayer service at American River Canyon Overlook hosted by 6-time WT Half competitor, Troy Soares, and his wife, Robin.

2:00 – 7:00 p.m.: T2 shoe drop-off at American River Canyon Overlook, gates will lock after 7:00 p.m.

Please DO NOT use your smartphone to find Rattlesnake Bar State Park or Road. You may end up on the other side of the lake. Use the directions given here on the website. The road is actually called Rattlesnake Rd not Rattlesnake Bar Road as that is actually on the other side. You may use this Google Maps link to the Rattlesnake Bar Boat Launch.