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Heel & Crank Duathlon





Heel & Crank Duathlon
April 11, 2015

3 mi. run / 13.5 mi. bike / 3 mi. run.


Heel and Crank 2014 was a resounding success.   Great location, great weather, great post-race food and music and drinks.


If you missed it, check out the nifty race video we made:





Race Location

Historic Mooresville, AL 



Registration for Heel and Crank 2015 is currently closed but will probably open in November timeframe. Register here!

Schedule of Events


Packet Pickup: Friday, April 11, 2014

1000-1900 Packet Pickup at Fleet Feet


Race Day: Saturday, April 12, 2014

0615 - 0730 Packet Pickup & Timing Chip Pickup at Mooresville Brick Church

0745 - Transition Area Closes

0800 - Wave #1 Start (Male & Male Teams)

0805 - Wave #2 Start (Female, Femae Teams, Co-Ed Teams)

1030 - Awards




Refund/Transfer Policy

Race refunds will be issued with at least 30 days notice. After March 11, no refunds will be issued. We will provide refunds to you in the form of an IMATHLETE credit which can be used for up to one year for any TRTC race.


Important Changes to the 2014 Race:

1) Heel and Crank will NOT be a USAT sanctioned race.  We have studied this issue and have concluded that the large number of one day licenses (more than half of all racers) means a large amount of money is leaving our community.  One of the key points of hosting and racing locally is that vast majority of that money stays here.  This will in no way affect the quality of this race.  However, as a side benefit, it will allow racers to have a friend pick up their packets.  It will also allow us to have recumbent bicycles on the course. 

2) Last year we had a Beginner category.  We are removing that category, but adding a "Fat Tire" Category.  This will remove any technological advantage from riding a super nice road bike and pit Huffy against Huffy.  So, if you're going to be rocking a bike with tires at least 1.5" wide, please sign up.  Awards in the category will be three deep (Male and Female).

3) After a good amount of feedback from last year, we will be awarding ALL Team divisions three deep (Male, Female, Co-Ed). 


32.6 Mile Challenge

You might have heard about the new half-marathon in Huntsville on April 13th....the day after Heel And Crank. Well, we are joining forces to provide a commemorative mug, with both race logos, to anybody that registers for both races. Sign up for both if you think you can do the 32.6 miles necessary to complete both races. Check it out!


Help Us Donate to the Local ALS Chapter:

The Heel & Crank Duathlon raises money and awareness for ALS (Lou Gehrigs disease). This charity was chosen because of the late Darin Kruse, one of our local triathletes and friend, who recently lost a 3-year battle with ALS.  Last year we donated $5,000 to ALSA.  I

Heel and Crank is teaming with to produce a commemorative decorative pin of the Heel and Crank Logo.  RacePin, LLC helps athletes celebrate their wins and Race Directors reach their event goals by turning your design or event logo into a beautiful commemorative RacePin . RacePins are displayed and treasured long after race t-shirts are faded and tucked away.
Your RacePin can be obtained by in two ways:



Run 1:  Run 1 (3 miles) is an out-and-back course. Approximately 1 mile of the run will be on paved roads through Mooresville with the remainder of the run being on a crushed gravel road running through Wheeler Wildlife Refuge.

There will be one aid-station on the run course at the run turnaround  
Each turn on the run courses (both courses are exactly the same this year), will be marked with a RED turn arrow sign. RED for RUN.

Run course can be found here.

Bike: You will then enter transition, go to your bike, run it to the mount line, then proceed to enjoy a bike through beautiful East Limestone County. Bike course (13.5 miles) is marked with BLACK turn arrows with volunteers at the major intersections. The bike course is mostly flat, but will have a few "rollers". The bike course will not have any aid stations, but will have sag wagon for any bicycle mechanicals.

Each turn on the bike course will be marked with a BLACK turn arrow sign. BLACK for BIKE. Please pay attention to these signs as we will not have turn workers on course. HPD will be blocking traffic for us at each intersection giving you the right of way over vehicular traffic. Their job is to keep each of you safe from traffic, not to direct you where to turn, so PLEASE pay attention to the turn signs. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the course maps.

The bike course will have mile markers, a small triangular sign on a post beside the road.This is a NO DRAFTING race. You can read that as, this is a race of individual skill, not the “power of the Peloton”. Yes, I have a real problem with drafters.

Bike Map course can be found here


Run 2: Upon completion of the bike portion, you will enter transition (dismounting at the marked line), rack your bike in the exact same location, then head out on run 2, which is the exact same course as the first run.

All parking (specator and racer alike) will be on the Old Hwy 20. Absolutely NO PARKING on Mooresville city streets.


Bike racks are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Please be considerate of your fellow athletes while racking your bike. Don’t be a “rack hog”, and whatever you do, don’t mess with someone else’s stuff. If you have issues with someone else and their bike racking, please see the race director and let me resolve any problems.

Make sure ALL HANDLEBAR ENDS ARE PLUGGED. If you have open ends, you will not be allowed on course. There will be bike mount and dismount lines, no riding in transition. Your helmet must be on (properly) and buckled before you get to the bike mount line. It must remain on and buckled until AFTER crossing the bike dismount line.


We will have the award ceremony at the race site this year. Be sure and stay for door prizes!

You must be present to accept your awards, or arrange to have someone pick them up for you. I will not mail awards.

Awards will be given 3-deep in;
- Age groups, male and female (5 year)
- Overall, male and female
- Clydesdale (male over 225 lbs)
- Athena (female over 165 lbs)
- PC (physically challenged)
- Fat Tire (Male/Female) Riding with bike tires of at least 1.5"- PC (physically challenged)
- Male/Female/Co-Ed Relays


Race Lodging


Race Host Hotel:
Heel and Crank Duathlon is being provided a block of 20 rooms for the race weekend at heavily discounted rate at the very nearby Radisson of Madison.
  • Stay for $80 a night (tax not included)
  • Get complimentary late checkout (2 p.m.) so that you have time to race AND shower before heading home
  • All racers will receive a pre-race goodie bag on Saturday morning to help "feed the machine".
  • Complimentary 24-hour shuttle service to and from Bridge Street (great if you are racing the Bridge Street Half Marathon on Sunday)
  • The attached restaurant and full bar provides a great selection of food and drink for all of your carb-loading needs.
You will need to call: 256-772-8855 and use the code: crank2014. Super easy.


Good luck to all of you, and please remember the cause of this race. We are raising money for ALS patients in order that their remaining days on this planet might be just a little bit easier. Please take a moment to think about the late triathlete, Darin Kruse and what he and his family went through for three long and painful years, and be VERY glad for what you have!

Race hard, and race safe!
Eric Broyles
(race director)