Heel & Crank Duathlon

Heel & Crank Duathlon
April 13, 2019

3 mi. run / 16 mi. bike / 3 mi. run.


The Heel & Crank Duathlon is a very popular duathlon in Alabama that is put on by the Team Rocket Triathlon Club with all proceeds benefitting ALSA in memory of Darin Kruse as well as to the Alabama-Mississippi chapter of the National MS Society. This race is not USAT sanctioned as we are trying to reduce costs to beginners and allow recumbent cyclists.

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

Race Changes from 2014-2019

A few minor changes have been made since last year:

  • Heel and Crank will still NOT be a USAT sanctioned race in 2017.  Because we love recumbent bicycles.
  • “Fat Tire” Category will be returning.  So, if you’re going to be rocking a bike with tires at least 1.5″ wide, please sign up.

Schedule of Events

Packet Pickup: Thursday, April 11, 2019 (NEW DATE!)
Fleet Feet Huntsville at 10AM-6:00PM and then at Tri-Expo 6PM–9PM

Race Day: Saturday, April 13, 2019

6 am – 7:30 am Packet Pickup at Race Venue (Moorseville, AL)

7:45 am Transition Area Closes

8:00 am  Wave #1 Starts

8:05 am  Wave #2 Starts

9:30 am – 11 am Music, Hot Food, and Cold Drinks

10:30 am:  Awards

Refund/Transfer Policy

No refunds allowed.

Help Us Donate to the Local ALS Chapter and to the National MS Society.:

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. The National MS Society was chosen to help fund a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, a disease that impacts many.

Course Description

Run 1 (3 miles) is an out-and-back course. Approximately 2 miles 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 a single aid-station on the run course, at the turnaround

Click here for the GPS Run#1 Course Map

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 on smooth pavement. The bike course has been redesigned this year to eliminate one stretch of deteriorating road. The new bike course (16 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.

Click here for the updated Bike GPS Course Map

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 very similar course to the first run.

Click here for the updated Run #2 Course Map


All parking (spectator 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


Click here to see all past race results


Register here.

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!
Paul Erickson
(race director)