Capitol View Park

Off-road triathlon, duathlon, and trail run

May 31st, 2020 – Old Glenns Creek Rd Frankfort KY 40601

This event has been cancelled for 2020 due to restriction placed on us by the City of Frankfort.  We will move the event to Green River Lake State Park on August 2nd.


Motus Capitol View is located in Capitol View Park in Frankfort, KY just across from the state capitol buidling.  The Kentucky River provides the western boundary to the park and is the location of the swim.   The park hosts several events throughout the year due to the well maintained trail system (thanks to KYMBA) and due to the fact it is located right off the highway with lots of lodging nearby.  The mountain bike course will feature the sink holes, which is very unique to this trail system.  The run will feature the “Green Monster,” a long steep hill about half way through the loop.  Choose your Motus:

 Short Shred:

The Short Shred distance will feature a 800 meter river swim in the Kentucky River (half upstream and half down stream).  Kayak and SUP will also be options for this distance.

The bike course will be about 12.5 miles almost entirely on single track.  Only a short section of pavement at the end of the lap to get back to the trail head/transition area.

The run will be about 4.3 miles and will be about 90% single track trails.

This will earn you points at the Aurum Level as explained on the Motus Off Road Points Series page.


Full Send:

The Full Send distance will be double the distance of the short shred triathlon.  2 loops on the swim (1600 meters), 4 laps on the mountain bike (about 24.6 miles), and 2 laps on the run (8.6 miles).

Aid stations will be in the same locations as the Short Shred triathlon.

This will earn you points at the Platinum Level as explained on the Motus Off Road Points Series page.

The trail run will follow the same course as the triathlon run course.  2 laps. 8.3 miles.  Aid stations will be located in the same locations as triathlon.


This will earn you points at the Platinum Level as explained on the Motus Off Road Points Series page.

The Duathlon will be the same course for the mountain bike and run as the short shred triathlon.  However, it will also feature about a 1.5 mile run instead of the swim.

This will earn you points at the Platinum level as explained on the Motus Off Road Points Series page.

MTB course

2 laps for the short shred triathletes and duathletes.  4 laps for full send triathletes.  A self serve aid station will be set up the trail head.  Athletes can place their extra water bottles (if any) they want to use on a table and grab them on any lap they desire.  Please limit you extra bottles to 2 bottles per athlete.

Run course

This will be the run course for the short shred triathletes (1 lap), full send triathletes (2 laps), and trail runners (2 laps).  3 aid stations will be available during the run course.  The first will be at the trail head just outside of transition.  The 2nd and 3rd location will be located at the top of the green monster hill and just before going back down it.  

Duathlon Run Course

1 lap run course instead of swimming.  No aid stations.

Registration fees:

                                      Short Shred Triathlon, Duathlon, and Kayak:                                  Full Send Triathlon:                                                        Trail Run:

11.15.19 – 12.31.19 –                                           $65                                                                                        $85                                                                              $30

1.1.20 – 4.30.20 –                                            $75                                                                                         $95                                                                              $35

5.1.20 – 5.29.20 –                                            $85                                                                                       $105                                                                              $40

Day of Registration (if not sold out) –    $95                                                                                        $115                                                                              $45

Schedule of Events

  • May 31st – Race day
    •  6:00 – Transition opens and athletes check in
    • 7:30 – All racers start – triathletes will be a time trial start, duathletes and trail runners will start at the time of the first swimmer.
    •  9:30 – Trial run awards
    • 12:00 – Short Shred and Duathlon awards
    •  2:30 – cut off time for full send triathletes
    • 3:00 – awards for full send atheltes.

Our Plan is to race while social distancing:


I have great news to share with all of you that have already signed up for Motus Capitol View.  I had a phone call with someone from the parks department in Frankfort, KY yesterday and today and we have come up two options on how to proceed with the race while still adhering to social distancing restrictions.  Both options require us to LIMIT THE RACE TO 50 PARTIPCANTS.  I have also frozen registration so the prices won’t go up.  The plans are outlined the plans below:

Option A:  Race will be carried on as normal with some modifications:
1. Transition area will be spread out over the grassy field and participants will have their athlete check in bags dropped in their designated area.  Your race number will be painted in the grass and you will have sufficient space to not be within 6 feet of another participant.
2. Time trial start:  We will line people up 6 feet apart and have people enter the water 30 seconds apart.  This should get all the participants in the water fairly quickly.
3.  Aid station will be self-serve:  The bike aid station was going to be that way to being with.  We will have cups of water filled for you at the run aid station (that you pass twice on the run).  We will check back every so often to be sure the water doesn’t run out.  You can have your own aid station at your spot in “transition area” if needed before starting your first/second loop on the run.
4. Chip drop off and finisher awards:  After finishing the race, you will be funneled to a spot where you drop your timing chip into a bucket of soapy water and grab your own finisher award.
5.  Food after the race – it will all be individually packaged food and self serve.
6. Awards ceremony:  The steps of the bourbon barrel podium will be spaced 6 feet apart so people can still celebrate their accomplishments from a safe distance.
7.  While racing on the trails, please keep your distance and don’t draft on the bike.

Option B will occur in place of option A if restrictions get tighter again now that regulations are going to start relaxing around the beginning of May:
1.  I will mark the course on Thursday evening, May 28th.  People will come on their own time Friday through Sunday afternoon (participants must be done racing by 4p on Sunday to allow time for course tear down).
2.  Everyone will do the duathlon option.  For those signed up for the “Full Send” distance, you will just do 2 loops of the first run in the duathlon (about a 5k).
3. Times are to be collected from your sports watch and submitted to me.
4.  Awards and t-shirts will be mailed to each participant.

Please share this information with your friends and encourage them to sign up since we are very limited on space.  Obviously if things ease up more and we can have more than 50 participants, I will raise the registration capacity.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there.  Until then, stay safe and healthy.

Mike Hermanson
RD for Motus Off Road Capitol View and Motus Green


Awards will be given to all finishers in each event.  AG awards will be handed out for short shred.  Top 3 male and female awards will be handed out to all athlete catagories.

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Other Motus Off Road Events

Motus is an off road series with races in several states.  Check out the full series hereProgressive Endurance also hosts another race later in the year at Green River Lake State Park

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