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THE 2015 LPC THROWBACK TRIATHLON
Will be on Sunday, August 2nd
Race begins at 8:00 am
The LPC Triathlon retro themed throwback races is the perfect event in which to challenge one’s self, regardless of competition experience athletic prowess. Held upon the beautiful grounds of Leila Patterson Center in Fletcher, NC, it features a 200 yard pool swim, a 17.5 mile bike on quiet country roads, and a rolling 5k run with an on-track finale in which to summon your mighty kick to the tape! Both individuals and relay teams are encouraged to join in, and you don’t have to be a three-sport athlete to participate. In the LPC Triathlon Team Competition, you can opt for the sport of your choosing, and just swim, bike, or run as part of a team. While LPC events are timed, and your results will be made available after the event, we emphasize participation over competition. Splash N’ Dash courses for kids means even budding athletes can participate in the throwback thrills! This is meant to be a great time for everyone: participants, volunteers and supporters alike!
The Kid’s Plash n’ Dash allows kids to participate in their own event without adults overshadowing them! This MultiSport event is in the format of an aquathlon, or splash n’ dash, and is appropriate for beginner and elite athletes alike, ages 7-15. Beginner 9 & under | Intermediate 10-12 & novice 12-15 | Advanced 12-15 & experienced younger
Celebrating the retro spirit of triathlon’s early roots in the 1970s, participants are encouraged to wear retro-themed attire (sweatbands, high-top socks and shorty track shorts, perhaps?) to heighten the focus on participant fun rather than competition.” — Karen Chavez, Girls Gone Outdoors, Asheville Citizen Times
RETRO ATTIRE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED!
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While you’re registering your spot in the races, why don’t you place your order for a 2015 Custom Retro Race Tee?
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The race entry fee allows participating in the triathlon event and a portion of the race proceeds will benefit the LPC swim program for underprivileged children. We are excited to also offer team registrations for both 2 and 3 person teams.
Detailed info, rules, and regulations available on the LPC Tri Event Info page.
Video created by John Neff
RETRO TRIATHLON COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The day begins with a pool swim at the LPC Aquatics Center. There will be a time-trial start, with faster swimmers going first. Swimmers will enter the water by running across a mat at the water’s edge near the deep end of the pool jump in to begin the swim. After the 200 yard swim, athletes will exit the pool and quickly enter the transition area. During registration, participants will be asked to submit a 100 yard swim time: not the fastest you can swim 100 yards, but the time you expect to maintain throughout the entire swim portion of the event.
The bike leg has a couple challenging hills: one as you begin the ride on Howard Gap Road, and another (Terry’s Gap), later on in the ride. That said, the majority of the ride is on rolling country roads. You will be required to stay on your bike, (e.g. you may not get off your to push it up hills) as dismounting presents a safety hazard. Due to the course length and its challenges, all cyclist participants race (relay teams included) competing on the bike must be a minimum of 16 years old.
The run leg is a rolling paved course that will follow gently undulating rural roads for the first two miles and then traverse onto a dirt and grass path through a tree break opening to fields, rounding a baseball diamond, and finishing with a lap around the track preceding the finish. This leg is a great match for hill runners. Not for the faint of heart, this 5k run will get your blood pumping as you run through some of Fletcher’s prettiest, and hilliest, of country roads!
Although we expect very little vehicular traffic on race morning, the roads will be open to the public for both the run and bike courses. All intersections with a traffic light and/or turn will have law enforcement stopping traffic.
KIDS CAN DO IT TOO!! Bring out your little champions to help enjoy the fun. Multiple kid’s race distances available based on age and experience.
NOTE: NO HEADPHONES allowed at the event, as they produce danger to yourself and others around you when needing to communicate at the event. You will receive a time penalty and even get DQ’d if you are found wearing them.
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Additional information and updates are available on the LPC Triathlon Facebook page.
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Detailed course descriptions, maps, and elevations charts available on the LPC Course Info + Maps page.
Testimonials and Media
John Neff, Photographer
Overall, I’m so glad I raced today. Not just for the swag but for the awesome course and fun crowd. There were a lot of first timers today, whom I admire because when it’s your first tri and it is cold and rainy, it must be really extra stinky. So way to be badasses, ya’ll! And finally, thanks to all the great volunteers and race staff. You all rock.
Kit Hayes (LPC Triathlon First Place Female)
(See Kit’s full testimony on her blog post “Rain, Roadkill & a Leotard: the 2013 LPC Triathlon”)
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!
Volunteers are the backbone of a terrific event experience. Sign up to donate 1 – 2 hours of your time helping to make the event run smoothly by counting laps, helping at registration, and other useful tasks. All volunteers will receive yummy food and will get to enjoy in all the event festivities. It’s easy to sign up, just click, enter your email for confirmation, and choose your spot!
VOLUNTEERSPOT RESPECTS YOUR PRIVACY AND WILL NOT SHARE YOUR INFORMATION
If you prefer not to use your email address, or have trouble signing up, please contact us to sign up manually.
DIRECTIONS TO LELIA PATTERSON CENTER
FROM ASHEVILLE, NC
Take I-240 W, keep right to continue on I-26 E and follow signs for Interstate 240 W / Interatate 26 E / Interstate 40. Take exit 44 for US-25 N / US-25 South BUSINESS toward Fletcher/Mountain Home. Turn right onto Asheville Hwy. Turn left onto County Rd 1534/Naples Rd. Turn left onto County Rd 1006/Howard Gap Rd. The Lelia Patterson Center will be on the right.
FROM GREENVILLE, SC
Take US-25, continue straight onto N Poinsett Hwy. Continue straight onto SC-414 E into North Carolina. Keep left at the fork and follow signs for US-25 N/Interstate 26 W and merge onto Interstate 26 W. Take exit 49A to merge onto US-64 E/Chimney Rock Rd toward Bat Cave. Turn left onto Co Rd 1006/Howard Gap Rd. The Lelia Patterson Center will be on your right.