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ASHEVILLE TRIATHLON

Sunday, July 16, 2023

Rec Park Pool  |  Asheville, North Carolina

The Asheville Triathlon course is a super event for every level of triathlete, from novice to elites. Novice + Beginner triathletes love this race! The pool swim is great for new swimmers & the run is flat and easy to navigate. Please note: the bike course has been challenging to some beginners in years past. Be prepared to ride over several challenging hills with steep grades. You will be required to stay on your bike. You may not get off your bike and push it up hills, as this is a safety hazard. Elite athletes – get ready for a PR! This race is fast and is a huge hit among local elites. The time trial swim start in a 50m pool allows swimmers to spread out. The bike leg is flat the first couple miles, so get down in your aero bars and push it. The middle section has some steep hills. Just get outta the saddle and roll over ’em! There are several downhill sections that are smokin’ fast! Many elites have PR’d during the 5k run,  so bring your racing flats! 

Tri Local Duo

Save money and sign up for both TRI LOCAL DUO Series races easily at the same time!

iDaph Events and iDream Athletes Foundation are striving to reignite triathlon locally in our WNC community and region. Triathlon is a unique blend of the sports of swimming, biking and running all in one event. The journey to train for and race at a triathlon is an incredible time, energy and monetary commitment. Completing a triathlon is a major life milestone and an accomplishment that is unique and honorable. Local triathlons and communities have been on the decline for the past several years. We believe that triathlon deserves a community. We are here to support the development of a Tri Local Community. So we are….
Introducing the NEW TRI LOCAL DUO Series
Tri Local returns in 2023 with an all new triathlon experience, community and challenge!

Race Details:

Course time limit is 12pm.

Start Times:

Time Trial starts 7:30 am

There will be no pre-event packet pickup session the day before the race.

Race Day Packet Pickup will be 6AM - 7AM at Rec Park Pool

If you’d prefer to have your things ahead of time, you must select the pre-event shipping option during registration or from the Race Store. The deadline to select this option will be July 2nd at midnightPackets will be shipped approximately two weeks prior to the event.

Please note, you will not be given an exact swim time! We’ll start with a window of time for people who responded with the fastest 100 yard swim time, and participants within that group will self-organize into a line. Then, we’ll have a window of time reserved for the second fastest group of swimmers, and so on and so forth.

What is included with your race entry:

• A first-class triathlon experience in the summer in Western North Carolina!
• Course fully-marked with route signs and course markings on the road
• Course preview video and course maps to get you prepped for race day
• Chip-timing for accurate results
• Access to our community of athletes in our Strava Group

• One-of-a-kind Prizes 

Super-cool swag including:
• Tri Local Duo medal for those completing both the Hendersonville Triathlon & the Asheville Triathlon
• Brooks dri-fit shirt, available in men’s and women’s sizes
• Goody Bag
Awesome post event food and treats:
• More info coming soon!

Free shirt deadline:

Register before December 11th at midnight and receive a custom, short sleeve, Brooks dri-fit shirt, available in men’s and women’s sizes, FREE with your registration!

Beginning December 12th, you can add the shirt to your registration for $15. Register by June 18th at midnight to guarantee your size! After that date, shirts will only be available in limited sizes and quantities.

“The Asheville Triathlon is a very special race to me as it is one of the most friendly races for both beginners as well as experienced triathletes. The course is one of the flattest you can find around here in the Asheville region, which also makes it a great course for going after a PR. Because it’s a local race, I always end up racing with friends and colleagues, which makes it that much more fun!” 

 

Dr. Aimee Riley, AVL Triathlon participant and Dr. Mark Hedrick with EmergeOrtho: Blue Ridge Division are supporting this annual triathlon again! Thank you!

COURSE INFO

RACE SWAG

EVENT GUIDE

RACE VOLUNTEER

PACKET PICK-UP

AWARDS & PRIZES

STAY CONNECTED

GREAT RACE FOR BEGINNERS
AND ELITE ATHLETES! 

RACE SWAG

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(2023 Images Coming Soon!)

Register before December 11th at midnight and receive a custom, short sleeve, Brooks dri-fit shirt, available in men’s and women’s sizes, FREE with your registration!

Beginning December 12th, you can add the shirt to your registration for $15. Register by June 25th at midnight to guarantee your size! After that date, shirts will only be available in limited sizes and quantities.

2022 Image Shown Above

(2023 Images Coming Soon!)

Tri Local Duo Medal

(Images Coming Soon!)

Complete both the Hendersonville Triathlon and the Asheville Triathlon and receive the Tri Local Duo finisher medal! The deadline to register for both events to receive the Tri Local Duo medal is Sunday, June 1st at midnight.

COURSE INFORMATION

COURSE INFORMATION

 

SWIM COURSE

 The event will begin with a 400 meter outdoor pool swim at the Asheville Rec Park pool. The swim features a time-trial start with the fastest swimmers going first, and the rest following in approximately 5 second intervals. Swimmers will enter the water by running across a mat at the water’s edge near the shallow end of the pool and run into begin the swim.

SWIM WARM UPS ARE 7-7:20 AM

2015-Avl-Tri-Swim-Map

SWIM START TIMES

Your start time will be assigned to you. You can anticipate approximately 5 seconds between each swimmer, if you would like to anticipate your approximate start time. During the registration process you will be asked to submit your 100 yard swim time. This is not the fastest you can swim 100 yards but the time you expect to average during the entire swim. Here is a good guide when deciding what swim time to register:

  • 0:50 – 1:20 : Super Fast (In contention to win the race and you swim competitively)
  • 1:21 – 1:45 : Fast Enough (Still starting in the first 1/3 of the event)
  • 1:46 – 2:10 : Average Swimmer (Swim well enough and don’t need to stop at the end of each lane)
  • 2:11 – 2:44 : Novice (Still getting used to swimming in a triathlon)
  • 2:45 – 4:59 : Complete beginner (I want to start at the back)

BIKE COURSE

 2015-Avl-Tri-Bike-Course-MapThe 11.6 mile bike course will feature some rolling and challenging hills making for a true Asheville kind of bike ride before returning to Asheville Recreation Park for a final, very fast run.

 

Ride with GPS

The roads will be open to the public so all participants are urged to be alert to traffic. All intersections with a traffic light and/or turn will have law enforcement stopping traffic.

Elevation Gain/Loss: 283 feet

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Bike Route Cue Sheet:

  1. Right onto Gashes Creek Road
  2. Left on NEW BRIDGE at Azalea Road E.
  3. At roundabout take a RIGHT onto Azalea Road
  4. Left onto Tunnel Road
  5. Quick Right onto Lower Grassy Branch Road
  6. Right onto Old Farm School Road
  7. Left onto Riceville Road
  8. Right onto Tunnel Road
  9. Left onto Swannanoa River Road
  10. Left onto Azalea Road
  11. Right onto Gashes Creek Road
  12. Right into Rec Park pool area/Transition

RUN COURSE

The run is an out and back style course and is one of the flattest 5k’s you will find in the area! Runners will stay on the right side of the road for the run. While the road will be open to traffic, most of the course is lightly traveled. Flat and fast is the name of the game on this 5K.

Check out the Run Course HERE

    TRANSITION ZONE

    We will have a normal transition zone for this race, rather than a “transition at your car” style. Please allow 15-20 minutes to find a bike rack and organize all your gear there before starting your swim.

    Once you complete your swim, you’ll have a short jog down to the transition zone. There, you’ll have your bike, running shoes, and other gear waiting for you at a bike rack. Walk your bike (NO RIDING INSIDE THE TRANSITION ZONE) to the transition exit, mount your bike, and head out for your ride!

    The Transition Zone closes when the race starts at 7:30am. Please have all your items put into transition by 7:30am. 

    Spectators must arrive at the event no later than 6:15 am and park at the Soccer Field Complex. No participants will be allowed in this area past 7:30 am. All spectators are required to wait until the last runner has finished to leave the Soccer parking lots, we expect this to be around 9:30 am. Spectators are NOT permitted to ride their bike around during the event to watch a participant race. This has been a safety hazard and concern at the race, please leave your bikes at home if you are coming to spectate. While you’re there, think about volunteering to help out for a hour or two!

    EVENT GUIDE

    Join Daphne as she reviews the swim start flow, transition areas, parking locations and more in this helpful and informative video!

    LOCATION

    Held at Asheville Recreation Park— 65 Gashes Creek Road Asheville, NC 28805.

    Registration and Race Day Packet pick up will be located at Rec Park off Swannanoa River Rd and Azalea Drive. Turn right across the bridge onto Gashes Creek Rd. and go to the round pavilion above the pool.

    DIRECTIONS:

    FROM ASHEVILLE, NC

    1-40W  to exit 53 B for interstate 240-W/US-74 Alt. West toward Asheville. Take exit 8 for US 74-A toward Asheville 81. Turn right onto US-74 Alt W/Fairview Rd. Take a right onto Swannanoa River Rd. Take the 1st right onto Azalea Rd. and then the 1st right onto Gashes Creek Rd. The Rec Park will be on your 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 44 for US-25 N / US-25 South BUSINESS toward Fletcher/Mountain Home. Turn right onto Asheville Hwy, continue onto Hendersonville Rd, and turn right ontoUS-25A N. Take exit 53 B to merge onto 1-240 W/US-74Alt W toward east Asheville. Take exit 8 for US-74-A toward Asheville 81. Turn right onto US-74Alt W/Fairview Rd and continue to follow US-74 Alt. Turn right onto Swannanoa River Rd, take the first right onto Azalea Rd, and the first right again onto Cashes Creek Rd. The Rec Park will be on your right.

    PARKING:

    All spectators and participants must park at the JBL Soccer Complex parking lots on Azalea road & must be at the parking lot by 7:15 am. Parking is located a short distance from the start of the race. In past years participants and spectators have been allowed to park close to the pool on Gashes Creek Road, this year no parking will be permitted in these areas. All participants and spectators are required to wait until the last runner has finished to leave the Soccer parking lots, we expect this to be around 9 am. In addition, no parking is allowed at the gravel parking lot by “The River” church on Hwy 81/Swannanoa River road this year. This parking lot produces a hazard for cyclists screaming down the last hill to the transition area.

    ACCOMMODATIONS

    Wrong Way River Lodge & Cabins

    LOCATION
    191 Amboy Rd, Asheville, NC 28806

    BOOKING
    Phone: 828-585-7747

    Reservation Link: CLICK HERE and use code AVLTRIATHLON when booking your stay.

    Wrong Way is an unconventional cabin campground located in bohemian West Asheville at the intersection of urban and the outdoors, providing a gateway to both.

    The property features 16 tiny A-frame cabins with all the creature comforts, including private bathroom, HVAC, and high-speed WiFi, nestled right on the race course! This will also be the packet pickup location, making it super convenient for runners to pick up packets and stay here.

    Stay at Wrong Way River Lodge & Cabins to experience the simplicity, adventure, and relaxation of the “River-Life” without having to compromise on comfort or convenience.

     AMENITIES

    • All cabins are stand-alone units with a private bathroom, queen bed, queen sleeper-sofa, seated workspace, mini-fridge, microwave, electric kettle with coffee/tea, HVAC, private balcony/deck with hammock, and high-speed WiFi. 

    Volunteer with us!

    Volunteers are the backbone of a terrific event experience. There are many opportunities for volunteering at the event, whether you’re a racer, spectator, or just curious and helpful! 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 an awesome race tee, 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!

    If you prefer not to use your email address, or have trouble signing up, please contact us to sign up manually.

    PACKET PICKUP

    There will be no pre-event packet pickup session the day before the race.

    Packet pickup will be the day of the event, July 16th, from 6:00am - 7:00am at the Rec Park Pool.

    If you’d prefer to have your things ahead of time, you must select the pre-event shipping option during registration or from the Race Store. The deadline to select this option will be July 2nd at midnightPackets will be shipped approximately two weeks prior to the event.

     


    Please Note: All participants need to have their transition zone setup by 7:30 AM, regardless of wave start time.

    RACE GUIDELINES

    Please be respectful of the community that the event is being held in so we can continue this event for many years!

    INDIVIDUAL TIMING

    Each participant will use a disposable ankle band with a timing chip inside it. This ankle band can be worn on either ankle. This will be given to you during packet pickup. We suggest that you add a safety pin to tightly secure the band around your ankle. If you lose your band, you will be charged an additional $10 for a replacement. If you lose the band during the race, you will not have a result.

    Swim Start Organization

    During registration, you will be asked what your estimated 100 yard swim time is. Based on those answers, we will post the wave starts for the swim to the main page during the week of the event.

    Please note, you will not be given an exact swim time! We’ll start with a window of time for people who responded with the fastest 100 yard swim time, and participants within that group will self-organize into a line. Then, we’ll have a window of time reserved for the second fastest group of swimmers, and so on and so forth.

    Transition Zone

    We will have a normal transition zone for this race, rather than a “transition at your car” style. Please allow 15-20 minutes to find a bike rack and organize all your gear there before starting your swim.

    Once you complete your swim, you’ll have a short jog down to the transition zone. There, you’ll have your bike, running shoes, and other gear waiting for you at a bike rack. Walk your bike (NO RIDING INSIDE THE TRANSITION ZONE) to the transition exit, mount your bike, and head out for your ride!

    SWIM GUIDELINES

    Bring your own swim cap!
    Swimmers will cross a timing mat, then run into the shallow end of the pool, they will make an almost immediate LEFT down the first lane of the pool. You will flip turn or slide under the pool buoys/lane line to the next lane and go down the lane, flip or go under the lap lane at the other end of the pool and continue this pattern throughout the swim portion of the event. You will only GO ONE DIRECTION in a lane. The lanes are wide enough for passing, so please when swimming stay to the right in your lane unless you are passing. Pass on the LEFT side of the swimmer and then get back into the right side of the lane when you are done passing. Touch the wall at the end, then flip turn or slide under the lane line rope and then proceed to the next lane. Please look at our swim map for a visual on the directional flow in the pool.

    BIKE GUIDELINES

    NC State Law - Bike Helmets Required. Participants without a helmet will be DQ’d. 

    No Drafting allowed. 

    I participated in my FIRST triathlon last weekend at your event.

    I wanted to follow up and let you know that after conquering the nerves (which dos not happen until I actually entered the pool!) this race experience was fantastic!

    The informational meeting the night before was helpful for my organizing brain. The morning activities flowed smoothly and everyone was friendly and encouraging.

    Thank you for putting on this incredible event and helping my first tri experience be positive! It was an amazing morning and crossing that finish line was exhilarating!

    Kandi Newkirk

    Asheville Triathlon Participant

    AWARDS & RESULTS

    AWARDS

    Virtual participants will have their swag mailed to them for free after the race.

    Award winners will receive a custom Asheville Triathlon prize!

    Complete both the Hendersonville Triathlon and the Asheville Triathlon and receive the Tri Local Duo finisher medal! Medals will be handed out at the Awards Ceremony. The deadline to register for both events to receive the Tri Local Duo medal is Sunday, June 1st at midnight.

    In-person awards categories are as follows:

    • Top three Overall (male and female)
    • Top Masters (male and female)
    • Age group awards (top 3 male and female for each)
      • 19 and under
      • 20 - 29
      • 30 -39
      • 40 - 49
      • 50 - 59
      • 60 - 69
      • 70+

    AWARDS CEREMONY

    We will  have an on-site awards ceremony at 10am. If you’re unable to stay for the ceremony, awards can also be picked up locally at Fleet Feet Asheville Tuesday after the event, after 3pm, or shipped for an additional $10 by purchasing the option in the Race Store.

    THANK OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS!

     INTERESTED IN SPONSORING? Contact us at sponsorships@idaph.net

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