Join us for some summer fun at the Asheville Triathlon!
COUNTDOWN TO THE 2018 ASHEVILLE TRIATHLON
As a reminder, all athletes must follow the rules of the road while they are out on the bike and run portions of the course.
NEW for 2018! Comfy, Super Cool, ‘Casual Wear’ Style Race Shirts (not tank tops), Men’s and Women’s fitted. These are included in registration thru June 30th. From July 1st thru race day, shirts will be available in limited sizes for an additional $10.
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
Find all Scheduled Pre, Post, and Race Day Events Here
ONLINE REGISTRATION ENDS
Wednesday, July 18th
Deadline at midnight
RACE DAY SCHEDULE
PRE-EVENT PACKET PICK-UP & REGISTRATION
Saturday, July 21st, 2018
Asheville Rec Park, Asheville, NC
RACE-DAY PACKET PICK-UP & REGISTRATION
Sunday, July 22nd, 2018
Asheville Rec Park, Asheville, NC
6:30 - 7:15 am
Packet-pickup & on-site registration at Asheville Rec Park
Please arrive before 6:15 am RACE MORNING as you must check in, receive a chip and body markings to race. WE HIGHLY SUGGEST GETTING YOUR MATERIALS AT THE FIRST PACKET PICK-UP TIME TO SAVE YOURSELF TIME AND STRESS ON EVENT MORNING (you will still need to check in on race day)
All racers, volunteers and spectators MUST BE AT THE JBL Soccer Complex parking lots on Azalea road, NO EXCEPTIONS!
Note: It will take approx. 10 min. to get from the parking area to the transition area on event morning (walking). You are not allowed to drop off your bike/items and then park.
7:45 am (approximately)
Asheville Triathlon Race Starts.
Swim Start Times and course maps available, scroll down to find below.
Approximate time the last runner finishes. Spectators are required to wait until the last runner has finished to leave the Soccer parking lot.
DETAILS & GUIDELINES
Everything you need to know to have a fantastic time!
The Asheville Triathlon course is a super event for every level of triathlete, from novice to elites. Novice + Beginner tri-athletes love this race! The pool swim is great for new swimmers & the run is a flat, ‘easy’ course to navigate. Please note: the bike course has been challenging to some beginners in year’s 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, 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, bring your racing flats! 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.
All participants in the triathlon will pick up their timing chips on event morning. Timing Chip Pick up will take place close to the pool and transition area. You must have your run number with you in order to pick up your timing chip. NOTE: Chip pick-up will be available until just before race start.
All participants will get body marked prior to the event. Body marking will take place where you pick up your timing chips around the registration area.
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)
NOTE: All athletes MUST start in the order assigned to you. Failure to do so will result in a time penalty.
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.
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
Bike Route Cue Sheet:
- Right onto Gashes Creek Road
- Left on NEW BRIDGE at Azalea Road E.
- At roundabout take a RIGHT onto Azalea Road
- Left onto Tunnel Road
- Quick Right onto Lower Grassy Branch Road
- Right onto Old Farm School Road
- Left onto Riceville Road
- Right onto Tunnel Road
- Left onto Swannanoa River Road
- Left onto Azalea Road
- Right onto Gashes Creek Road
- Right into Rec Park pool area/Transition
DIVISIONS & CATEGORIES
- Top 3 Male/Female
- Masters Male/Female
Age Groups – 3 deep, Male/Female:
- 19 and under
- ages 20-24
- ages 25-29
- ages 30-34
- ages 35-39
- ages 40-44
- ages 45-49
- ages 50-54
- ages 55-59
- ages 60-64
- ages 65-69
- ages 70 and over
- Top 3 in the 2 person team
- Top 3 in the 3 person team
ASHEVILLE TRIATHLON AWARDS:
The award ceremony will begin after the final race near the finish line area. Motion Makers – Will offer bike support on race morning and give a gift certificate for the ‘Fastest Bike Preem’ for the fastest male and female bikers of the day!
If for any reason you are unable to stay for the awards you can have your award shipped to you for a small fee or the awards may be picked up at our office. Please contact us after the event.
LOCATION, DIRECTIONS & PARKING
Held at Asheville Recreation Park— 65 Gashes Creek Road Asheville, NC 28805.
Registration and 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.
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.
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.
VOLUNTEER FOR THE ASHEVILLE TRIATHLON
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!
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.
All results will be posted on the iDaph website as quickly as possible after the race.
POST RACE SURVEY
Please be respectful of the community that the event is being held in so we can continue this event for many years!
This year individual participants will be using disposable timing chips to be worn around your ankle. These will be in your race packet. Should you lose your timing bracelet and require a new one, you will be charged an additional $10. Guard them with your life!
RELAY TEAM TIMING
If you are on a relay team you will receive one removable timing strap for your team and one bib number. This timing strap will be worn on your ankle and will be passed from each relay person for each leg of the triathlon. This exchange can only happen INSIDE the transition zone. Relay participants should keep their strap on until passing into the transition zone. It is a velcro strap. THE RELAY TEAM ANKLE STRAPS MUST BE RETURNED TO iDAPH EVENTS!! Relay timing chips not returned will cost the participant $10 each. The runner is the only one required to wear the bib number.
RACE NUMBER AND BODY MARKING
You will be issued a run number at packet pick-up this should be worn and visible during the run. You don’t have to wear your number for the swim or the bike portion of the event. You will be body marked on race morning near the covered pavilion.
The square number is your run number and must be displayed on the front of your body during the run segment of the race only. Safety pins will be available at packet pick-up if you don’t have a race number belt.
The Transition area for registered athletes, no family members are allowed.
There are no pre-numbered or pre-assigned bike racks, you will put your bike on a rack, first come first-serve basis. Eight bikes can fit on each rack.
SWIM START TIMES
Swim start lists are posted on our website and on our facebook page. All athletes will start by crossing a timing mat and running into the shallow end of the pool. Thus, there are no exact swim start times posted, you will line up in order according to the start list. You can anticipate approximately 6-8 starters per minute if you would like to anticipate your approximate start time.
NOTE: All athletes MUST start in the order assigned, failure to do so will result in a time penalty. If you are late and miss your swim start time, due to liability, you will not be allowed to participate. No refunds, no deferments or exchanges.
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 (give link) for a visual on the directional flow in the pool.