Asheville Triathlon Course Info


Asheville Triathlon Course Description & Details


Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Starting at approx. 6:45 am

 at Asheville Rec Park, Asheville, NC

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. 


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)

After the 400 meter swim, athletes will exit the pool and quickly enter the transition area.

2014AvlTriBike1The 12.4 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.

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.

2014AvlTriRun1The 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.

BIKE AND RUN COURSES have changed slightly in 2015 due to the newly built bridge. Detailed maps can be found below.


View Kids Splash N’ Dash Course Description


Register on race morning, on-site, from 5:30-6:15 a.m.

American Cancer Society Logo with Relay for LIfeThe Asheville Triathlon is proud to add the American Cancer Society as a Charity Partner for the 2016 season. They will receive a portion of the proceeds from the event. This makes the Asheville Triathlon one of many Relay for Life events across the globe who have come together to raise funds to truly make a difference in the fight against cancer – just ask one of the nearly 14 million cancer survivors who will celebrate another birthday this year!



Click on map below for larger view, map subject to change.


Racing Strategy

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. 

Swim Course:



Run Course:



Bike Course & Elevation:

Elevation Gain/Loss: 283 feet



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



  • 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

Team Division:

  • Top 3 in the 2 person team
  • Top 3 in the 3 person team



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.

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. Registration will be open from 3:00 - 5:30 pm on Saturday, 7/18, and 5:30-6:15 a.m. on race morning, Sunday, 7/19. Please arrive before 6:15 am RACE MORNING as you must check in, receive a chip and body markings to race.


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


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.


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.