2020 Asheville Triathlon


Daph Events is proud to announce that the registration is back open for the Asheville Triathlon! We have also added a new option to the Asheville Triathlon experience, a Virtual & Self-Serve AVL Triathlon event experience!

“Here at iDaph Events, safety is our top priority,” says Race Director Daphne Kirkwood. “We want to ensure that our participants, staff and volunteers stay safe and healthy, and we are following all of the necessary precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.” Over the past few months iDaph Events has put together event safety plans for our event to move forward in a new format to ensure social distancing measures that are set forth by the CDC are adhered to. “We will aim to have a ‘contactless’ event to provide a safe event for all.” 

This annual popular sprint triathlon is the only local triathlon, and this year it has been moved to a new location to allow for a longer event duration to ensure a safe and social-distanced environment.

“Mass start and ‘large’ events are a challenge right now with event gathering restrictions. There is limited ability to provide social distancing for participants standing around at a start line waiting for an event to begin,” says Kirkwood. “Because the Asheville Triathlon is in a racing format where individuals have a time-trial start,  by themselves, one-at-a-time it was the perfect event to return to the community and add enhanced safety and social distancing measures.” 

Due to the wave starts and extended time gaps between when participants start their swim the participants will stay spread out throughout the duration of the rest of the event including the bike and run. 

The Asheville Triathlon will consist of a 400 meter swim, a 12.5 mile bike ride and a 5K run course. These distances make this sprint triathlon great for every level of triathlete, from novice to elites. The Asheville Triathlon will take place in Patton Park, Hendersonville, NC! Patton Park is run by the YMCA of Western North Carolina and owned by the City of Asheville. The bike and run will use parts of the beautiful Oklawaha Greenway.


The 400 meter swim takes place in Patton Pool, an Olympic sized 50 meter lap pool with 8 lanes. We will space the swimmers in time trial starts. Participants will have a time trial start with plenty of time between each swimmer and will be organized in wave starts according to their estimated 100 yard swim time. Swimmers will flow in one direction in the lane.


The 12.5 bike course rolls through the quiet and beautiful Oklahawa Greenway in the City of Hendersonville, exits the Greenway and flows along a ‘rolling’ course through Henderson County countryside roads. Cyclists will return to the park by way of the Greenway and back to the transition zone.


The 5k run is FAST and for the most part-flat, except for one little dipper hill that you will crest before entering back to the park. The entire 5k run is on the quiet, shaded and beautiful Oklahawa Greenway in the City of Hendersonville. The section of the greenway used for this event will run towards Jackson Park. There will only be a short section where the bike/run overlap. The route is an out-and-back, lollipop course, with one ‘self-service’ water station at the halfway point. We do encourage you to bring your own fuel, nutrition and refreshments for this event.

What we are doing to ensure safety at our events concerning COVID-19

To adhere to the NC guidelines, iDaph Events will be putting the following rules in place: 

  • Staff and volunteers are required to have face coverings. Provide face covering for staff/volunteers and officials. 
  • Participants are encouraged to wear a face covering until they start their race. They may be required to wear coverings until they start and after they finish, depending on the current NC guidelines at the time of the event.
  • Provide increased Hand Sanitizer and hand washing stations, and we will continually wipe down frequently used surfaces.
  • Temperature screenings will be performed upon arrival to the event on race day. 
  • Packet pickup is at Patton Park at the roundabout in front of the pool. Pickup will be drive thru style, 2-5pm on Saturday, July 18th. Registration must be done online at home. THERE IS NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION. There will be NO Packet pickup on Race day. You may have a friend or family member pick up your packet on Saturday if you aren’t able to make it. There is an option to mail bib and packets until July 1st.
  • Individual time-trial start for all participants, with participants gathering in limited size waves. Social distance along the pool deck. 
  • Transition between swim/bike/run will have a new twist this year! In order to maintain social distance, the transition will be at a participants’ vehicle. 
  • After participants finish the triathlon, they will grab a food box and leave the event site so that we can maintain social distancing measures.
  • Awards will be mailed or can be picked up locally.
  • Spectators are not allowed in the event village area, but we will have cheering sections along the bike and run route where spectators will be allowed to gather and cheer on their friends and/or family members. 

BRAND NEW! Virtual & Self-Serve Event Experience Option available

Want to do a triathlon on your own time? Participants who choose the virtual option can swim one day, run on another day and bike a totally different day or do them all at one time like you would at a triathlon event!  Virtual participants will have access to the course information for the event so they can have a ‘self-serve’ event experience on the same courses as the in person participants. Or they can come up with their own courses anywhere that they live!

Virtual participants get to challenge themselves by participating and having a goal to work towards this summer.  This is a super fun way to try a triathlon on your own time, without worrying about the transition. Virtual participants can participate anytime starting June 19th thru August 31st. More details at https://raceroster.com/events/2020/32193/asheville-triathlon.

Back for 2020: Have a towel you can donate? iDaph Events is collecting new or gently used towels for the Western Carolina Rescue Ministries. Towels will be collected at packet pick-up and race day. Please help us collect towels for this wonderful local organization!

Please look for updates on our Facebook Events page.

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