The Shawnee area is dubbed Ohio's Little Smokies. Looking toward the Ohio River, one can certainly see how the region acquired such a nickname. From the highest points in the forest, ridge after ridge appears to roll away toward the horizon in a gentle blue haze.
HFP Racing and Shawnee State Park and Forest invite you to Ohio's season opening long course triathlon - The Little Smokies Triathlon. This exciting course serves as the final event of the American Triple-T Ohio event, giving you an opportunity to compete long side Triple-T participants as they battle for top honors. Shawnee State Park is nestled in the Appalachian Hills of southern Ohio. The Little Smokies Triathlon will challenge all ability levels as you take on this challenging bike and run course.
Race Format - Little Smokies
SWIM: The 1.2 mile swim is a counter clockwise 2-lap course featuring a dry land start. Wetsuits Allowed - water temperature ranges from upper 50s to upper 60s.
BIKE: The 55.5 mile bike is a challenging 2-lap course passing through the fabulous Shawnee State Forest passing along Harber Creek valley on rolling paved fire roads before climbing up through Rock Lick Hollow. The backside of the course is another rolling section through the Bear Creek valley before climbing back out of the valley on Route 125. This course is very twisting and turning and requires good bike handling skills. Come with the proper gearing (42x25-rear) on your bike or youre not going to have much fun.
RUN: The 13.1 mile run is a 2-lap out and back course on the park fire road (some parts gravel/dirt, some paved).
7:30am Dual Time Trial Start within your age group. Two athletes starting every 5-10 seconds.
The official race finish is at 3:30pm. The cutoff for the swim is 1 hour and 15 minutes after the start of the last wave. Any participant still in the water at this time will be disqualified and will not be permitted to continue with the race. The cutoff for the bike finish is 12:30pm. The cutoff for lap #1 of the bike is 11:00am. Any participant still on the bike at this time will be disqualified and will not be permitted to continue with the race. The cutoff for the run is 3:30pm. The cutoff for lap #1 on the run is 2:00pm. Any participant still on the run course at this time will be disqualified and removed from the course. These cutoffs are in place for the athletes safety and it is critical that any participant that is disqualified adhere to the official's call.
There will be medical staff on site at the swim, bike, and run finish. Feel free to visit the medical unit if you feel for any reasons that you need their help. You will not be penalized for receiving medical evaluation. You will be withdrawn from the race if you require transportation or IV fluids. If you have been put on medications different from your medical question on the entry form please let us know at registration. It is very important that our medical staff knows all medication you are currently taking.
Parking on Race Day
There is LIMITED PARKING AT SHAWNEE STATE PARK ON RACE DAY. All participants MUST park in the designated parking areas along the main entrance of the park and south of the staging area. Dont drive around the cones to park closer expecting to find optional parking. THERE IS NONE! Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. We park everyone in these lots so you can leave without driving in front of bikers on the course. If you come on Saturday to check in remember the American Triple-T participants will be racine from 7am - 11:30am and 3pm to 6:30pm.
The run aid stations will have ice, water, Infinit Nutrition, Napalm Energy Gel, Coke, fruit and cookies at the transition exit, mile 1, mile two, and mile three. Participants will pass by each aid station twice on the way out and back. Half participants will pass by the aid stations four times. Participants will have just ONE aid station on the bike at the bike turnaround (mile 27.75) in front of transition with water and Infinit Nutrition, Napalm Energy Gel, Coke, fruit and cookies.