3-days, 4-triathlons, 140+ miles, 1-epic event. The American Triple-T in Ohio has an almost cult like following that continues to attract athletes from more than 40 states and 5 countries each year. Scheduled for the first weekend before Memorial Day each year the American Triple-T is played out in the majestic Shawnee State Park and Forest located in Portsmouth, Ohio, just 1.5 hours by car from the Columbus, Cincinnati and the Tri State areas. The Shawnee State Park and Forest is known for its spectacular beauty, peaceful bliss and a wide variety of challenging terrain as it is nestled in the southeast corner of Ohio.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Race #4 - HALF
1.2mi Swim - 55.5mi Bike - 13.1mi Run
Sunday morning arrives and participants must now summon enough strength to take on what is easily the toughest half iron course known to man. You will experience what participants refer to as the "Triple-T Shuffle", similar to the Ironman shuffle but worse! This will be the day you won't soon forget. It starts off with a two-lap 1.2 mile swim on a counter clockwise rectangle swim course along the shoreline of Turkey Creek. Next up is a scenic but challenging 2-lap 55.5 mile bike course. The squiggly lines on the map are not from an over caffeinated graphic designer, moreover these are actual "Alps like" switch backs, although significantly shorter than the real thing. These switch backs provide breathtaking views of the 60,000 acre Shawnee Forest like no other. After finishing the bike course participants will again head out on to Lamp Black Run - this time for two laps!
BIKE: Exit transition and go right to route 125. Go right on route 125 to Fire Road #1 (entrance of the Boy Scout Camp). Go left on Fire Road #1 to route 73. Fire Road #1 briefly turns into route 371 before ending at route 73. Go left on route 73 to Big Spruce. Go left on Big Spruce to Big Run. Along the way Big Spruce will turn into Fire Road #3. Go right on Big Run to Rocky Fork Road. Go left on Rocky Fork Road to route 125. Go left on route 125 to the Shawnee State Park main entrance. Go left on route 125 to the Shawnee State Park main entrance. Go right at the Shawnee Park main entrance to the transition entrance. Go into transition OR turn around for lap number two. Aid station at the end of the lap with Napalm Gel, Water & INFINIT (for bottle refills), Ice, Cookies, Coke, and Fruit with a neutral table for your extra bottles and special needs.
RUN: Exit the transition area and follow cones on to the grassy field alongside the woods. Continue running past the park administration office to the entrance of Lamp Black Run. The run turnaround is approximately 2.5 miles into Lamp Black Run. Return again for lap number 2. Water, Ice, INFINIT, Napalm Gel, Fruit and Cookies at transition exit (lap #2 TA), mile #1, #2, and #3.27.