Deep Creek Lake and the pristine, rugged Allegheny Mountains of western Maryland, provide a venue of unmatched beauty and stunning scenery, and feature two courses that will certainly bring out the true "Savage" in all who come to conquer, from the competitive Ironman racer to the leisurely back-of-the-pack or novice participant. Whether swimming in the crystal clear Deep Creek Lake, riding the smooth, remote, and challenging roads of Garrett County, or running on Deep Creek State Park trails and the surrounding lakeside roads, the SavageMan Triathlon Festival races will challenge and awe every participant.
The SavageMan Triathlon swim takes place in the clear, calm and clean waters of Maryland's largest inland water body, Deep Creek Lake. The swim enters and exits the lake at the Deep Creek Lake State Park public beach. The swim is an in-water wave start, and the swim entry is from the south beach. Swimmers will swim a counter-clockwise rectangular loop, keeping buoys to their right at all times and turning around at the State Park Road bridge. The SavageMan 70.0 Triathlon swim course is a 1.2 mile rectangular out-and-back course that runs parallel to the shore about 50-100 yards from land, allowing for excellent spectator access to view swimmers progress.
The SavageMan 70.0 Triathlon bike course is the crown jewel of the SavageMan Triathlon Festival. The bike course is truly beautiful as it travels on remote and scenic Garrett County roads and through Deep Creek State Park, Savage River State Forest, and New Germany State Parks. And the bike course is truly Savage as it rides alongside the scenic Savage River, scales the vaunted Westernport Wall, and summits the most savage climb in all of triathlon, Big Savage Mountain. The SavageMan 70.0 Triathlon bike course is the most beautiful and most savage triathlon bike course in the world, guaranteed.
The SavageMan 70.0 Triathlon run course is a scenic 13.1 mile double loop course that runs along the shores of Deep Creek Lake, through the expansive State Park campgrounds, and along lakeside roads. Eleven of the 13.1 miles are on paved roads with the remainder on smooth gravel roads. While not as savage as the bike course, the SavageMan 70.0 Triathlon run course is far from easy with tough hills through the campground and a challenging climb to the turnaround on the Thayerville Fire Tower Road.
Deep Creek Lake is nestled in the Allegheny Mountains in the very western corner of Maryland.
Twenty-six major cities in 11 states and the District of Columbia are within 350 miles or less from the beautiful Deep Creek Lake area in Garrett County, MD.
Highway I-68 provides easy access to the county from I-79 to the west and I-70 and I-81 to the east and US Rt. 219 bisects the county north to south also providing connections to Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Drive times from Baltimore are the Washington, DC region are approximately three hours, and from Pittsburgh about 90 minutes.