Lake Hickory Triathlon is put on by the Alexander County Family YMCA. This will be the 4th year for the event. The participation numbers have increased every year. Given the shorter swim, it is great for beginner triathletes to ease into open water swim triathlons.
This event benefits the Alexander County Family YMCAs Financial Assistance Program. The YMCA believes that everyone in the community should have the opportunity to benefit from YMCA programs and services. The YMCA is a community-based nonprofit with the mission to Help people reach their God-given potential in spirit, mind and body.
The swim will take place in Lake Hickory. By this time of year, the water should be in the high 70's to low 80's which should provide a welcome relief to the warm midsummer days. No wake, no current, just a nice easy swim. We will utilize a multiple wave start which should provide enough spacing for newer and experienced swimmer alike. Exiting the lake, there will be an approx. 50 yard jog into the transition area.
Bike: The bike course is a 2 loop ride which could best be described as rolling. Surprisingly, although the area is known for its hilly terrain, the bike course is absent of any major climbs, with a nice mix of up and down rolls, but does provide some nice countryside views.
For the run, you will exit the park in the same manner as during the bike. The course is best described as rolling with the only climb coming during the first mile as you exit the park (which also means that the last mile is mostly downhill). The entire course should prove to be enjoyable for both the beginner and experienced triathlete alike.
The course revolves around a transition area on the Lake Hickory waterfront. The same transition area will be utilized for the entire race. The transition area will open at 5:30am on race day; ALL bikes must be set and ALL athletes must be out of the transition area before it closes at 7:15am