The 2014 LPC Triathlon is a perfect event to challenge yourself, for every level of athlete, at the beautiful Leila Patterson Center in Fletcher, NC. It features an easy 200 yard pool swim, a 17.5 mile challenging bike on quiet country roads and a rolling 5k run. We encourage both individuals and relay teams to participate. In the LPC Triathlon Team Competition, you dont have to be a three-sport triathlete to participate. You can pick whichever sport is your best event and just swim, just bike, or just run for a team. While LPC events are timed, and your results will be made available after the event, we emphasize participation over competition. This is a great time for everyone; participants, volunteers and supporters alike!
The LPC Triathlon begins with a pool swim at the LPC Aquatics Center pool, and is great for new swimmers. The swim will feature a time-trial start with the fastest swimmers going first. Swimmers will enter the water by running across a mat at the waters edge near the deep end of the pool jump in to begin the swim. After the 200 yard swim, athletes will exit the pool and quickly enter the transition area. During the registration process participants will be asked to submit their 100 yard swim time. This is not the fastest you can swim 100 yards but the time you expect to maintain throughout the entire swim portion of the event.
The run is a rolling course typical for this part of Western North Carolina. You will take gently undulating rural roads, pass through a tree break which opens to the fields, rounding the baseball diamond and finishing with a lap around the track before crossing the finish line. The LPC run course is a great match for hill runners and is not for the faint of heart. This 5k run will get your blood pumping as you run through some of Fletchers prettiest (and hilly) country roads!
The bike course has a couple challenging hills, one as you begin your ride on Howard Gap Road and another challenging hill (Terrys Gap); however the majority of the ride is on rolling country roads. You will be required to stay on your bike, in other words you may not get off your bike and push it up hills, as this is a safety hazard. Due to the length and challenge of the bike course, all cyclist participants competing in the bike leg of the race (relay teams included) must be a minimum of 16 years old. The run will loop around the neighboring roads by the LPC.
Although we expect very little vehicular traffic on race morning, the roads will be open to the public for both the run and bike courses. All intersections with a traffic light and/or turn will have law enforcement stopping traffic.
The race entry fee allows participating in the triathlon event and a portion of the race proceeds will benefit the LPC swim program for underprivileged children. First select number of participants to register are guaranteed a free race t-shirt! We are excited to also offer team registrations for both 2 and 3 person teams. Additional information is available on the LPC Triathlon Facebook page. For additional information, please email: [email protected].