Welcome to the 2014 American Triple-T!
What is the American Triple-T? Well, it's everything you've heard it to be, and more. The event is so much more than your typical "triathlon weekend" it's a triathlon achievement of epic proportions for all who partake. It is 3 consecutive days of racing, gelling together 4 races covering a total of more than 140 miles for the weekend. You will find yourself swimming in the chilly spring-fed Turkey Creek Lake, riding the most technically challenging hills in the Shawnee State Forest region, and finishing with out-and-back runs along the fire roads climbing and descending those same hillsides.
The American Triple-T is not for the weak or faint of spirit. It has humbled many triathletes who didn't take it seriously, and it validates a host of others who test their "tri-mettle" at the "T" every year. Athletes from all 50 states, and 4 continents have all sought the privilege of earning their American Triple-T finisher T-shirt. Competitors, volunteers and spectators all come away with a new appreciation of the sport and of the athletes who train and tame mind and body to complete this legendary event.
You'll also come away with newfound friendships, and you'll solidify those bonds every year you come together to face this demon. There are even a special few who turned their initial shared experiences at the American Triple-T into a union of souls, and they came back the next year to compete as husband and wife! While we cannot guarantee that you'll find your soul mate at the "T", we will guarantee an incredible, unforgettable experience unique in the triathlon world.
So please, take your time, peruse the website, and check out all of the unique aspects of this amazing event, then reach deep down and find the courage to sign up and join us at the 2014 American Triple-T May 16-18. It has boasted a SOLD OUT field for the past decade, and the excitement continues to build every year. Sign up now!
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.
Friday, May 16, 2014
Race #1 SUPER SPRINT
250m Swim :: 6k Bike :: 1mi Run
The American Triple-T Ohio starts everything off with the SUPER SPRINT, a smack-in-the-face for those not quite ready for the brutal hills of Shawnee Forest literally a wake-up call for all participants in the American Triple-T Ohio. This short race will be the first opportunity for participants to see what they are truly in for. The swim starts off in time-trial format with participants going off every 1-3 seconds on a spectator friendly 250 meter triangle swim course off the main beach at Turkey Creek Lake. Participants will then mount their bike for a 6k bike course that will feature a half mile plus climb up to the Shawnee Resort and back. After completing this challenging 6k course participants will take on a relatively flat 1 mile run that turns around at the base of Lamp Black Run.
BIKE: Exit the transition area and go right on the main park road to the entrance of the park. Go left at the parking lot alongside route 125. Turn around at the end of the parking lot and reverse your course past the entrance to transition and continue on towards the Shawnee Resort. Go left at the top of the hill and continue to the cul-de-sac at the end of the cabin village. Reverse your course and return back to the transition area.
RUN: Exit the transition area and follow cones to the entrance of Lamp Black Run. Continue running past the park administration office to the main entrance of Lamp Black Run. The run turnaround is approximately 1/4 mile into Lamp Black Run.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Race #2 OLYMPIC AM
1500m Swim :: 40k Bike :: 6.55mi Run
Saturday morning starts of the American Triple-T Ohio race number 2 - the OLYMPIC AM.The 1500 meter swim starts off in time-trial format with participants going off every 1-3 seconds on a two-lap counter clockwise rectangle swim course along the shoreline of Turkey Creek Lake. Participants will then mount their bike for a challenging 40k bike course that will challenge all ability levels. Participants will tackle the switch backs in Shawnee Forest before taking the final climb up Route 125 before a long 3 mile decent back to the park. After completing this challenging bike course participants will take on Lamp Black Run a trail that you will get to know very well by the end of the weekend. Featuring a dirt and packed gravel surface, this trail humbles all.
BIKE: Exit transition and go right on the main park road to route 125. Go left on route 125 to Fire Road #3. Go right on Fire Road #3 to Thompson Hill Road. Go left on Fire Road #6 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 right at the Shawnee Park main entrance to the transition entrance. NO AID ON BIKE COURSE.
RUN: Exit the transition area and follow cones to the entrance of Lamp Black Run. Continue running past the park administration office to the main entrance of Lamp Black Run. The run turnaround is approximately 2.5 miles into Lamp Black Run. Enjoy! Water, Ice, INFINIT and Napalm Gel at transition exit, mile #1, #2, and #3.27.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Race #3 OLYMPIC PM
40k Bike :: 1500m Swim :: 6.55mi Run
After a few hours of rest, the American Triple-T Ohio race number 3 gets started at 3:00pm on Saturday. This uniquely formatted triathlon starts with the bike first. Starting in a time-trial format, this challenging 40k course will take participants on the longest climb of the weekend - Blue Creek Pass. This course is out and back which provides an opportunity for everyone to see the mutual suffering from your fellow competitors. The return trip on the bike does not offer any relief from the hills as you will take on as many climbs as on the way out. After completing this challenging bike course participants will take on a 1500 meter swim on a two-lap counter clockwise rectangle swim course along the shoreline of Turkey Creek Lake. After completing the swim (which will cause many to wonder if they can do the run), participants will return to Lamp Black Run for another 6.55 mile run.
BIKE: Exit transition and go right on the main park road to route 125. Go left on route 125 to the bike turn around 12.4 miles away. After the turnaround, reverse order and return back to the park.NO AID ON BIKE COURSE.
RUN: Exit the transition area and follow cones to the entrance of Lamp Black Run. Continue running past the park administration office to the main entrance of Lamp Black Run. The run turnaround is approximately 2.5 miles into Lamp Black Run. Enjoy! Water, Ice, INFINIT and Napalm Gel at transition exit, mile #1, #2, and #3.27.Sunday, May 18, 2014
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 to the entrance of Lamp Black Run. Continue running past the park administration office to the main 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.
Do both team members do all the races?
Yes, all team members do ALL segments of ALL four events.
Not quite up for the Triple-T? Then take on just the last day at the Little Smokies Half.
Do I have to wear the official singlet?
Yes, all participants ARE REQUIRED to wear the American Triple-T OH singlet at all times during the four events. This is a special part of what makes the American Triple-T so unique. These are high end race singlets made by 2XU.
How is team scoring calculated?
The total team time is calculated for the final score. Solos time is the accumulated time from all four events. For event number one and number two are the total time of each teammate added together. For event number three and number four teams are required to stay together and finish together.
How do we start?
Teams and solos are ranked based on their fastest half ironman time from the previous year. All events feature time start times from highest to lowest rankings.
What is the terrain like at the American Triple-T in Ohio?
Hills and more hills bring your climbing gears.
Are there cutoff times for the races?
Yes, Race #1 One hour after the start of the last participant in the swim, Race #2 Four hours and Thirty minutes after the last wave has begun, Race #3 Four and Half hours after the last wave has begun, Race #4 Eight hours after the start of the last wave. In addition there are cutoff times for the bike courses that will be posted in the final race information packet.
How hard is the American Triple-T?
Most participants will consider the American Triple-T harder to finish than an Ironman. Don't believe us? Go to http://www.slowtwitch.com/ and post the question on the forum for some feedback from those that have finished our Ohio event.
What is the water/air temperature at the park in May?
Low 60's to high 60's (if we're lucky) water temps and low to upper 70's+ for the air temps.
Where is Portsmouth, OH?
Shawnee State Park and Portsmouth, OH are located on the southern border of Ohio. Also see theLocation and Travel Information pages.