The McDowell Trail Association is pleased to host its 4th Annual MTA Triathlon at Lake James on May 18, 2013 at the new Paddy's Creek Section of Lake James State Park. The triathlon consists of a 750 meter lake swim, 22 mile ride, and 5K run. NEW for 2013: a Duathlon option, which features a 3.5 mile run, 22 mile ride, and 5K run. Lake James in May is a great venue for multi-sport events. Conditions in 2011 and 2012 were nearly ideal, and the times were fast. The scenery is breathtaking, with views of Lake James visible from almost everywhere on the course. Whether you're a seasoned veteran or new to the triathlon experience, this is a must-do event. Once again in 2013: USAT sanctioning and professional event management provided by Blue Ridge Multi Sports. Online registration opens January 1st!
The swim features a wave start and open water course on beautiful Lake James.
The ride is on-road course, consisting of approximately 4 miles on state park property and an 18 mile loop with views of the lake all along the way.
The run is mostly on dirt trail, with approximately 14-12 mile on pavement.
All participants must finish the event in under 3 hours, 30 minutes. Race officials reserve the right to remove any participant from the course who it deems unlikely to finish the event within the stated time limit.
A pdf-formatted map of the course is available at the race site, www.mtatriathlon.blueridgemultisports.com/index.html.
Course Elevation (Bike):
Bicycle course elevation chart as compiled using MapMyRun.com. Elevation at the start/finish: 1,290 feet. Minimum elevation: 1,226 feet; maximum elevation: 1,396 feet.