The Shawnee area is dubbed Ohio's Little Smokies. Looking toward the Ohio River, one can certainly see how the region acquired such a nickname. From the highest points in the forest, ridge after ridge appears to roll away toward the horizon in a gentle blue haze.
HFP Racing and Shawnee State Park and Forest invite you to Ohio's season opening long course triathlon The Little Smokies Triathlon. This exciting course serves as the final event of the American Triple-T Ohio event, giving you an opportunity to compete alongside Triple-T participants as they battle for top honors. Shawnee State Park is nestled in the Appalachian Hills of southern Ohio. The Little Smokies Triathlon will challenge all ability levels as you take on this challenging bike and run course.
SWIM: The 1.2 mile swim is a counter clockwise 2-lap course featuring a dry land start. Wetsuits Allowed water temperature ranges from upper 50's to upper 60's.
BIKE: The 55.5 mile bike is a challenging 2-lap course passing through the fabulous Shawnee State Forest passing along Harber Creek valley on rolling paved fire roads before climbing up through Rock Lick Hollow. The backside of the course is another rolling section through the Bear Creek valley before climbing back out of the valley on Route 125. This course is very twisting and turning and requires good bike handling skills. Come with the proper gearing (42x25-rear) on your bike or you're not going to have much fun.
RUN: The 13.1 mile run is a 2-lap out and back course on the park fire road (some parts gravel/dirt, some paved).
How do we start?
Dual Time Trial Start two athletes at a time within your age group or division every 5-10 seconds.
What is the terrain like at the Little Smokies in Ohio?
Hills and more hills bring your climbing gears.
Are there cutoff times for the races?
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.
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.