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 Half Iron. This exciting course serves as the final event of the American Triple-T Ohio event, giving you an opportunity to compete long side Triple-T participants as they battle for top honors. The race is scheduled for Sunday, May 22 in the beautiful Shawnee State Park and Forest located in Portsmouth, Ohio. Shawnee State Park is nestled in the Appalachian Hills of southern Ohio. The Little Smokies Half Iron 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 50s to upper 60s.
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 youre 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).
The top three male and female in each race division of both the sprint
mini and half distances will receive awards.
Race divisions are as follows:
Age Group - 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49,
50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+
Elite Open - 15-39 years old, has chance to finish in top 10 overall
Elite Master - 40-75 years old, has chance to finish in top 10 overall
Clydesdale - Males racing weight groups, not age:
-under 39 & 185lbs-199lbs
-under 39 & 200lbs-224lbs
-under 39 & 225lbs +
-over 40 & 185lbs-199lbs
-over 40 & 200lbs-224lbs
-over 40 & 225lbs+
Athena - Females racing weights group, not age group - 150lbs+
Mountain Bike - racing on a heavier bike with wider tires then a triathlon bike
Aquabike - racing only the swim and bike portions only (no running)
Triathlon Team - one swim, one cyclist, one runner
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