Located at beautiful Smith Mountain Lake State Park this race is a must do event for the regions Collegiate athletes. With a crisp, clean 1500 meter swim, rolling 24 mile bike and rolling 6.2 run in the state park this is an outstanding event for all athletes and one that focuses on the collegiate athlete. This race is NOT scored for VTS-MTS Series points!
Swim Course: The swim takes place in the cool, clear waters of Smith Mountain Lake. Athletes will start the 1500 meter course on the beach with the collegiate men going off in wave one, then followed 10 minutes later by the collegiate women. The swim is tucked away in a cove and very well supported. A short run from the beach to transition takes you to the bike course. The water temperature is expected to be in the low to mid 60’s.
Bike Course: The bike course starts out with 5 rolling miles inside the park. Athletes turn left out of the park to continue the ride on rural country roads with a few nice hills and rollers. This is a great bike course and has only 3 turns outside the state park.
Run Course: The run is a rolling 6.2 mile out and back course contained entirely within the state park with water stations located every mile.
There are 150 spots for general entry, ie not Collegiate. Awards will go 3 deep for Overall and Masters (M&F). Also, series points will be awarded for age groups and categories.
-This is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event. Click HERE for a brief description of common USAT rules and how you can avoid getting a penalty in this event.
-This event allows a one time deferral of your registration to the following years event. Athletes can do this through their profile by paying a $20 deferral fee at least 30 days prior to the event. Once we are within 30 days and until online registration closes you may defer your entry to the following year for $35. Sorry, but refunds are not allowed for this, or any VTSMTS event.
-Race Registration Insurance is available during race registration check out.
Event Site Rules
Transition Area Rules: Please note that bicycles will not be released from the transition area until the bike cut off time (3 hours from the last wave) or the last runner exits transition. The parking lot exits directly on to the bike and run courses and having 400 cars disgorge onto the courses creates a very unsafe situation for the remaining athletes. Thank you for your understanding and patience in this matter.
Parking: Since we will be having a draft legal collegiate race the same morning prior to the olympic race ALL athletes and spectators MUST be inside the park by 8am race morning. The road into the park will be closed for the draft legal races. Also Please note that if you park in the lot beach parking lots you are “locked in” until the last cyclist is in. If you need to leave prior to the last cyclist arriving please park in the boat launch parking area.
Race Capacity: This event is limited to 550 athletes (350 Collegiate, 50 High School, and 150 Adult/Open)
Collegiate – Top 10 Men & Women
Open/Adult Age Group – Top 3 Men & Women Overall only; Top 3 Masters Men & Women Overall only