For 11 years the SavageMan Triathlon has been internationally renowned and garnered the top spot on triathlon bucket lists largely due to the extreme difficulty and amazing beauty of the SavageMan 70 bike course. We are incredibly reluctant to make any changes to this iconic race, and particularly to its bike course. However, participation has been dwindling and if the event is to be sustained changes are necessary, so we have come up with the new SavageMan 60 which keeps all of the flavor, all of the beauty (and more!) and much of the challenge of the SavageMan 70, while reducing the distance and extremity of the race just slightly. Read the full announcement HERE or continue below.
Whether you’ve never been to SavageMan before or you have your name on bricks in the Westernport Wall and want a reason to come back, we have changes in store that are sure to appeal to everyone, particularly:
- An entirely new race with a unique race format – the SavageMan 20/20 double sprint triathlon
- An all new SavageMan 30 moved to Sunday and with a particularly awesome new bike course
- The legendary SavageMan 70 becomes the SavageMan 60
- A new run loop for the Sunday 30 and 60 races – including the legendary Fire Tower Rd.
- The SavageMan 100 is back – get the most out of the weekend with the SavageMan 20/20 on Saturday and the SavageMan 60 on Sunday
- The new SavageMan 50 option – want to keep to short stuff but take advantage of the entire weekend and race on both days? Now you can race the SavageMan 20 on Saturday and the SavageMan 30 on Sunday
The all new SavageMan 60 consists of a 1.2 mile swim, a 50.0 mile bike, and a 10 mile run. On the bike, the Westernport Wall – and the tradition of bricks in the wall for those who clear it cleanly – continue with the SavageMan 60. The 7 mile, 2000+’ slog up Big Savage Mountain and over the Eastern Continental Divide also remain. Gone, however, are the repeated blows of 0.5 – 1.0 mile 10-15+% grades on McAndrews Hill, Otto Lane, Killer Miller, and Maynardier Ridge. These are replaced by an 8 mile flat, aerobar-friendly dragstrip alongside Savage River and a 3.1 mile, 1100’ climb up the incredible Dry Run Rd. Yes, it’s a shame to lose the sawtooth profile of the repeated steep climbs and descents of the back half of the SavageMan 70 course, but Savage River and Dry Run Rd are truly something special and need to be experienced to be understood.
On the run, 3 miles is shed off the distance to reduce it to a 10 mile run, but the challenge remains as the legendary Fire Tower Rd and the top of the Campground Loop remain in use.
- The spectacular race venue and extraordinarily challenging course leave no doubters to the claim of “World’s Most Savage and Most Beautiful Triathlon”.
- The Westernport Wall and the Westernport Wall Block Party is an experience unique to triathlon with a 31% grade lined with screaming, cowbell-ringing crazed spectators.
- How many opportunities do you have to be permanently immortalized in triathlon history? All athletes who successfully make it up the Westernport Wall cleanly will have a brick engraved with their name laid into the Wall for future Savages to ride over and fall onto!
(Note 1: Relay teams do not get bricks, sorry. Note 2: Please read the Westernport Wall Rules HERE)
- The crossing of the Eastern Continental Divide at Big Savage Mountain, a 7.2 mile, 1950′ elevation gain ascent with multiple, extended stretches approaching 20% is, without doubt, the most Savage climb in all of triathlon. How will you compare to Philip Grave’s record ascent of 30:32?
- SavageMan 60.0 Primes: Fastest Overall Swim $100, Fastest Overall Bike $100, Fastest Overall Run $100
(must complete the entire event to be eligible)
- SavageMan 100.0 Overall Prize Money: 1st – $500, 2nd – $400, 3rd – $300 (M/F)
- This event features a Finisher’s Tri-Blend Crew Style T-shirts(Shirts will be given out at the finish Line), Custom Race Socks, Finisher’s Medals, Professional DJ, Bounce House and a post race meal.
- AQUA BIKE Category is available for Men & Women! To register for the Aqua Bike category you will find it as a category of the Triathlon!
- Water Temperature: The water is expected to be in the mid to upper 60’s.
This event features a Tri-Blend Crew Style T-shirts, Custom Race Socks, Finisher’s Medals, Professional DJ, Bounce House and a post race meal.
Cut Off Times:
All athletes must complete this race within the 8 hour time limit. Cumulative cut off times for the individual disciplines are as follows:
Swim: 1 hour and 15 Minutes
Bike: 5 Hours
Run: 6.5 hours (lap 1), 8 hours total
Race management and medical personnel reserve the right to pull any athlete from the course if it appears that they are not sufficiently trained to complete the remainder of the course in the allotted time and in a safe manner.
-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.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is a watershed protection agency that fights to keep the water we swim in clean. Please consider making a donation to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation during the registration process.
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides full scholarship grants and educational and family counseling to the surviving children of special operations personnel who die in operational or training missions and immediate financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel and their families. Please consider making a donation during the registration process. You can also make a donation via their website by clicking HERE.
Chessie Photos will be attending this event capturing images throughout the race course.
Athletes will receive a customized email after the race with automated links to find your images. You may also go directly to their website to review their custom products, and purchase your photos from this and other Series Events.
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