King Of The Smokies Triathlon is the Premiere Sprint
Triathlon and International Distance Triathlon in the South East. Lake
Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center have allowed us to expand our King Of
The Smokies Triathlon to include a Sprint and International Distance
* King Of The Smokies Triathlon is the Premiere Sprint Triathlon and International Distance Triathlon in the South East. Now in our Fourth year and Second year at Lake Junaluska and continuing to grow WITH MANY NEW IMPROVEMENTS THIS YEAR!! Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center have allowed us to expand our King Of The Smokies Triathlon to include a Sprint and International Distance Triathlon. We have now opened the triathlon for Para-Triathletes, Wounded Warriors and Challenged Athletes; this is a USAT Sanctioned Triathlon! The Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center is a beautifully secured, wholesome Community which supports our triathlon 100%. They are also offering a huge discount on any of their hotel, homes, and cabin accommodations for triathletes. This is an Open Water Swim in a fresh mountain lake. Water quality at the Lake has been professionally tested and professionally proven to be very clean and safe to swim in. The Triathlon will start with the "Sprint" triathletes leading off, once they complete the 1/2 mile swim; the International Distance triathletes will begin their Swim of .99 of a mile.
The Bike Course for the Sprint is an "Out & Back" Course; the International Distance Bike Course is a grand display of the scenic Western Carolina Mountains.
The Run Course is flat with a few minor grades uphill. Once around Lake Junaluska for the Sprint and twice around for the International Distance. This is a paved Greenway and well marked with plenty of Water Aid Stations and Volunteers.
Coming into the Finish Line you will be guided in to a Awesome chute area.All Finishers will receive a custom made "Triathlete Woodallion" from the Wood Cottage of Gatlinburg plus Ice Cold Spring Water as they cross the finish line!!
Unique Trophies are handcrafted pottery locally made and a great lunch follows the event with a very fun and friendly "Awards Ceremony" with plenty of triathlon related prizes. Rudy Project, Epix Gear, and several other great Sponsors will be giving away prizes!!
Dedicated USAT Race Directors and experienced Triathlete's Susan and Bill Wilkins sponsor this event. Thier experience brings the best of other triathlons to this single event!!!
We will also hold a "Gear Swap" before during and after the triathlon. So bring your unwanted Gear and trade or sell it to other competitors and keep the cash!!
A "Triathlon Expo" is during and after the triathlon. We are bringing in local and National Sponsors to promote and sell their gear to you!!
Expect a great triathlon second to none for Beginner Triathlete's and Experienced Triathlete's. All levels of competitors have given this triathlon a excellent review and evaluation!!
You train to give your best; we work to give you the best Triathlon in Western North Carolina!!
*This year let us know who you are "Dedicating" your King Of The Smokies Triathlon to or for. We'll announce it as you cross the Finish line!!!
Susan Joy Wilkins: Dedicates this years "King Of The Smokies Triathlon" to her Father "Warren Joy" , Aeronautical Engineer for GE, who recently passed away.
William J. Wilkins: Dedicates this years "King Of The Smokies Triathlon" to his daughter Meredith who passed away at age seven, a few years ago.
*Lake Junaluska is an Open Water Swim; this is a High Country mountain stream feed lake. Water temperature varies depending on rainfall; we will post early in the week if it is wet suit legal. Plan on bringing a wet suit or speed suit.
*Sprint swimmers will start the triathlon according to USAT Age Group Divisions; 18-99. The Sprint Swim Course is 1/2 mile swim; swimmers will launch from shore by Age Groups. The swim is straight out from shore rounding two buoys and coming straight back in to the T-1 Area.
International Distance swimmers will launch from shore by USAT Age Groups and swim in a "Rectangular" shaped course of .99 of a mile. You will swim straight out pass one buoy, turn left. Swim straight across the lake to the second buoy and turn left. Then straight back to shore to the T-1 Area.
**A Life Guard Station is positioned at the halfway point of the Swim Course for emergency response only. Kayakers and other boaters will be stationed along the course to assist swimmers; No forward progress will be allowed (USAT Rule 3.4) while being assisted by kayak crews. Swimmers may rest at the Life Guard Station and continue on if necessary. Average water depth is approximately 8 to 20 feet with a granite sandy bottom. Water Quality is excellent and has been professionally tested. Beach entrance and exit to and from the water will be carpeted with a sand packed base.
**T-1 Area will be separated by Sprint Section and International Distance Section. Your bikes will be racked according to race number and distance; Sprint or International. All personal Gear in the T-1 Area is to be placed according USAT Rules, near the down side tire of your bike, not affecting the athlete next to you or the alleyway between bike racks. NO Spectators, family, friends allowed in the T-1 Area.
Exiting T-1 you will mount your bikes in the Dismount / Mount Area and continue on the Bike Course. The Sprint Bike course has changed!! THE COURSE NOW FOLLOWS THE BLUE RIDGE BREAKAWAY BIKE COURSE "Rabbit" AND BEARS RIGHT ONTO IRON DUFF ROAD!! A "Bottle Exchange" will be at the halfway point on Coleman Mountain Road. If you exchange your water bottle there it will be returned to you at the Race Directors Tent following the triathlon.
***The International Distance triathlon continues past the Sprint Halfway point and passes over I-40 and climbs for a short distance. This course follows the "Blue Ridge Breakaway" "Rabbit" course for most of the International Distance except we will continue on Route 209 straight back to Lake Junaluska, eliminating two dangerous intersections but increasing speed while on Rt. 209.
***The Sprint Run Course is once around the outer loop of Lake Junaluska and is a paved green way and secured from all traffic. The International Distance is twice around Lake Junaluska. Near the Finish line Volunteers will direct runners into an awesome chute area and into a custom finish line. Finsihers will receive ice cold bottled water, a custom made "Woodallion" with the Triathlon logo on it. Your timing ankle bracelet will be removed then and you may continue on to a "Recovery Food Table" designed especially for you and only you.
Once all triathletes have finished the triathlon we will begin our Awards Ceremony. We are well known for giving away plenty of door prizes and other gifts. Our Awards are Locally Custom Handcrafted Pottery vases with the King Of The Smokies Triathlon logo and event details on the vases. Awards will be given out only during the Awards Ceremony.Many local events are scheduled for this weekend to co-inside with the triathlon and your enjoyment.
***We highly recommend you take advantage of all the great hotels and lodges and private homes available to rent while your here for the triathlon at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. 800-222-4930
***Registration "Night Before" is at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Centers Visitor Center from 600 pm to 8:30 pm.
***We will be opening the T-1 Area the night before to rack your bike after you have been assigned your race number. Please take advantage of this; we have over night security in this area.
*For King Of The Smokies Triathlon we highly recommend you start a training program for the Sprint at least 4 months prior.At least 6 months prior to the International Distance and have completed at least one Sprint triathlon. A training program and coaching is highly recommended for both types of triathlon. Bill and Susan are both experienced triathletes and coaches; they are available to help you set up a specific Training Program for your season, at no charge.
**Triathlons are the fastest growing sport in the World today!! We encourage Men and Women of all ages, of all walks of life to come and join us at Lake Junaluska. Whether you're just thinking about doing a triathlon soon and want to Volunteer or you're starting out in triathlons we are here to help you.
Beginning this year we will be starting Triathlete Specific Training locally all summer long just for our triathlon. One of the best places to train for triathlons is right here in Western North Carolina.
WOW!! Anywhere around Lake Junaluska will give spectators an awesome opportunity to get great pictures!! One place we found that over looks the entire Swim and about 65% of the Run is at the "Cross Point" . A very cool place to sit on carved stone below the "Cross" and watch the T-1/T-2 area, the finish line, the swim and parts of the run.
We recommend on the Bike Course you let our professional photographers get those pictures. We'll have several photographers out all over the entire courses taking high quality pictures and videos for you.
We "HIGHLY" recommend if you are staying in the area for the triathlon you take advantage of the wholesome Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Centers , hotels, lodges, privately owned homes for rent, cabins, apartments and beautiful campground for your overnight stay. The Lake is a huge wholesome, family friendly area with plenty of recreational amenities, restaurants, and great folks!! Best is you can walk in the morning to the start of the triathlon!!
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