VTS – Liberty University Olympic

Located at beautiful Smith Mountain Lake State Park this race is a must do event for the regions Collegiate and High School 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 now scored for VTS-MTS Series points!

Course Details

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.


DISTANCE: 1500 Meter Swim (lake); 24 Mile Bike (rolling hills); 10K Run (rolling hills)

VTS – Giant Acorn Olympic

Located at beautiful Lake Anna State Park the Giant Acorn is an end of season ritual for hundreds of triathletes throughout the region. You can expect crystal clear water, a sandy beach start, and an immaculate park with lots of activities for the kids. The bike course is now one loop and a big ring flyer! Located just 30 minutes SW of Fredericksburg and about an hour NW of Richmond.

Course Details

Swim Course: The 1500 meter swim begins on the beach at Lake Anna State Park. The rectangular shaped course will have 2 right turns and sighting buoys will be located approximately every 75 meters. We expect the water at this time of year and at this section of the lake to be in the low 70’s. A temperature reading will be taken and posted the Thursday prior to the event. The water temperature at this location has averaged in the low 70’s which is pretty nice for October!

Bike Course: The Giant Acorn International bike course is a lollypop course that is 24.6 miles long. With a left turn out of the park athletes have great pavement and traverse much of the first part of the Kinetic Half bike course. The pavement is great and the terrain is varied as you traverse rural country roads. The course has a great elevation mix and will soon become one of the most popular in the series.

Run Course: The International run course is the same as the Sprint course, it’s just 2 loops. There is a large hill at the beginning coming out of T2 but it levels off for the middle section of the course. There is a large down hill towards the finish line where athletes will start their second lap of the run. On your second pass athletes will veer 15 degrees into the finishing chute. The course is heavily shaded, well supported and entirely run on asphalt.


DISTANCE: 1500 Meter Swim (lake); 42K Bike (rolling hills); 10K Run (rolling hills)