Events

IM Louisville

 

With its new fall date, IRONMAN Louisville will shed its reputation as a hot, difficult race. Louisville locals rave about the near-perfect conditions the race will take advantage of with its new October date. You'll enjoy a calm, rolling swim start on the banks of the Ohio River where you'll begin your 140.6-mile race in a unique "first come, first served" model. Upon exiting the water, you'll head into transition located on the Great Lawn, the centerpiece of Waterfront Park, before heading off for 112 miles of scenic cycling.

A mixture of rolling hills and flat pastures characterizes the Louisville bike course, and you can expect to be challenged as they traverse the Louisville Metro area and Oldham County. As part of the two-loop portion of the course, La Grange will offer a boost of energy: You'll be greeted here by thousands of cheering spectators and volunteers.

After finishing the bike, you'll only have one thing separating you from a memorable finish on Fourth Street Live!, the race's unique downtown finish: 26.2 miles of flat running. Passing Churchill Downs, home of the famous Kentucky Derby, and the University of Louisville, there will be no shortage of distractions. Finally, spectators and volunteers bring each athlete in to realize their dream of becoming an IRONMAN.

Join us in Louisville and tick one of our most iconic races off your bucket list.

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)

IM World Championship

The inaugural KONA™ race was conceptualized in 1978 as a way to challenge athletes who had seen success at endurance swim, cycling, and running events. Honolulu-based Navy couple Judy and John Collins proposed combining the three toughest endurance races in Hawai’i—the 2.4-mile Waikiki Roughwater Swim, 112 miles of the Around-O’ahu Bike Race and the 26.2-mile Honolulu Marathon—into one event.

On February 18, 1978, 15 people came to Waikiki to take on the IRONMAN challenge. Prior to racing, each received three sheets of paper with a few rules and a course description. The last page read: "Swim 2.4 miles! Bike 112 miles! Run 26.2 miles! Brag for the rest of your life!"

In 1981, the race moved from the tranquil shores of Waikiki to the barren lava fields of Kona on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Along the Kona Coast, black lava rock dominates the panorama, and athletes battle the "ho’omumuku" crosswinds of 45 mph, 95-degree temperatures and a scorching sun.

The IRONMAN World Championship centers on the dedication and courage exhibited by participants who demonstrate the IRONMAN mantra that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.® On October 14th, over 2,000 athletes will embark on a 140.6-mile journey that presents the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit to earn the title of IRONMAN.

IM Chattanooga

The site of the 11th race in the IRONMAN U.S. Series, Chattanooga, Tennessee will lure athletes with its dramatic scenery, idyllic weather and low-key southern charm.

IRONMAN Chattanooga will begin with a point to point, 2.4-mile swim in the Tennessee River with ample spectator vantage points alongside the city's famous Riverwalk. Athletes can look forward to a fast, down-current swim. The bike course (116 miles) will head south of town and do two loops in North Georgia with scenic farmland and mountain views. The two-and-a-half loop, 26.2-mile run course will showcase beautiful downtown Chattanooga, Riverview and the North Shore. Overall, expect a fast, rolling course.

According to Chattanooga mayor Andy Berke, the city is already home to a thriving athletic community. "Chattanooga was a natural fit for this event," he says, adding that the race will introduce the city praised by hang-gliding and rock-climbing enthusiasts to a whole new breed of athletes. Berke says he looks forward to seeing how the IRONMAN event grows over the next few years as it builds upon the city's reputation as an outdoor adventure mecca.

 

VTS – Giant Acorn Sprint

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 the same as the Kinetic Sprint and consists of 3 turns outside of the park. Located just 30 minutes SW of Fredericksburg and about an hour NW of Richmond.

Course Details

Swim Course: The 750 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 bike course is a lollipop style 15.5 mile course. With a left turn out of the park athletes have great pavement and a few hills as they ride the country roads of Spotsylvania County.

Run Course: The Sprint run course starts with a serious climb out of transition on the main park road. You will be tired coming out of T2 but it levels off for the middle section of the course as you run along the forested cabin and campground loops. There is a large down hill towards the finish line where athletes will finish by veering 15 degrees off the beach sidewalk into the finishing chute. This is a scenic and seriously fast run course once you get past the first 1/4 mile!

 

DISTANCE: 750 Meter Swim (lake); 15.5 Mile Bike (rolling hills); 5K 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)

VTS – SavageMan 40.0

Deep Creek Lake and the pristine, rugged Allegheny Mountains of western Maryland, provide a venue of unmatched beauty and stunning scenery, and feature two courses that will certainly bring out the true “Savage” in all who come to conquer, from the competitive Ironman racer to the leisurely back-of-the-pack or novice participant. Whether swimming in crystal clear Deep Creek Lake, riding the smooth, remote, and challenging roads of Garrett County, or running on Deep Creek State Park trails and the surrounding lakeside roads, the SavageMan Triathlon Festival races will challenge and awe every participant.  If such a triathlon event appeals to you then you will love the SavageMan Triathlon Festival.

The SavageMan 40.0 Triathlon is an Olympic distance triathlon consisting of a 0.93 mile swim, 32.6 mile bike, and 6.5 mile run. The SavageMan 40.0 follows the first 11 miles of the SavageMan 70.0 course.  After the descent on Spring Lick Road, 40.0 athletes turn left at the bottom and ride up Dry Run Road which provides 1100′ of climbing over 7 miles.  The 40.0 provides athletes a beautiful, shorter, and less Savage triathlon alternative to the flagship SavageMan 70.0 Triathlon, while still offering all the beauty and just enough of a taste of the hills for SavageMan 40.0 Triathlon athletes to earn their SavageMan pedigree! The SavageMan 40.0 Triathlon bike course does NOT go through Westernport, so there is no Westernport Wall for the SavageMan 40.0 Triathlon athletes.

 

DISTANCE: 0.9 Mile Swim (lake); 33 Mile Bike (hilly); 6.2 Mile Run (hilly)

VTS – SavageMan 70.0

Are you interested in a race that will one minute leave you gasping for breath on a steep climb and the next minute leave you gasping in awe at a stunning vista?  Would you like a race where there are challenges beyond just how fast you can go or what place you can finish?  Would you like to stake your claim to triathlon immortality and earn a personalized engraved brick laid in the road of the steepest climb in all of triathlon?  Are you frustrated with drafting packs and bland, uninspiring courses at mediocre venues?  Take a sneak peak at some 2013 race footage HERE.

Deep Creek Lake and the pristine, rugged Allegheny Mountains of western Maryland, provide a venue of unmatched beauty and stunning scenery, and feature two courses that will certainly bring out the true “Savage” in all who come to conquer, from the competitive Ironman racer to the leisurely back-of-the-pack or novice participant. Whether swimming in the crystal clear Deep Creek Lake, riding the smooth, remote, and challenging roads of Garrett County, or running on Deep Creek State Park trails and the surrounding lakeside roads, the SavageMan Triathlon Festival races will challenge and awe every participant. If such a triathlon event appeals to you then you will love the SavageMan Triathlon Festival.

The SavageMan 70.0 Triathlon is the flagship event of the SavageMan Triathlon Festival and it has already established legendary status after just it’s inaugural year.  There are many aspects that make this race a truly unique and special event:

    • 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.
    • Bus Tickets for your family & friends to go to the Wall from the race site can be purchased either in the VTSMTS online store HERE or at packet pick up!  (This is a round trip bus ticket to the Westernport Wall)(The police do not recommend driving to the Westernport Wall)
    • 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 70.0 Primes: Fastest Overall Swim $100, Fastest Overall Bike $100, Fastest Overall Run $100                     (must complete the entire event to be eligible)
    • SavageMan 70.0 Overall Prize Money: 1st – $500, 2nd – $400, 3rd – $300 (M/F)
    • To receive overall prize purse money, performance must be within 10% of the existing overall course record.
      • For males, 4:29:38 + 10% = 4:56:36
      • For females, 4:56:41 + 10% = 5:26:21
    • 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: Relay teams do not get bricks, sorry)
    • 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.

 

DISTANCE: 1.2 Mile Swim (lake); 55.7 Mile Bike (hilly); 13.1 Mile Run (hilly)

Buchanan Tri

Experience the James River as you've never seen it before as you run, ride, and paddle your way through this epic multi-sport adventure in beautiful Botetourt County.

Start: Buchanan Town Park, 2 p.m.  You may transport your kayak to the Springwood Boat Landing on your way to the park or we can transport it for you ($5 fee).  We will have volunteers at Springwood beginning at noon.  Packet pick-up and on-site race registration will be at the gazebo from noon to 1:30.

Stage 1: The Run  (approximately 2 miles)
Start/Finish on Lowe St near the Town Park
--Proceed west on Lowe St, cross Rt. 11, go through tunnel on 19th St.
--Left on Spotswood Ave
--Left on 16th St.
--Right on Boyd St.
--Left on Bridge St.
--Left on Parkway Dr.
-- Cross Rt. 11 to Lowe St, back to bike transition at Town Park

Stage 2: The Bike -- Approximately 13 miles through rolling, country roads, ending at the Springwood boat landing, upstream from Buchanan.​​

Stage 3: The Paddle -- Approximately 5 miles down the James River from the Springwood Boat Landing to the the Buchanan Boat Landing next to Twin River Outfitters.  It's a beautiful, easy paddle -- unless you are racing!

No boat? No problem.  Contact Twin River Outfitters at (540)261-7334 or email at tro@canoevirginia.net to rent a boat for the day at a special race rate.

VTS – Savageman 20 and 20/20

The SavageMan 20.0 Triathlon is a Sprint distance triathlon consisting of a 0.45 mile swim, 15.5 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run. The SavageMan 20.0 provides athletes a shorter, flatter triathlon alternative to the SavageMan 70.0 or 40.0, while still offering all the beauty of Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County.  The SavageMan 20.0 Triathlon bike course does not feature any major climbs and does NOT go through Westernport.

The SavageMan 20/20 Triathlon is a new formatted double Sprint distance triathlon consisting of a 0.45 mile swim (done 2x), 15.5 mile bike (done 2x), and 3.1 mile run (done 2x).  Athletes doing the 20/20 will race head to head by doing the first 0.45 mile swim, completing a short run around the jetty, then re-entering the water to start their 2nd 0.45 mile swim.  After their second swim athletes will complete their first 15.5 mile bike route by entering the park via the boat ramp entrance, going straight to the f transition area and heading out on their first 5k run, after the first run you will head back out for their 2nd lap of the bike.  After finishing their 2nd lap of the bike athletes will do the 5k run course and then on to the finish line.  So it will be .45 swim, run around jetty and start second .45 mile swim then 15.5 mile bike, 5k run, 15.5 mile bike, 5k run.

20.0 Distance: 0.45 Mile Swim (lake); 15.5 Mile Bike (rolling); 3.1 Mile Run (flat with one good hill)

20/20 Distance: 0.45 Mile Swim (lake); short run to another 0.45 Mile Swim (lake); 3.1 Mile Run (flat with one good hill); 15.5 Mile Bike (rolling); 15.5 Mile Bike (rolling);  3.1 Mile Run (flat with one good hill)