1,300 participants expected for Lake Logan event Aug. 2-3
When the Lake Logan Multisport Festival added a half-iron distance triathlon to its race program, race organizers Glory Hound Events and Set Up Events thought it would be popular. They didn’t realize it would be as popular as it has become, selling out 500 slots in only a few months and then another 150 slots in a few days.
These 650 athletes will join another 650 who will be racing one of the other four events offered at the Lake Logan Episcopal Center on Aug. 2-3. Over 1,000 athletes plus their families and supporters are expected for the Saturday races alone.
The impact of this event will be felt all over Haywood County in terms of contributions to the local economy and as the athletes race through Bethel, Canton, Clyde, Crabtree, Ironduff and Lake Junaluska area on the bike courses.
Of the 650 athletes competing in the Lake Logan Half — a race that includes a 1.2-mile swim in Lake Logan, a 52-mile bike leg and half marathon run – 95 percent are coming from areas more than two hours away from Haywood County. Over three-quarters of the others competing over the weekend are also coming from areas requiring a nights stay which translates to an estimate economic impact of $300,000 from room nights, meals, and other purchases. In total, athletes from 23 states will be racing in Haywood County.
From a traffic perspective, the bulk of the activity will be centered around the Lake Logan Episcopal Center, 10 miles southwest of Waynesville. Motorists throughout the impacted area can expect to see bicycles on roads from 7:30 a.m. to noon and are asked to use extreme caution when passing them and at intersections. All major turns and intersections on the courses will be staffed with public safety officers.
The eastbound lane of Lake Logan Road (Hwy. 215) from Little East Ford Road to the Sunburst Campground will be closed to vehicles from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. Pilot cars will escort vehicles down the open lane on an alternating basis, but those who don’t live on the road are encouraged to use other roads during this period of time.
Information including maps of all the courses can be found at www.GloryHoundEvents.com.