King of the Smokies Triathlon returns to Lake Junaluska
King Of The Smokies Triathlon, held at Lake Junaluska on Aug. 31, is the Premiere Sprint Triathlon and International Distance Triathlon in the Southeast and has been expanded to include a Sprint and International Distance Triathlon.
Now in its fourth year and second year at Lake Junaluska and continuing to grow with many improvements, including the triathlon for Para-Triathletes, Wounded Warriors and Challenged Athletes.
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 chute area. All finishers will receive a custom made "Triathlete Woodallion" from the Wood Cottage of Gatlinburg plus cold water as they cross the finish line.
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.
Dedicated USAT Race Directors and experienced Triathlete's Susan and Bill Wilkins sponsor this event. A "Gear Swap" will be held before during and after the triathlon. So bring unwanted gear and trade or sell it to other competitors and keep the cash.
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 7, a few years ago.
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.
Spectators can watch from anywhere around Lake Junaluska to get great pictures. One place we found that over looks the entire Swim and about 65 percent of the Run is at the "Cross Point."
Organizers recommend on the letting their professional photographers get pictures on the bike trail.
To register, visit www.lakejunaluska.com, call 1-800-222-4930 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.