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After missing 2020, RDE ventures east to the beautiful town of Dandridge and Douglas Lake for the Lakeside of the Smokies triathlon. 2021 will feature a new venue, with the race site moving "across the bridge" to The Point. This has been the ideal venue since the inception of Lakeside of the Smokies, but was not possible until the BRIDGE renovation was completed.
The race distances are the same, with LOTS again offering the 750 meter Swim/16 mile Bike/3 mile Run sprint option, in addition to the Olympic distance (1.5k S/40K B/10kR) option. The Olympic distance race features 2 lap counter clockwise triangular open water swim , followed by a rolling loop bike course, capped off by a challenging run through town and across the famous Dandridge levy (aid stations ~every mile). The sprint option is a condensed version of the Olympic course--one lap swim, a "short cut" version of the Olympic bike and a flatter run course. Performance technical shirts, NEXT LEVEL tank option for women, race logo DeFeet socks, unique “wooden paddle" awards, and post-race burger/hot dog cookout & BEER highlight the Jefferson Co. event. Expected participation--200
With the race moving from May to June, the water temp is expected to be 78-80 degrees F. Wetsuit legality will be determined on race morning according to USAT guidelines.
The 2020 Lakeside triathlon will adhere to any USAT recommended social distancing guidelines that pertain to this event. This could include a time trial swim start, limited number of bikes on each transition rack, special precautions taken for food/drinks at both rest stops and post race, limited volunteer interaction with athletes, and any other procedures outlined by USAT. These guidelines will be updated as USAT communicates them to sanctioned races and race directors.
Lakeside of the Smokies is a USAT sanctioned event. All participants must have a current USAT number or pay a one day license fee ($15). The one day fee, if needed, is automatically added during the online registration process. Participants must also present a valid form of ID at packet pickup or when checking in on race morning.
Thursday (6/10) Packet pickup/late registration--TBA
Friday (6/11) packet pickup/late registration, Race Venue (The Point), from 4 to 8 pm.
Day of race registration and packet pickup is available at the race site, starting at 6am. Olympic distance individual is $90, sprint distance individual is $80. Day of race Olympic relays will be $110, sprint relays $100.
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