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Race Info

Welcome to Luray and Page Valley!

We are certain that you will find Luray and surrounding Page Valley communities to be some of the most welcoming and beautiful places that you will ever visit! Luray is home to the world famous Luray Caverns and the central entry point of the Shenandoah National Park and scenic Skyline Drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Just a few miles in any direction offers you a chance to enjoy the abundance of our natural resources and a range of activities including, camping, canoeing, cycling, fishing, golf, hiking, horseback riding, photography or simply marveling at the scenery! Any season is a great time to visit; each is unique and beautiful. Be sure to visit downtown Luray and stop in at any of the number of excellent restaurants and boutique stores. More information about the area: Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce.

Race Venue

Lake Arrowhead Park,265 Lake Arrowhead Drive, Luray, VA 22835

To view venue map, click HERE

Directions to Lake Arrowhead

The following directions are from downtown Luray (intersection of Hwy 340 and Main St.) to Lake Arrowhead:

  • Travel East on Main St. (US-211 Business) for approximately 0.5 miles.

  • Take a right onto Reservoir Avenue. Reservoir Avenue will become Fairview Rd after 1 mile. Continue to follow Fairview for 1.7 miles to stop sign.

  • Take a right onto Brookstone Rd, and then an immediate left onto Valleyburg Rd. Continue to follow Valleyburg (becomes Lake Arrowhead Drive) for 1.3 miles to Lake Arrowhead Park on the left. 

Lodging for Luray Triathlon

Luray and Page County, the ‘Cabin Capital of Virginia’, offers a variety of lodging options. including several motels and hotels. Be pampered in a charming Bed & Breakfast or in an elegantly restored grand inn, relax in a private cabin or stay at a campground in the mountains or on the river.

CAMPING IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE AT LAKE ARROWHEAD. For up-to-date lodging information and other lodging options, please contact the Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce: 540-743-3915 or 540-743-4530. Don’t forget to mention that you are racing in the triathlon!

Schedule Of Events

(subject to change)  

 Friday, Aug 16 at Lake Arrowhead Park 

4:00 PM - Athlete Check-In Opens, Olympic race only.

5:30 PM - Athlete Meeting in Transition Area (optional)

6:00 PM - Athlete Check-In Closes

Due to a shortage of lifeguards and to reduce our impact to the park, there is no practice swim on this day. Swimming in Lake Arrowhead outside of these designated times may result in disqualification. 

 Saturday, Aug 17 at Lake Arrowhead Park 

6:00 AM - 7:30 AM - Athlete check In, & transition area opens for bike racking (Olympic race only).

7:45 AM - ALL OLYMPIC ATHLETES TO SWIM START - PRE RACE SAFETY MEETING

8:00 AM – Men 40 years and older (blue swim caps)

8:03 AM - Men 39 years & under AND All Gender relays (yellow swim caps)

8:06 AM -  Women 40 years and older (pink swim caps)

8:09 AM - Women 39 years & under (neon green swim caps) AND All Duathlon/Duathlon Relays*

11:30 AM- Olympic Award Ceremony (subject to change)

3:00 PM - Athlete Check-In Opens - Sprint race

4:00 PM - Athlete Meeting in Transition Area (optional)

5:00 PM - Athlete Check-In Closes

*duathlon/duathlon on main park road near porta-potties.

Due to a shortage of lifeguards and to reduce our impact to the park, there is no practice swim on this day. Swimming in Lake Arrowhead outside of these designated times may result in disqualification. 

 Sunday, Aug 18 at Lake Arrowhead Park 

6:00 AM - 7:30 AM - Athlete check In, & transition area opens for bike racking (Sprint race only).

7:45 AM - ALL SPRINT ATHLETES TO SWIM START - PRE RACE SAFETY MEETING

8:00 AM – Men 40 years and older AND All Duathlon/Duathlon Relays* (blue swim caps)

8:03 AM - Men 39 years & under AND All Gender relays (yellow swim caps)

8:06 AM -  Women 40 years and older (pink swim caps)

8:09 AM - Women 39 years & under (neon green swim caps)

10:30 AM- Sprint & Hawksbill Double Award Ceremony (subject to change)

*duathlon/duathlon relay starts near swim start (all genders)

Athlete Check-In

Per USAT rules, each participant MUST pick up his/her own packet in person. If you do not check in during the designated check-in times in person, you will not be able to participate in the event. All participants 18 years and older must bring a valid photo I.D. to athlete check in. NO PHOTO ID = NO RACE!!! If you are under 18 without a photo ID, your parent or guardian may show their photo ID.

 

Athlete Check-In will be at (please attend one of the following):

Olympic

  • Friday, Aug 16 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Lake Arrowhead Park. 

  • Saturday, Aug 17 from 6:00 AM to 7:30 AM at Lake Arrowhead Park.

Sprint

  • Saturday, Aug 17 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Lake Arrowhead Park. 

  • Sunday, Aug 18 from 6:00 AM to 7:30 AM at Lake Arrowhead Park.

 Wristband 

A unique wristband will be given to participants at athlete check-in. Participants must wear this wrist band at all times on race day. This wristband must remain on until you have removed your bike from transition after the race. This band will identify you as an official participant and allows you access to the transition area. You will not be allowed into the transition area without this band in place.

 Bib Number 

Participants must wear their race bib on the run course at all times. Athletes can either pin their race bib to their shirt or wear it attached to a race belt. Relay teams must transfer bibs between teammates in the transition area. Athletes are required to wear their bib on their front side when going in and out of transition and crossing the finish line.

 

 Bike Adhesive Number 

At athlete check-in, you will be given an adhesive bike number. Your bike must have an adhesive number on to rack on race morning.

Schedule Of Events

 Timing 

Ankle chip timing chips will be distributed to participants on race morning only. Athletes must wear their ankle chip at all times during this event. Should you forget your timing chip or loose it during the race, please let race management know so that we can give you another timing chip. Relay teams must transfer timing chips between teammates in the transition area.

Race Day Information

 Parking 

All athletes will be directed to park (Lot A) near the lake. The upper lot (Lot B) will be reserved for handicapped parking and overflow from lot A. See Venue Map for location of parking area.

 

Please note: If you need to leave before the last finisher, you will be directed from lot A up through lot B, where you must make a left turn on Lake Arrowhead Rd to avoid driving on the course for athlete safety. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

 RACE MORNING PROCEDURE 

Packet pickup and the transition area open at 6 AM. Packet pickup closes promptly at 7:30 AM and the transition area closes at 7:45 AM on race morning. If you have not already picked up your race packet, you will pick it up on race morning. You will be body marked and pick up your timing chip at the "Timing Chip Tent" located inside the transition area. You must have your running bib number with you on race morning in order to get body marked and pick up your timing chip. We recommend you place your timing chip on your left ankle opposite the chainring side of your bicycle. After being body marked and picking up your chip, you will drop off your bike and gear in the transition area.

 Race Age 

Participants will compete based on their race age. Your race age for the 2024 season is determined by your age on December 31st, 2024.

 Transition Area 

You must be wearing the unique athlete wristband to enter the transition area. Your bike number adhesive must be placed on your bike as well. Please be sure to bring along items received at check-in including race numbers (bib & bike adhesive number), as well as your bike, helmet and other personal gear.  

 

 Race Bike Racking & Transition Area Protocol  

All bikes will be racked on race day only. To enter the transition area, athletes must wear the security wristband received at athlete check-in. The transition area is RESTRICTED TO ATHLETES ONLY**.

 

 How To Properly Rack Your Bike: * 

Find the sticker number on the transition rack that matches your bib number. Hang the seat of your bike from the transition rack in with your front wheel facing away from your sticker on the rack. Place personal items on the ground next to your front wheel. There are NO balloons, inflatable’s or personal markers permitted. Remember your number and rack location.

 

*Per USAT rules, all equipment must be placed in the properly designated and individually assigned bike corral. No person shall interfere with another participant’s equipment or impede the progress of another participant. All bar ends must be solidly plugged. No participant shall bring ANY glass containers into the transition area. All personal trash is to be removed and disposed of by each athlete. Please do not litter.

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The Races

 Duathlon 

Both the Sprint & Olympic races will start on the main park road near the porta-potties at 8:09 AM. Click HERE to view the venue map and start location. 

Leg #1 - NEW for 2023! - Runners will START on the main park road and complete and out-and-back loop. 

Leg #2 - participants will complete the same bike course as triathlon. See info below. 

Leg #3 - participants will complete the same run course as triathlon. See info below. 

Commonly Violated Run Rules

  • No headphones, earphones or any radio-type devices will be allowed.

  • You must have your run # on your front as you approach the finish line.

 Wetsuit Policy 

Water temperatures for the Luray Triathlons have ranged from 76–83F. The official water temperature, to determine wetsuit eligibility, will be taken on race morning, 60-90 minutes prior to race start.

USAT Wetsuit Temperature Policy:

  • 78 F or below - wetsuits ARE allowed.

  • 78.1 F to 83.9 F - participants may wear a wetsuit at their own discretion; however, wearing a wetsuit in this temperature range will mean that an athlete is ineligible for awards.

  • 84 F and above: wetsuits are NOT permitted—this is for your own safety.

 Swim Waves 

Participants must start in their assigned waves. Swim caps will be provided at packet pick up. You must wear your designated swim cap color and start in your designated swim wave. 

8:00 AM – Men 40 years and older AND All Duathlon/Duathlon Relays* (blue swim caps)

8:03 AM - Men 39 years & under AND All Gender relays (yellow swim caps)

8:06 AM -  Women 40 years and older (pink swim caps)

8:09 AM - Women 39 years & under (neon green swim caps)

 The Swim Start & Course 

Please be at the swim start by 7:45 AM for a final pre-race briefing. This race will use a mass start format whereas swimmers will stage under the inflatable arch and then run/walk into the water to being the swim leg (note that this type of start is different than past years, no in-water start). If you are not a strong swimmer, we recommend that you start to the side or near the back of your wave.

 

Please view the swim course map. Swim start is located to the right of the pier. Swim exit is located to the right of the beach area. Lifeguards and volunteers will be available throughout the swim course to ensure your safety. If you are in need of assistance, roll on your back and put your hand straight in the air to signal for assistance. You may hold on to a canoe, kayak or boat, but using it for forward progress will result in a disqualification.

 The Bike Course 

Please see the bike course map for your race. If you are doing the Olympic race, you will do a second loop at the intersection of Hollow Run Rd and Ida Rd. If you are doing the Sprint, you will do only one loop and continue on the bike course. The course will be marked with signs at all the turns. Volunteers will point you in the direction of your turn. Even though there will be police officers and sheriff’s deputies on the course for your safety, the course is still open to traffic—please BE ALERT and BE CAREFUL! We recommend that you pre-ride or pre-drive the course prior to race day. Knowing the course is YOUR responsibility. There are no aid stations on the bike course. 

Commonly Violated Bike Rules

  • No drafting or blocking.

  • No headphones, iPods, radios. USAT officials will be on the course and penalties will be assessed.

  • Hard shell helmets must be worn and must be fastened before mounting your bike outside the transition area. Failure to fasten your helmet results in an automatic disqualification.

  • Stay to the right to allow faster cyclists to pass on the left and obey the yellow line rule. Crossing the yellow line is an automatic disqualification.

 The Run Course 

Please see the run course map  and venue map for your race. The run course is on paved road. Standard running shoes are appropriate. Aid stations will be located at the start of the run and at mile 1.5 on the loop. 

If you are doing the Olympic distance, you will complete a 2x out and back run course (NEW for 2023, runners will turn around inside the park in same area as start of run to begin 2nd loop). If you are doing the Sprint, you will be doing a single out and back course. Runners should run on the left side of the road at all times. The run course will have limited vehicle traffic. Volunteers will be on the course to direct runners. Please stay alert and remain aware of your surroundings! 

Commonly Violated Run Rules

  • No headphones, earphones or any radio-type devices will be allowed.

  • You must have your run # on your front as you approach the finish line.

 Course Cut-off Times 

Saturday, Olympic race, has a cut-off time of: 1:30 pm

Sunday, Sprint race, has a cut off time of: 12:00 pm

Finishing the race after the course cutoff time is at the discretion of each athlete, but race support will no longer be provided and the event holds no responsibility for athlete safety after this point.

 Race Results 

Results will be published live and can be accessed with a QR code that will be located at the race site. The results can also be viewed at https://www.ripitevents.com/results

 Awards 

Awards will be given for the Top 3 overall finishers (male, female and non-binary) for the Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquabike. The are no age group awards for Aquabike. 

 

Additionally awards will be given to:

Triathlon -1st, 2nd & 3rd place in each age group and relays

Duathlon - 1st place in each age group and relays

Luray Resident - 1st place all genders

Age groups are defined as 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84.

Athletes who complete the “Hawksbill Double” by individually completing both the Olympic and Sprint Triathlon, Duathlon or Aquabike will receive a third shirt, race medal and Hawksbill Growler. Participants will pick up these items at the athlete check-in tent at the conclusion of their race on Sunday. Race management is unable to mail these items to participants. Please pick them up on Sunday after your race. Athletes racing in a relay category are not eligible for the “Hawksbill Double”. Participants must register as a Hawksbill Double category to receive these awards. 

COURSE MAPS
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