The 9th Annual Watauga Lake Triathlon is one of the best races of the year. Entry fees are $50 for individuals, $40 for collegiate, and $90 for relay teams through July 15, then $60/$50/$120 through August 16. Day-of fees are $70/$60/$135. All competitors (even if part of a relay team) must have a USAT license. One-day licenses are available when registering. NEW EVENT-Paddleboard races (WPA Official Sanctioned Event). Entry fee is $50 through August 16. Day-of fee is $65.
The swim will leave from the banks of a family farm. It will be a triangular course, 1000 meters long. The paddleboard races start at the same point but are 2.2 or 5.4 miles. The water temperature should be about 80 degrees. USAT rules regarding wetsuits will apply, although wetsuits will probably not be required at this time of year! Kayaks and Seadoos will be in the course area to monitor swimmers and paddleboarders. The incredibly scenic bike ride will be a 35 km (22 mile) loop with several good climbs, fast downhills, and rolling to flat terrain following the contour of the lake and beautiful Roan Creek. The run will be an out-and-back course of 8 kilometers (5 miles). The course will be in a pastoral farm setting out to the main road, where it will follow the perimeter of the lake for a short distance before the turnaround and back to the finish area.