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Chattahoochee Challenge Half Triathlon/Duathlon at Callaway Gardens

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Callaway Gardens Robin Lake Beach Callway Gardens Pine MountainGA  31822
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Callaway Gardens Robin Lake Beach Callway Gardens Pine MountainGA  31822
Chattahoochee Challenge Half - Individual Age group/open
$185.00
in 40 days $190.00
Chattahoochee Challenge Half - Individual Age group/open
$185.00
in 40 days $190.00
Chattahoochee Challenge Half - Relay Team
$250.00
in 40 days $265.00
Chattahoochee Challenge Half - Relay Team
$250.00
in 40 days $265.00
Duathlon-5k run/56 mile bike/13.1 mile run - Individual Age group/open
$185.00
in 40 days $190.00
Duathlon-5k run/56 mile bike/13.1 mile run - Individual Age group/open
$185.00
in 40 days $190.00
Duathlon-5k run/56 mile bike/13.1 mile run - Relay Team
$250.00
in 40 days $265.00
Duathlon-5k run/56 mile bike/13.1 mile run - Relay Team
$250.00
in 40 days $265.00

About This Activity

The Swim: 1.2 miles - Athletes will start the swim portion of the race from the beach at the swim start

The Bike: 56 miles – The 2-loop bike course once outside the Gardens property.

The Run: 13.1 miles – A VERY scenic run inside the Gardens property!

Categories: 
Male/female:  Under 14 then 15-19 in 5 year increments up to 70+ 

Awards:
Top 3 overall Male/Female and top 3 in each age group.

Relay will be the top 3.

Each participant will get a cool medal and t-shirt.  Triathletes will be provided a swim cap.

We welcome teams and organizations to our race.  Feel free to contact us at tricolumbuga@gmail.com about the perfect spot for setting up a tent for your group!

Check out Callaway Gardens Link for all that is going on in Callaway the weekend of April 21st.

Thank you for your interest in our event!

Event details and schedule

Start Time:
Triathlon- 8:00am

Duathlon - 8:15am

Parking: Parking is located at any location in the Robin Beach parking area located.

Hotel accommodations: 1-877-916-1725 ask for the Fitness Series rate
The Callaway Gardens Mountain Creek Inn, The Southern Pine Cottages, The Mountain Creek Villas, and The Lodge and Spa

Directions to Callaway Gardens: 
From Atlanta take I-85 south to I-185. Take I-185 to exit 42 (Hwy 27). Go left on Hwy 27, 11 miles to Pine Mountain. In Pine Mountain, go through 3 stop lights (1 mile) to Callaway Gardens beach entrance on your right. Go 1 mile past Callaway Gardens beach entrance to the Mountain Creek Inn on your left. 

Spectators will be required to pay a discounted park entrance fee at the gate Saturday morning. Racers may provide their confirmation of registration for free park access. 
 
Packet Pick Up: Packet pick up for this race is located at the Circus Tent adjacent to Robin Lake.  The gates on HWY 27 will be open for easier access on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.  Packets may be picked:

Friday from the Circus Tent located at Callaway Gardens 4-7pm.

FYI (Race brief is at 6 down by the lake/or check it out via Facebook live at TriColumbusGa page)

Saturday from the Circus Tent at Callaway from 6:00am-7:30am.

All athletes MUST bring all of the following to Packet Pick Up:
1. Government issue valid photo ID
2. Valid USAT card (if a member)

If you registered online and purchased the one-day USAT membership you will only need to show your ID.

USAT Rules and Regulations:
All TriColumbusGa triathlon races are sanctioned by USA Triathlon. This will mean that all participants will need to be either an annual member of USAT or procure a one-day membership and sign a waiver. One-day memberships for 2018 are $15 which can be purchased during registration. 

Transition: 
Transition Area is in the Robin Beach Lake parking lot next to packet pick up.  There is no bike drop off on Friday. (note Transition will be in parking lanes 1 and 2, next to the Circus Tent, this year).  Transition will be set up later Friday night due to pending events at Callaway Gardens.  Bike check in is race day morning only.

The Swim:
Athletes will swim in a clockwise direction, keeping bouys on their right.  The swim course will be a 2 loop course. This flow of traffic is for your safety.

Lifeguards will help keep athletes on course.  Please listen to their instructions.
Should you need assistance for any reason, please let the lifeguards know.  They will be located on the bank as well as in kayaks along the course.

The swim will be wetsuit legal. Water temperatures will be in the mid 60s. Xterra Wetsuits has granted a discount code of C-MULTI. This will provide a discount of 50-60%. https://www.xterrawetsuits.com

Athletes will start the swim portion of the race from the beach at the swim start.

Male wave: 7:30am, Female/Relay Wave: 7:33

Please be at the swim start at 7:15am.

Duathletes:

5k Run starts at 7:45am

Bike Course - 56 miles:
The 2-loop bike course once outside the Gardens property. Aid Stations at mile 7, 27 and 47 and water

"Race in Progress" signs will be posted along this stretch and will be appropriately marked. However, this is OPEN to the public. Car traffic is very light and patrons are accustomed to bike traffic.  Please follow all signs and volunteer instructions. Please be mindful that Callaway Gardens is graciously allowing us to use their property and drop all trash at water stations ONLY. Volunteers will be located on the course at critical intersections for your safety.

There will be a USAT official on the course to enforce USAT Rules and Regulations.

Technical support: Ride On Bikes will be on the course to assist with emergency repairs whenever possible; but athletes are expected to be able to handle basic repairs (changing a flat, basic adjustments, etc) themselves. Please be self-sufficient.


Run Course – 13.1 miles:
The run course is a flat 2-loop course.  Courses can be found at www.tricolumbusga.com.  There will be nutrition/hydration opportunities approximately every mile. Nutritional options include, but are not limited to Cerasport, water, gels, coke, pretzels, chips, pickle juice, etc.   

Restrooms will be located in transition/aid station 1 and the aid stations located on the run course approximately every 2-3 miles. 

Finish line:  Will be at the Circus Tent.

Cut Off Times:
Swim: 1 hour and 10 minutes after final wave start
Bike: 5 hours and 30 minutes after final wave start
Run: 8 hours and 30 minutes after final wave start

Itinerary:
Friday April 20:
4pm-7pm Packet Pick up at the circus tent located at Robin Lake

6pm Athlete brief Robin Lake Pavilion or check it out via Facebook live at TriColumbusGa page)

Saturday April 21:
5:30am Transition Opens/Race day registration/Packet Pick up

7:10am Transition Closes

7:15am Pre race Brief at swim start

7:27am National Anthem

7:29am Cannon Fires

7:30am Race starts

7:45am Duathletes start

9:00am Swim Course Closes

1:30pm Bike Course Closes

Approx 2pm Awards Ceremony (official time will be announced throughout the day)

4:30pm Race Course Closes

Bike Check In:  Bikes will be checked in race morning only.

Weather:
In the event of inclement weather…There are no “rain dates” for TriColumbusGA events. If the weather conditions are hazardous, Race Management has the right to change, eliminate parts of the course, or delay up to a point. However, if it is deemed too dangerous to race, the event will be canceled and there will be no refunds. Of course, since we are athletes ourselves, we will do everything in our power to have the event, but your safety is of our utmost concern.

Refunds (Effective 2017): We do not offer refunds for races.  With supporting documentation and under extreme circumstances you may contact Tricolumbusga@gmail.com to see if a deferral is possible.

SPONSORSWe couldn't make this weekend happen without our sponsors.  Thank you to....

Beres Chiropractic http://www.bereschiropracticcenter.com

Max Fitness http://www.maxfitnesselite.com

Ride On Bikes http://www.rideonbikes.com/

Multisport Athletics http://www.multisportathletics.com/ 

Solcioty Fitness http://www.solciotyfitness.com/

CrossFit CSG https://crossfitcsg.com/

Below the Knee http://www.belowthekneeshoes.com/

Graham Legal Firm

West Georgia Foot and Ankle http://www.footandankleofwestga.com/

Launch Trampoline Park http://launchcolumbus.com/

WRBL News and Weather http://wrbl.com/category/weather/

Big Dog Fleet Feet  https://www.bigdogrunning.com/

The Outside World http://www.outsideworldcolumbus.com/

Callaway Gardens http://www.callawaygardens.com/ 


Volunteers: These events don't happen without our volunteers!  Contact us at tricolumbusgavolunteers@gmail.com or via Facebook at www.facebook.com/TriColumbusGaVolunteers

Please follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tricolumbusga for updated information as it comes. If you have any questions or concerns please email us at www.tricolumbusga@gmail.com

Thank you,
Joanne Cogle

Race Director

TriColumbusGa

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Callaway Gardens Robin Lake Beach Callway Gardens Pine MountainGA  31822
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