XTERRA comes to Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness to bring you one of the toughest and most exciting triathlons on the circuit.
|Registration Type||until May 18th, 2014||until June 6th, 2014|
|2 or 3 Person Relay||$90||$110|
When: June 7th, 2014 @ 8:00 am
Where: Ijams Nature Center, Knoxville, TN
What: XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon
Only two-miles from downtown, Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness presents a unique urban playground for mountain bikers and trail runners alike. The newly completed project, championed by Legacy Parks Foundation, provides the perfect setting for XTERRA Knoxville with many miles of natural surface trails connecting five parks and natural areas along with public and private lands.
The swim start, transition area, and finish line will be in very close proximity to each other at Mead’s Quarry, which is located .3 miles South of Ijams Nature Center. Parking is available at Mead’s Quarry and directly across the street (East) from the quarry in the overflow parking area.
Transition will open at 5:30 am the day of the race and will close at 7:50 am. Spectators will not be allowed in transition at any point during the race (strictly enforced). Athletes will be ushered down to the swim start according to assigned wave.
XTERRA Knoxville will abide by the rules and regulations set forth by USAT.
The race will be scored using chip timing. Awards ceremony will immediately follow the conclusion of the race.
Swim: 1200 Meters (.75 mi)
The swim will be held in wave starts from the water at Mead’s Quarry Lake. Swimmers will navigate a one lap course around the lake before exiting for transition. The shoreline will be covered with matting to allow for a safe and quick exit from the water. Volunteers will be on hand to help exiting swimmers if needed. A shoe drop will be available to the athletes for the short, but rocky, run up to transition.
* There will be an aid station available at Transition.
* Mead’s Quarry Lake is a fairly small body of water and water temperatures can change quickly. Updates on the legality of wetsuits will be posted prior to the race.
Swim course map coming soon!
Bike: 16.6 mi
The bike course starts from the gravel parking lot at Mead’s Quarry and makes a clockwise loop through Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. From the paved Will Skelton Greenway, the bike leg crosses the road and soon hits the dirt via Wyatt Way. Wyatt Way leads to a quick segment on Dozer before connecting with Wild Briar. The short, but technical climb up Wild Briar then makes a hard right turn onto Auggie’s Run, which becomes Bluff. This section of single track trail follows high above the French Broad River before widening itself for the stretch down Dozer. This is a great opportunity for athletes to pass other riders. The second road crossing then takes riders to Lost Chromosome and then down a brief two-way connector trail. This next part of the bike course will leave riders wondering which direction they are even traveling. With many turns and wooden bridge crossings, ACDC is like a roller coaster for bikes. After winding around the woods, ACDC leads back to the two-way connector trail and then makes a left turn back onto Lost Chromosome. The bike aid station awaits at Anderson School (8.6 miles).
After the aid station, the course makes its way through a neighborhood for the urban part of the bike leg. This is a great opportunity for spectators to cheer on the athletes before they enter the most demanding section of the course. Riders will take Sidney Belle and then use Margaret to connect to Hard Labor. True to its name, Hard Labor turns into Yellow Jacket and then ascends yet again to meet up with another road crossing and Victor Ashe. Victor Ashe will provide much needed relief before crossing the road a final time to follow Burnette Ridge on up to Ross Marble Quarry. After Ross Marble Quarry, riders will then cross the run course for a last stretch on Flow. The bike course makes a left turn after Flow and heads straight into transition.
* There will be an aid station available at Transition.
* The bike course consists of paved segments, jeep roads, and predominantly single track trails that vary in difficulty. Because of the variety of the course, there are plenty of safe opportunities to pass other riders.
* Each road crossing will be monitored to ensure cyclist safety.
Bike course map coming soon!
Run: 4.1 mi
The run course heads in the opposite direction than the bike course. After starting on Imery’s, the run course crosses the bike course and continues down Gravel Rd. to Hickory for a heavily wooded and moderate start. There will be an aid station near the 2 mile mark of the run. After exiting Hickory, the course continues on Turnbuckle, which is a fairly technical and rocky section of trails. Turnbuckle then takes runners back to Imery’s and past runners who are just starting the run segment of the race. The course passes Transition before heading up Tharp’s Trace for a punishing climb. Tharp’s Trace loops around Mead’s Quarry and the steep climb subsides to make for a fast downhill finish back towards Transition.
Run course map coming soon!
From Downtown Knoxville
Take the Henley Street Bridge South and turn left onto East Blount Avenue. Take East Blount Avenue for .2 miles and make your second right onto Sevier Avenue. Follow Sevier Avenue for .7 miles and make a left turn onto Island Home Avenue. Follow Island Home Avenue, which turns right by the entrance to Island Home Park. Follow green directional signs to Ijams Nature Center, approximately 1.5 miles on your left. Mead’s Quarry Parking Area is approximately .3 miles past Ijams Nature Center on the right. Additional parking is available directly across the street.
Traveling I-40 East from Nashville
Continue on I-40 into Knoxville. Take James White Parkway exit 388A. Continue on two left lanes down James White Parkway. Cross over the TN River and take the Sevier Ave./Hillwood Drive exit. Turn Left onto Anita Drive which turns into Hillwood Drive. Turn Right onto Island Home Ave. (at bottom of hill). Follow green directional signs to Ijams Nature Center, approximately 1.5 miles on your left. Mead’s Quarry Parking Area is approximately .3 miles past Ijams Nature Center on the right. Additional parking is available directly across the street.
Traveling I-40 West from Asheville
Continue on I-40 into Knoxville. Take exit 389 for Hall of Fame Drive. Immediately take exit 388A to James White Parkway. Continue on two left lanes down James White Parkway. Cross over the TN River and take the Sevier Ave./Hillwood Drive exit. Turn Left onto Anita Drive which turns into Hillwood Drive. Turn Right onto Island Home Ave. (at bottom of hill). Follow green directional signs to Ijams Nature Center, approximately 1.5 miles on your left. Mead’s Quarry Parking Area is approximately .3 miles past Ijams Nature Center on the right. Additional parking is available directly across the street.