XTERRA Panther Creek Triathlon



Registration Info

Registration Type before May 11th, 2015  until July 6th, 2015 until July 26th, 2015
Individual $45 $55 $65
2 or 3 Person Relay $70 $80 $90



When:  July 26th, 2015 @ 8:00 am

Where: Panther Creek State Park – Morristown, TN

What: XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon

A portion of the race proceeds will go to benefit Panther Creek State Park. Please visit them at www.friendsofpanthercreek.org for more information on how you can get involved.

Although we will make every effort, event t-shirts are not guaranteed to participants who register during the late registration period.

Dirty Bird Events has a no refund policy. Race entries cannot be transferred between events, years, or individuals. Refunds will not be issued in the case of inclement weather, natural disaster, or other unforeseen circumstances out of our control.

Race Information

Panther Creek State Park will once again play host to one of East Tennessee’s longest running off-road triathlons. This race is part of the Southeast Region.

Located 35 miles Northeast from downtown Knoxville, in Morristown TN, Panther Creek and Cherokee Lake provide an incredible and scenic backdrop for some serious off road fun.

The course is challenging enough for a seasoned athlete yet gentle enough for the beginner as it winds it’s way around one of the most beautiful state parks. A two lap swim and bike ride make this a very spectator friendly race.

Swim – .5 Miles (2 laps)

The swim will be held from the namesake Panther Creek. Swimmers will navigate a, two lap, clockwise course before exiting for transition. The paved boat ramp will provide athletes with 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 for athletes for the, short, paved run up to transition. ,

Bike – 15.0 miles (2 laps)

The bike course starts from the paved parking lot at the Panther Creek Boat Ramp and immediately heads to the single track trails of Panther Creek State Park. The single track trails vary in difficulty as they make their way around the park. Riders will cross the entrance road twice on each lap providing spectators the chance to cheer on athletes. There are plenty of opportunities for faster riders to over take slower riders as some of the main trails are wide enough to fit side by side with another cyclist. The bike course has its challenges, but it is a very good course for first time participants.

Run – 4.5 miles

The run course follows closely to the bike course for the first stretch before breaking off and exploring the other side of the park. Most of the run course resembles that of a cross country course. The most technical part of the run happens near the half way point after a wooden bridge crossing, but then gives way to open fields and rolling hills.

XTERRA Panther Creek is a USAT sanctioned event and will abide by the rules and regulations set forth by USAT.

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.

Wetsuits have not been legal at this race in the past.

Athletes must have their official race number visible at all times. There will be no unofficial athletes allowed on the course.

If participants are wanting to drop out of the race, they must inform the nearest aid station or timing booth at the finish line.

Unsportsmanlike conduct, course cutting, littering, or violation of any of the policies set forth will be grounds for disqualification.

Aid Stations

All aid stations will be stocked with water, electrolyte drink, gels, bars, fruit, snacks, and first aid.

Swim Course
Aid Station #1 – Mile .5 (Transition Area)

Bike Course
Aid Station #1– Mile 7 (Transition Area)
Aid Station #2 – Mile 15 (Transition Area)

Run Course
Aid Station #1 – Mile 1.5 (Wooden Bridge)
Aid Station #2 – Mile 2.5 (Wooden Bridge)
Aid Station #3 – Mile 4.4 (Finish Line)


Age Groups – Top 3

15 – 19
20 – 24
25 – 29
30 – 34
35 – 39
40 – 44
45 – 49
50 – 54
55 – 59
60 – 64
65+ Women
65 – 69 Men
70 – 74 Men
75 + Men


Top Co-ed Relay
Top Womens Relay
Top Men’s Relay

T-Shirts for all who start
Finisher awards for all who finish

The awards ceremony will commence immediately after the last finishers of the race.


Primitive camping is included with your registration in the group camping area of Panther Creek State Park for Saturday night. RV sites and cabins are available through the Panther Creek State Park Campground. For more information please visit:

Panther Creek State Park

There are a few hotels within a short drive from Panther Creek State Park. We are currently working on setting up group rates.

Econo Lodge
5984 West Andrew Johnson Hwy
Morristown, TN 37814

Hampton Inn
3750 West Andrew Johnson Hwy
Morristown, TN 37814

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Swim: 800 Meters (.50 mi)

The swim will be a mass start from the water of Panther Creek. Swimmers will navigate a two lap course around the Creek before exiting for transition. A concrete boat ramp will provide a safe an easy exit from the water for the swimmers, however, volunteers will be on hand to help if needed. A shoe drop will be available to the athletes for the paved run up to transition.

Bike: 15.4 mi

Run: 4.5 mi


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Traveling I-40 East from Nashville

Take I-40 into Knoxville to exit 394 for US-11E/US-25W/US-70. Turn left onto US-11E. Head North for approximately 30 miles until TN-342 W. Turn left onto TN-342 W/Panther Creek Road and go 2.4 miles to park entrance. The boat dock entrance is located past the main entrance on the right hand side of the road. After turning at your next right, follow the road to the water.

Traveling I-40 West from Asheville

Take I-40 towards Knoxville. Take exit 412 to merge onto I-81 N towards Bristol. After 3.8 miles take exit 4 for TN-341 W. Take TN-341 W for a half mile and turn right onto TN-66/Valley Home Road for 2.7 miles. Turn left onto TN-342 W/Alpha Valley Home Road for 2.1 miles. Turn left onto Air Park Blvd. for 1.8 miles and then a right onto US-11E for 1.2 miles. Turn left onto TN-342 W/Panther Creek Road and go 2.4 miles to park entrance. The boat dock entrance is located past the main entrance on the right hand side of the road. After turning at your next right, follow the road to the water.