Off Road Triathlon
Date: June 4, 2023
Time: 8:00 am Triathlon Starts
Location: Ijams Nature Center (Mead’s Quarry)
2915 Island Home Way
Knoxville, TN 37920
Distance: 1200m Swim, 15.4 mi Bike, 4.6 mi Run
The Motus Knoxville Triathlon celebrates being one of the longest running and toughest off road triathlons in America.
Only two miles from downtown, Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness presents a unique urban playground for mountain bikers and trail runners alike. Winding through the Urban Wilderness, participants will encounter plenty of rocks, roots, and climbing to test their grit. Motus Knoxville will take participants through five parks, featuring the old quarries and hills of East Tennessee with a perfect balance of neighborhood backyard feel.
Early – $70
Regular – $80
Late – $90
Relay (2 or 3 person)
Early – $100
Regular – $120
Late – $140
* Early Registration (thru 2/12/23)
* Regular Registration (2/13/23 thru 5/7/23)
* Late Registration (5/8/23 and after)
* No race day registration.
Open Water Swim – 1200 Meters (.75 mi)
The race begins with a mass start from the water at Mead’s Quarry. Swimmers will navigate a one lap, clockwise loop around the perimeter of the quarry before exiting for transition. A shoe drop is permitted for the short, but rocky, run up to transition.
It is mandatory that athletes wear swim caps during the entire duration of the swim. Swim caps will be provided.
Motus Triathlon follows the USA Triathlon wetsuit rules.
Mountain Bike – 15.4 Miles
The course will explore some of the best single track trails that Knoxville has to offer. The bike course starts from the gravel parking lot at Mead’s Quarry and heads down the paved trail for nearly a half mile before funneling down into single track trails. There are plenty of opportunities to pass other bikers throughout the bike leg. There are 5 road crossings along the bike course. There is also a brief segment of road riding after the bike aid station (Anderson School).
Trail Run – 4.6 Miles
The 4.6 mile course takes a stroll out of the quarry and into the wooded forests of South Knoxville and progressively gets tougher. Rolling hills give way to rocky ascents before ending with a punishing climb around Mead’s Quarry. The views around the quarry are amazing, but you have to earn it first. This is also the run course for Motus Knoxville 4.6 mile trail race.
All aid stations will be stocked with water, electrolyte drink, gels, bars, fruit, snacks, and basic first aid supplies.
Aid Station #1 – Mile .75 (Transition Area)
Aid Station #1– Mile 8.1 (Anderson School)
Aid Station #2 – Mile 15.4 (Transition Area)
Aid Station #1 – Mile 3.1 (Transition)
Aid Station #2 – Mile 4.6 (Finish Line)
Friday June 2, 2023
5:00 pm Packet Pickup at Riversports Outfitters Begins
7:00 pm Packet Pickup Ends
Saturday June 3, 2023
12:00 pm Packet Pickup at Ijams Nature Center (Mead’s Quarry) Begins
1:30 pm Packet Pickup Ends
Sunday June 4, 2023
6:30 am Packet Pickup at Ijams Nature Center (Mead’s Quarry) Begins
6:30 am Transition Area Opens
7:30 am Packet Pickup Ends
7:45 am Pre-Race Instructions
8:00 am Motus Knoxville Triathlon Starts
TBD Awards Ceremony
12:00 pm Course Closes
Age Groups – Top 3 Male and Female
15 – 19
20 – 24
25 – 29
30 – 34
35 – 39
40 – 44
45 – 49
50 – 54
55 – 59
60 – 64
65 – 69
70 and over
Top Co-ed Relay
Top Womens Relay
Top Men’s Relay
Motus Knoxville is a USAT sanctioned event and will abide by the rules and regulations set forth by USAT.
Athletes must have their official race number visible at all times.
Spectators will not be allowed in transition at any point during the race.
If participants would like 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.
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.