Off Road Triathlon
Date: July 30, 2023
Time: 8:00 am (course closes at 12:00 pm)
Location: Panther Creek State Park (Boat Ramp)
2010 Panther Creek Park Road
Morristown, TN 37814
Distance: 800m Swim, 13.0 mi Bike, 4.2 mi Run
The Motus Triathlon Series moves to Morristown, TN to bring one of the toughest and most exciting triathlons on the circuit.
Nestled around a finger of Cherokee Lake, Panther Creek State Park presents a rural playground for mountain bikers and trail runners alike. Winding through the State Park, participants will encounter plenty of rocks, roots, and climbing to test their grit. Motus Panther Creek will take participants through the landscape and rugged hills of East Tennessee while exploring this magnificent park.
Early – $70
Regular – $80
Late – $90
Relay (2 or 3 person)
Early – $100
Regular – $120
Late – $140
* Early Registration (thru 4/9/23)
* Regular Registration (4/10/23 thru 7/2/23)
* Late Registration (7/3/23 and after)
* No race day registration.
Open Water Swim – 800 Meters (.50 mi)
The race begins with a mass start from the water at Panther Creek. Swimmers will navigate a one lap, counter clockwise loop before exiting for transition. The paved boat ramp will provide athletes with a safe and quick exit from the water. A shoe drop is permitted for the short, paved 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.
USAT rules state that competitors may wear wetsuits if the water temperature is 78 degrees or lower.
USAT rules state that if the water temperature is between 78.1 – 83.9 degrees, competitors may wear wetsuits but will not be eligible for awards.
USAT rules state that if the water temperature is 84 degrees or above, participants may not wear wetsuits.
Mountain Bike – 13.0 Miles
The two lap 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 trails vary in difficulty as they make their way around the park. There are plenty of opportunities for faster riders to pull ahead, 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 great course for first time participants and extremely spectator-friendly.
Trail Run – 4.2 Miles
The run course shares 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 occurs near the halfway point after a wooden bridge crossing, but then gives way to open fields and rolling hills.
All aid stations will be stocked with water, electrolyte drink, gels, bars, fruit, snacks, and basic first aid supplies.
Aid Station #1 – Mile .5 (Transition Area)
Aid Station #1– Mile 6.5 (Transition Area)
Aid Station #2 – Mile 13 (Transition Area)
Aid Station #1 (water only) – Mile 1.5 (Wooden Bridge)
Aid Station #2 (water only) – Mile 2.5 (Wooden Bridge)
Aid Station #3 – Mile 4.2 (Finish Line)
Friday July 28, 2023
5:00 pm Packet Pickup at Panther Creek State Park (Boat Ramp) Begins
7:00 pm Packet Pickup Ends
Saturday July 29, 2023
12:00 pm Packet Pickup at Panther Creek State Park (Boat Ramp) Begins
1:30 pm Packet Pickup Ends
Sunday July 30, 2023
6:30 am Packet Pickup at Panther Creek State Park (Boat Ramp) Begins
6:30 am Transition Area Opens
7:30 am Packet Pickup Ends
7:45 am Pre-Race Instructions
8:00 am Motus Panther Creek Triathlon Starts
TBD Awards Ceremony
12:00 pm Course Closes
Motus Triathlon Series points are available for this race. See the points breakdown here.
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
75 and over
Top Co-ed Relay
Top Womens Relay
Top Men’s Relay
Motus Panther Creek 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.