Motus Panther Creek Triathlon

Off Road Triathlon

Date: July 28, 2024

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 Panther Creek Triathlon is a spectator friendly race around one of the most scenic and visited state parks in Tennessee.

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.

Athlete Guide

Registration Information

Early – $75
Regular – $85
Late – $95

Relay (2 or 3 person)
Early – $110
Regular – $130
Late – $150

* Early Registration (thru 4/7/24)

* Regular Registration (4/8/24 thru 6/30/24)

* Late Registration (7/1/24 and after)

* No race day registration.

Swim Course

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.

Bike Course

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.

Run Course

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.

Aid Stations

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

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

Bike Course
Aid Station #1– Mile 6.5 (Transition Area)
Aid Station #2 – Mile 13 (Transition Area)

Run Course
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 26, 2024

5:00 pm Packet Pickup at Panther Creek State Park (Boat Ramp) Begins
7:00 pm Packet Pickup Ends

Saturday July 27, 2024

12:00 pm Packet Pickup at Panther Creek State Park (Boat Ramp) Begins
1:30 pm Packet Pickup Ends

Sunday July 28, 2024

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


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.

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