XTERRA Panther Creek Triathlon

Off Road Triathlon

Date: July 28, 2019

Time: 8:00 am (course closes at 12:00 pm)

Location: Panther Creek State Park
2010 Panther Creek Park Road
Morristown, TN 37814

Distance:800m Swim, 13.0 mi Bike, 4.2 mi Run

The XTERRA Points Series moves to Morristown, TN to bring one of the toughest and most exciting triathlons on the circuit. This race is part of the XTERRA Southeast Region and is an XTERRA USA Championship Qualifier.

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. XTERRA Panther Creek will take participants through the landscape and rugged hills of East Tennessee while exploring this magnificent park.

Registration Information

Early – $65
Regular – $75
Late – $85

Relay (2 or 3 person)
Early – $100
Regular – $120
Late – $140

* Early Registration (thru 4/7/19) * Regular Registration (4/8/19 thru 6/30/19) * Late Registration (7/1/19 and after)

* No race day registration.

Swim Course

Open Water Swim – 800 Meters (.50 mi)

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 assist exiting swimmers if needed. A shoe drop will be available for athletes for the short, paved run up to transition.

It is mandatory that athletes wear swim caps during the entire duration of the swim. You will be given a swim cap at packet pick up.

XTERRA 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.
Expected water temperatures will be posted leading up to the event.

Bike Course

Mountain Bike – 13.0 Miles

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 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 very good course for first time participants.

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 first aid.

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 – Mile 1.5 (Wooden Bridge)
Aid Station #2 – Mile 2.5 (Wooden Bridge)
Aid Station #3 – Mile 4.2 (Finish Line)


Friday July 26, 2019

5:00 pm Packet Pickup at Panther Creek Bike Shop Begins
7:00 pm Packet Pickup Ends

Saturday July 27, 2019

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

Sunday July 28, 2019

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 XTERRA Panther Creek Triathlon Starts
11:00 am Awards Ceremony
12:00 pm Course Closes

Be sure to stick around for food, drinks, raffle prizes and awards after the race.


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


XTERRA 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. There will be no unofficial athletes allowed on the course.

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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