Come join in a weekend of fun and excitement as we play host to West Virginia's oldest triathlon. Starting in 1985 this event has become a favorite of triathletes and spectators alike.
The entire race is held in the Monongahela National Forest (under special use permit). The race starts with a .5 mile swim in chilly Summit Lake. Next is a 17.1 mile bike ride over 3 Kennison Mountain (elevation of 3,988 feet) to the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center. The race concludes with a 6.2 mile run down to the Cranberry Glades and back to the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center to the finish line.
Other activities include a Kids Duathlon (for 4th and 5th graders) open to the community and families of Triathletes from 1-2:30 p.m. at City Hall parking lot. Following the Duathlon all athletes and their families are invited to participate in activities surrounding our Community Health Expo from 3-7:00 p.m. to promote a healthsyle, sampling the foods and interacting with the Triathletes.
Triathletes also have a Saturday packet pick-up and social from 3-7:00 p.m. at the Chamber Office in Richwood. On Sunday there will be a post-race cookout at the finish line at the Nature Center. (Packets can also be picked up the morning of the race.) This is a spectator-friendly race with lots of food and fun for everyone.
Awards are given for numerous age groups, genders and teams. Each athlete eats for free at the cookout. (Spectators are encouraged to eat for a small donation.) Also, each athlete receives a free t-shirt.
The event is organized by the Richwood Area Chamber of Commerce and various sponsors.