Mountain Lakes Triathlon

Saturday, Aug 4, 2018 at 7:00am


This race was held for the first time 31 years ago at Lake Guntersville State Park. We are so happy this community continues to support hosting this event and our great customers!

Now hosted in the heart of the City of Guntersville, don't miss our fastest sprint triathlon or choose our endurance distance (1 mile swim | 32.4 mile bike | 8 mile run.) This race has become the favorite for participants from Beginners to the Elite due to the flat, fast course, great post-race party, and of course the infamous tie-dye shirts and beach towels. This race has held the honor of USAT Sprint National Championship. With the addition of the endurance distance, there is an option for everyone!

Back in 2018 is the super fun Kid's Splash & Dash on Friday evening. Ages 7-10 complete 100 meters in the outdoor pool and a total of 1k (.62 miles) of running, while Ages 11-15 complete 200 meters in the pool and a total of 2k (1.24 miles) of running. The run takes place on a segment of the same lakeside greenway as the triathlon races on Saturday.

The city of Guntersville offers a warm welcome with great community support from local police & emergency management and from local volunteer groups. 


5:30 am: Transition Area Opens

5:30 am - 6:30 am: Late Registration and Packet Pick Up

6:30 am: Race Overview in Transition Area

7:00 am: Transition Closes. All bikes must be in transition area

7:00 am: Sprint Distance Start with Intermediate immediately following

9:30 am: Estimated Sprint Distance Awards

11:30 am: Estimated Intermediate Distance Awards 

Course Information:

The race staging is at the Guntersvile Recreation Center. We will allow overnight bike check in - security will be provided. Bike check in is NOT MANDATORY but it will make your race morning much easier if you want to drop off the day before.

The race transition area is organized based on your assigned race number. The bike racks are marked by ranges of "7" numbers, beginning with 1 through 7 and so on. Each bike rack ROW is also marked with a sign to help you find your row as you complete your swim-to-bike and bike-to-run transitions. Bikes do not have to be racked in numerical order ON the rack, but must be placed on the rack designated for your race number range.

Swim Course:

Endurance 1mi | Sprint 600yd

The 600 yard sprint swim and 1 mile endurance swim are in Lake Guntersville. The course will be set up so you swim counter clockwise, keeping buoys on your left. The endurance distance completes two loops of a half mile. Swimmers exit and re-enter the water to complete the 2nd loop. See the swim map for distinguishing buoys to follow and be sure to listen to race staff instructions at the swim start should there be any changes to course design on race morning.

The swim will be conducted in a time-trial fashion. Race numbers are assigned by estimated swim time. A racer will enter the water approximately every 3 seconds, with relay teams starting before individuals. Aquabike racers will start based on estimated swim time. Course buoys are placed to keep racers to stay on course. To assist you in determining your swim time, follow this pace chart provided by US Masters Swimming. Cyclorun racers will be advised when they can leave on the bike, as soon as the first swimmer enters the transition area.

There will be no moving up in swim order on race day. Pre-register by the Wednesday night before the race to get a spot in the swim order!!!! All registrants after that time will have the UPPER numbers and starting at the rear. 

 USA Triathlon Wet Suit Rules:

The water is expected to be around 80F. An official temperature will be announced race morning and an afternoon temperature will be announced on Friday at the racer meeting.

Article 4.4: Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wet suit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards.

Bike Course:

Endurance 32.4mi | Sprint 16.2mi

The bike course is a 16.2 mile loop with a mix of residential and rural roads. It is flat and fast, with only a couple SMALL rolling hills. This course has only right hand turns, so do not turn unless it is marked, there is a sign, or a volunteer clearly tells you to turn. THE ENDURANCE DISTANCE COMPLETES TWO LOOPS OF THE SPRINT COURSE.  There will be a water only bottle exchange point for the Endurance Bikers after they pass back by transition. 

Run Corse:

Endurance 6mi | Sprint 3mi

The run course is a 3 mile out-and-back on a paved running trail that winds along Lake Guntersville. This is one flat and fast run course! Please stay to your left on the running trail throughout the course to reduce congestion.

The endurance distance is two loops of the sprint course, for a total of 6 miles.


All triathlon finishers receive a race logo finisher medal Fastest and Largest Clubs / Teams will be recognized.

Endurance Race Special Awards

Overall Winners Get Team Magic Gift Codes for Future Races

$200, $150, $100 - Top 3 Men and Women

$50 - 1st Overall Male and Female Masters

$50 - 1st Overall Male and Female Grand Masters

Overall Awards Both Distances

Top 3 Overall: Male & Female

Top 3 Overall: Beginner Male & Female

Top 3 Masters (40+): Male & Female

Top 3 Grand Masters (50+): Male & Female

Top 3 Weight Class Division Male & Female: Clydesdale & Athena

Top 3 Masters (40+) Clydesdale & Athena

Top 3 Overall Relay Team in each category: male, female, mixed, family, corporate

1st Overall Aquabike Male & Female

1st Overall Cyclorun Male & Female

1st Overall Paratriathlete Male & Female

Age Groups:Sprint Distance 12&Under, 13-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+

Endurance Distance Same as above starting at 15-19

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