HAYWOOD — Hundreds of triatheltes from across the South will descend on Haywood County for the Lake Logan Multisport Festival Aug. 7-8.
The epic triathlon weekend features three races over two days with varying distances for the swim-bike-run legs.
The event has exploded in popularity since its inception 15 years ago.
“Everyone enjoys the scenery, and Lake Logan is indescribable,” said race organizer Greg Duff of Glory Hound Events. “It’s a special location and on top of that we’re one of the only ones to have a wetsuit legal competition because of cooler water temperatures.”
After a swim across Lake Logan, triathletes will then mount their bikes for a ride down into Bethel and along the Pigeon River Valley, with the longer bike legs taking riders all the way through Clyde and out to Iron Duff and Crabtree.
Then, its on to the third and final running segment on the roads around Lake Logan.
All events include an aquabike and relay categories.
While the triathlons typically fill up by race day, there are still spots available. To register for the race or for more info, click here.
Here’s the line-up:
• Lake Logan Half: Saturday, Aug. 7
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
The 1.2 mile one lap swim in this pristine mountain lake has a unique course starting near the main docks but finishing under the highway bridge in the mouth of the river. The 56-mile bike course will include a loop through Clyde and the farmlands of Crabtree. The run then traverses two-lane, tree canopied road along the river.
• Lake Logan International Triathlon: Sunday, Aug. 8
1500-meter swim, 24-mile bike, 10K run
The international distance race has become one of the premier races in the Southeast, attracting athletes from across the country. The Sunday date provides a great option for couples wanting a variety of races to choose from over the weekend.
• Lake Logan Sprint Triathlon: Sunday. Aug. 8
500-meter swim, 12-mile bike, 5K run
The Lake Logan Sprint Triathlon will cap off the second day of the Lake Logan Multi Sport Festival. This race includes all of the great features of the international distance race but in a smaller scale.