Toughman Tennessee Half Iron Triathlon
Oct. 14, 2018 Pre-Event Information
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S 1/2 mi, B 17 mi, R 5K

Half: S 1.2 mi, B 56, R 13.1 
Sprint: S .5K, B 12 mi, R 5K 
Goose Pond Colony, Scottsboro, AL

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Tellico Summer Solstice Sprint & Olympic Triathlons 
S 800/1500 mtr, B 16 mi/40K, R 5K/10K USAT Sanc

June 9 - Tellico Half Marathon - 10K & 5K 
Lenoir City, TN

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S 1.5K / .5K, B 40K / 22K, R 10K / 5K 
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Fall Creek Falls SP,
Pikeville, TN USAT Sanc

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Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Fall Creek Falls SP,
Pikeville, TN

Swim 400 mtr Bike 24K Run 5K Scottsboro, AL USAT Sanc

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Oct. 12 Atomic Sprint / Olympic Triathlon / Duathlon
Sprint: S 500 mtr or 5K R, B 30K, R 5K USAT Sanc
Oly: S 1.5K, B 40K, R 10K

Oct. 13 Toughman TN Half Iron an Atomic Experience
S 1.2 mi B 56 mi R 13.1 mi TVA Melton Hill, Lenoir City, TN

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Thank you for your registration to the 2018 Toughman Tennessee Half Iron Triathlon. This is the 16th annual race and second year in association with the Toughman Triathlon series. We hope you enjoy the race amenities, courses and have a great day of  racing!

Toughman Tennessee has qualifying slots to the Toughman Championship Half Iron event held in New York each September. All athletes have the opportunity to compete in an Elite wave for a CASH purse. You do not have to be a PRO to be in this wave.

Below are pre-race instructions, bike map, run map & Common USAT Violations.  Volunteers and Police will be assisting but drivers don't always heed signs, volunteers & Police - please be careful. COURSES ARE OPEN TO TRAFFIC.

Weather / Water:  Welcome to October! Chilly mornings and warm afternoons. Water temperature was 78 degrees Monday 10/1  - temps will go down over the next 2 weeks as lake levels are lowered  & expect wetsuits to be legal. USAT officials will provide the official water temperature each race morning. Forecast for Oct. 14 now shows clear weather with a high of 70 & low near 50. Let's hope that holds true.

Live Results / Schedule: We will post the link for the Live Results on the Endurance Sports Management site as soon as numbers are assigned. Please review the time-tables below for schedules to arrive, awards, food, etc. Please let us know if you need to leave early to accommodate getting awards early. You, your family & friends can request free result updates via text or e-mail by going to RSU page, click on participants & click on receive notifications box next to your name. Free is good!

Finishers Awards:  Races will have custom finisher medal & custom Toughman TN visor. Please make sure you get your awards as you finish! 

Lodging / Food: Here is a link to area hotels and restaurants that may be helpful. Most are within 5 - 6 miles of the park entrance. MELTON HILL CAMPING LINK. Right across from transition.

Showers: the bath house right at the swim area has showers with hot water, courtesy of the solar panels on the roof. 

Area Attractions: Visit Knoxville (link) - make sure you check out all Knoxville has to offer - Dollywood / Pigeon Forge - click here for details on fun things to do in the Smokies & at Dollywood - great Fall colors and attractions for all - Great Smokies National Park - see why GSNP is the most visited park in the nation

Swag - We've had quite a few displaced triathletes signup in the last two weeks with race cancellations due to weather. We are doing our best to get the promised swag items but may give you additional choices &/or provide swag post event.  

Please let us know how we can assist you. Racers have special needs and we'd like to help in any way we can!

Thank you for choosing our Atomic races. We look forward to seeing you weekend after next! 

Train safe & race fast,           Kevin  
Kevin Mahan   only TN  Level 2 USAT Certified Race Director - USAT Century Club 100+  
Office 865.271-7535
Welcome to the 2018 Toughman TN - an Atomic Experience Half Iron Triathlon!  Below is a race schedule for easy reference.  Also included below are some race reminders.  Remember to check  our web site for any updates.
Sponsors: The Health Shoppe, Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, Rudy Project, Xterra Wetsuits, Cedar Bluff Cycles & Tennessee Valley Authority.

PACKET PICKUP & LATE REGISTRATION- PICTURE ID REQUIRED Saturday, Oct. 13th  - 5:30 PM - 7 PM at race site - see race location below. Sunday - Race morning from 6 AM to 7:15 AM at race site. Registration is open race morning! Relays MUST come together to pick-up packets - no exceptions. Bring USAT card & photo ID.
RACE  LOCATION - The TVA Melton Hill Recreation Area is located outside  Lenoir City TN just off Hwy 321/95 adjacent to the Melton Hill Campground, 201 Campground Road. Lenoir City, TN 37771.  The race site is about 30 miles West of Knoxville, TN. From I-40 exit #364 towards  Oak Ridge  approximately 1/2 mile to park entrance on your RIGHT Look for Toughman TN banners! 
IMPORTANT - PARKING: Lower lots below dam - walk up hill to transition. No boat ramp access for racers. Upper bath house lot gear / bike drop-off OK but no parking.
Remember to stay to the far right unless you are passing someone. Helmets must be buckled at  ALL  TIMES WHILE ON THE  BIKE . This includes warm up and after the event! No warnings! Please do not ruin your day by not wearing your helmet! Photo ID is required at packet pickup for all participants. Bring your USAT card to registration or be prepared to pay the $15 one-day fee. Link to 10 Common USAT Violations
Course Map Links -  Swim (2 loops) - Bike - Run (2 loops)

Timing - Disposable Triathlon Timing Strap w/chips attached will be used. Closure is with peal off tape area of strap.  STRAP WILL BE PLACED ON LEFT ANKLE AT PACKET PICKUP FRIDAY OR SATURDAY. Additional Gorilla tape will be available should you think you need it. Please make sure timing strap is put on a little "loose" for comfort & to allow for any lower leg swelling. No return of strap after event.

The swim is a wave start from just outside the swim area at the dam end. The course will be a two-loop rectangular course all outside swim area, finishing on the beach of the swim area after second loop - NO EXIT LOOP 1. Keep buoys to your Right. Follow flagging/markings to transition area. Provided swim cap MUST BE WORN. See waves noted in timeline below.  
BIKE TRANSITION AND  COURSE Bike racks will be on a first come basis. All competitors will be going through the entire transition area. NO RIDING ON GRASS. Bike will be mounted in the boat ramp lot and dismounted in the upper lot by the bath house. NOTE: Hwy 95 has paved WIDE SHOULDERS most of the route - Cyclists are to ride to the RIGHT OF THE WHITE LINE WHENEVER POSSIBLE.

Half Iron Bike has a total of 8 turns over the 56 miles as follows: Transition 1.5 miles to park Exit to Hwy. 95 Right #1 
- continue approx. 6 miles to Right #2 onto Oak Ridge Turnpike (ORTP) - follow ORTP approx. 4 miles to turn-around @ Wisconsin #3 - Portable Toilet & Police here - continue on ORTP West approx. 10.5 miles to turn-around @ Interstate 40 #4 - Water Bottle X-change / timing verification point in front of Weigle's store with 700 ml. Deere Park water bottles - continue East on ORTP 10.5 miles back to Wisconsin - you will complete the Loop 1 of ORTP as you pass Hwy. 95 interchange - Wisconsin turn-around is #5 - West on ORTP 10.5 miles again to Interstate 40 turn-around #6 - pass bottle X-change / timing point - East on ORTP to Right onto Hwy. 95 @ interchange approx. 6.5 miles is turn #7 - return Hwy. 95 approx. 6 miles to Left back into park #8 - 1.5 miles to dismount in UPPER LOT PAST BATH HOUSE - not boat ramp.

See bike course map above - route is basically like starting at the bottom of the letter"T" (as in TN!) - up the base & back are the first & final 7.5 miles with two significant climbs - the top part of the "T" is the ORTP where you will complete two-loops & return to park. ORTP is pretty flat & don't forget to leave some gas in the tank to get back over those two climbs!   
Cedar Bluff Cycles will be on-site for bike adjustments and ESM staff will help on the bike course.
Run Course -
the run is scenic, rolling route to the rear exit of TVA park, right on Woodlawn Road to left on Buttermilk, (YELLOW Cones will mark course side of road -  stay near cones to avoid cars) . Follow to left on Davis Road to turnaround .2 miles past Rocky Top Road. Return back same route to first loop turnaround just inside park. Runners will pass 14 aid stations on the two-loop course. Each will be ready with Base Performance, oranges, pretzels, water and ice - Gels at certain stations. Timing mat at turn-around on Rocky Top passed twice for course verification. Porta-pottie at rear park exit.

Beverages / food will be available after the race. Splits will be available at result kiosks under pavilion & posted on-line after final finisher.

Awards are set for 3 PM or 7 1/2 hours from start. This is based on past years finish times. Please notify staff if you cannot stay to get your award. LIVE RESULTS 
via  will be available & results posted on our site approx. 4 PM.

RACE SCHEDULE SATURDAY Oct. 13th - 5:30 - 7 PM
Registration & Packet Pickup @ TVA Melton Hill Dam, 201 Campground Road, Lenoir City, TN 37771
       *Bring Photo ID * & USAT Membership Card  

SUNDAY -  Oct. 9th  - Race Day !
6:00 am - 7:00 am EST  - Packet pick-up & body marking.
Pick-up timing chip. - * Bring Photo ID *
Parking:  Please follow signs and park in lots on left before dam hill. Walk your bike and gear to the transition.

Swim Verification - Please pass between streamer flagging to get to swim start for an accounting of all who enter water. This is a USAT requirement & good idea!
7:15 am EST - Bikes must be in the transition area -
7:30 am EST - National Anthem - Wave swim starts begin at 3-minute intervals.
7:30  - Males Under 40
7:33  - Males 40 - 49
7:36 - Males 50+ & Clydesdale
7:39 - Female Under 40 & Athena
7:42 - Female  40+, 
Relays & Aqua Bike
Noon - Pasta  / Pizza delivery arrives! Other food & drink await your finish!
3 PM -Awards ceremony & DOOR PRIZES
Lenoir City Hotels
Inn of Lenoir Motor Lodge (865) 986-8043 503
Hampton Inn (865) 988-2000
King's Inn Motel (865) 986-9091 
Crossroads Inn (865) 986-6454
Days Inn (865) 986-2011 
Econo Lodge (865) 986-0295
Comfort Inn (865) 988-8880
Ramada Inn Limited (865) 986-9000 
Holiday Inn Express (877) 863-4780 
Knoxville Hotels Nearby - Econo Lodge 
(865) 288-3641 Concord, TN
Holiday Inn Express W-Campbell Stat. RD 
(800) 718-8466 Knoxville, TN