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Olympic Distances

  1. Olympic Triathlon (individual or teams): 1,500 meter swim, 40K bike, 10K run
  2. Aqua Bike: 1,500 meter swim, 40K bike
  3. Open Water Swim: 1,500 meters
  • USA Triathlon License Information (Olympic distances):
    • All competitors are REQUIRED to have a Current USA Triathlon license or purchase a USAT license in order to compete.
    • Adults are one-day ($18) or annual ($60)
    • Youth ages 17 and under are required to have an annual license. $10 a year, athletes aged 13-17 can enjoy unlimited racing. Or, for $25, youth athletes can ensure membership through their 18th birthday.
    • TEAMS - $6 per relay leg.
  • Racing age is calculated as of Dec 31 of the current year.  Please CONFIRM RACING AGE with Registration Volunteers.
  • Transition opens at 6 am on race day.
  • Event will be held Rain or Shine
  • Courses are marked, but it's the racer's responsiblity to know the courses
  • Aid stations will include water, electrolytes and gels.  Hydration, plus fruit will be available as each racer finishes
  • Neutral Bike Service will be provided before the race and at Mandatory Bike Check-in at Transition.
  • Courses are measured with GPS and are not certified.
  • Wetsuits will be allowed according to USAT rules.  Announcements on current water conditions will be made before the race. Avg water temp in September is mid-80's.  See FAQ's for full details.
  • Each participant will be issued an ankle timing chip on race day at the transition area.  Bring your race bib with you when retrieving your timing chip.
  • All USA Triathlon in effect.  See below.

USA Triathlon Rules - a full list is below, plus the 8 most commonly violated.

Olympic / Open Water / Aqua Bike: Swim Course (1,500 meters) - 2 Loop course
The swim will take place in Lake DeGray and is an in water start.  The course is a counterclockwise and 2 laps. The start and finish area is on a large concrete boat ramp.  The swim course will close 60 minutes after the final swimmer enters the water. Historically the water temp averages is in the 80's. According to USA Triathlon regulations 4.4 if the water temp is 84F or above, wet suits will not be allowed. 

Olympic / Aqua Bike: Bike Course (40K)
This is an out and back course.  There are no aid stations on this course.

Olympic Run Course (10K)
The run course is a two lap course.  There will be aid stations approximately every mile.

Transition: A single transition area will be available.

  • Only athletes with bib numbers, race officials and race management will be allowed in transition.  NO others will be allowed in the transition area at any time during the event
  • NO riding in transition area
  • Participants will be allowed to remove their bikes (post race) from the transition area after all participants have returned from the bike portion of the race.  
  • Please be courteous and aware when removing your items.
  • Anyone removing their bike prior to the authorized time or without permission from the Race Director will be disqualified.
  • If you have special circumstances, such as work obligations or an emergency, please ask us and we will do our best to assist you.

MAPS - Olympic Distances


  • Use - 400 Skyline Dr, Arkadelphia, AR 71923 for directions and watch for event signage.  Google Map - for specific location.
  • Parking will be adjacent to the Transition area and is a first come, first serve basis on race day.
  • There is no fee for parking.
  • Volunteers will direct you where to park

Saturday at the Spillway Dam Recreation Area from 5 - 6 pm.  Experienced triathletes will discuss race-day preparation, nutrition, key do's and don'ts.  A USA Triathlon official will also be on hand to address USAT rules and regulations.  Bring your questions! 

COURSE TIME LIMITS:  Swim – 1 hour, 15 min; Bike: 2 hours ,15 min; Run – 1 hour, 30 min

MINIMUM AGE:  15 years by 12/31.  NO exceptions

Award Regulations for Triathlons

Door Prizes, Race Goodies

  • Custom finisher medals
  • Door prizes will include gift certificates and SWAG.
  • Post race food and well stocked aid stations.  There are options at the park for friends and family to purchase food.
  • Sponsors’ products and services will be in the goody bag for each participant.
  • Free t-shirt (or reduced option for upgraded shirt)

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