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Sprint Triathlon

500 yard swim, 13.5 mile bike, 5K run

  • USA Triathlon License Information (sprint distance pricing):
    • All competitors are REQUIRED to have a Current USA Triathlon license or purchase a USAT license in order to compete.
    • Adults are one-day ($13) 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.
  • Racing age is calculated as of Dec 31 of the current year.  Please CONFIRM RACING AGE with Registration staff.
  • Transition opens at 6 am on race day.
  • Event will be held Rain or Shine.
  • Courses are marked, but it's the racer's responsibility to know the courses.
  • Well stocked aid station, including water and Gatorade, 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.
  • Each participant will be issued an ankle chip when checking into transition on race day. Bring your race bib with you.
  • Wet suits will be allowed according to USAT rules. See FAQ's  Announcements on current water conditions will be made before the race. Avg water temp in September is mid-80's.
  • All USA Triathlon are in effect. See below.

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

MAPS - Sprint

Sprint Triathlon Swim (500 yards)
The swim will take place in Lake DeGray and is an in water start.  The course is a counterclockwise single lap swim.   The start and finish area is on a large concrete boat ramp. First turn is roughly 150 yards.  The swim course will close 60 minutes after the send off of the last wave. 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.

Sprint Triathlon Bike (13.5 miles)
The bike course is out and bike on Skyline Drive.  There is no aid station on this course.

Sprint Triathlon Run (3.1 miles)
The run course is an out and back using both Skyline Drive and Forestry Circle.  There will be an aid station approximately every mile along the course.

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.
  • 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.


  • 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! 

TIME LIMIT:  Swim – 1 hour; Bike – 2 hours; Run – 1 hour

MINIMUM AGE: 12 years of age as of 12/31 - NO exceptions

Award Protocols

Door Prizes, Race Goodies

  • Custom finisher medals
  • Door prizes will include gift certificates and tons of bike gear.
  • Post race food and well stocked aid stations.  There are options at the park for friends and family to purchase food.
  • Lots of sponsors’ products and services will be in the goody bag for each participant.
  • Free t-shirt

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