The Black Hills Triathlon is set to a Sprint Triathlon distance, ideal for competitors who are new to the sport.
The 1/2 mile Swim takes place in Long Lake located in Lacey, WA. Long Lake Park features one of the finest swimming beaches in Thurston County, as well as sand volleyball and barbeque facilities. The 285 feet of beach frontage stands in contrast to the ten heavily-wooded acres that provide an evergreen entrance to the park site. The upland area has picnic facilities and pedestrian trails through the woods.
The Bike course is an open 17.3mile loop and begins at the exit on the West end of the Bike Barn. Bikers will walk their bikes out of the barn to the mount line. They will not be allowed to mount their bike until their helmet strap is fastened. They will exit the fairgrounds turning right on Carpenter. Proceed to Pacific Ave turning right. Proceed on Pacific to Union Mills and Turn right. Stay on Union Mills until it terminates on Marvin and turn left. Go to the traffic circle at Pacific and Marvin. Stay in the right hand lane which will be closed to traffic and coned off. Bikers will turn right onto Pacific as it becomes Yelm Hwy route 510. Proceed to Old Yelm Hwy turning right. Proceed to Meridian and turn right. Proceed to Mullen turning left. Proceed to Carpenter turning right. Proceed to boat Launch Street turning right. Dismount at line and enter transition at East side of Bike Barn. Proceed down appropriate row to rack bike and get on running gear. Runners will continue West thru transition to exit at corner and on to run course.
The run course is a 5k loop. Approximately half (2.4k) of the course is on the shoulder or sidewalk of an open road. 2.6k is on trails or paths that are within parks and closed to traffic. There course consists of a variety of running surfaces including compact dirt, pavement, asphalt, wood chips, and grass. All unpaved surfaces are established trails and maintained by City of Lacey Parks and Recreation. All paved areas are also publicly owned and maintained. The minimum width of any path, shoulder, trail, or sidewalk is 4.5 ft.
The Black Hills Triathlon in Lacey is a premier, USAT sanctioned, sprint distance triathlon organized by a team of event specialists who are passionate about providing a safe and well-organized race of the highest quality. As a community event, we are proud to have the support of both business owners and residents and we are dedicated to representing our community in a positive manner. Our race is uniquely suited to both the beginning triathlete and the seasoned competitor and features a ½ mile swim in beautiful Long Lake, a 17 mile bike ride and a 3.1 mile trail/road run. We offer a covered transition area, incredible volunteers and amazing swag. We look forward to seeing you on race day!