Lake Raystown Triathlon May 15, 2016

The Lake Raystown Triathlon will be held at Lake Raystown Resort on May 15th, 2016 starting at 8:00AM.  Raystown Lake, with over 118 miles of shoreline and 8300 acres of water, is the largest lake in Pennsylvania and one of the largest man made lakes east of the Mississippi River. The bike course follows  much of The Fisherman’s Tour road cycling route. This ride will take participants through many quiet and scenic areas, including rolling to flat terrain, pavement quality is good, average posted speeds range from 25 mph to 45 mph. There will be numerous long climbs throughout the bike course. The run route will take participants back out of the resort on high quality pavement with minimal terrain change offering a  flat run.

The event will be offered as 3 different event lengths in 2016  70.3, Olympic and Sprint distance.

Lake Raystown Triathlon Swim Course Summary

Course Summary: Sprint Swimmers will do a back course. Olympic participants will swim in a triangle, Half participants will swim in a larger triangle. The triathlon is in May, in Pennsylvania….the water will not be warm. By having proper equipment to swim in you will have no problem. You can test the waters at check in on Saturday- the average temperature around 65 degrees according to the Army Corp of Engineers. At the first year of the event the temperature was 58 degrees- we had no problems. Wetsuits are allowed, neoprene booties and gloves are allowed, insulated head caps are allowed- wear whatever is going to make you comfortable as long as it isn’t your fins or pull buoy 

 American Adventure Sports has a small collection of wetsuits at their shop for rent/sale along with everything else listed- if you don’t have one but would like to rent one for the event please contact us, if you’d like to purchase one  let us know and we will hook you up with a sweet deal for doing our race and shopping with us. We can bring the wetsuit to you for check in on Saturday you will simply have to return it after the race- rentals are $50. 

Lake Raystown Triathlon Bike Course Summary

Course Summary: The first 4 miles are a general trend of climbing you start at 800 feet, and end up at 1300 feet by the end of that first 4 mile stretch. Then, the course rolls onward until a little after mile 11.  At this point, you climb from a little over 1,100 feet to a little over 1,600 feet by mile 14. This is the one giant hill in the course- you can do it!  What goes up must go down, and down you shall go the next 10 miles. Up to this point you have been on the straight line on the map now you turn left on to the “lollipop” portion of the course you can see on the  map. The general trend is down, but there’s still some rollers to climb, and to shift into, so be prepared and practicing shifting ahead and anticipating the hills. If you know how to properly shift your  bike these rollers will be fun and take you all the way back to where you came back out on the lollipop.Unfortunately what goes down must go back up. At this point you’re about halfway through the bike and it’s time to climb that big hill we mentioned earlier again. Put your head down and crush it- now you get the long run downhill again- wheeee! Now it’s finally time to head back at this point it’s everything you did earlier backwards where you get to go up everything you went down and vice versa. Your legs will feel like bags of bricks when you get back, you’ll pull yourself together and hit the run!

Elevation: This is bike course in both fun and challenging it offers around 5,000 feet of elevation gain  through beautiful farmland.

(8) Aid Location Description: start, mile 8 (sprint turn around), mile 12.5 (olympic turn around) mile 15 (start of lollipop), mile 25 (far right of lollipop), mile 38 (far left of lollipop), mile 41 (finish of lollipop), mile 43.5 (olympic turn), Finish.

  • Stations will include water, gatorade and gels.

Lake Raystown Triathlon Run Course Summary

Course Summary: The course will start with a loop at Lake Raystown resort that is approximately 1 mile once you have completed this loop you will go out on the course to run an out and back course.

If you are participating in the Olympic or Sprint you will not have to do the prologue lap the course is simply a straight out and back.

Elevation: This run course is relatively flat  with around 1,000 feet of elevation as you run past the lake.

(8) Aid Location Description: start, mile 1.55 (sprint turn/entrance to resort), mile 3.1 (olympic turn), mile 5.5 (left turn on to old Entriken Cemetry Road), mile 7 (half turn around), mile 8.5 (right turn back onto Old Plank Road), mile 11 (olympic turn), 12.5 (entrance to resort), finish

  • Stations will include water, gatorade and gels.
Posted on March 29, 2016 and filed under events.