XTERRA Panther Creek Off-Road Triathlon and Trail Runs on July 29th and 30th will test athletes over the rugged hills and magnificent terrain of East Tennessee while uncovering the beauty of Panther Creek State Park.
Nestled around Cherokee Lake, Panther Creek State Park is a rural playground for mountain bikers and trail runners alike. The park has wonderful single track - both wide and tight - mowed paths, and a few old roads. Located northeast of Knoxville and just north of the Great Smoky Mountains, Panther Creek has a rich history dating back to the 1700's.
XTERRA Panther Creek Half Marathon & 4.2 Mile Trail Race - July 29th
XTERRA Panther Creek 4.2 Mile Course
Most of the run course resembles that of a cross country course. The most technical part of the run occurs near the halfway point after a wooden bridge crossing, but then gives way to open fields and rolling hills. A great course for beginner trail runners.
XTERRA Panther Creek Half Marathon
The half marathon course starts off on the same trails as the shorter trail race but then migrates to the more technical and scenic parts of the park. A good portion of the half marathon course runs along the shoreline of Cherokee Lake before tackling the lesser known areas of Panther Creek State Park when rolling hills give way to steady climbs.
To register for the XTERRA Panther Creek Trail Runs, visit www.dirtybirdevents.com
XTERRA Panther Creek Off-Road Triathlon - July 30th
The 800 meter swim will be held in the namesake Panther Creek. Swimmers will navigate a two lap, clockwise course before exiting for transition. The paved boat ramp will provide athletes with a safe and quick exit from the water.
The 13-mile bike course starts from the paved parking lot at the Panther Creek Boat Ramp and immediately heads to the single track trails of Panther Creek State Park. The single track trails vary in difficulty as they make their way around the park. Riders will cross the entrance road twice on each lap, providing spectators the chance to cheer on athletes. There are plenty of opportunities for faster riders to pull ahead, as some of the main trails are wide enough to fit side by side with another cyclist. The bike course has its challenges, but it is a very good course for first time participants.
The 4.2 mile run course (the same course as the trail run) shares the bike course for the first stretch before breaking off and exploring the other side of the park.
To register for the XTERRA Panther Creek Off-Road Triathlon, visit www.dirtybirdevents.com