XTERRA Tsali is held on the famous Tsali trail system near Bryson City in Western North Carolina. This park is a perfect venue for an off-road triathlon, as it has some of the area’s best lakes, a fun and fast trail system, and a quiet, comfortable setting. The .5 mile lake swim will start off the event as athletes begin on East shore and swim out to a marked point in the lake and then back to the beach. After exiting the water, the racers face a short run to the transition area to begin the 5 mile run course on the "right loop alternate" trail. The mountain bike leg, which consists of a 10 mile loop, will take the riders around the popular “left loop” to the finish in the Transition area.