"Thank you for a fantastic event! This was our first year at the Watauga Lake Triathlon, and we'll definitely be back next year. We loved every aspect of the race. The event location is fantastic. The bike course really showcases the area, and we enjoyed the scenery as we huffed and puffed up the long climbs. We enjoyed the challenging nature of the course."



Thanks to all who participated
in the Tenth Annual 2014 Event!


The Watauga Lake Triathlon was inspired by the picturesque countryside and pristine waters of Watauga Lake. Watauga literally means "beautiful water" and it certainly holds true to its given name. Watauga holds the distinction of being the highest reservoir (more than 1900 feet above sea level) in the Tennessee river system. Surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest and flanked by the Appalachain Mountains, Watauga Reservoir is arguably the most scenic in the Tennessee River Watershed.

2015 Race To Be Held September 12
Entering our second decade, the Eleventh Annual event will take place at 8:00am on Saturday, September 12, 2015, at the Sugar Grove Baptist Church (directions) and a local family farm perched on the banks of the lake in a scenic, pastoral setting. This will be a low-key festive event with overall and age group awards, and a post-race barbecue.

ONLINE REGISTRATION will be available until Thursday, September 10th at midnight.

ON-SITE REGISTRATION on race day begins at 6:30am and closes at 7:30am.

PLEASE REMEMBER: This is a USA Triathlon (USAT) sanctioned event. Current USAT members will need to show their membership card and photo ID when they pick up their race packet. Non-USAT members who registered for the event through are covered as long as they indicated that they were not USAT members (the $12 one-day license fee was added to their total race cost). If you are a non-USAT member who is registering on race day or has not otherwise paid the $12 one-day license fee, make sure you have cash for this when you pick up your race packet.

PACKET PICK-UP: You can pick up your race packets the day before the race (Friday, Sept. 11) from 4-7pm at Footsloggers in downtown Boone, NC. Otherwise, you can pick your packet up the morning of the race at the event site between 6:30 and 7:30am.

CHECK THE WEATHER: For up-to-the-minute details on local weather, check

2015 Appalachian Challenge
Stand Up Paddleboard Race

The 3rd Annual Appalachian Challenge will take place at 9:00am on Saturday, September 12, 2015 in Butler, TN, in conjunction with the Watauga Lake Triathlon. more...

Don't miss the 4th Annual Surviving The Snake

100K and 50K Bicycle Ride in Mountain City, TN
2015 date to be announced...

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We're proud to announce that a portion of our proceeds since 2011 have been donated to The Cancer Resource Alliance.

The Cancer Resource Alliance, an outreach arm of Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center, was established in 2006 to empower cancer survivors and their loved ones to be active partners in their healing journey - inspiring hope through education and support. This team of volunteers, cancer survivors and healthcare professionals has developed programs and services to help cancer survivors and their families find support during and after diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Since 2006, the CRA has developed and supported services including community outreach, exercise programs and regular support groups.

Current programs offered through the CRA include "Connections" survivor to survivor support group. A peer to peer group established to provide support during treatment. The Art Cart program provides creative activities for patients during treatment. Massage therapy is offered through the CRA for patients receiving treatment. The CRA also offers the Cancer Resource Center which is stocked with over 200 books, tapes and videos covering a variety of cancer-related topics which are available for check-out. A wig bank with wigs, turbans and hats are available for free through the CRA. Bras and prosthetics are also available. Nutritional services provide nutrition counseling and a newsletter is in development to provide patients with information about services and resources.

Previous charities of WLT include: Blue Ridge Rural Land Trust, Western Youth Network, Johnson County Rescue Squad, and Sugar Grove Baptist Church.

Thanks to all for making this an enjoyable and successful event for 10 consecutive years!

For more information about Watauga Lake, visit Great information and links to bed and breakfasts, restaurants, marinas, real estate and various activities to pursue while you're in the area. Check out the new Watauga Lake Winery, just off the cycling course!

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