FAQ

Swim waves will be assigned on race week.

Please note: Participants will compete in whichever age group they would be in as of Dec. 31st, 2015. In other words, your age group for the Luray Triathlon will be determined by your age on December 31st, 2015.

For example, if you are 44 now but turn 45 on September 1, your race age will be 45 because you will be 45 on December 31, 2015. As such, you will race in the 45-49 age group at Luray Triathlon, not the 40-44 age group.

 

Participants will compete in whichever age group they would be in as of Dec. 31st, 2015. In other words, your age group for the 2014 season will be determined by your age on December 31st, 2014.

For example, if you are 44 now but turn 45 on September 1, your race would be 45 because you would be 45 on December 31, 2015. As such, you would race in the 45-49 age group at Luray Triathlon, not the 40-44 age group.

The minimum weights are 220+ lbs for Clydesdales and 165+ lbs for Athenas.

There will be a $5,000 total cash prize purse ($2,500 each race) for the Luray Triathlon in 2014. Cash will be awarded to the top 3 Male & Female OPEN and ELITE Division athletes (no relays) in each race as follows: 1st – $600, 2nd – $400, 3rd – $250.

Please note:

  • ELITE and OPEN Division athletes will start in wave 1 and compete for the top 3 overall awards and the prize money. They will not be eligible for age group awards.
  • Age group athletes not in the OPEN Division will only compete for age group awards and not overall awards.

Top 3 in each of the following categories:

  • Overall (M & F) – OPEN and ELITE athletes
  • Masters Overall (M&F 40+)
  • Age Group (M&F): 15 & Under,16-19, 20-24, 25-29, etc.
  • Clydesdales (M 220+ Lbs) and Masters Clydesdales (40+)
  • Athenas (F 165+ Lbs) and Masters Athenas (40+)
  • Novice (M&F)
  • Relay Teams (Mixed, All Male, All Female)
  • Luray Local Finisher (M&F)
  • Military (M&F)
  • Aquabike (M&F)

Please note:

  • ELITE and OPEN Division athletes will start in wave 1 and compete for the top 3 overall awards and the prize money. They will not be eligible for age group awards.
  • Age group athletes not in the OPEN Division will only compete for age group awards and not overall awards.

Questions? Please visit luraytriathlon.com for more details about the race.

We have a sampling of photos from each race in our Photo Gallery with links to the websites for each race’s official photographer to view all of the race photos.

We will take 700 regular entries and 50 charity entries for each race. Both races are expected to fill up before race day.

The United Way of Page County will once again be the primary beneficiary for the 2014 triathlon. This organization was selected because they are an all volunteer organization that gives money to multiple non-profit organizations all within the Luray and Page County communities. All benefiting non-profits are carefully screened for need and usage. The triathlon has raised more than $66,000 to the United Way of Page County since 2009.

You may also choose to make an optional donation to the United Way of Page County at time of registration.

Here is a very basic explanation of blocking, but to learn more we suggest you visit www.usatriathlon.org and view the rules information posted in Section 5.10 “Position Fouls” on the bike.

“Blocking” is considered the other common rule violation that takes place on the bike course. Blocking typically occurs when a rider is not riding on the far right side of the road, making it difficult (and dangerous) for other rides to pass. Don’t get caught riding along next to your friend. If you’re the one on the left you’ll get a “blocking” foul.

Here is a very basic explanation of drafting, but to learn more we suggest you consult the USA Triathlon website and view the rules information posted. (Please see Section 5.10 for “Position Fouls” on the bike.)

“Drafting” is basically riding right behind another competitor on the bike course. By drafting behind someone you gain an unfair advantage because it allows you to ride at the same speed as the person you’re following without exerting as much energy. In the sport of triathlon for age group events here in the U.S. drafting is not allowed.

You can find a copy of the USA Triathlon rules including a list and description of the most commonly violated rules at USA Triathlon.

Yes. Relay teams can be all males, all females or mixed.  We will be giving top 3 awards for Male, Female and Mixed relays.

Yes. A relay team member may do either one or two of the three events.

There will be no aid stations during the bike.

There will be three aid stations on the run that you will pass approximately every 1 mile.  Each run aid station will have water and HEED sports drink by Hammer Nutrition.

Everyone will rack their bikes each race morning in the transition area starting at 6 AM. All bikes must be racked by 7:45 AM.

No. Each participant must collect his/ her own event packets.

Photo ID is required in order to collect event materials. NO ID = NO EVENT. USAT annual members must show a valid USAT membership card at packet pickup or pay the one day membership fee ($12).

The race takes place at Lake Arrowhead Park near the town of Luray, VA (approximately 90 miles WSW of Washington, DC).  For map and directions, please click HERE.

Purchase and download a 16-week Official Luray Triathlon Training Plan.

Be sure to also sign up for our Luray Triathlon Race Prep Clinic offered on August 9th for the opportunity to practice on the race course under guidance of expert coaches.

Finally, School of Tri offers complimentary online resources including more than 100 training tips videos and webinars on a variety of triathlon-related topics.

The wetsuit guidelines set forth by USA Triathlon state:

  • USAT rules state that competitors may wear wetsuits if the water temperature is 78 degrees or lower.
  • USAT rules also state that if the water temperature is between 78.1 – 83.9 degrees, competitors may wear wetsuits but will not be eligible for awards.
  • If the water temperature is 84 degrees or above, participants may not wear wetsuits.

The official water temperature will be taken by our USA Triathlon race officials each race morning.

Wetsuits have been allowed in 14 out of the 18 Luray Triathlon races since 2006.

Historically, Lake Arrowhead water temperatures have been in the high 70’s / low 80’s for August. Wetsuits have been allowed in 12 out of the 18 races in the last nine years so there is a reasonable likelihood that the water temperature will be 78F or under.  The water temperature was wetsuit legal (< 78F) on both Saturday and Sunday in 2014.

We will post unofficial lake temperatures on luraytriathlon.com and Facebook starting a week before the race.

The official water temperature will be taken by our USA Triathlon race officials each race morning.

All athletes must complete the Luray Sprint Triathlon in under 3 hours 15 minutes and the Luray International Triathlon in under 4 hours 15 minutes. Event officials reserve the right to pull a participant off the course for safety reasons if it appears as though that participant will not be able to complete the event in under the cut off time.

Luray Triathlon has a NO REFUND policy.

However, if you are unable to attend the race this year, you may either:

  1. Defer your entry in 2015 to the same race in 2016 for a $30 fee or
  2. Transfer your entry to another athlete for a $20 fee.

To defer your entry to 2016:

  • Go to imathlete.com and login to access your Luray Triathlon registration
  • Go to “Manage Registration”
  • Select “Deferral” and indicate you want to Defer
  • Pay $30
  • Receive a code to register for next year

To transfer your entry to another athlete:

  • Go to imathlete.com and login to access your Luray Triathlon registration
  • Go to “Manage Registration”
  • Select “Transfer”
  • Type in to whom you are transferring your entry.
  • This person will receive a code to register for the $20 transfer fee.

You may also transfer your own entry from Luray International to Luray Sprint (or vice versa). There is a a $25 fee to transfer from Luray Sprint to International and a $10 fee to transfer from Luray International to Sprint. Please note that once a race is full, you may no longer transfer into it. Please contact us to initiate a transfer.

All requests for deferrals and transfers between races and individuals must be made on or before by August 5, 2015.

 

Each year we set aside 50 Charity entries into each race to benefit the United Way of Page County, which provides the majority of our volunteers on race weekend and serves 10 local non-profit organizations. For each $200 Charity entry, we’ll donate $150 to United Way.

Please see results.

Please see each race’s respective race information page for course map and other importance information:

Yes, you can. David outlines what you can and can’t ride in this short video below: