The Beast of the East Half Steelman Triathlon
The Beast of the East Half Steelman Triathlon
May 20th 2012
About this race:
Some changes to be found below:
We do our swim in a fresh water lake with nothing that can eat you, sting you or bite you. Average water temp at this time of year is low to mid 70s (wet suits will be legal).
Our bike course is done on smooth paved roads with light traffic (back roads for the most part) where you will see more cows than cars. There is one climb (called the Beast of the East) that will get your heart pumping, but other than that, rolling hills with great scenery will be the most memorable part of the course. You may want to carry a camera…(just kidding)… You won't be on crowded streets riding up and down the highway navigating between all the traffic.
Our run is a 2 lap course that, once again, will have panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains. It is a beautiful run and for the most part flat and fast. There is one hill (the Beast of the East) that you will have to deal with on each lap…it's a 3/10 mile pull to the top of the dam, then your back to flat, fast running. You won't have to be running on a hot crowded road filled with cars and big buildings to look at.
I'm not trying to put down other races that are held at the beach, because they are fun races and have mega turnouts whereas our race closes out at 150. It is a small race that you will remember and talk about for a long time. So, if you have been racing with 1500 other races at the beach, this will be a refreshing change for you.
Sign up before December 30 and get the lowest price!!
We Hope To See You Here
Transition area is the start of the bike
.45 to left onto Myers Chapel Rd
Mile 2: turn left onto Hwy 69
Mile 3: turn right onto Crooked Creek (339)
Mile 6.5: turn right onto Hwy 66
Mile 8.3: turn left onto Old Hwy 64
Mile 9.7: turn right onto Beach Cove Rd (start up the Beast)
Mile 12: First water table and the top of the Beast
Mile 13.9: Cross over Hwy 64 onto Qualla Rd. (dog leg turn)
Mile 17.6: turn left onto Tusquittee Rd (at little market)
Mile 24.1: turn right onto Cold Branch Rd
Mile 26.4: Highest point on the bike course
Mile 29: Turn left onto Hwy 64
Mile 33: Go right onto E. Vineyard and Old Hwy 64
Mile 33.8: Second Water Table
Mile 38: turn left and go over bridge
Mile 45: turn right at McDonalds onto Ga Hwy 76
Mile 49: Turn right on Ga Hwy 17 (at BP station)
Mile 51: turn right onto Myers Chapel Road
Mile 52.5: turn back into Clay County Rec Park
Mile 53: Your back…..
Get off, take 10 seconds to rest then run 13.1 miles to the finish.
Packet Pick-Up will be at 4 to 7pm at the Clay County Rec Park and Sunday Morning starting at 6am
Start Time: 7:30am
We will do overall male and female awards at the race site at about 2pm. Age group winners will get a certificate at the race site as they come in.There will still be racers on the course until 3pm so not everyone will be finish when we start. Everyone that didn't get an overall or age group award will get a certificate ready to frame and hang on the wall, showing that they completed the race. These certificates are great looking and frame ready. You won't wind up putting them in the basement and never seeing them again. We will have other assorted giveaways for the racers as well.
Swim 1.2 Miles. Bike 53 Miles, Run 13
Location: Clay County Recreation Park, just 5 miles from Hiawassee Ga
Find your way to Hiawassee Ga then go to the corner of Hwy 76 and Ga 17 (there is a BP station at that corner). Turn toward NC on Hwy 17, go 2 miles to Myers Chapel Rd then go right, then go 2miles on the right hand side is the entrance to the Clay County Rec Park.
If you have a GPS put in: Clay County Recreation Park, Hayesville, NC 28904
Before January 31: $105.00
Before February 20: $115.00
Before May 10: $145
Late or day of race: $155
Before January 31: $150.
Before May 10: $180.
Late or day of race: $195.
The water temp is expected to be in the high 70s for these races.
Wet suits will be allowed if the water is 78 or less. No wet suits if above 78. Any racers that want to use a wet suit even if the temp is above 78 can do so, but they will not be eligible for awards.
Age Group Awards: 15-19 20-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 40-44 45-49 50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69 70 up
Clydesdale, Athena, & Relay Teams
We will have 2 bottle fill up tables for the bike portion of the Half Steelman Distance race and 4 water tables on the run portion of the race. (we will have Gatorade, Heed and Water at these tables) The run is a 2 lap course and racers will be passing the water tables two times, so there will be 8 chances to get water on the 13.1 mile run
We will have some Gatorade bars at water tables and fruit on the bike race. Some Hammer Gel and energy bars will be offered to racers.
The distance shown on course map may not match exactly with the true race distance due to the difficulty of tracing the exact route. But its close.