Giant Acorn International 2014

Event #18 of the Virginia Triathlon Series

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9:00 AM


Sunday, September 28, 2014


Lake Anna State Park, VA


Event Completed


1500 Meter Swim
42K Bike
10K Run


Thursday, September 25, 2014  9:00 AM


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Giant Acorn International




Tentative date for 2015 is September 26th!

Registration opens 1 November 2014!


NOTE: This is the Giant Acorn International Distance event page.

Now located at beautiful Lake Anna State Park the Giant Acorn is an end of season ritual for hundreds of triathletes throughout the region. You can expect crystal clear water, a sandy beach start, and an immaculate park with lots of activities for the kids. The bike course is now one loop and a big ring flyer! Located just 30 minutes SW of Fredericksburg and about an hour NW of Richmond this is the last weekend of racing in the 2014 Virginia Triathlon Series.

AQUA BIKE Category is available for Men & Women!

Swim Course: MAP The 1500 meter swim begins on the beach at Lake Anna State Park. The rectangular shaped course will have 2 right turns and sighting buoys will be located approximately every 75 meters. We expect the water at this time of year and at this section of the lake to be in the low 70's. A temperature reading will be taken and posted the Thursday prior to the event. The water temperature at this location has averaged in the low 70's which is pretty nice for October!

Bike Course: MAP (Scroll Down) Voted by VTS Staff as the best bike course in the VTS the Giant Acorn International bike course is a one loop 42K course. With a right turn out of the park athletes have great pavement and traverse much of the first part of the Kinetic Half bike course. The pavement is great and the terrain is varied as you traverse rural country roads and cross several causeways across Lake Anna.  With a total of 6 right hand turns on the course and a great elevation mix you too will give this course your vote! 

Run Course: MAP (Scroll Down) The International run course is the same as the Sprint course, it's just 2 loops. There is a large hill at the beginning coming out of T2 but it levels off for the middle section of the course. There is a large down hill towards the finish line where athletes will start their second lap of the run. On your second pass athletes will veer 15 degrees into the finishing chute.  The course is heavily shaded, well supported and entirely run on asphalt.

Affiliated Charities

This event benefits Local High School Boosters & Knights of Columbus.

This event benefits many local community groups and organizations for their support of this event. In particular, we would like for you to consider making an additional donation to the High School Athletic Teams or the Knights of Columbus that come out to support this event.  All donations will be distributed amongst the participating teams and groups. 

Event Site Rules

Transition Area Rules
Please note that bicycles will not be released from the transition area until the bike cut off time (3 hours from the last wave) or the last runner exits transition. The parking lot exits directly on to the bike and run courses and having 700 cars disgorge onto the courses creates a very unsafe situation for the remaining athletes. Thank you for your understanding and patience in this matter.

Race Capacity: This event is limited to 600 athletes.

Cumulative Cut-Off Times:
Swim = 1 hour 10 minutes
Bike = 2 hours 45 minutes
Total Event = 4 hours

Timing System

This event will be timed using the ChampionChip Timing System. (5 splits provided)

You must turn in your timing chip at the conclusion of your race or you will be billed $30 for the replacement!

Packet Pickup

Saturday from 4:00-6:00PM
Location: Lake Anna State Park - Beach
Pre-Race Meeting - 5:00PM

Sunday from 7:00-8:30AM
Location: Lake Anna State Park - Beach
Pre-Race Meeting - 8:45AM

Race Site:
Lake Anna State Park
6800 Lawyers Road
Spotsylvania, Virginia 22551

Note: Participants must collect his/ her own event packets. Photo ID is required in order to collect event materials. NO ID = NO EVENT. Hint if you take a photo of your Identification with your phone that will be suficient for ID. ALL USAT annual members must show a valid USAT membership card or pay the one day membership fee ($12).

Lodging Information

Comfort Inn

Comfort Inn Southpoint
540 898-5550
5422 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Fredericksburg, VA 22407

Camping: There is camping available at the Lake Anna State Park and Christopher Run Marina.

Ramada Inn South
5324 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Sleep Inn-Located at I-95 and US 1
5400 Southpoint Blvd
Fredericksburg, VA 22407

Quality Inn
6409 Dan Bell Lane (Exit 118)
Thornburg, VA

Lake Anna Lodge-(At the lake)
5152 Courthouse Road (Rt. 208)
Spotsylvania, VA 22553

High Point Marina & Lighthouse Inn-(At the lake) 
4634 Courthouse Road
Mineral, VA 23117

Shennandoah Crossing Resort

There are multiple lake houses for rent this time of year.

Lake Anna Realty-800-830-2662


This event does not issue refunds.


Withdrawals are no longer available for this event.


This event does not provide transfers.


This event accepts a one time deferment up to 30 days prior to the event date or until the event has filled.

The deferral event is the 2015 - Giant Acorn International.

The deferral cutoff date was Friday, August 29, 2014 and has passed. No further deferral requests will be accepted for this event.


If you would like to switch from the international to the sprint please e-mail us at

There will be no other refunds, credits, or transfers available for this event.  NO exceptions.


In the event of inclement the following procedure will be followed: The event will be postponed for 30-45 minutes in hopes the inclement weather will pass. If the inclement weather does not pass within this timeframe the event will be changed to a duathlon format.

Every effort will be made to have this event on time on this date. Should this event be cancelled due to an Act of God or other circumstance beyond the race directors control there will be no refunds, credits, or transfers.

Purchase Event Photos

Tricycle Studios is the Official Photographer of the Virginia Triathlon Series!
Their photographers will be attending this event capturing images throughout the race course.
Athletes will receive a customized email after the race, complete with race stats, and automated links to find your images. You may also go directly to the Tricycle Studios website to review their custom products, and purchase your photos from this and other Set Up Events.
Tricycle Studios | a Bird's Eye View, Inc. Company | 540-358-0001 |


Volunteers are the lifeblood of any successful event. If you would like to volunteer for this race just click on the link below and we'll contact you the week before the event and put you to work!

Overall Results







Results by Category

CLICK HERE to view Category Results

Award Categories

Top 3 in each of the following categories:

Overall (M & F)
Masters Overall (M & F 40+)
Age Groups (M & F):
15 & Under,16-19,20-24,25-29,30-34,35-39,40-44,45-49,50-54,55-59,60-64,65-69, 70-74,75-79,80-84, 85+
Clydesdales (Males - 220 Lbs)
Masters Clydesdales (Males 40+ - 220 lbs)
Athenas (Females - 165 Lbs +)
Military (M & F)
Novice (M & F)
Aquabike (M & F)
Relay Teams (Male, Female & Mixed)

VTS rules state that once you compete in a particular event category, you must remain in that same category for all future VTS events in that calendar year. Click Here for detailed information on the race divisions and series scoring.

Novice Athletes

Thanks for making this event your first triathlon! There are many more people like yourself who will be racing this type of event for the first time. Below are links to information that you will want to review before race weekend.

Race Number & Body Marking
Timing Chip
Transition Area
USAT Triathlon Rules
Water Temperature & Wetsuits

Do you still have questions? If so please review these FAQ's. If you still have questions after reviewing this information please click here.