Lake James 50 2016

Event #2 of the North Carolina State Parks Centennial Endurance Challenge

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8:00 AM


Saturday, May 14, 2016


Lake James State Park, 6883 nc 126, nebo
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1 mile swim
40 mile bike
9 mile run


Thursday, May 12, 2016  10:00 AM


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Lake James 50




The address to get you to the race site is 6883 nc 126, nebo, nc

Water Temperature: 73 degrees 



2016 Bib numbers



The $100 registration fee currently available will be offered until online registration closes on 5/11.
HOWEVER - anyone registering after 4/29 will NOT receive a race shirt.

(Our shirt orders must be submitted two weeks prior to race date.)


As with the other four races that comprise the CEC, the Lake James 50 will be unique for the following reasons:

1) Unique distances 

2) Time Trial starts for all races 

3) No sponsor logos on the back of the race shirts

Unique Race Distance:

The Lake James 50 will be a hybrid between a traditional International distance race and a Half iron distance race. 

The swim will be 1 mile, the bike will be 40 miles and the run will be 9 miles. 

Time Trial Starts:

The Lake James 50 will be a Time Trial Start - with all participants starting the swim one at a time - going off every couple of seconds.

Logo-Free Shirts:

The race shirts for all the races in the Centennial Endurance Challenge will contain no logos on the back. The backs of the shirts will be blank.


Lake James State Park:

The race will take place at the beautiful new Lake James State Park – located about 40 miles east of Asheville and about 65 miles northwest of Charlotte along I-40 (near Marion, NC).

As with all the other venues that comprise the 2016 Centennial Endurance Challenge, there is lots of parking only a short distance from the main race site – one of the really nice amenities that we enjoy in staging these events at North Carolina State Parks.

Course Descriptions:


The swim for the Lake James 50 will take place in beautiful Lake James. The triangular shaped swim course will start and finish on the beach.  Lake James is a fairly deep lake with very clear water and being that the lake is situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the water temperature on May 14th is very likely to allow for a wetsuit legal race.


The 40 mile bike course basically encircles Lake James. The transition area sits at an elevation of about 1200 feet above sea level. The bike course reaches a maximum elevation of about 1450 feet, so there won’t be any major climbs on this course, but there will be a few pretty good “hills” to negotiate. The biggest climbs will be inside the park. Only a handful of right turns on this 40 mile course and some spectacular scenery. 

There will be a water bottle hand-off location at mile 20.


The 9 mile run course is an “out & back” design comprised of two loops. The run course begins at an elevation of about 1200 feet and reaches a maximum elevation of about 1350 feet. All together, there will be six climbs on this run course each featuring an elevation gain of about 150 feet. This run course will definitely reward the strong runners. As with all the races in the Centennial Endurance Challenge, the entire run course stays inside Lake James State Park and does not venture out onto public roads.



Event Site Rules

Event Site Rules

Event capacity: 250

USAT Sanctioned:

The Lake James 50 is a USAT sanctioned race.

Cut-Off Time: All participants must complete the race in under 6 hours - 30'. Race officials reserve the right to pull a participant off the course if it appears as though that participant will not be able to meet this time requirement.

Minimum Age: 15

Timing System:

The Lake James 50 will be timed using the ChampionChip Timing System. 5 splits provided.

Packet Pickup

1)  Friday, May 13th (3:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
@ race site

2)  Saturday, May 14th (6:00 AM - 7:30 AM)
@ race site


A photo ID is required for packet pickup.

All participants must pick up their own race packet (including all relay team members)

USA Triathlon requires that all USAT annual members must show their USAT membership card at packet pickup.  Any USAT annual member who does not present his/her valid (current) membership card at packet pickup, will be required to pay the USAT one-day fee of $15.  Please plan ahead and do not argue with packet pickup volunteers who are enforcing USAT rules.


Refund are not available for this event.


This event accepts transfer to another event up to 30 days prior to the event date or until the event has filled.

The transfer cutoff date was Thursday, April 14, 2016 and has passed. No further transfer requests will be accepted for this event.


This event does not allow deferrals.


Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to fill out the volunteer form.  A race official will be in touch with you the week before the race.

Overall Results




This event has a cut off date for receiving a T-Shirt. The cutoff is 14 day(s) before the event. That time has passed.

In the event of inclement weather the following procedures will be followed:

The event will be postponed in hopes the inclement weather will pass.  If the inclement weather does not pass in time to complete the event safely in the original or modified format, the evnet will be cancelled.  If the weather passes and the event cannot be held within the permitted time limits, the event will be changed to a duathlon format and possibly modified in length  to meet these restrictions.

Every effort will be made to hold this event on time and on this date.  Should the 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.

NO EXCEPTIONS will be made to this policy.

Category Results

Click here for Category Results.

Relay Team Information

  • Relays can be 2-person (one person does 2 legs, and one person does 1 leg) or 3-person teams (each person does 1 leg of the event).
  • EACH Relay member MUST pick up his/her own packet.
  • EACH Member MUST have their photo ID and USAT card (if applicable) to pick up their packet.
  • If a member is a minor (17 or under), then a parent/guardian must show an ID to get their packet.
  • If a member turns 18 by the end of 2016 they are considered an Adult per USAT, thus they must pick up their own packet.
  • If you need to replace a relay member you can e-mail us using the Contact Us button at the top of the page with the changes.
  • If it is the week of the event and you need to make a change to a relay member then you can make this change at packet pick up.
  • At packet pick up you will be given a sheet of paper that explains how the relays will work (chip hand off, tagging spot, etc.).
  • If you are an individual that wishes to switch to a relay team, then you can e-mail us, using the Contact Us button at the top of the page, the following information: Team Name, Team Member Names, Team Member Shirt sizes. You will need to pay the difference to convert to a relay, which you can pay at packet pick up (cash or check only). If it is the week of the event, then you can make these changes at packet pick up.

Participant Meeting

A participant orientation meeting will be held at 6:00 PM on Friday, May 13th at the race site.
We will cover as many details as possible about the race and questions will be encouraged.
A USAT representative will be on hand to discuss issues and concerns related to rules and safety.
This meeting will last about 30' - we encourage eveyone to attend.


USAT Rules and Information

Most Commonly Violated USAT Rules:

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ALL USAT members must show proof of a current membership at packet pick up. If you have recently renewed a membership, then you MUST print out a temporary card or receipt of payment (that shows length of the membership period) to show at packet pick up. We will not take your word for it that your membership is current; you must SHOW us. Failure to do so will result in having to pay the one-day fee of $15.

CLICK HERE to be taken to the USAT website where you can renew your membership or print out a temporary card. You can also renew your membership at packet pick up if that's easier for you.

USAT's "Age Up" Policy:

An athlete's age for any USAT sanctioned race will be his/her age as of Dec. 31, 2016. The age he/she is on 12/31 will determine his/her racing age group. If an athlete is due to "age-up" into the next group, it will happen at the beginning of the year, not after the athlete's birthday. This action aligns regular U.S. age group racing with the method used by USA Triathlon for its National Rankings Program and its new Grand Prix Series.

Example: John Smith is 39 and will turn 40 on November 20, 2016.

John will be considered 40 for all 2016 races - and will race in the 40-44 age group at all 2016 races.

Sally Jones is 29 and will turn 30 on July 3, 2016.
Sally will be considered 30 for all 2016 races - and will race in the 30-34 age group at all 2016 races.

Award Categories and Category Information

Top 3 Overall Males and Females

Top 3 in each of the following categories:

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 & Over
Clydesdales (Males - 220 Lbs +)
Masters Clydesdales (Males - 220 Lbs +, 40 & Over)
Athenas (Females - 165 Lbs +)
Relay Teams 

Below is a brief description of each race category:

Age Group - Participants competing in their age group.

Clydesdale - Category for male participants who are over 220 lbs.

Master Clydesdale - Category for male participants who are over 220 lbs. and are 40 or over.

Athena - Category for women over 165 lbs.

Relay Teams - Relay teams can be comprised of either two or three people.

NOTE: You may fit into one or more of the above categories, so whichever category you choose to compete in is completely your choice. Choose the category that you feel you would have the most fun competing in.

Helpful Hints

Here are some helpful information regarding our series and things we do:

  • Event Details are always posted the week of the event. This document can be viewed and printed out by clicking on the "Event Details" button on the top, right-hand side of the event page. This button will NOT appear until we post the document. READ this information. 99% of the questions we get at packet pick up are answered in this document, so the more information you read ahead of time, the quicker we can move people through the packet pick up process.
  • A pre-event e-mail will be sent out the afternoon AFTER online registration has closed. We wait until we have all the registrations before sending this e-mail because we want to make sure everyone gets the information.
  • We always post the Official Participant List with everyone's bib (race) number after online registration has closed, usually by the afternoon after registration closes.
  • Get in the habit of checking this Official Participant List for your bib number. If you come to packet pick up with your Photo ID and USAT card (if applicable) out and ready to hand to us, and tell us your race number as you approach the table, packet pick up moves about 5 million times faster. Yes, it makes that much of a difference. If it takes you 5 minutes to find your ID, then that's 5 minutes that the people behind you have to wait.
  • Everyone MUST show a photo ID at packet pick up, and you can NOT pick up anyone elses packet. This is a USAT rule that we must follow, so please do not ask and then get frustrated with our staff when the answer is no. We do not keep this information a secret. If you have a friend who is not competing, then you can pick up their shirt and any other swag they may have gotten, but you will not be given their numbers.
  • If you get your shirt at packet pick up and are not happy with the size, then you will be able to exchange it BUT not until packet pick up ends event morning. We do this to make sure everyone gets the size they registered for first. Otherwise everyone would go to the same size, then we would run out of that size and the people that actually registered for it would not get it.
  • Online registration always closes 3 days (72 hours) before the event. This is a system wide feature. This allows us enough time to begin to get everything prepped that we need to for the event. If there are still spots available after online registration has closed, then we will post this information and you will be able to register for the event at the posted packet pick up times. Any time you register for an event on-site, it is ALWAYS CASH OR CHECK ONLY.
  • Relax and have fun!