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).
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.
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.
This will be a time trial start - with a participant starting the race every couple of seconds.
Participants can start where they want (up front for faster swimmers - in the back for more timid swimmers) and with whom they want to start the race with (fathers & sons, buddies, etc.)
The 40K 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 Keep Reading