BIG George Triathlon – Half Iron Distance
Welcome to the Lake George Triathlon Half Iron Distance Race and AquaBike! Our Half Iron distance race has been taking place since 2010 and is still growing! Our AquaBike race takes place at the same time. You will enjoy a great swim in beautiful Lake George followed by a fast and fun bike. The run is a 2-loop course that is spectator and racer friendly. You will finish with Lake George as your backdrop and then relax and enjoy some great post race food and hydration. Aquabike racers will follow the same swim and bike route, rack their bikes and run down the finishing chute through the finish line.
2017 – Race Times – BiG_George2017
2017 Swim Waves – LGTri – Olympic – WavesChart
We had a great race weekend for our 6th Annual Big George Triathlon Half Iron Distance Race. A 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run that took place in beautiful Lake George, NY. The race for 2017 will take place on Sunday September 3rd at 645am.
What a great weekend for our 6th annual BIG George Triathlon that took place on September 4th, 2016. Thank you to all that came and race and to those that volunteered!
Olympic (LG Tri) Results – 2016 LGTri Results
Half (BG Tri) & AquaBike Results – 2016 BGTri – AquaBike Results
King & Prince George Results – 2016 King & Prince Results
Take a look at our VIDEO from 2015!
Race Brochure – LGTF2015 Brochure
SWIM WAVES – 2015 Swim Waves
Updated Run Course and Transition Maps now posted.
This is a half iron distance race consisting of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 miles bike and 13.1 mile run.
The swim takes place in beautiful Lake George. It is followed by a great bike out of the Lake George Basin that will take you along a scenic route along the Schroon River and around Brant Lake and back to along the same roads. It is a fun bike course. You will finish with a run along the Warren County Bike Trail that has some hills and plenty of shade.
We also offer some combined 2-day races for those that are up for it…:
PRINCE George – Feeling Strong? – complete the Olympic on Saturday and the Aquabike Half Iron on Sunday!
KING George – Feeling REALLY Strong? – complete the Olympic on Saturday and Half Iron on Sunday! More info HERE
Volunteers are welcome! Here is what we are looking for:
Swim Support: Canoe/Kayak/Paddleboard to assist swimmer or lifeguards.
Bike Course: Flaggers to direct the bike at turns & Intersections.
Run Course: Flaggers to direct runners at turns & intersections.
Aid Stations: Hand out water / Gatorade at either Run Aid Stations (Sunday).
Transition Area: help direct racers around transition
Med Tent: volunteer to assist in the medical tent (Sat & Sun).
We are also looking for Massage Therapists to donate some time.
Please click on the “Volunteer” link above and let us know where you would like to help out! – Thanks.
Registration / Packet Pick-up: NEW LOCATION – Note the Ft. William Henry Hotel is located at 48 Canada Street. It is located just north of the race site on Canada St in the Village of Lake George.
Online Registration for 2017 is now closed! We will also have registration available on Friday night from 5-8pm at the Ft. William Henry. Note the Ft. William Henry Hotel is located at 48 Canada Street. It is located just north of the race site on Canada St in the Village of Lake George.
If you are NOT a USAT (USA Triathlon) member and do not plan on becoming a member by race day, you must purchase a One-Day membership for $15. This will be available at race packet pick-up. Please allow a few extra minutes to do this. We will accept checks (made out to USAT or USA Triathlon) and cash. Credit cards cannot be used for 1-day licenses. They can, however, be used for Youth and annual memberships.
- We STRONGLY encourage to buy the race insurance offered when you register!
- You may withdraw until July 31 to receive back your entry fee minus the $25 administrative charge.
- If your request is received after 11:59pm on this date, you will not receive a refund – NO EXCEPTIONS.
- Entries are non-transferable between events, or between athletes. Entries cannot be rolled over to another year without express written permission from a member of Adirondack Race Management.
- You may NOT switch from a relay team to the individual category without express written permission from a member of Adirondack Race Management.
- You may NOT switch from one race to another race without express written permission from a member of Adirondack Race Management.
- If you register a relay, you MUST remain part of that relay. You may only substitute other relay team members up to one month prior to the race. There is a $25 admin fee for EACH change.
- Selling of your race entry slot is strictly prohibited. If you do sell your race slot, you will be disqualified from the race and you, as well as, the entrant who purchased your slot will be unable to race in another Adirondack Race Management event for a minimum of 2 years.
- If you need to withdraw, you must request a refund by submitting this form – ARM Refund Request
- Note that refunds are granted in accordance with our refund policy.
- Course changes: Adirondack Race Management reserves the right to alter, cancel or eliminate any portion of a race at any time in the interest of athlete safety or for other reasons beyond our control. No refunds will be issued if changes are made to a race due to these circumstances.
SWAG is only guaranteed to those that sign up prior to August 15th.
There is NO rain date for the event. In cases of inclement weather, natural disaster, acts of God, acts of war or other unforeseen extraordinary circumstances, management reserves the right to cancel the event and/or modify the race course for safety concerns. Under such circumstances, there will be absolutely no refunds or transfer of entries to future Lake George Triathlon events. Each athlete must accept any such risk of their entry fee paid. Management reserves the right to reject or accept a race entry for any reason.
(view course map)
Waves will be determined one week prior to the race. There will be ~5 waves with 4 minutes between each wave. Aquabike racers will be in a separate wave. The course is a counter-clockwise single out and back swim. Keep the buoys to your left. Exit at carpeted path and cross the street to the transition area…
Swim Cut off – 1hr 10min after you start.
This should be a wetsuit legal swim. Water temperature will be somewhere between 69 and 75 degrees Farenheit. See USAT rules for all questions regarding the use of speedsuits and wetsuits (USAT). Please read this brochure concerning your wetsuit and where you swim. (click here for brochure). Let’s keep the lake as clean as we can.
*** BIKE ROUTE ***
*Update 2016: After meeting with local officials and Sheriff, we have decided to slight adjust the bike route to the Big George due to safety concerns of the cyclists and move the start time up 15 minutes to 6:45am. When exiting Warrensburg, bikes will be directed around the Exit 23/McDonalds/Price Chopper area to avoid this heavily trafficked area. All else remains the same. Thank you for your understanding.
This bike course will be fast. The only way out of Lake George is up – so we start up the Warrensburg hill, same as last year. (However, we get to come screaming down that same hill on the way back). Once over the hill, we go out to Brant Lake and loop around the lake (Counter-clockwise) and come back mostly the same way. It is a very scenic ride with a hill a mile in, then mostly flat with a couple of rollers. We come back through Warrensburg where there is a sharp left turn after a short decent. Please be careful. We then go back over Warrensburg hill on our way back into the village. Stay right. When you enter the Village of Lake George, there will be a ‘bike only’ lane and a Right onto Mountain Dr. (next to the school) and then a Left on Ottawa. This is a back street that should have much less car and pedestrian traffic. We will come down to McGilles and take a quick Left then cross Rt. 9 / Canada St. onto Beach Road. Stay left in the coned off bike lane on Beach Road all the way into transition. (Big George Bike Finish)
You will feel great coming back into the village, but please stay alert as there will be a lot of traffic and they can sometimes be ignorant of cones, flags and volunteers. There will be 3 aid stations on the course. 1 at ~15miles, ~28miles and ~41 miles. The aid stations will have water and Gatorade and a Port’o John. Please throw bottles in designated areas. Also, please don’t litter. If you have garbage, toss it at an aid station or slip it under you shorts or in your jersey.
Official cut off time for the bike course is 1230pm. No runners will be allowed to start the run course after 1230pm. Any cyclists that do not make the Northway Bridge at mile 50 by 12:00 will become a civilian rider. The police presence will only be at that intersection until 12:00. If you are concerned with this time, here are a couple of time/speed estimates: Leave Transition @ 7:45am – ride 12mph – arrive @ bridge at 12:00pm. Leave transition at 7:45am – ride 14mph – arrive @ bridge at 11:17am. The times should not be an issue.
Aquabike – Aquabike racers will follow the same swim and bike route, rack their bikes and run down the finishing chute through the finish line. Your official time will be logged when you and your bike enter transition. The run through the finish line isn’t necessary, but it is fun! Overall winners (M/F) and top 5 finishers will receive awards.
If you are previewing the course on your bike, please remember that these are roads with traffic. Adirondack Race Management is not responsible for your actions or those actions of other cars on the road. Know and obey the traffic laws. Ride on the right and please stay in single file if riding with others. Please use caution and Please do not litter the course. We thank you for keeping our roads clean.
Remember – *No Drafting on race day. There will be race officials on the course.
****** The New Run Course is now at the above link. A new Elevation Profile is coming soon.
The run course is a 2 loop course. A longer loop followed by a 2nd shorter loop. It is spectator friendly and has some hills, downhills and flats. It will finish on the battlefield grass near the transition area. The course will be an out and back on the bike path. It will be 2 loops. Volunteers and signs will be on the course to help you navigate. Aid stations will be located every 1 to 1.5 miles. Each aid station will have water, Gatorade, bananas, and cola. There will be 10 aid stations on the run. Run cut off time: No runners will be allowed to start the 2nd loop of the run after 2:00pm.
Transition Map (Big George Transition2015)
Transition will open at 5:00am on race day. The transition area map has been updated for 2015.
The Lake George area is home to a wide variety of lodging destinations. Please consider staying at one of the many hotels that support our race:
Mohican Motel Lake George (http://www.mohicanmotel.com/)
For additional information on lodging and the Lake George Area, please visit the Lake George Chamber of Commerce Website, www.lakegeorgechamber.com or Warren County Tourism, www.visitlakegeorge.com.
If you plan on keeping your bike in your hotel room, please make sure to contact the hotel you are staying in prior to arriving. We have had some issues in years past with bikes not being allowed into rooms. Thank you.
Race Brochure – 2017 Athlete’s Guide
Swim Waves – TBD
THE 2017 SCHEDULE.
Registration / Packet Pick-up:
Friday – September 1st- 5pm to 8:00pm (You can pick up packets for All of the races – packet pick up at a the Ft. William Henry Hotels located at 48 Canada Street. It is located just north of the race site on Canada St in the Village of Lake George.
Saturday – September 2nd – 5pm to 7pm (BIG George at the Ft. William Henry Hotel).
***Note– BIG George athletes – bikes can be racked on Saturday between 5 and 7:30pm.
Sunday – September 3rd – 5am Transition Opens
Sunday – 6:35am Transition Closes / Pre-race briefing at beach
Sunday – 6:45am – BIG George Triathlon Begins
All racers will need to bring a photo ID, no exceptions! If you are a USAT member, please bring your card or you will need to purchase a 1 day license for $15. ALL Members from a TEAM entry need to be present and show ID – NO EXCEPTIONS!
Race materials will consist of the following:
Swim cap, Race Bib, bike number sticker, helmet sticker and race braclet.
-The swim cap is color coded to your wave. Please make sure you have the correct color cap by checking the label on your bib. All swimmers must wear caps.
-The race bib needs to be worn on the front during the run. If using a belt, the bib is made from tyvek and can be worn during all 3 legs of the race. If not using a race belt, please make sure to grab safety pins to pin your bib to your racing jersey. Your running bib will need to be scanned when you pick up your timing chip on Race Day. Your swim cap will be in the packet.
-The bike sticker must be placed on the bike so that it is visible to USAT officials. It will also be used to match to racer so that athletes can remove their bikes from transition after the race.
-Helmet stickers should be placed on the front of the helmets.
-The race bracelet must be worn to enter the transition area and the food tent. It must be worn during the race.
NO Mandatory Bike Check-in this year:
There will NOT be a mandatory bike check-in the day before the race. You are strongly encouraged to rack your bike the day before on Saturday beginning at 5pm and ending at 7:30pm. The bikes are racked according to race number ranges (1-40, 41-80, etc). Within that range you can rack your bike in any available location. First come first serve. The bikes will need to be checked in to the transition area by 7:30 Saturday night.
Others can rack their bike in the morning in any remaining spots. In case of inclement weather, bikes can be covered if you wish. Please remember to be considerate of the other race competitors near your bike when you cover it.
***Please make sure that you have your bar ends capped or plugged. As per USAT rules they must be covered in order to enter the transition area. If they are not covered you may not enter the transition area. Be sure your race number is on your bike.
The pre-race meetings will take place at the race site on Saturday evening. There will be several meetings. There is no real set time, so we’ll start when we get a bunch of folks waiting around. We will go over the transition area, the course and rules. We will be checking in the bikes and we can answer your questions at that time or if you grab us prior to the meeting.
Parking – Race Day
There is now paid parking along West Brook Road and additional an parking lot area that runs parallel to West Brook. There will also be paid parking available at Million Dollar Beach parking lot and at the Village of Lake George parking lot – both on Beach Road. As we get closer to the race, we will update any parking information and pass it along. NO PARKING ON THE BATTLEFIELD GRASS.
Race Day Packet Pick-up
Race day packet pickup will be available at 5:00am on Race day for the BIG George Triathlon.
You can pick up your chips at the timing table. Remember to bring your running bib to get it scanned when you pick up your chip. If you have your own neoprene band for the chip you may wear it. You can also use your own timing chip if you have it – please bring it to the scoring table. Your timing chips will need to be retrieved at the finish line. Please be patient or help us remove the chips after you cross the line…
Swim waves will be determined as we get closer to the race date. Waves will start @ 645am and continue every 4 minutes.
We are going to have porta-potties and a handicap porta-potty at the transition area. We are going to put 2 inside the transition area. The others will be near the transition area. The locker rooms at Million Dollar Beach will be opened at 5am. Also the restrooms there can be used at any point during the day.
The awards will be begin as soon as we can depending on the timing and number of people out on the course.
Post Race Food
We are currently planning our post race food items that we will have. We will post any information as soon as we have it. There will be plenty of water and snacks for all of our racers. Food is for race participants and volunteers only and racers must have your race bracelet on in order to enter the food tent. Volunteers only need to be wearing their volunteer shirt.
Spectator parking is located all over Lake George. If you have family and friends coming to watch the race, there are plenty of opportunities for them to see you.
NO SPRAY PAINT ON THE ROADS PLEASE!!!
Spectators are welcome to watch the swim start from anywhere along the shore. Please be patient with us in allowing spectators to move across Beach Road. Our number one priority is safety for both race participants and specators. The road is open to traffic, but will be controlled by the sheriff department. Please keep in mind that racers enter transition from the swim and will exit for the bike on Beach Road.
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