Lake Hickory Triathlon

  • Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015
  • Location: Hickory, NC
  • Race Start Time: 7:30 AM
  • Race Distance: Swim 400 yds, Bike 16 miles, Run 5K
  • Registration Closes: Wednesday, June 24 at 7:30am
  • Race Cap: 300
  • Minimum Age: 10 on 12/31/15

Important Details

Race Description

This event is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event.

Lake Hickory Triathlon is put on by the Alexander County Family YMCA. This will be the 5th year for the event. The participation numbers have increased every year. Given the shorter swim, it is great for beginner triathletes to ease into open water swim triathlons.

This event benefits the Alexander County Family YMCA’s Financial Assistance Program. The YMCA believes that everyone in the community should have the opportunity to benefit from YMCA programs and services. The YMCA is a community-based nonprofit with the mission to “Help people reach their God-given potential in spirit, mind and body”.

Course Descriptions:


The swim will take place in Lake Hickory. No wake, no current, just a nice easy swim. We will utilize a multiple wave start which should provide enough spacing for newer and experienced swimmer alike. Exiting the lake, there will be an approx. 50 yard jog into the transition area. Participants will be assigned waves based on their age/category. Swim caps will be provided.

The bike course is a 2 loop ride which could best be described as rolling. Surprisingly, although the area is known for its hilly terrain, the bike course is absent of any major climbs, with a nice mix of up and down rolls, but does provide some nice countryside views.


For the run, you will exit the park in the same manner as during the bike. The course is best described as rolling with the only climb coming during the first mile as you exit the park (which also means that the last mile is mostly downhill). The entire course should prove to be enjoyable for both the beginner and experienced triathlete alike.


The course revolves around a transition area on the Lake Hickory waterfront. The same transition area will be utilized for the entire race. The transition area will open at 5:30am on race day; ALL bikes must be set and ALL athletes must be out of the transition area before it closes at 7:15am

Entry Fees


  • $55.00 November 1 – March 31
  • $60.00 April 1 – May 31
  • $65.00 June 1 – June 24
  • $70.00 Packet Pick Up and Race Day


  • $80.00 November 1 – March 31
  • $90.00 April 1 – May 31
  • $100.00 June 1 – June 24
  • $110.00 Packet Pick Up and Race Day
There is a $12.00 fee for each non-USAT registrant.
This pricing is based upon Date. Once a date is reached the price will increase to the next tier
On-site registration is available for this event during normal packet pick up hours.

Packet Pickup

Friday, June 26
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
@ Fleet Feet Sports
1776 North Center Street
Hickory, NC 28601
Saturday, June 27
6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
@ Race Site


NOTE: Photo ID is required for packet pick-up. Everyone must pick up their own race packet.
USA Triathlon requires that all USAT annual members must show their USAT membership card at packet pick-up.
Any USAT annual member who does not present his/her valid membership card at packet pick-up, will be required to pay the USAT one-day fee of $12.


  • 6:00 AM – Transition Area Open
  • 6:00 AM – Race day registration opens
  • 7:00 AM – Race day registration closes
  • 7:30 AM – Race Start
  • 9:30 AM – Projected awards ceremony (will be adjusted based on last finisher’s time)

Participant Meeting
A participant orientation meeting will be held at 6:00 PM on Friday, June 26 at Fleet Feet Sports Hickory.


Top 3 in each of the following categories:

  • Top 3 M/F Open (Elite)
  • Top 3 M/F Masters Open (Elite 40+)
  • Top 3 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+
  • Top 3 Clydesdales (Men 39 and Under, 220+ lbs)
  • Top 3 Master Clydesdales(Men 40+ and 220lbs+)
  • Top 3 Athenas (Women 165lbs+)
  • Top 3 Assisted Athletes (M/F)
  • Top 3 Novice (M/F)
  • Top 3 Master Novice (Beginners 40+) (M/F)
  • Top 3 Relay Teams (Mixed)

Category Info

      Below is a brief description of each race category:

    • Open – Category for Elite participants. These are typically the fastest people in the race and they compete on an Elite/Professional level.
    • Masters Open – Same as above, but these Elite participants are 40 and over.
    • 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.
    • Novice – Category for beginner participants. Participants competing as a Novice have usually done less than 3 events.
    • Master Novice – Same as Novice but these participants are beginners who are 40 or over.
    • Assisted Athlete (AA) – Person without the ability to propel themselves thru the race course.

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.

Relay 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 2013 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 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.

USAT Rules and Information

USAT Most Commonly Violated Rules

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 $12.

You can go 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.

If I entered my USAT information when I registered, then why do I need to show my card at packet pick up? USAT rules state that all USAT members must show a valid membership card at packet pick up and failure to do so will result in having to pay the 1-day fee. Our events are sanction by USAT, therefore, we must follow these rules. Our website is not connected to USAT’s website, so the information that you enter when you register could be incorrect. We must physically document the current expiration date of your membership when you pick up your packet as this is the only way we can confirm 100% that your membership is in fact current.

USAT’s “Age Up” Policy:

An athlete’s age for any USAT sanctioned race will be his/her age as of Dec. 31, 2015 . 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, 2015.

John will be considered 40 for all 2015 races – and will race in the 40-44 age group at all 2015 races.

Sally Jones is 29 and will turn 30 on July 3, 2015.
Sally will be considered 30 for all 2015 races – and will race in the 30-34 age group at all 2015 races.

Policies and Refunds

REFUND POLICY: 50% of your entry fee will be refunded until June 11, 2015. No refunds will be issued for any reason after June 11. Entries CANNOT be transferred or deferred to another person, event, or year. NO EXCEPTIONS will be made to this policy. By registering for this event you agree to this refund policy. To request a refund, you must complete the refund request form below.
Refund Request Form

WEATHER POLICY: In the event of inclement the following procedures will be followed:

The event will be postponed until 8:45AM in hopes the inclement weather will pass.
If inclement weather does not pass by 8:45AM , 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.

NO EXCEPTIONS will be made to this policy. By registering for this event you agree to this weather policy.