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2015 XTERRA TIDE
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Lake Lurleen State Park
Lake Lurleen State Park Information:
After completing the 2015 XTERRA Tide, XTERRA racers will agree that the venue for the event is “world-class”. The evidence to support this claim comes from a beautiful overall setting, a clean lake with concrete ramps for swim start/finish, an open and spacious transition area, a large paved parking area, and bike/run courses that are almost exclusively on sweet and flowing single track trails.
Lake Lurleen State Park is a 1,625-acre hidden treasure located just to the west of Tuscaloosa, AL and the University of Alabama. Ninety-one modern campsites overlook the scenic 250-acre spring fed lake. All sites have water and electrical connections and thirty-five sites have sewer hookups. Camping reservations may be made by telephone (205-339-1558) to Lake Lurleen State Park, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Directions to the park….
From I-20/59, take Exit 71B (I-359 Exchange)
Continue on I-359 for approximately 5 miles to the intersection of US Highway 82
Turn left (West) on US Highway 82
Continue on US Highway 82 West for approximately 5 miles to Tuscaloosa County Road 21 (Upper Columbus Road)
Turn right on County Road 21 (Lake Lurleen State Park Sign)
Continue on County Road 21 for approximately 2.3 miles to another Lake Lurleen State Park Sign (Lake Lurleen Road – No Street Sign)
Turn right at Park Sign
The official Lake Lurleen State Park website is www.alapark.com/lakelurleen
Swim Course Description:
The .5 mile swim course starts from the double boat ramp and goes in a counter- clockwise direction around two buoys and then back to the double boat ramp. As racers exit the water they will be adjacent to the transition area. The water temperature for the lake will be in the upper 80’s thus preventing racers from wearing wetsuits and still being eligible for awards.
Due to the 7 a.m. start time, and the east facing swim back to the start/finish (last leg of the swim course triangle), racers will be challenged with “sighting” as a result of the sun rising over the treetops. Swim goggles that mitigate this issue are recommended.
Mountain Bike Course Description:
The race direction for the mountain bike course is in a counterclockwise direction around the lake. The 12.5 mile course uses the one mile of paved Park road, Tashka Trail (9 miles), Lightning Loop (.5 miles), and Lakeside Trail (2 miles).
The 11.5 miles of single track trail (Intermediate rating) on the mountain bike course is not technical in the sense of rock gardens and steep drop-offs, but some sections are steeply graded, sandy, or covered with loose gravel. Due to a handful of steep climbs (~15% grade) novice mountain bikers can expect to “hike-a-bike” some parts of the race course. However, this should NOT deter entry level riders from competing in the event since the vast majority of the course is wide open and fast flowing. The overall accumulative elevation change is approximately 1200 ft.
Trail Run Course Description:
The 4.4 mile run segment of the race starts in the transition area and heads north along a .2 mile section of paved Park road before turning right and uphill onto a short section of connector trail to the Ridge Loop (4 miles). Racers will turn left onto the Ridge Loop and go in a clock-wise direction returning to the short connector trail and turning left (and downhill) back to the paved Park road section of the run course. Turning left onto this road racers will re-trace their run back to the transition area and the Start/Finish.
The 4 mile Ridge Loop Trail is the latest addition to the Lake Lurleen trail system and will be a pleasure to run. The trail was machine built and generally follows the contour lines of the terrain with only about 350 ft. of accumulative elevation gain over the 4 mile distance.
Course Maps at http://about-time-events.com/xterra-tide/
Awards available for the following groups:
Men 15-19 / Men 20-29 / Men 30-34 / Men 35-39 / Men 40-44 / Men 45-49/ Men 50-59/Men 60+
Women 15-19 Women 20-29 / Women 30-34 / Women 35-39 / Women 40-49 / Women 50-99 / Physcially Challenged.
Pre-entry deadline of 10pm Eastern time on Thursday before event = $60 Individual
On-site registration available Friday 4pm to 6pm and at Race location
Registration & pickup:
Friday from 4pm to 6pm at the race site
Registration pickup only: Saturday from 6am to 7am at the race site
All participants must present a picture ID plus either a current valid USAT license or purchase a temporary one day USAT license at registration for $12.
USAT rules state that competitors may wear wetsuits if the water temperature is 78 degrees or lower.
USAT rules also state that if the water temperature is between 78.1 - 83.9 degrees, competitors may wear wetsuits but will not be eligible for awards.
If the water temperature is 84 degrees or above, participants may not wear wetsuits.
Water temperature will be tested on race morning.
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