AR High School State Championships

Sprint distance:  400 yard swim, 13 mile bike, 2 mile run.  Individuals Only.

USA Triathlon High School Championship Rules:

  • High School Ages: USAT defines eligibility for high school students as June 1st after 8th grade graduation until September 1st after Senior year.
  • Residency requirement: To be crowned State Champion an athlete must be a resident of Arkansas. An athlete who wins the race but not does not reside in Arkansas will still receive the AGNC automatic qualification, but the State Champion will be awarded to the highest placing finisher who has residence in the state.
  • School IDs will be required to confirm age

AR HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP AWARDS AND PRIZES:
Awards will be presented to the top three overall finishers for both boys and girls. One category for males and one for the females. High School students are eligible for regular event awards in their respective age groups.  Prizes - Competitors who finish in the top 5 of the high school divisions will receive USAT High School Program socks

General Information:

  • All competitors are REQUIRED to have a Current USA Triathlon license or purchase a USAT license in order to compete.  
  • Youth ages 17 and under are required to have an annual license ($10).  There are no one day licenses for youth.
  • Lake Weddington Recreation will open at 6 am on race day and there is no charge to enter.  Prior to the race, the park entrance fee is $5 (subject to change).
  • Lake Weddington Recreation area is 13 miles from Fayetteville.  Use 15689 Lake Weddington Entry Road, Fayetteville, AR 72704 to obtain directions.  Hwy 16 to the race site has several sharp curves.  Most areas are posted 45 mph.  Please allow extra drive time!!
  • NO PARKING ON HWY 16
  • Pets MAY be allowed in park or in restricted areas of park - check US Forest Service and Lake Wedington rules prior to event for current regulations.
  • Event will be held Rain or Shine
  • Courses are marked, but it's the racer's responsibility to know the courses
  • Water, Gatorage, organes and bananas will be available as each racer finishes
  • Neutral Bike Service will be provided before the race and at Mandatory Bike Check in at Transition on Sunday by Lewis and Clark Outfitters.
  • Wetsuits will be allowed according to USAT rules.  Announcements on current water conditions will be made before the race.
  • All USA Triathlon Rules and Regulations in effect.

Most Commonly Violated Rules 
Note from Head Referee

Sprint Swim Course (400 yards) 
The swim will take place in Lake Wedington. The course is a point to point in the shape of a rectangle. Buoys will be on the right. The average water temperature in early June can range from 75 to 85 degrees.

Transition:  A single transition area. The transition from swim to bike will include a 200 meter slightly uphill run. 

Sprint Bike Course  (13 miles) 
The bike course is a local favorite of both triathletes and cyclists. The course is on newly paved roads with a rolling terrain. The toughest hill on the course comes at the six mile mark, Weaver Hill starts and finishes gradually, but has a steep section in the middle. After this .5-mile climb, the course is fast with just a few rollers.

Sprint Run Course (2 miles) 
The run is a rolling, partially shaded, two-loop course on paved roads completely inside the park which provides great spectator viewing. There is one tough hill on each loop that was given several names, but none are worthy or suitable for print. This year we’ll have the “crazies” at the top of the hill to cheer you on. You don’t want to miss the party!

PARKING

  • NO PARKING ON HWY 16 HIGHWAY. YOUR CAR WILL BE TOWED!
  • If you park inside the main park you will not be permitted to leave until the last competitor has finished.
  • Parking is available approximately 1,000 feet east of the main park entrance if you need to leave before
  • the race is officially over
  • Racers & Spectators will not be charged to enter the park on race day only.

WHAT TO EXPECT ON RACEDAY WORKSHOP
SATURDAY, JUNE 6 at Lewis & Clark Outfitters from 4 - 5 pm.  Experienced triathletes will discuss race-day preparation, nutrition, key do's and don'ts.  A USA Triathlon official will also be on hand to address USAT rules and regulations.  Bring your questions!

SCHEDULE - same as the Sprint

TIME LIMIT:  Swim – 1 hour; Bike – 2 hours; Run – 1 hour

MAPS
Sprint Swim / Run Map
Sprint Bike Map
Transition Map

Door Prizes, Race Goodies

  • Degree Deodorant brands providing great items for all our athletes! 
  • Door prizes will include gift certificates and tons of bike gear.
  • Post race meal will be provided by TBA to athletes only following the race.  There are options in the park for friends and family to purchase food.
  • Lots of sponsors’ products and services will be in the goody bag for each participant.