Toughman Tennessee Half Triathlon 2018 - an Atomic Experience Banner Image
Sun October 14, 2018 Lenoir City, TN US 37771 Directions

Oct. 10 - Water temp was 76 today - expect a degree or 4 drop depending on dam releases - most likely below 78 degrees - Final readings the morning of the race. - One-Day USAT License folks: we have record of your purchase, just bring Photo ID

Oct. 2nd - Link to pre-race instructions

Oct. 1 Update - Due to the recent triathlon cancellations, we have decided to FREEZE PRICES on individual entries until race day. Water temperature will be noted here tonight & pre-race information including hotel reservation information out today or tomorrow.

Sept. 28 Update - We are seeing quite a few last minute entries due to the cancellations of IM 70.3 NC and the IM Chattanooga swim portion of that event. Please note that we have just revised our sweatshirt packet and finisher medal order to make sure we have enough for race day Sunday, Oct. 14th. We will be doing post race orders should we run out of anything - please bear with us as we accommodate many triathletes as we can who have been put in difficult situations with the weather.

Water Temperature - Tennessee Valley Authority controls flow on Melton Hill Lake. Lake levels begin dropping for Winter rains about now and water temperature drops significantly from current upper 70's to expected 65-70 by mid-October race day. We will post water temperatures beginning October 1st so you can plan renatls / purchases of wet suits for event. Wetsuits are not mandatory unless temps drop below 55 (not expected). Note: Xterra Wetsuit discount code: R-ESM is available  to knock off 50-60% of retail pricing @ 

The Toughman Tennessee Half - an Atomic Experience is Tennessees original half iron distance event and part of the ATOMIC WEEKEND along with the Atomic Sprint Triathlon & Duathlon. 2018 celebrates the 16th year of the event that has won praises from athletes, spectators and officials as one of the best half iron distance races in the Eastern US. Awards 3 deep in 5 year age groups, Finishers Medal & apparel, packet includes hooded sweat shirts, race socks, TM TN calf sleeves, TM TN arm warmers, BASE Products & more. Over $1k in door prizes from XTERRA Wet Suits, Clif Bar & more.

Here is a nice race write up form our 2014 winner with pictures!

Race date & time: Sunday, October 14, 2018- 7:30 AM EST start  - Note: we currently have "no time cut-offs" - historically, longest segment times have been: swim 1:15, bike 4 hours, run 3:45 - finish line, music, etc. will be in place for all finishers - venue tear-down may begin depending on severe weather forecast, as in 2014. Safety is our first priority. 

Sponsors: The Health Shoppe, Knoxville Endurance, Mastercraft Boats, Cedar Bluff Cycles, Rudy Project,  XTERRA Wetsuits & Tennessee Valley Authority.

PACKET PICKUP & LATE REGISTRATION - USAT LICENSE & PICTURE ID REQUIRED Saturday, Oct. 13th 6 PM - 7:30 PM EST . Race morning from 6 AM to 7 AM at race site. Registration is open race morning!

RACE LOCATION - The TVA Melton Hill Recreation Area is located outside Lenoir City, TN just off Hwy 321/95. The race site is about 30 miles West of Knoxville. From I-40 exit #364 towards Oak Ridge approximately 1/2 mile to park entrance on your RIGHT Look for Mastercraft banner! The three large parking lots are 1.3 miles into the park on the left before the dam. Camping on site is $17 night/ per site. Hot showers!

Course Map Links: Swim - Bike - Run

USAT Info: ALL USAT RULES APPLY – Toughman Tennessee Half - an Atomic Experience is a USAT sanctioned event. USAT officials will referee the event.

Age Groups and Awards: Overall awards for the top three male and female finishers & top three male and female masters. Age group awards for first, second, and third place in the following M & F age groups: 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45- 49, 50-55, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over & top 3 Clydesdale & Athena. Open Relay Division: Male, Female, and Co-ed.

Camping / Hotels /Restaurants - Melton Hill Campground is adjacent to transition. Reserve on-line here now.  Lenoir City hotels number over 15 and restaurants about the same are just 5 miles away. National chains and local choices make getting some rest & grub easy!

About TOUGHMAN: The TOUGHMAN Half Iron series is currently 17 locations in North and South America with a TOUGHMAN Half Iron World Championship in New York in September. Each TOUGHMAN race has qualifying slots to the Championship race for an ELITE wave that athletes compete in for a CASH purse. You do not have to be a PRO to be in this wave.
Our teams of race directors are here for you and are dedicated to providing a safe, great race experience at every TOUGHMAN race.Once you cross the finish line YOU ARE A TOUGHMAN!!
We look forward to seeing you join our family
Learn more about the TOUGHMAN SERIES at

Athlete Amenities - race packets will include: race heavy hooded sweatshirt, ESM water bottle, ESM socks, ESM swim cap (must be worn). FINISHER MEDALS & shirtsfor all finishers. Post race food & door prizes from sponsors to be announced.  

Registration processing fees are included in the entry fee for each event, no additional charges. Endurance Sports Management has enabled event insurance for your consideration in the event you are unable to compete. Please review this option during the registration process. 

Endurance Sports Management has a NO REFUND policy. This is based on our policy to provide 15% of GROSS REVENUES to our charity partners. Insurance is available during the registration of each event. Please take advantage of this option should you wish to insure your entry fees.

Event Cancellation / Modification Policy - If Natural Disaster or Community Disaster occurs, our action steps are as follows:

1. Endurance Sports Management in concert with local officials will make decisions based on safety first. 2. Courses and/or race segments will be altered as agreed to between Endurance Sports Management and local officials 3. Financial: It is not financially feasible for Endurance Sports Management to accept the risk of a disaster for everyone. Each registered participant needs to accept the risk of his or her entry fee. There will be NO REFUNDS or free entries to future races. The money you paid is spent developing the subject event. 4. Endurance Sports Management does not save any money if one of our events has to be canceled for reasons beyond our control. All supplies and services needed for the events are purchased and/or arranged in advance. All event supplies and services associated with that event must be paid for, regardless of the outcome.

Event Shirts - Event shirts are NOT guaranteed to participants registering within 2 weeks of each event. Please register prior to 2 weeks prior to guarantee your race shirt.

Lenoir City Hotels & Restaurant links - Hotels - Restaurants

Event Cancellation / Modification Policy (click here to go to ESM site w/details)

Melton Hill TVA Dam
Lenoir City, TN US 37771
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