From Staff Reports
The Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that the 2nd Annual Nolichucky Triple Threat Obstacle Course race will take place on Saturday, Aug. 27 in Erwin. The Triple Threat, designed to challenge the most enthusiastic competitor, is the only event of its kind that begins on the churning white waters of the Nolichucky River and finishes with a trail run just steps from the acclaimed Appalachian Trail.
“With the growing popularity of obstacle course racing challenges across the country, last year the Chamber of Commerce saw a unique opportunity to coordinate the Nolichucky Triple Threat in Erwin,” said Amanda Delp, Chamber of Commerce executive director. “The Chamber’s initial vision for this event was to create a competitive adventure like no other that would utilize and showcase the county’s two major recreational anchors – the Nolichucky River and the Appalachian Trail. The phenomenal success of the event last year ensured the growth for an even larger event this year.”
The Nolichucky Triple Threat will begin at USA Raft, located at 2 Jones Branch Road, Erwin, where participants will tame the whitewaters of the Nolichucky River in the watercraft of their choice including either a raft, kayak or bellyak. Once they make the 1.5 mile trek down the Noli, they will emerge on a sandy beach shore where the timing portion of the event will begin.
Once participants cross the starting line, they will immediately enter the obstacle challenge course in which they will test their strength and agility on 18 adventurous obstacles including a sand crawl under barbed wire, water walk through, balance beam, monkey bars, tire drag and much more.
Upon completion of the obstacle course, Triple Threat participants will then begin the third segment of the event – the 5K race back to USA Raft. Racers will run on Temple Hill Road to River Road where they will race alongside the Nolichucky River for a section of the race. Then for the last steps of the race, participants will battle trail terrain where they will complete the run back to their final obstacle before crossing the finish line.
“Where agility rafts whitewater, where strength challenges obstacles and where endurance hikes mountains, the Triple Threat is the only event that keeps participants screaming ‘I will not quit, I will not fail, I will compete Nolichucky Style’,” added Delp. “Last year’s event sparked national interest and we are confident that this year’s event will only continue to capture more national attention and ultimately evolve into a highly sought after event attracting competitors from across the U.S.”
Registration for the Nolichucky Triple Threat is available online at www.nolitriplethreat.com. Registration is $45 per participant through July 25. Registration between July 26 and Aug. 26 is $65 and day of registration is $85.
The first 25 registered participants will receive a free “I am training for the Nolichucky Triple Threat” T-shirt. All registered participants will receive a free event completion T-shirt on race day.
For more information about the Nolichucky Triple Threat, call the Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce at 743-3000 or visit the website at www.nolitriplethreat.com.