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Nolichucky Triple Threat Triathlon set for Sept. 19

The Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce is bringing a “Nolichucky style” event to East Tennessee.
Amanda Delp, the Chamber’s executive director, said last week that the first Nolichucky Triple Threat Triathlon will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19, in Erwin. This event, Delp said, has been designed to challenge the most enthusiastic competitor.
“With the growing popularity of fitness challenges across the country, the Chamber of Commerce saw a unique opportunity to coordinate the Nolichucky Triple Threat in Erwin,” Delp added. “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. Planning for this event has been ongoing for many months and I am thrilled to officially announce this event and see our vision begin to become a reality.”
Competitors will enter the Nolichucky River on the property of USA Raft. They will be allowed to use the watercraft of their choice, such as a raft or kayak, to tame the whitewater of the river. Competitors will travel 1.5 miles down the river before going ashore.
Delp said once competitors reach the shore, the timing portion of the triathlon 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 eighteen adventurous obstacles including a sand crawl under barbed wire, water walk through, balance beam, monkey bars, tire drag and much more,” Delp said.
After competitors make it through the obstacle course, the final segment of the event – a 5K race back to USA Raft – will begin. The course of the race will take competitors on Temple Hill Road to River Road where they will race beside the Nolichucky River for part of the race. The last leg of the 5K will take place on the Appalachian Trail before competitors reach the finish line.
“Where agility rafts whitewater, where strength challenges obstacles and where endurance hikes mountains, the Triple Threat is the only event that will keep you screaming ‘I will not quit, I will not fail, I will compete Nolichucky Style’,” added Delp. “The Triple Threat has already sparked national interest. We are confident that this 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 Registration is $60 per participant through Aug. 31. Registration after Sept. 1 is $70 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, according to Delp.
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.