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Registration open for annual Triple Threat

From Staff Reports

Erwin will once again be the site of a unique obstacle course for fitness enthusiasts when the 3rd Annual Nolichucky Triple Threat takes place in August.

Coordinated by the Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce, the event is designed to challenge the most enthusiastic competitor.

“This is the only event of its kind that begins on the churning whitewater of the Nolichucky River and finishes with a trail run just steps from the acclaimed Appalachian Trail,” Chamber Executive Director Amanda Delp told The Erwin Record. “With the growing popularity of obstacle course racing challenges across the country, two years ago the Chamber of Commerce saw a unique opportunity to coordinate the Nolichucky Triple Threat in Erwin. 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 2017 staging of the Triple Threat will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, at USA Raft where participants will enter the Nolichucky River.

Using the watercraft of their choice, including either a raft, kayak or bellyak, racers will travel 1.5 miles down the river before exiting and beginning the obstacle course and timed section of the race.

“Whether peddling or paddling, participants are sure to have an adventure,” Delp said.

After crossing the starting line for the course, races will face obstacles designed to challenge their strength and agility. Delp said these obstacles include a sand crawl under barbed wire, water walk through, balance beam, monkey bars, tire drag and much more.

After the obstacle course, the Triple Threat continues with a 5K run 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,” Delp said. “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.”

Registration for the Nolichucky Triple Threat is now open. The first 25 registered participants will receive a 2017 “I Am Training Nolichucky Style” T-shirt.

Until July 30 the entry fee is $55; from July 31 through Aug. 25 the fee is $65; day of race registration is $85.

For more information about the Nolichucky Triple Threat, call the Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce at 743-3000 or visit the website at Registration is available online.