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Triple Threat returns in August

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From Staff Reports

The Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that the 4th Annual Nolichucky Triple Threat Obstacle Course race will take place on Saturday, Aug. 25, in Erwin. The Triple Threat, designed to challenge the most enthusiastic competitor, is the only event of its kind that begins on the churning whitewaters of the Nolichucky River and finishes with a trail run just steps from the acclaimed Appalachian Trail.

“With the growing popularity of obstacle course races across the country, three years ago 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. For the last three years, we have watched this race grow bigger and better each year.”

The race begins at USA Raft with competitors paddling or peddling their way to the obstacle course starting line and timed portion of the event. Participants can either tame the whitewaters of the Nolichucky River as they paddle down a 1.5 mile section in the watercraft of their choice including a raft, kayak or bellyak or they can opt to peddle their way up and down hills both on and off road. Whether peddling or paddling, participants are sure to have an adventure.

Once participants reach the sandy beach shore, they cross the starting line and will immediately enter the obstacle challenge course in which they will test their strength and agility on 18 adventurous obstacles including 6-, 8-, 10- and 20-foot walls, a sand crawl under barbed wire, rope climbs, traverse walls, monkey bars, canoe 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. “The previous years’ events have sparked national attention and attracted competitors from all across the Southeast.”

Following the event, vendors will be set up at USA Raft where participants and their families can enjoy a festival atmosphere with food, music, and a wide variety of adventure tourism related booths. So whether you are participating as a Triple Threat competitor or cheering on your favorite athlete, come out to USA Raft and enjoy the fun and festivities.

Registration for the Nolichucky Triple Threat is available online at Registration is $55 per participant through July 30. Registration between July 31 and Aug. 24 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 event website at