River + Road + Rock Adventure Triathlon 2018

The Course

Distance Options:

  • Long - 10K Stand Up Paddle, 10K Run (½ road, ½ trail), 4 Climbing Routes (Walnut Street Bridge Wall)

  • Short - 5K Stand Up Paddle, 5K Riverwalk Run, 2 Climbing Routes (Walnut Street Bridge Wall)

  • All division paddle times count towards Southern Stoke Paddle Series points. Racers who do not wish to participate in individual or team triathlon may race just for points. NOTE: Podium awards are for triathlon divisions below. Southern Stoke standings will receive certificate of placement and points will carry but no podium.


Craft Divisions (Pertinent to individual triathlon and for Southern Stoke points):

  • Rec/Surf SUP (under 12'6" - individual triathlon short course ONLY)

  • 12'6" SUP (individual triathlon short course or long course)

  • 14' SUP (individual triathlon short course or long course)

  • Open (individual triathlon LONG COURSE ONLY any other craft: kayak, OC, Prone...)

  • NOTE: All Relay Triathlon teams will compete against one another; there is no designation for craft nor gender blend, but instead for cumulative total team age. Run what ya brung!


Individual/Team Divisions:


  • Individual Triathlon (Racer completes all three paddle, run, and climb portions; men and women awarded distinctly; board craft awarded distinctly)

  • EACH TEAM must complete a registration ($40 per participant online; $120 per team, with payment made by team captain at signup)

  • Relay General: (Three members each complete one sport leg, combined age between 76 and 124; no distinction for gender. NOTE: IF a team wishes to only run 2 people and double up on legs, that double up team member must register twice.)

  • Relay Masters: (three racers each complete one sport leg and Combined Team Age of 125 or higher; no distinction for gender. NOTE: IF a team wishes to only run 2 people and double up on legs, that double up team member must register twice.)

  • Relay Young Bucks: (three racers each complete one sport leg and Combined Team Age of 75 or less; no distinction for gender. NOTE: IF a team wishes to only run 2 people and double up on legs, that double up team member must register twice.)

Registration Info
Registration Dates & Race Fees:
Online registration closes 6/7 or sooner if 200 racer limit is met. There is race day registration for individual racers only but NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION FOR RELAY TEAMS. No refunds or transfers to another race nor transferring of bibs to other paddlers

Long Course Individual Racers (Tri or Paddle only)
  • $60 thru 5/18 includes tee shirt*
  • $60 5/19 thru 6/7 but no tee shirt*
  • $80 on race day but no tee shirt*
Short Course  (Tri or Paddle only)
  • $40 thru 5/18 includes tee shirt*
  • $40 5/19 thru 6/7 but no tee shirt* 
  • $60 race day onsite but no tee shirt*

Team Racers Per Racer:

  • $40 per racer thru 5/18 includes tee shirt*
  • $40 5/19 thru 6/7 but no tee shirt* 

Additional lunch tickets must be purchased for non-racers IN ADVANCE online $10 per lunch



Paddler Premiums:

  • Tri-blend Race tee for all participants

  • Custom pint glass

  • Post-race lunch onsite for awards

  • Custom awards for triathlon podium finishers

  • More fun goodies to be announced soon!

Race Detailed Info
Race Logistics:
  • Packet pickup will be Saturday morning onsite at the race from 6-7:30 am. Please be on time.  

  • The board staging area and race day check in will open at 6:00 am race morning.

  • Boat staging area & Start/Finish will be on the lawn at the Kayak launch under the Walnut Street Bridge, between the the Walnut Street Bridge climbing wall and the Chattanooga Theatre Center (near the Blue Rhino statue at the terminus of Tremont Street)

  • Please use COURSE tab to study the race courses in advance.  We will review the course during the safety meeting but each racer is responsible for their own course navigation.  Run course will be chalked or flagged.

  • All of the climbs are top rope climbs and belayers are provided.  You may bring your own harness and climbing shoes to stage in the board transition area if desired. If you do not wish to bring gear, harnesses are provided and you may climb in regular shoes or barefoot.


Race Overview and Timing Rules:

  • Racers begin race on water with a mass start by course length (long or short).  Race clock begins for each race.  

  • Racers complete their paddle course, bring their boards up the ramp to the lawn, and the paddle time is recorded by timing team as racers cross the sidewalk at the top of the paddle take out ramp. Make sure your number is visible and know your race number if asked.

  • Racers return board/gear to grass and transition to the run, proceeding to their respective courses.  Runners must stay on designated course as posted; runners who shorten the course will be disqualified.

  • Racers complete the run course and return to the transition area to grab any desired climbing gear or proceed directly to climb area.  

  • Racers approach the climb staging area (fenced area at climbing wall) and MUST CHECK IN with a timer, and their race clock pauses as they are assigned a climbing route. This also records their run completion time.

  • The clock starts again once the athlete leaves the ground on the first climb, and the clock pauses when the climber tops out for each climb for the descent and the change of routes. If the climber falls (or elects to stop) from the route and is caught on belay and descneded, the clock also pauses and the climber moves on to the next climb.

  • There will be a time penalty for each failed climb, calculated on race day to be the time of the day’s slowest successful climber for that route plus two minutes. Multiple falls/route stop/non-complete will result in an additional penalty for the racer (one noncomplete= penalty of slowest time+2 minutes; three noncompletes=penalty of slowest time on EACH failed route+6 minutes).  

Race Awards


TRIATHLON AWARDS: Podium Presentation and custom race award for places 1-3 in the following divisions:




Female and Male 1-3:

  • Rec/Surf SUP
  • 12’6” SUP
  • 14’ SUP
  • Note: no open craft division for short course


Female and Male 1-3:

  • 12’6” SUP
  • 14’ SUP
  • Open Craft (all other, including OC, Kayak, Prone, other)



Any Craft/Any Genders:

  • Relay General
  • Young Bucks (Combined age under 75)
  • Masters (Combined age over 125)


Any Craft/Any Genders:

  • Relay General
  • Young Bucks (Combined age under 75)
  • Masters (Combined age over 125)


SOUTHERN STOKE SERIES POINTS: Online posting of results in the days following the race (no podium presentation) in divisions pursuant to Southern Stoke Series point structure will be provided and shared with SSPS Directors.

Chattanooga Accommodations

For those unfamiliar with the Chattanooga area, Wild Trails has assembled a quick reference to area hotels.  Click here to view this document.


Lawn at kayak Launch at Coolidge Park - adjacent to Walnut Street Bridge climbing wall

6:00 am Packet pickup, Board staging and race day registration: Coolidge Park under Walnut Street Bridge adjacent to climbing wall)

7:30 am Registration closes; Packet Pickup Closes

8:00 am Mandatory Racer Meeting (all short and long course racers; all sports)

8:25 am National Anthem and Short Course start

8:30 am Long Course start

8:40 am Short Course start

12:30 pm Lunch Opens

1-1:30 pm Awards and Lunch - Outdoor Chattanooga (top of Coolidge Park)

Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

Shane Ledford1SUP Under 12'6"18-49Guy
Holly Cash2SUP Under 12'6"18-49Girl
Nikita O'connor4SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Sara Neumann5SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Amanda Reeves7SUP Under 12'6"18-49Girl
Mitch Cherry9SUP 14'50+Guy
Mark Brock10SUP 12'6"50+Guy
Kasandra Helms13SUP Under 12'6"18-49Girl
Jackson Butler14SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Dirk Unkle16SUP 14'18-49Guy
Peter Speak17SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Katherine Smith19SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Makenzie Vandiver20SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Ted Nelson22SUP 14'50+Guy
Aundrea Bevis23SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Bruce Franks25SUP 14'50+Guy
Jayson Woods26SUP 14'18-49Guy
Nick Boehm27SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Samuel Anderson3SUP 14'18-49Guy
Jeff Hankin6SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Sarah Perrotto8SUP 14'18-49Girl
Peter Shimpeno12SUP 14'18-49Guy
John Lawson18SUP 14'18-49Guy
Bryson Popp21Open18-49Guy
Trevor Motz11SUP 14'18-49Guy
Joel Hjelseth15SUP 12'6"50+Guy
Pete Fitzstevens24SUP 14'50+Guy

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.

  • The race course will NOT be closed to boat traffic.  Please be aware and courteous.
  • Use of headphones is strongly discouraged as that prohibits your ability to safely hear oncoming traffic and other racers. 
  • A USGS approved PFD is required to race (on person, or on vessel).  
  • Leashes are recommended for safety particularly in the event of wind, but please be aware that paddling close to shore/debris with a leash presents potential hazard and risk to racers.  Be proficient in leash access and release. 
  • Racer bibs and bodymarking must be on racer per race director instructions race morning to be visible to timing team upon exit up ramp.
For all triathlon and paddle-only divisions: 5K/Short=1 lap; 10K/Long=2 laps:
Paddle Courses


5k paddle upriver and back, 5k run across Walnut Street Bridge and along Riverwalk, 2 climbing routes (one 5.6, one 5.7): (Course is generally flat along the paved Riverwalk with a slight incline up and over the Walnut Street Bridge)

10k paddle (2 laps upriver and back), 10k run downtown and on Stringer's Ridge, 4 climbing routes (one 5.6, one 5.7, one 5.8, one 5.9): Run course through Coolidge and Renaissance Parks, leverages city side streets to Stringers' Ridge Park, and back.  Viewranger details coming soon for trail segment.

Race Start & Finish:
Coolidge Park
150 River Street, Chattanooga, TN 37405

We will be on the lawn just East of Walnut Street Bridge and West of Chattanooga Theatre Center adjacent to the river and launch (steps with rails). Paid parking is available in multiple lots along River Street.


Jun 9, 2018


Chattanooga, TN