Triathlon races are everywhere. If you look around enough, you’ll find races in your backyard or across the country. One of the triathlons that you might have the opportunity to race one day is the Georgia Veterans Triathlon.
Location & Weather
First of all, the Georgia Veterans Triathlon is not located in a major urban area like Atlanta, which makes it a nice place to race. It’s actually located about two hours south of Atlanta in Cordele, Georgia, which is home to Watermelon Capital of the World. The triathlon itself is located at a resort called the Lake Blackshear Resort.
The weather at the triathlon is something that you’ll have to get used to if you’re not used to racing in the southern United States. Since the race was held in mid-August, the humidity was pretty brutal. Couple that with a high temperature in the low 90s and you’ll understand why it was a tough race in terms of the weather.
The first thing I liked about the Georgia Veterans Triathlon was the fact that the organizers allowed race day packet pickup. Sometimes this isn’t really feasible, especially at larger events but for smaller ones it’s a nice option for those traveling to the event from out of town.
The Georgia Veterans Triathlon doesn’t start until 8:00, which is nice because you don’t have to wake up super early to get to the race. However, while you might not have to wake up early, there are other obstacles you’ll encounter when you do this race. The biggest of these are the hordes and hordes of gnats that are swarming all over the place. They’re invading your space when waiting to start the race, they fly up your nose when heading out on the run, and they are just a general nuisance when trying to deal with your race.
The swim takes place at the resort lake, and is a nice swim. There is a short run from the beach up to the transition area through grass so you don’t have to deal with running on any rocky surfaces which is nice.
The biking course takes place in and around the resort area and while it is advertised as flat and fast, it’s not as flat and fast as I would have liked. There are some rolling hills so you’ll want to keep that in mind when planning for the race.
Finally, the run takes out on the other side of the transition and winds its way through the resort on paved roads which are free from any traffic. There are a few aid stations to make the run bearable in the heat and humidity, but unfortunately they don’t do anything for all the gnats that are flying in your face. It’s a good idea to wear sunglasses on the run if for anything to keep them out of your eyes.
The race puts on a pretty good post-race spread complete with finisher medals, fruit, donuts, and even local sausage dogs for everyone. Can’t beat that!