Event date: 2022-06-05

Event date: June 05, 2022

The Ozark Valley Triathlon, Fayetteville’s oldest triathlon event, will be a much larger affair this year! The three-day event, planned for the weekend of June 3-5, 2022, will for the first time be held in conjunction with the USA Triathlon National Champions for Off-Road Triathlon, Off-Road Duathlon, and also play host to the first-ever Gravel National Championships.

It’s only fitting that a gravel and mountain-biking haven like Fayetteville, Arkansas would be granted the honor as host for a new gravel biking event as the sport explodes in popularity! Unlike the established off-road triathlon, which is often highly technical, the new gravel triathlon is contested on dirt or gravel roads, lowering the barrier to entry from a technical standpoint. Newer athletes are able to jump into the sport, using a wide variety of bikes, too: hybrids, mountain, cyclocross, road, and gravel bikes are all reasonable options. 

All three days of competition will take place at Lake Wedington, just west of Fayetteville, situated within a lush, hardwood forest. Both spectators and participants can enjoy the native beauty of the area, which just so happens to be a natural setting for triathlons. Racers and spectators will not be charged to enter the park on race day. Race organizers plan to station the “crazies” – rabid cycling fans with plenty of energy to go around – at the top of the run course hill. 

While the USA Triathlon (USAT) events have gravel and off-road bike courses unique to those events, all events with a swimming component will take place in Lake Wedington. Bike courses for the Ozark Valley Triathlon portion of the weekend will take place on newly-paved roads with rolling terrain just outside the park. The toughest hill on the bike course comes at the six mile mark. While Weaver Hill starts and finishes gradually, there is a steep .5-mile climb in the middle, after which the course is fast with just a few rollers. The runs are held on a rolling, partially shaded, two-loop course inside the park on paved roads. There is a tough hill on each loop with an infamous not-for-print name, aside from the sprint distance run courses, which loop back at the base of the hill. The runs are situated to make for some great spectator viewing!

Here’s the condensed schedule of events for the weekend:

Friday, June 3 - USAT

8:00am: Inaugural Gravel Triathlon National Championships

1.5K swim, 30K bike, 10K run

Saturday, June 4 - USAT

7:30am: Off-Road Triathlon National Championships

Team USA World Qualifier for the 2023 World Cross Triathlon Championships in Ibiza, Spain

1.5K swim, 30K mountain bike, 10K run

7:30am: Off-Road Duathlon National Championships

Team USA World Qualifier for the 2023 World Cross Triathlon Championships in Ibiza, Spain

5K run, 30K bike, 10K run

Sunday, June 5 - Ozark Valley Triathlon

7:30am: International Road Triathlon - Individual

1000 yard swim, 19 mile bike, 4 mile run

7:30am: International Road Triathlon - Team (2-3 members, male, female, and coed)

1000 yard swim, 19 mile bike, 4 mile run

7:30am: Aquabike - Individual

1000 yard swim, 19 mile bike

8:15am: Sprint Road Triathlon - Individual

400 yard swim, 13 mile bike, 2 mile run

This distance is both the USAT 2022 Arkansas Age Group and Arkansas High School State Championships for grades 9-12.

8:15am: Sprint Road Duathlon - Individual

2 mile run, 13 mile bike, 2 mile run

For those that are interested in completing a triathlon or duathlon, but aren’t quite ready for an in-person event for whatever reason, the organizers have got you covered! This year’s Ozark Valley Triathlon also includes two virtual “driveway challenge events”. The challenges are intended to be a design-your-own course battle of wits against yourself. You’re encouraged to choose your own activities, whether that’s swimming, biking, running, kayaking, canoeing, rowing, or anything else you desire. Do it alone or with a friend, your kids, your partner, your dogs. There are no set dates or restrictions, just all about doing your personal best! How can you say no to that?! Virtual participants can register for a Duathlon or Triathlon Driveway Challenge.

Entry fees for all participants - both in person and virtual - include a ringspun cotton t-shirt, door prizes from sponsors to include gift certificates and a healthy amount of bike gear, a complimentary post-race meal with options for friends and family to join, goody bags, and a unique finisher medal.

For complete details and schedules, as well as registration information, please visit the Ozark Valley Triathlon RunSignup page

The Ozark Valley Triathlon is promoted by All Sports Productions, a sports event management and consulting company promoting cycling, running, and other outdoor events in the Fayetteville, Arkansas area.

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