Join the fun at Lake Stephens off Route 3 on Saturday, June 10th, 2023 for a fun and FREE family TRY-Athlon! Come out for running, biking, and beach activities including stand-up paddle boarding (SUP). Active SWV will have equipment and volunteers ready to help you try out a bike course, marked run, and SUP.
The event will be at Lake Stephens Beach on Recreation Road off Lake Stephens Road. Please complete the online registration before the event for everyone in your family planning to attend (registration link here: https://runsignup.com/Race/WV/Surveyor/Route3TRYathlon). Check-in at the event will be from 8:00-8:30 am at shelter #2. Please arrive within this time window to check in before the activities begin. Traffic to the area will be closed during the event because of runners and bikers, so please do not drive in or out until the event has concluded.
This is a TRY-Athlon, meaning participants have the chance to try out the traditional elements of a ‘Triathlon’. Active SWV will be offering running, biking with helmets, and water activities all in one day. This event is for families to participate in together – please stay with your child(ren) at all times throughout the event.
The goal is to complete each activity (running, biking, and SUP) at a distance and time that is comfortable and challenging for you!
For the Run, Active SWV will have a running route set up with different mile markers (up to a 5k) so participants can run whatever distance they would like to challenge themselves to.
The Bike has, the same setup. Active SWV will have a course marked off where families can safely bike through the park. **Active SWV has limited quantities of bikes and helmets available, specially sized for younger children. If you have your own bike and helmet, please bring your own.**
For the Water activities, Active SWV will have 10 SUP boards and lifejackets for participants to try out in a no-wake zone on the lake next to the roped-off swimming area. The swimming area as well as the inflatable course will be open for families to utilize while waiting for SUP equipment to come available every 20 minutes.**Children aged 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult on their SUP board.**
The running and biking activities will take place during the first half of the event from 8:45 am – 9:45 am, with plenty of time for participants to try out both. Then, those activities will wrap up and all participants will go down to the beach for the water activity section at 10:00 am for the remainder of the event. **Due to limited bathhouse availability and time, participants are highly encouraged to wear their water attire under their biking/running clothes rather than changing onsite between activities.**
There will be food available for purchase from the concession stand, and Active SWV will have giveaway items for participants once they finish their run, bike, and SUP activities.
We recommend that families bring the following items with them to have a fun and successful day at the TRY-athlon:
Change of clothing for after the event
Bike/helmet if applicable. Please register to borrow one if needed
Wear a bathing suit under comfortable/cool clothing. There will not be time between events to changing
Wear appropriate footwear for running and biking
All participants will receive a day pass to the beach so they can stay and play even after the TRY-Athlon is over! Thank you to the Raleigh County Parks and Recreation Authority.