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Sat October 14, 2023 Huddleston, VA 24104 US Directions


Open to Age Groupers

Blue Ridge Sprint Draft legal Triathlon (Age Group Race)

8:00AM EDT - 9:30AM EDT
Open to ages 16 - 99.
Collegiate Clubs & National Triathlon Dev. Race (NTDR) Only

Blue Ridge Sprint Draft Legal Triathlon (Collegiate Clubs & National Triathlon Development Race (NTDR) Only)

10:00AM EDT - 11:30AM EDT
Open to ages 14 - 39.
Invitation Only!

Women's Collegiate Triathlon East National Qualifier

12:30PM EDT - 4:00PM EDT
Open to ages 17 - 30.


The Blue Ridge Draft Legal Triathlon Festival (formerly known as the Kinetic Cup) is a day of collegiate and elite development draft legal triathlon racing. Staged out of beautiful Smith Mountain Lake State Park this triathlon classic has clear water, mountain views and fun courses. The swim start features a sandy beach start and a crisp, clear lake. The bike and run courses are rolling and stay completely inside the park.

If you are spectating and bringing the family this is a great time of the year to be in the western part of the state. Smith Mountain Lake is home to numerous lodging options and attractions. There is great trail running in the park, trout fishing nearby and plenty of country to explore. For the cyclist in the family be sure to head into Roanoke and the Blue Ridge Parkway. You can learn more about Bedford County HERE. Lodging tends to fill up quickly, so be sure to make your reservations in advance.

You can check out videos footage from 2022 HERE.

The Age Group Draft Legal Sprint is open to any athlete wanting to give Draft Legal triathlon a try!
The DI, DII, DII draft legal races are for Collegiate athletes only.
The National Triathlon Development Race (NDTR) is open to high school/collegiate & aspiring elite athletes only.

For further race details go to


Smith Mountain Lake State Park
1235 Road 888
Huddleston, VA US 24104

USA Triathlon (USAT) Sanctioned Event

The Competitive Rules are intended to provide for the orderly and consistent administration of events sanctioned by USA Triathlon and are not designed to establish standards of care for the safety of participants or other persons. Every participant, official, volunteer and spectator should consider all safety issues and make related decisions prudently without reliance upon the Competitive Rules.

USA Triathlon makes no express or implied warranty, guarantee, or representation regarding the degree of safety, which may or may not result from compliance with the Competitive Rules.  Examinations or inspections of equipment at sanctioned events are undertaken solely to monitor compliance with the Competitive Rules and do not guarantee or ensure safety from personal injury or property damage.  The safety of race equipment is the sole responsibility of each and every participant.

The Blue Ridge Draft Legal Triathlon Festival athletes will follow the World Triathlon Rules of Competition for elite draft legal racing with dispensations outlined in the rules brief and online presentation found HERE

Draft-legal athlete equipment must meet the following standards or the athlete will not be allowed to participate in the event:

- Bikes must have standard drop handlebars.
- NO Stubby or Time Trial Bars are allowed at all.- Wheels must have 12 or more spokes and no disc wheels.
- Helmet must have the original CPSC sticker in place inside the helmet.

- If the water temperature is less than 68°F, athletes will be allowed to wear wetsuits. The water temperature the day prior to the race will be announced at the athlete meeting. The official water temperature will be announced one hour prior to the race start.

- The final water temperature for all of the races will be taken by officials one hour before the swim start (one reading for age group race). The results of the temperature will be announced via the public address system to all athletes on race morning.

Race Contact Info

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Race Comments


Be part of the great experience. Here are some comments from last year’s Kinetic Cup Triathlon race.

"It was great event, staff was helpful and informative, which as a beginner participant made the event less worrisome about what was going to happen. Course maps and pre-race info shared was very informatative."

bib# – 443

"My experience at the Smith Mountain Lake triathlon was awesome! The setting is beautiful, and the race is incredibly organized and true to triathlon distances. I had a great day in a great and supportive environment."

bib# – 157

"I had a great experience at the Kinetic Cup triathlon. The race was well organized, information about the course and schedule was clear, and all staff were friendly and helpful. I am looking forward to next year!"

bib# – 570



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