If you have been looking for a triathlon that will challenge your whole family, then you have come to the right place! Run for God is proud to announce the 5th annual Dalton Parks Triathlon. This fast and flat course sits in the heart of Dalton, GA at the state of the art "Ronald Nix Complex" at James Brown Park. Although this race is relatively small in numbers, it has been growing each year due to its kid and beginner friendly format. With safety our number one concern, the entire course is closed to traffic at all times. So, whether you are a seasoned triathlete, or have been searching for an event to try your first, this race is for you! If you have ever been to another Run for God race, then you know that the atmosphere is nothing short of a National event!
Please be aware that there will be no race day registration for this event. You must register by 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19 to participate.
Finisher's Medals are back this year! We have a limited supply of medals so be sure to register early to insure you receive one...
The swim will take place in the Dalton Parks swimming pool. This pool is a 50-meter pool with lane lines in place. Unless you are a junior, who only swim one length of the pool, you will enter the water and swim back and forth the length of the pool until your distance is complete. This will be done in a “snaking” fashion. For example, if you are an adult, you will swim down one lane, go under the lane line, and swim back in the next lane until you have completed all six lengths where you will then exit the pool on the ladder or side.
Please remember that the pool IS NOT available until your race begins. There are NO warm-ups.
Athletes will line up based on ability. Be Honest!
The bike course is a flat, fast, 4-mile course with several turns. If you are a junior, you will only be completing half of the course. If you are an intermediate/senior you will be completing one loop of the course. If you are an adult, you will be completing three loops of the course.
Counting your loops is YOUR responsibility! The turn around for the adults to do additional laps is clearly marked at the corner of Morningside and Civic Drive.
No drafting and No blocking. Those caught drafting/blocking will be assessed a 2-minute penalty. Passing shall take place on the left side and shall be called out to the rider you are approaching.
The mount/dismount line will be clearly marked. DO NOT be on your bike on the transition side of this line.
All athletes are required to wear a hard shell helmet, which shall be securely fastened before leaving transition.
No headphones, ear buds, or any radio-type device will be allowed.
The run course is an out and back flat course. There will be an aid station on the run course with water. Please note that adults must complete two laps.
As you are approaching the finish you will transition from the road, to the parking lot, to the curb, and through the gate onto the AstroTurf field. Be careful in this section!
No headphones, ear buds, or any radio-type device will be allowed.
Adult Super Sprint (300m Swim/12 Mile Bike/2 Mile Run)
Intermediate and Senior Age 9-15 (150m Swim/4 Mile Bike/1 Mile Run)
Junior's Age 6-8 (50m Swim/2 Mile Bike/Half Mile Run)(No training wheels please.)
Per USAT rules, age is as of 12/31/17.
Youth Awards (Male and Female))
Age 6 (1st, 2nd, 3rd)
Age 7 (1st, 2nd, 3rd)
Age 8 (1st, 2nd, 3rd)
Age 9 (1st, 2nd, 3rd)
Age 10 (1st, 2nd, 3rd)
Age 11 (1st, 2nd, 3rd)
Age 12(1st, 2nd, 3rd)
Age 13(1st, 2nd, 3rd)
Age 14 (1st, 2nd, 3rd)
Age 15 (1st, 2nd, 3rd)
Adult Sprint Awards (Male and Female)
Overall (1st Place Only)
Overall Masters (1st Place Only)
19 and Under (1st, 2nd, 3rd)
20-29 (1st, 2nd, 3rd)
30-39 (1st, 2nd, 3rd)
40-49 (1st, 2nd, 3rd)
50-59(1st, 2nd, 3rd)
60+ (1st, 2nd, 3rd)
Overall (1st, 2nd, 3rd)
Lifeguards will be on pool deck at all times! NO swim warm-ups will be allowed.
Join us on Friday at the transition area from 4-8:00 PM for packet pickup and to get a good look at the course. Our staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer all of your questions and to help put your mind at ease should this be your first event!
If this is your first triathlon, you will not want to miss the course talk at 7 p.m. in the transition area.
Please remember to bring to proof of USAT membership to packet pick up. Per USAT sanctioning rules, we must have proof. If you have signed up for a one day membership, you may show the confirmation e-mail at packet pick up.
No refunds or transfers.
All Athlete Parking will be at North Georgia Fairgrounds located one block from James Brown Park. Please do not try to park at the race venue as this area is reserved for handicap spectators, and volunteers.
The address for parking is:
North GA Fairgrounds, Rear Entrance
1114 Avenue B
Dalton, GA 30721
You will access and park at the back gate of the fairgrounds and exit the fairgrounds through the back entrance to access the race venue. Transition is less than ¼ mile from where you are parking.
This course is VERY spectator friendly, so bring friends and family to share your experience with you!
Each participant will have a race number written on his/her upper arms and age on the back of the legs in marker. Body marking will take place in transition on race morning by our volunteers, or you are free to body mark yourself the night before.
Transition is open from 5:30 – 6:30 on race morning and WILL NOT reopen until after the last junior is out on the run. DO NOT BE LATE!
If you’ve ever raced a triathlon before, then you know that transition is one very busy place, and it is for this reason that we are firm on this rule. Safety is our number one concern, which is why athletes who are currently racing will be the only people allowed in transition during the races.
If there are special circumstances or an emergency, then please see one of our transition volunteers for an escort into transition. “I’m ready to leave”, IS NOT a special circumstance.
Our race will be chip-timed. EACH PARTICIPANT MUST WEAR A TIMING CHIP (On Left Ankle) AT ALL TIMES DURING THE RACE. Once the participant has crossed the finish line there will be volunteers retrieving the timing chip. ALL TIMING CHIPS MUST BE RETURNED. Timing results will be posted here.
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We get this question often, and we understand that some of you fast runners may be waiting a while before getting your award. But here at Run for God, we have decided that EVERYONE should experience that magical finish line experience no matter what their time may be. For this reason, we hope that you will hang around and help us cheer every runner in, and be inspired by those who just a short time ago were saying “I can’t” and are now saying “I did”.
July 20 4:00 PM EDT - Friday Packet Pick up begins
July 20 8:00 PM EDT - Friday Packet Pick up ends
July 21 5:30 AM EDT - Race Day Packet Pick up begins and Transition opens for all ages
July 21 6:30 AM EDT - Transition closes for ALL ages
July 21 7:00 AM EDT - Adult race begins
July 21 8:30 AM EDT - Intermediate/Senior race begins
July 21 9:30 AM EDT - Junior race begins
July 21 11:00 AM EDT - Awards Ceremony