While many come to the peaceful shores of Smith Mountain Lake to enjoy the stunning scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains and relax in the peace and quiet, there is a select group who wait with tingling anticipation every year for something else entirely. For these adventurers, athletes, and weekend warriors, the Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon is the highlight of the spring, and a thrilling gateway to summer. Whether you are an avid triathlete or a novice looking to break into this exciting past time, Smith Mountain offers an ideal course and an incredible experience.

3 For 1

The SML triathlon is held the first week of May, as the water in the lake finally breaks the 60-degree mark (wetsuits are not required, but are recommended). This year the festivities begin Saturday, May 5, 2018 with check-in at 7am. Hundreds of athletes from Virginia, North Carolina, and beyond will line the sandy beach waiting for the starter’s pistol… and at 9am the fun begins! After a brisk 750-meter swim in the crisp, clear waters of the lake, the course takes triathletes on a 20km bike ride through the rolling hills of the State Park. Moderate elevation changes (the course fluctuates between 800 and 950 feet above sea level) make for a fun ride, and the incredible views of the lake, forests, and mountains beyond will invigorate even the weariest rider. The race finishes with a flat 5km run back through the park to a finish lined with exuberant bystanders.

A Good Cause

The SML Triathlon is one of more than 20 events in the Virginia Triathlon Series, but it is the first open-water swim for the season and one of the most popular thanks to its beautiful and intermediate course (making it great for beginners). In addition to promoting physical fitness, the race also raises money for two charities: Virginia Amateur Sports and the ALS Foundation.

How to Enjoy

While you might differ in opinion about the best way to enjoy the race – either as a participant or a very “active” bystander – there is no denying that the incredible accommodations at Premier Vacation Rentals at Smith Mountain Lake are the most comfortable and most convenient place to stay. Featuring luxurious furnishings, modern kitchens, and an incredible array of amenities and creature comforts, our selection of cabins and luxury homes along the shores of Smith Mountain Lake are perfect for prepping for the big race and then relaxing after your successful finish. One of our favorites, Lake Haven Condo, offers large outdoor seating areas and breathtaking panoramic views of the lake and convenient access to a nearby marina (sadly for us “boating” is not an official triathlon event). Whichever condo, cabin, or cozy home you select, each rental includes everything you need to enjoy your stay. Our friendly staff is always standing by to help or answer any questions.

Plus, with pet friendly rentals, your favorite four-legged trail running buddy can join you in the scenic woods of the Blue Ridge Mountains (even if they can only watch you compete).

We at Premier Vacation Rentals wish all the triathlete participants the best of luck and a strong race. Visit us online to find the perfect vacation home for you during your visit to this idyllic destination in the Virginia mountains, and book direct through our website for extra savings!