"Thank you for a fantastic event! This was our first year at the Watauga Lake Triathlon, and we'll definitely be back next year. We loved every aspect of the race. The event location is fantastic. The bike course really showcases the area, and we enjoyed the scenery as we huffed and puffed up the long climbs. We enjoyed the challenging nature of the course."


Thanks to all who participated
in the Thirteenth Annual 2017 Event!

See 2017 Race Results


The Watauga Lake Triathlon was inspired by the picturesque countryside and pristine waters of Watauga Lake. Watauga literally means "beautiful water" and it certainly holds true to its given name. Watauga holds the distinction of being the highest reservoir (more than 1900 feet above sea level) in the Tennessee river system. Surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest and flanked by the Appalachain Mountains, Watauga Reservoir is arguably the most scenic in the Tennessee River Watershed.

2018 Race To Be Held August 18
The Fourteenth Annual WLT event will take place at 8:00am on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at the Sugar Grove Baptist Church (directions) and a local family farm perched on the banks of the lake in a scenic, pastoral setting. This will be a low-key festive event with overall and age group awards, and a post-race barbecue.

ONLINE REGISTRATION will be available until Thursday, August 16 at midnight.

ON-SITE REGISTRATION on race day begins at 6:30am and closes at 7:30am.

PLEASE REMEMBER: This is a USA Triathlon (USAT) sanctioned event. Current USAT members will need to show their membership card and photo ID when they pick up their race packet. If you are a non-USAT member who is registering on race day or has not otherwise paid the $15 one-day license fee, make sure you have cash for this when you pick up your race packet.

PACKET PICK-UP: You can pick up your race packets the morning of the race at the event site between 6:30 and 7:30 am.

CHECK THE WEATHER: For up-to-the-minute details on local weather, check

We're proud to announce that a portion of our proceeds for 2017 will be donated to Wine To Water!

The Beginning of a new decade seems to be a fitting time to set our sights and goals for the next 10 years. Once again the beautiful WATAUGA waters are our inspiration. Having the opportunity to enjoy the 3rd cleanest lake in the country in our backyard, we are so proud to team up with Wine To Water! Wine to Water, in partnership with Appalachian Mountain Brewery, created the Appalachian Water Project: an effort to unite Appalachian water organizations and supporters around the mission of improving Appalachia’s water.

We are honored to share their passion for water, especially right here in our backyard. It is our dream to continue enjoying our beautiful WATAUGA waters while also improving them.

About Wine To Water and How To Donate Online

Wine To Water is a non-profit international water organization based in Boone, NC. To date, Wine To Water has provided sustainable clean water and sanitation solutions to more than 370,000 people in 18 countries. CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT THE CAUSE.

Previous charities of WLT include: The Cancer Resource Alliance, Blue Ridge Rural Land Trust, Western Youth Network, Johnson County Rescue Squad, and Sugar Grove Baptist Church.

Thanks to all for making this an enjoyable and successful event for 12 consecutive years!

For more information about Watauga Lake, visit Great information and links to bed and breakfasts, restaurants, marinas, real estate and various activities to pursue while you're in the area. Check out the Watauga Lake Winery, just off the cycling course!

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