Chattahoochee Challenge Olympic Triathlon and Duathlon

Columbus, GA has quickly become a Triathlon Mecca. It is home to a Long Distance Half Triathlon held in April, a Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon held in July, and an Olympic Triathlon and Duathlon held in August. The 4-6ft down river swims, flat to rolling hills (Half course only) on the bike, and the flat and scenic run course appeal to both the beginner and advanced triathlete. We look forward seeing you and welcoming you to our community.

Greetings Athletes!

We can’t wait for the Chattahoochee Challenge Olympic Triathlon and Duathlon in Columbus, GA. We are very excited that you will be racing with us this year.

Below you will find information that will make your race day as stress free as possible!

Packet Pick Up:

Is located at Ride On Bikes at 1036 Broadway Columbus, GA 31901.

Packets may be picked up Friday from 4-6:30pm or Saturday at transition from 530am-6:45am.

All athletes MUST bring all of the following to Packet Pick Up:

1. Government issue valid photo ID

2. Valid USAT card (if a member)

**All members of relay teams must either be a USAT member or purchase a one-day membership at packet pick up.

USAT Rules and Regulations:

The TriColumbusGA Chattahoochee Challenge Race Series is sanctioned by USA Triathlon. This means that all participants will need to be either an annual member of USAT or procure a one-day membership and sign a waiver. One day memberships are $15 (adult) $10 (child) which can be purchased during registration. If you registered online and paid the USAT fee, it will be noted on the forms at packet pick up.

Bike Check In:

Bikes will be checked in race morning only.


Run: There will be 3 aid stations on the course. You will see each of these aid stations 2x -water and Cerasport will be provided.


Transition Area is located behind the Trade Center on the North side of the Dillingham street bridge. The Columbus Trade Center is located at 801 Front Avenue Columbus, GA 31901-2714.…

Start Time:

We will be starting the race at 7:30am.

Swim Course:

The swim course is a two loops. Each loop is 500m DOWNSTREAM. Buoys will be set up on along the course. We ask that you keep buoys on your RIGHT at all times. The river depths are approximately 4-6 ft in depth. The closer to shore, the more shallow the water. Athletes will swim the first loop, exit the water and run/walk to the swim start for their second loop. For those with sensitive feet, we have rolled out the carpet for you and have a lane marked. Sorry, the carpet is green, not red. You are welcome to warm up in the water prior, north of the swim start.

Swim Route…/chattahoochee-challenge-swim-…

Swim Start:

We will be starting the race at 7:30am.

Swim Waves:

Athletes will start the swim portion of the race from a dock off the stairs at the swim start. (Woodruff Park)

Swim Waves are as follows:

7:30am-Men 50 over

7:33- Women 35 and over and all 19 and under

7:36- Men 40-44

7:39- Men 45-49

7:42 Women 34 and under

7:45 Men 30-39

7:48 Men 20-29

7:50 All Relays

Waves are subject to change based on registration numbers. Please be at the swim start at 7:10am.

Pre Swim and Wetsuits:

The swim is NOT wetsuit legal. Water temperatures are currently hovering around 82-83 degrees.

Duathlon Run #1: approx 2miles

Duathletes will start 7:45am from Woodruff Park (directly above the swim start) for their 2 mile run.

Duathlon Route:…/chattahoochee-challenge-olymp…

Bike Course: approx 25miles

The two loop course bike course is as follows:

The bike course will begin and end on the Columbus Riverwalk. Race in Progress signs will be posted along this stretch and entrances will be blocked. The the Riverwalk will be CLOSED to pedestrian traffic this year.

We will have a lead vehicle will clear any traffic. It is imperative for your safety that when volunteers signal for you to slow down you do so. In addition, please abide by the florescent orange on the ground signaling riders to SLOW and all volunteers.

Please be mindful that the City of Columbus and Fort Benning are graciously allowing us to use their property. Keep all your trash with you. Police and volunteers will be located on the course at critical intersections for your safety.

Technical support will be on the course to assist with emergency repairs whenever possible; but athletes are expected to be able to handle basic repairs (changing a flat, basic adjustments, etc) themselves. Please be self-sufficient.

USAT officials will also be on the course to enforce USAT rules and regulations.

Run Course: 10k

The run course is very flat.  There are approximately 3 aid stations on the course. The course is a 2 loop of our Sprint course.  Family and friends are welcome to write a motivational message on the course before the race.

Run Route:…/chattahoochee-challenge-olymp…



4-6:30pm: Packet Pick up in Ride On Bikes (located on Broadway) 

6pm: Race Brief (or check it out via Facebook live at TriColumbusGa Facebook page)


5:30am Transition Opens/Race day registration/Packet Pick up 

7:00am Transition Closes 

7:15am Pre race Brief at swim start 

7:25am National Anthem 

7:30 Race begins

7:45am Duathlon Run #1 begins above swim start

10:30amish Awards Ceremony

Entertainment and Race Deals:

Market Days

Every Saturday Uptown Columbus hosts “Market Days”. This is an open market downtown full of arts and crafts, fresh veggies/fruit, coffee, and baked goods.


In the event of inclement weather, there are no “rain dates” for TriColumbusGA events. If the weather conditions are hazardous, Race Management has the right to change, eliminate parts of the course, or delay up to a point. However, if it is deemed to dangerous to race, the event will be canceled and there will be no refunds. Of course, since we are athletes ourselves, we will do everything in our power to have the event, but your safety is of our utmost concern.


We would like to thank all of our Sponsors as this event would not be possible without them. The Sports Council of Columbus, Big Dog Fleet Feet, Crossfit CSG, Max Fitness, Ride On Bikes, Below the Knee, the Outside World, Cerasport, Beres Chiropractic, Rudy Project, Road ID, Uptown Columbus, Columbus Sports Council, the City of Columbus, Columbus Parks and Recreation, Columbus Visitor and Travel Bureau, Multisport Athletics Coaching, Twice the Ice, SLS3, Team Red White and Blue, WRBL, Buffalo Rock Beverages, Kim Mixon – Realtor, the Columbus Police Dept, Reeves Wrecking, Graham Legal, and Launch Trampoline Park.


If you would like to volunteer please contact with availability and Volunteer in the subject line.

Special Thanks to all of our Volunteers and Sponsors that have stepped forward to make this race happen. When you see them out on the course be sure to thank them!

Please follow us on Facebook at for updated information as it comes. If you have any questions or concerns please email

On behalf of the City of Columbus and TriColumbusGA, we welcome you to our great city. We look forward to seeing you!

Joanne Cogle

Race Director

Columbus GA