Terrapin Tri-County Adventure Race
September 18, 2010 Run-Paddle-Bike
Vigo, Al
Contact Person:
Fred Couch
Minimum Fee $60

Come and have fun with us at the convergence of the state's three most famous trails.

Location: Calhoun-Cleburne-Cherokee Counties, near Piedmont, Borden Springs and Vigo, Alabama.

We kindly thank the following sponsors for this event:

State Representative Richard Lindsey

State Representative K. L. Brown

Alabama Power Company Foundation

Calhoun County Commissioner Robert Downing

Calhoun County Commissioner Rudy Abbott

Rock 105.9 & Rock 98.3

Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce

Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce

Cleburne County Chamber of Commerce

City of Piedmont – City of Heflin - City of Centre – City of Jacksonville

City of Piedmont – Housing, Police, Fire, Public Works offices
Chief Ladiga Trail Campground

Calhoun County Commission - Cherokee County Commission - Cleburne County Commission

Alabama Highway Patrol, Anniston EMS. Piedmont EMS, Cleburne EMS

Maverick Sports Medicine


Click here to download a printable, viewable PDF map version.

This race will be 3 to 6 hours of challenging trail running, creek paddling and biking. The format is teams of three (each member, one venue) or individual (age 18 by December 31, 2010). The total race distance of 41.5 miles includes a 10K run, 1.5 mile paddle and a 33.8 mile bike course. Route encompasses three of Northeast Alabama's premiere outdoor recreational areas located within the tri-county area of Calhoun, Cleburne and Cherokee - the Chief Ladiga Biking Trail, the Pinhoti National Recreational Hiking Trail, and the Terrapin Creek Canoe Trail. The race will finish at the Eubanks Welcome Center in downtown Piedmont, Alabama.

Registration will close at 8:30 am CST, Saturday, September 18.

Download your registration and medical forms here.

Send this registration form and checks (payable to Alabama Scenic River Trail) to: 
Mike Galloway, PO Box 1087, Anniston AL 36202

Awards/cash prizes determined by total of fees received.

Friday, September 17, 2010, at Chief Ladiga Campground, Piedmont
--Pre-Race Check-in and packet pick up: 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
--On-Site registration from 8:00 AM until 7:00 PM. (check or cash only)
--Pre-Race Dinner and Pre-Race Briefing – 6:00 PM, Chief Ladiga Trail

Saturday, September 18, 2010
-- On Site Registration from 6:00 AM - 8:30 AM
--Race Day Check-In: 7AM to 9AM – Chief Ladiga Trail Campground,
         Piedmont  -  these last two days late registrations are not
         guaranteed tee shirts
--Race Start: 10:00AM – Chief Ladiga Trail Campground, Piedmont
--Race Ends: 4:00PM – Eubanks Welcome Center,downtown Piedmont
--Post Race Meal: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
--Race Awards/Prizes/ - 5:00PM – Eubanks Welcome Center

Race Headquarters on Sept. 17 - 18  will be the Lodge at Chief  Ladiga Trail Campround

Until May 31 - $60
June 1 – August 31 - $75
Sept 1- Sept 18 $90

Until May 31 - $120
June 1 – August 31 - $160
Sept 1 – Sept 18 - $185

There are no refunds unless the race is cancelled. Included in the registration fee is a tee-shirt, pre-race and post-race meal for each participant. Non-race participants may purchase a meal if available.

Download the registration form above and send completed form and checks (payable to Alabama Scenic River Trail) to: 
Mike Galloway, PO Box 1087, Anniston AL 36202

Read race details in our FAQ section

For USA Triathlon paid up members there is no fee for insurance but entrants must sign and provide membership number on waiver form. Non-members have to purchase a one-day USAT qualification.

Chip split timing will be performed at this race. Chips may be picked up on race day between 7:00 am and 9:00 am at the Race Headquarters by properly registered racers in the Chief Ladiga Trail Campground.


Entrants must bring or rent their own boat. The vendors listed below have agreed to rent boats for this event.  Kayaks, such as a sit-on-top with a smooth bottom, may be preferred.

Cedar Creek RV & Outdoor Center - 706-777-3030
Larry’s Kayak Rentals - 256-447-6990
Nelson’s Kayak Rentals - 256-504-8690
Southern Canoe  256-947-1508
Tallapoosa River Outfitters - 256-239-6399
Terrapin Outdoor Center – 256-447-6666

USEFUL RELATED LINKS, Accommodation Listings

The Pinhoti Trails Alliance 
Chief Ladiga Trail Campground

Hampton Inn, the official race hotel


Your hot showers at Alabama Scenic River Trail events are courtesy Mobile Bay Group Sierra Club

Jacksonville Medical Center is a proud sponsor of the Tri-County Triathlon


Terrapin Tri-County Adventure Race

Race Plan: Rules and Packet Material


This Race Plan was placed on the race website June 24, 2010, and emailed to registrants who previously signed up.  If you did not receive the email, or signed up after that date, you will be given the race plan on Sept. 17, at Chief Ladiga Campground, at the Pre-Race Check-in and packet pick-up, or Late Registration on Sept. 18, (tee shirt then not guaranteed) 6:00 – 8:30 am.

  1. Race will follow Guidelines & Race Rules of USA Triathlon Organization.

 2.  RUN  ROUTE  CHANGE– the Run Portion has been reversed and is marked with signs and people in place directing you. You will run 4.1 miles before reaching the single track, forested, 1.7 mile Pinhoti Trail crossover and down to CR94, then .4 mile to transition area to paddle segment.

3. Packet includes:

A   Registration number, I. D. Bib and ‘wrist band’ for boat, PFD, paddle and bike
b.      Most Violated USAT Rules, Terrapin Penalty Rules
c.      Race Rules / Course Instructions
d.      Tee shirt, and this Race Plan
e.      Race Map with location of Potties, Water and Aid Stations
f.       USAT Insurance Information


Basic rules are:


  1. USA Triathlon member’s insurance fee. You must submit photo I. D. and Membership Card, and sign Waiver form in order to race. You must have both to receive Bib; or do ‘#2’ below.
  2. Non-members must submit  photo I. D., pay one-day fee of $10 to race, sign USA Triathlon waiver.
  3. All waivers must be signed in person at Packet pickup. 
  4. At race end, chip timing devices not returned by 4:30 pm to Race Desk are disqualification for racer.  Later return or no return obligates the racer to a $5 daily fine - maximum $300. 
  5. Tear off the barcode on race Bib for Saturday meal ticket & turn in Bib.
  6. No glass containers on the race course. No ear covering electronic devices allowed.  No assistance can be given any racer by persons to make the race faster for that racer which could be deemed an unfair advantage.
  7. Entrants must be 18 or older in calendar year 2010. Entrants must bring their own or rent boats for paddle portion. Six area vendors listed on website.  All equipment used in paddle portion must be marked or tagged with our packet supplied ‘wrist band’.
  8. Paddle portion, bike placement   - Place one ‘wrist band’visible on left shoulder strap of the PFD.  Place one ‘wrist band’ visible on paddle throat. Place one ‘wrist band’ visible on front boat handle. Place one ‘wrist band’ visible on bike handlebars.  After paddle portion completed, we will load and transport all equipment back to Race Start area for pick-up  
  9. Decision to race substantiates you are healthy enough to participate for the entire race.
  10. There are no refunds unless the event is cancelled. We will start in light rain. If lightning, other such elements exist at Race Start, we will delay Race until deemed safe to proceed. At our discretion any such decision will be announced by public address at Race Start area. Cancellation decisions and weather delays, will be announced by radio to all volunteers
  11. Support personnel of racer or team can hand them equipment at water transition, such as paddle life jacket, but not push boat into water or balance for racer to enter or exit.  Support personnel of racer or team cannot be in bike rack area after the race commences, until all racers pass and exit that area.
  12. At Finish Line, support personnel and/or Racer must have way of securing bike, so as to not impede racers. There will be a shuttle to Start area for people but not bikes.
  13. Support personnel on run or bike portion may not follow racer by vehicle, or by boat, they may stay in place at one or more points enroute on bike portion to offer water and encouragement..  Race Director has ‘Sag Wagons’ on bike portion to pick up racers who cannot proceed. USA Triathlon approved bike helmets only.  PFD’s and shoes, are required for paddle portion. Boat helmets optional.  Handlebars must have solid ends.
  14. No intentional drafting on bike portion permitted.  Observe ‘yellow line’ rule and observe all standard highway regulations.  You will cross one state highway twice and you must stop to allow traffic to pass. .Race routes are narrow, and will have some local traffic that may not be aware of race. There are several bike road challenges which will be clearly marked with road chalk, signs, and personnel on the 33.8 miles.  No roads will be closed to public. Be aware of and avoid conflict with non-racer private walkers and riders on the Ladiga Trail.
  15. Race Bib numbers must be visible on front body area. Timing chips must be attached per Timer’s directions. Teams will wear same Bib number but transfer Chip in front of race volunteers at Transition Areas. Not partaking of entire course will disqualify.
  16. Race starts at 10:00 am at Chief Ladiga Trail Campground and ends at the Eubanks Welcome Center no later than 4:00 pm. Any one arriving at the Finish Line after 4:00 pm will not be timed for awards. Awards and results will be known by 4:30 pm and posted. Awards won by race times decided by Race Committee will be presented at 5:00 pm at Awards ceremony at Eubanks Welcome Center Gazebo.


  1. Area sponsors are: Alabama State Representative Richard Lindsey, Calhoun County Commissioners Robert Downing and Rudy Abbott; Alabama Power Co., Chief Ladiga Trail Campground, Cleburne County Commission and Chamber, Cherokee County Commission and Chamber, City of Piedmont, City of Jacksonville, N. E. Alabama Regional Medical Center, Jacksonville Hospital and Rock 105.9 & Rock 98.3 Radio Stations- please thank them
  2. Cash awards determined by registration fees Awards - The Terrapin Tri-County Adventure Race Committee met in late July 2010 and decided in order not to affect the amateur status of many racers by providing them only cash awards from the fees, to present instead material item awards that will not impact on their amateur status.  Cash awards determined by registration fees as shown previously on our Race Flyer and on our website will be available for only the professional athletes for First place male, female, and team; Second and Third places, and remaining $ awards will be presented at post-race Eubanks Gazebo as well as specific awards.
  3. Pre-race  briefing at 9:40 am on Race Day at Start area will contain final information, and any changes, as needed.  Be positive, be there; have fun, be courteous, and thank the volunteers.  There will be a tee shirt for racers, one for volunteers, and one for race officials, and others – similar but different Titles identifying each.

Terrapin Race Agenda - September 17,  2010
 7:30 am - Race Headquarters – Chief Ladiga Trail Campground
           Posted on Wall -
a.      Insurance Info
b.      Most Violated rules
c.      Special rules
d.      Last day announcements
e.      Run portion reversed.
f.        Timing Method to be used
g.      Other as needed
 8:00 am – 7:00 pm  –
          On-Site Registration (check or cash only) and Packet Pick Up
          Follow USAT Packet pick up guide, Waivers, etc.
6:00 pm – Pre-Race Dinner at Campground Lodge
7:10 pm - Day’s compilation of all racers and info

Terrapin Race Day Racer Information Agenda

September 18, 2010
6:30 am – Coffee at Race Headquarters.
6:30 am – traffic cones placed at camp entry - at Pinhoti Trail exit - County Road 94, any race related arriving traffic is to park East of Lodge, or if bringing boat, offload it, on West side of Lodge with PFD, Paddle and then park East of Lodge, or if congested, leave all of it to be placed by volunteers. Position determined by pre-numbered ‘wrist bands’ supplied in packet. Shuttle busses will be bringing racers from bike area at CR94 bridge to campground and off loading, and going back to bike area (7-9 am, see below).
6:00 – 8:30 am - Late Registration, Cash or Check only, Saturday meal only, tee shirts not guaranteed to be available
6:30 am – Cleburne County Deputy sets up position on CR 94 near condemned bridge
7:00 am – Shuttle busses arrive & ready on CR 94 just East of condemned bridge
7:00 – 9:00 am – Racers bring boat, paddle, PFD to creek bank.  Each has pre-numbered ‘wrist band’ attached per rules.
7:00 – 9:00 am – Racers from campground on CR 94 can ride bikes (wrist label on handlebars) West to and walk/cross condemned bridge, place bikes in bike racks, cross back over bridge and board shuttle busses. Shuttles will continue until all racers have moved bikes or 9:00 am occurs. Other bikers may be coming from opposite direction to bring bikes; those could walk across and take shuttle, too, but their vehicle cannot be left on other side. Someone else will have to remove it to off the race course.
7:00 – 9:00 am Race Day Check In – Last minute packet pick. We are doing chip timing
 - racers will pick up timing chips at Race Headquarters  - racers must notify they will race by signing in .
8:00 am   Pinhoti Trail Scouts and Adult begin final trail clearing of litter.  
9:00 am – Volunteer placed at CR 70 and CR 94 monitoring entry of vehicle traffic
     except local, emergency or official race vehicles, shuttle busses, etc.
8:40 – 9:20 am   All volunteer personnel assume race position assignments by 9:20 am. 
9:30 am – Racers begin line up for Start.  Announcement will be made whether a mass start or age group starts. If latter, markers in place, and Stephen notified. Stephen calls from finish Line that he and timing function ready, and aid station, showers, etc in area ready.
9:40 am – Pre-Race Instructions reviewed on PA system by Race Director at Start Line.
10:00 am – Gun Start
Emergency vehicle (Volunteers see Assignment’s Sheet) from Run Crossover / Ladiga to CR-70 will follow behind last racer; then Scouts at hill top / CR70 will follow last racer to mountain trail peak; mountain trail assigned Scouts will ‘sweep’ trail to CR 94.  Paddle volunteers will paddle down after last racer making sure all completed portion.  Crew at Mama’s Beach will begin boat, PFD, paddle movements.
After last bike racer departs, shuttle bus will follow.  Shuttle bus can pick up water and aid station volunteers as the bike route is followed to the Ladiga Trail entry, then riders go to Chief Ladiga Trail Campground on bus. If necessary, we will have trailer following to pick up tents, chairs, etc at water and aid stations.  Then shuttle bus/busses proceed to Finish Line with any riders wishing Supper and race festivities in Piedmont.  As last racer enters Ladiga Trail, volunteers will begin following as they wish, or return to their vehicles. We will have two ATV ‘sag’ persons on the Ladiga Trail.
We anticipate having a Drum Corp at Finish Line. When racer is spotted the drums will play.
As racers cross Finish Line unofficial time will be announced, and compiled with any penalties by Stephen (Head Referee) for final official time. Refreshments, music, and showers will be on hand and coordinated by Keith Word as well as VENDOR booths . 
As some racers complete race in fewer hours than others, the plan is to provide shuttle buses rotating between the Campground and the Finish Line from 1:00 pm until  4:00 pm, when in Piedmont for final festivities.
Final times for all will be ready at 4:30 pm.
Awards will be presented at Eubanks Welcome Center Gazebo at 5:00 pm, Saturday, September 18th, 2010, by Keith Word and area dignitaries.
Race Director Fred Couch cell phone 256-591-0437
Head Referee Stephen Valdes cell phone 205-753-0285