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Olympic Distance

Saturday April 15th will play host to the Olympic Distance Race. Athletes will line the beach for a Mass Wave Start, hit the water for a 1500 meter swim – transition to a 26 mile bike which takes you off Lanier Islands and through the rolling hills of Buford, GA. Athletes transition back onto the island where they will finish their race with a 6.2 mile out and back run.

The Grand Hall Parking Lot will play host to this year’s transition, expo, athlete zone with team tents and Finish Line.


The Olympic Swim will feature a mass start on the beach by designated waves. All competitors will line up on the beach and be staged in designated “zones” – As the race begins athletes will continue to move up to the next corresponding “holding zone” until your wave begins.

The 1500 meter swim features (3) left turns and (1) right turn before heading onto shore, exiting the beach and beginning your run to transition.

  • Exit Park which turns in to Holiday Road or Lake Lanier Parkway

  • Turn right on New Bethany Road

  • Right on South Waterworks

  • Right on Buford Dam Road

  • Left on Suwanee Dam Road

  • Left on Riverside Rd

  • Left On Sycamore

  • Right on Buford Dam Road

  • Right on Little Mill

  • Left on Peachtree Industrial (left lane)

  • Left on Green Rd

  • Left on Holiday Lake Lanier Parkway

  • Straight back to the Park


When beginning their run, Olympic athletes will exit on the right side of the Grand Hall Parking Lot. They will cross over onto Camellia Rd. running up the right side of the road in a designated runner lane. Toward the top of the hill, they will get on the pedestrian path. The pedestrian path runs adjacent to Lanier Islands Parkway. Shortly into the run the pedestrian path will cross underneath Lanier Islands Parkway up onto the other side of the road. Athletes will continue their run on the pedestrian path working their way toward the Main Gate. Athletes will pass over the bridge and just prior to reaching the Main Gate will make a left turn on the pedestrian sidewalk running up hill toward the amphitheater. At the main gate of the amphitheater athletes will make a right turn on Bulldog Bite, running downhill toward the round-a-bout.

At the base of the hill athletes will make a left turn getting back on the pedestrian path which runs alongside Lanier Islands Parkway leaving the island. Prior to the intersection of Lanier Islands Parkway and Lee Circle, athletes will make their turn heading back toward the Main Gate.

When approaching the round-a-bout in front of the Main Gate athletes will stay to the right and run in the right lane past the main gate, over the bridge before getting back on the pedestrian path and working their way back toward transition and the Finish Line.





Calm/ Lake



Moderate Hills




51 miles (Atlanta - ATL/KATL)

56 miles (Athens, GA - AHN)

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