Racing White Lake? Make a Weekend Out of It!

07.20.2015 | Setup



The White Lake Triathlon takes place on Saturday, September 12, 2015, and it features both Half and International distances. While White Lake is one of our most popular events, swimming, biking, and running isn’t the only thing this beautiful and picturesque area is known for. If you’re planning to race White Lake this year, or if you’re wondering if the trip is worth the drive, here are six fun reasons to make White Lake your fall triathlon.

1. The North Carolina FFA Center 

The race is located at the North Carolina FFA Center. Through Set Up Events, participants can rent a lodge room or open-air cabin for the best in comfort and convenience. Athletes can wake up at the race site, roll out of bed, and be ready to go. After the race, the whole family can dive straight into relaxing and enjoying all that White Lake has to offer—which is a lot! In fact, it’s been named “The Nation’s Safest Beach,” making it a true paradise for kids of any age.

2. Camp Clearwater

The FFA Center isn’t the only place to stay. Camp Clearwater, North Carolina’s largest family campground, is also located right on the beautiful shores of White Lake. Camp Clearwater has been a popular vacation spot for many years, and it’s the perfect way to enjoy White Lake’s 1,000 acres of crystal-clear water, white sandy beaches, and gently sloping shores. Bring the family, race your heart out, and then unwind in the great outdoors.

3. White Lake Water Park

Open through the end of September, the White Lake Water Park is a great treat for kids as well as for the young at heart. With a 2,000 square foot swimming pool, a 5,000 square foot wading pool, slides, bucket dumps, a wet deck, and a Tiki Bar, you’re guaranteed to have hours of fun in the sun.

4. Lu Mil Vineyard

It’s official—this vineyard is Bladen County’s best-kept secret. With nine cabins, it’s great for an overnight stay. You can also take a tour on a 15-person party bike, sample their award winning wines, and purchase tasty treats made by local farmers as a souvenir.

5. Elwell Ferry

Elwell Ferry is an inland cable ferry which has been in operation since 1905. It crosses the Cape Fear River and it’s one of the last three remaining cable ferries operating in North Carolina. There’s also a small museum about the ferry in a former church hall, if you’re lucky enough to show up while it’s open. It’s a great, quirky way to spend part of a day, not to mention a fun opportunity to experience some living history.

6. The Dublin Motor Speedway

The Dublin Motor Speedway features late model, limited late model, super street, mud, open wheel and regular racing on most Saturday nights beginning in mid-March. The grandstands open at 6pm, practice begins at 8pm and the first race is at approximately 9:30pm. There’s an admission fee for visitors over 12 years of age. Unique, exciting, and fun, it’s a local attraction you won’t want to miss! 

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to kick back, have fun, and enjoy time with friends and family after you cross the finish line at White Lake. Turn this favorite fall event into a weekend the whole family will remember, and register for your fun-filled adventure today.

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