Giant Acorn Sprint 2014

Event #17 of the Virginia Triathlon Series

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9:00 AM


Saturday, September 27, 2014


Lake Anna State Park, VA


Event Completed


750 Meter Swim
16 Mile Bike
5K Run


Wednesday, September 24, 2014  9:00 AM


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Giant Acorn Sprint





Swim Wave times are posted 
HERE for individuals
HERE for relay teams! 
Swim Wave Chart HERE 
Please have your photo ID and USAT card ready for packet pickup. If you haven't received your new USAT card or have misplaced it, you can print out a copy or take a screenshot with your smart phone by logging into If you are a minor, your parent MUST be present with their photo ID. 
We are looking forward to seeing you all this weekend!

Charity Slots Now Available:  Charity slots are now available for $200/$250 with 100% of proceeds going to the local food bank.  There are 20 spots available, when they are gone the Sprint is closed to further registration.

Papa Johns Pizza:
Papa Johns will be at the race site once again to provide hot food for the athletes and spectators for the 2014 Giant Acorn. All competitors will receive a free pizza and Papa Johns will offer the following MENU for the spectators.

Post Race Food:
Papa John's Pizza that is cooked on site as well as fruit, bagels and drinks will be provided after the race for free to all athletes. There will be coffee and bagels available for purchase by spectators starting at 8AM and pizza will be available for purchase starting at 11AM. A full menue of their options will be posted shortly.

T-Shirt Sizes
Please note that many races in the VTS will be offering women's sized shirts. If you have registered for a race and want a women's sized shirt, please double check the sizing chart HERE as the women's shirts tend to run small. If you want to change your shirt size you have until 4 weeks prior to the race to do so. Anyone registering within 4 weeks of the event is not guaranteed a shirt, a specific size or style.


Now located at beautiful Lake Anna State Park, the Giant Acorn is an end of season ritual for hundreds of triathletes throughout the region. You can expect crystal clear water, a sandy beach start, and an immaculate park with lots of activities for the kids. The bike course is the same as the Kinetic Sprint and consists of 3 turns outside of the park. Located just 30 minutes SW of Fredericksburg and about an hour NW of Richmond this is the last weekend of racing in the 2014 Virginia Triathlon Series.

Swim Course: MAP The 750 meter swim begins on the beach at Lake Anna State Park. The rectangular shaped course will have 2 right turns and sighting buoys will be located approximately every 75 meters. We expect the water at this time of year and at this section of the lake to be in the low 70's. A temperature reading will be taken and posted the Thursday prior to the event. The water temperature at this location has averaged in the low 70's which is pretty nice for October!

Bike Course: MAP (Scroll Down) The bike course is a lollipop style 16 mile course. With a left turn out of the park athletes have great pavement and a few hills as they ride the country roads of Spotsylvania County.

Run Course: MAP (Scroll Down) The Sprint run course starts with a serious climb out of transition on the main park road.  You will be tired coming out of T2 but it levels off for the middle section of the course as you run along the forested cabin and campground loops. There is a large down hill towards the finish line where athletes will finish by veering 15 degrees off the beach sidewalk into the finishing chute.  This is a scenic and seriously fast run course once you get past the first 1/4 mile!

Affiliated Charities

This event benefits High School Boosters.

This event benefits many local community groups and organizations for their support of this event. In particular, we would like for you to consider making an additional donation to the High School athletic teams that come out to support our event!

Event Site Rules

Transition Area Rules
Please note that bicycles will not be released from the transition area until the bike cut off time (2 hours from the last wave) or the last runner exits transition. The parking lot exits directly on to the bike and run courses and having 600 cars disgorge onto the courses creates a very unsafe situation for the remaining athletes. Thank you for your understanding and patience in this matter.

Race Capacity: This event is limited to 650 athletes.

Cut-off Time: All athletes must finish the event within 2 hours and 30 minutes of their start time.

Timing System

This event will be timed using the ChampionChip Timing System. (5 splits provided)

You must turn in your timing chip at the conclusion of your race or you will be billed for the replacement!

Packet Pickup

Friday: 3:00-7:00PM
Location: At the race site
Pre-Race Meeting - 6:00pm

Saturday: 7:00-8:30AM
Location: At the race site
Pre-Race Meeting - 8:45am

Race Site
Lake Anna State Park
6800 Lawyers Road
Spotsylvania, VA 22551

Note: Participants must collect his/ her own event packets. Photo ID is required in order to collect event materials. NO ID = NO EVENT. Hint if you take a photo of your identification and have it on your phone that will be sufficient for ID purposes. ALL USAT annual members must show a valid USAT membership card or pay the one day membership fee ($12).

Lodging Information

Comfort Inn

Comfort Inn Southpoint
540 898-5550
5422 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Fredericksburg, VA 22407


Sleep Inn-Located at I-95 and US 1
5400 Southpoint Blvd
Fredericksburg, VA 22407

Quality Inn
6409 Dan Bell Lane (Exit 118)
Thornburg, VA

Lake Anna Lodge-(At the lake)
5152 Courthouse Road (Rt. 208)
Spotsylvania, VA 22553

High Point Marina & Lighthouse Inn-(At the lake) 
4634 Courthouse Road
Mineral, VA 23117

Shennandoah Crossing Resort

There are multiple lake houses for rent this time of year.

Lake Anna Realty-800-830-2662


This event does not issue refunds.


Withdrawals are no longer available for this event.


This event does not provide transfers.


This event accepts a one time deferment up to 30 days prior to the event date or until the event has filled.

The deferral event is the 2015 - Giant Acorn Sprint.

The deferral cutoff date was Thursday, August 28, 2014 and has passed. No further deferral requests will be accepted for this event.


If you would like to switch from the sprint to the international please e-mail us at

There will be no other refunds, credits, or transfers available for this event.  NO exceptions.


In the event of inclement the following procedure will be followed: The event will be postponed for 30-45 minutes in hopes the inclement weather will pass. If the inclement weather does not pass within this timeframe the event will be changed to a duathlon format.

Every effort will be made to have this event on time on this date. Should this event be cancelled due to an Act of God or other circumstance beyond the race directors control there will be no refunds, credits, or transfers.

Purchase Event Photos

Tricycle Studios is the Official Photographer of the Virginia Triathlon Series!
Their photographers will be attending this event capturing images throughout the race course.
Athletes will receive a customized email after the race, complete with race stats, and automated links to find your images. You may also go directly to the Tricycle Studios website to review their custom products, and purchase your photos from this and other Set Up Events.
Tricycle Studios | a Bird's Eye View, Inc. Company | 540-358-0001 |


Volunteers are the lifeblood of any successful event. If you would like to volunteer for this race just click on the link below and we'll contact you the week before the event and put you to work!

Overall Results










Results by Category

CLICK HERE to view Category Results


Award Categories

Top 3 in each of the following categories:

Overall (M & F)
Masters Overall (M & F 40+)
Age Groups (M & F): 15 & Under,16-19,20-24,25-29,30-34,35-39,40-44,45-49,50-54,55-59,60-64,65-69, 70-74,75-79,80-84, 85+
Clydesdales (Males - 220 Lbs)
Masters Clydesdales (Males 40+ 220 Lbs)
Athenas (Females - 165 Lbs +)
Military (M & F)
Novice (M & F)
Collegiate (M & F)
Relay Teams (Male, Female & Mixed)

VTS rules state that once you compete in a particular event category, you must remain in that same category for all future VTS events in that calendar year. Click Here for detailed information on the race divisions and series scoring.

Novice Athletes

Thanks for making this event your first triathlon! There are many more people like yourself who will be racing this type of event for the first time. Below are links to information that you will want to review before race weekend.

Race Number & Body Marking
Timing Chip
Transition Area
USAT Triathlon Rules
Water Temperature & Wetsuits

Do you still have questions? If so please review these FAQ's. If you still have questions after reviewing this information please click here.