North Carolina will soon be home to one of the most unique sports venues in the world. TriHabitat, designed specifically for triathlons and other endurance events, aims to "not only revolutionize the way the world's greatest athletes train and perform, but the way the public participates in and embraces the sport."
The facility, built on 1,100 acres along the banks of the Northeast Cape Fear River near Wilmington, NC, will be the only totally self-contained endurance sports venue in the world. Per TriHabitat's press release, the list of features is about a mile long.
It will contain a specially designed 25 acre spring-fed lake for swimming, a 14 mile paved bike loop, a 6.5 mile paved run loop, and a state-of-the-art permanent transition area featuring individual stations. The venue will include five stadiums, constructed from natural earth mounding, providing spectators with the ultimate viewing experience. Permanent lifeguard stations, a centralized bike course pit area, and permanent run course aid stations elevate the race experience. A vendor and expo village provides tent space and power hookups for event sponsors and merchants and a large covered pavilion is an ideal post-race gathering place.
Lodging options at TriHabitat will include a 20 room lodge and conference center, a collection of rustic cabins, and a 50 site motorhome park with full hook-ups.
“TriHabitat is a first-of-its-kind facility that is entering the marketplace at exactly the right time,” said Rob Urbach, USA Triathlon CEO. “As the National Governing Body, USA Triathlon is extremely supportive of this concept coming to fruition. It’s a vision that would greatly enhance training and racing within the sport.”
The facility plans to be open for business in 2016. For more information, check out the TriHabitat website.