One of the season highlights for this TriathlonTrialLawyer is the Big Lick Olympic Distance Triathlon at Smith Mountain Lake in Huddleston, Virginia. This race is also where the Virginia college teams vie for bragging rights on a course that takes place in an award-winning state park. Virginia Tech, James Madison University, UVa and other schools sent teams and there were also numerous relays in this year’s race. The “Big Lick” is one of the last events in the Virginia Triathlon Series, and one of the few competitions where Doug Landau is likely NOT to miss the starting gun ! When the Herndon Reston area injury lawyer is able to stay in a cabin just several hundred yards from the staging area INSIDE the park, he is able to be on time. The course takes place in the pristine, man-made Smith Mountain Lake (not to be confused with nearby “Mountain Lake,” where the movie “Dirty Dancing” was filmed). The bike course is inside the park and then over mostly smoothly paved roads over the surrounding hills. The run is very safe, hilly and completely inside the park.
[Photo, L->R: Rob Colburn, “Kona Kevin” Kunkel, Melissa Landau & Mary Delaney of “Rehab to Racing” putting on their wetsuits in the transition area before the start of the race.]