Newest TriCoachGeorgia.com Coach LDubb, aka Lauren White is a native Greenvillian, who has lived in the Upstate for 33 years. She has and is coaching athletes locally and regionally from couch to sprint triathlon, and short court to long course triathlon, and road races like half marathons and marathons.
Coach LDubb can tell you that no one is more excited to see The Mountains to Main Street Triathlon & Festival come to the Upstate than her. She will be doing training days and weekends on the course.
Greenville holds a special place in her heart as she has embraced and witnessed the positive changes, growth and diversity that have emerged over the past 15 years. The Upstate has become one of the hottest emerging tourist destinations as well as being one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. Greenville’s revamped Downtown was just recently named by Forbes as “America’s Ten Best.” As a triathlete, she has trained countless hours in the Upstate and has a deep appreciation and understanding of the area and the course layout. From the crystal blue waters of Lake Keowee – to the scenic rolling hills of the Foothills Mountains – to the freshly paved Swamp Rabbit Trail that will end in heart of Greenville’s Downtown, it will be quite the triathlon experience to remember!
The swim will take place at South Cove Park at Lake Keowee. It will be a point-to-point swim with water temps most likely in the mid-seventies. That means, most likely this will be a wetsuit legal swim or at least wetsuit optional; although in all races you will learn in the morning of the race. Coach LDubb grew up swimming and boating in this lake and can tell you no other lake in the Southeast beats it. The water is crystal clear, clean and calm and the scenery of the surrounding mountains will take your breath away.
This bike course is not for the faint of heart! The 56 mile bike course will take you through Oconee, Pickens and Greenville counties and finishing up in the town of Travelers Rest. At that point, will be the second transition with huge crowd support as that area is full of restaurants, bars and businesses. In training for Ironman Louisville and Texas, Coach LDubb became quite familiar with the “rolling hills” and “climbs” of this course and surrounding areas. Over the 56 miles, there is an approximate elevation gain of 3700 feet. The best way to describe the course would be numerous rolling hills with decent climbs.
Attached is a course description that gives the elevation layout according to mileage. The bike course runs along the Foothills – a very scenic and beautiful area so be sure to take it all in.
Now to the fun part! Ready for a fast and epic run? You will enter the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Travelers Rest and will circle around Furman University’s beautiful swan lake and tower before re-entering the trail.
This run course offers a NET LOSS in elevation which makes for a very fast run. Coach LDubb had her fastest half marathon in the GHS Swamp Rabbit Half last year and can attest that athletes will love it after a 56 mile bike ride. There will be numerous aid stations along the route. The run will finish in the heart of Downtown Greenville on the TD stage that overlooks the Reedy River and Falls Park Bridge with an abundance of welcoming spectators and Greenvillians, music and action. It’s a finish that athletes and spectators will forever remember!
The motto for this race is “So you wanna….SWIM with the bear…BIKE with the eagle…RUN with the rabbit…?” We hope you will consider training with and coaching by TriCoachGeorgia’s Coach LDubb as a home field advantage!