Early in the morning of September 14th and 15th on the shores of Deep Creek Lake, men and women will gather to face the grueling physical challenge of the SavageMan Triathlon. As the name suggests, this brutal race is not for the faint of heart. In fact, Triathlete Magazine named it the “hardest race on earth.”

As much as participants label this event as one of the most difficult triathlons, they also rave that the scenery is stunning through rolling hills of autumn color. Athletes begin with the swim in the crystal clear water at Deep Creek State Park, followed by the bike through the rolling hills of the rugged Mountains of Western Maryland. The final leg of the race leads runners on Deep Creek State Park trails and local lakeside roads.

There’s something inspiring about watching these determined athletes conquer geographical, physical and psychological challenges. Spectators cheer on the participants as they attempt to climb the famed Westernport Wall, the steepest climb in all of triathlon. Successful savages earn a personalized engraved brick laid in the wall – tantamount to triathlon immortality.

Event watchers can ride shuttles back and forth from the start/finish area to the celebratory Westernport Wall Block Party where rowdy crowds blow horns and ring cowbells to encourage the athletes through town. If you’re in the Deep Creek area in mid September, this event shouldn’t be missed. It’s truly an inspirational experience!

The Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation receives 100% of the net profits from the SavageMan Triathlon. As melanoma continues to threaten the lives of all outdoor sports enthusiasts, the SavageMan Triathlon proudly contributes to research, advocacy and education established to fight this life-threatening cancer.

Race Distances

Saturday’s race:

0.9 mile swim, 22.9 mile bike and 6.2 mile run

Sunday’s race:

1.2 mile swim, 55.7 mile bike and 13.1 mile run