May Day Duathlon


How lucky are we!? The May Day Biathlon (now May Day Duathlon), one of the oldest duathlons in the state, is going to be a part of the Trivium Multisport Series in 2016!

A bit about the event:

In 1991, the City of Morganton hosted the first annual May Day Biathlon & 5K Run to promote the beauty and vitality of Burke County and to promote physical activity for youth and adults through healthy competition. Two years later, a group of volunteer directors took over and, more than two decades later, the race is still going strong, making it one of the oldest races in the Southeast. Held each year on the first weekend in May, our mission remains the same: to promote physical activity to youth and adults through a well-organized and economically priced race, in a beautiful environment. We are a non-profit organization and all proceeds go back into the race.

Our two-day event consists of a youth biathlon on Saturday, followed by the adult duathlon and 5K run on Sunday. The youth race continues to grow each year, and now nearly 350 children under the age of 14 compete on the enclosed driving range at Freedom High School. There are very few venues that provide this opportunity for youth and we are extremely proud to be among them. With age groups beginning at 5 years and up, our race is frequently an introduction to competitive sports for our participants. We encourage all youth, regardless of ability level, previous athletic endeavors and skill level, to participate. Although the spirit of competition remains strong, our goal is for each and every participant to leave with a feeling of success. Both the parents and the children enjoy the safety and the healthy competition that the race provides.

 The adult race also begins at Freedom High School with a 5K run. While some participants are finished after the 3.1 miles, duathletes then mount their bikes for one of the most scenic duathlon bike courses in the nation!  For 2016 duathletes will get off the bike and continue on for a 1.5 mile run to finish off the race!

Each year, we have a uniquely designed t-shirt. The organization of the event is high quality, and although we attract nationally-ranked athletes and award cash prizes to overall winners, the race maintains a small-town feel. Come join us. You’ll be glad you did and you’ll want to come back next year, as well.



When and Where

Sunday May 1st, 2016

Freedom High School
511 Independence Blvd
Morganton , NC 28655


Parking will be available on site at Freedom High School

Schedule of Events

Youth Duathlon:

Entry Fees

Event Through March 20th Through Race Day
Duathlon Individual $45 $55
Duathlon Relay Team $80 $90
5k Run $25 $30
Kid’s Biathlon $10 $10


Course Maps

    The first 5K of the Duathlon and the 5K race itself are a picturesque out and back run.  This is an awesome way to start a day of racing!

    Bike Course:  The trick on this course will be to stay focused on cranking out a good bike time and not take out a camera to take pictures!  This may be the most beautiful bike course in NC!

    Not far to go now!  To finish the race you will need to run 1.4 miles through the Freedom Park loop!


Rules & Guidelines

In the event the race should be canceled for reasons beyond the control of the Race Director or Race Committee (inclement weather or unsafe weather conditions; local, state or national emergency), refunds will not be made, but race packets, including race shirts, will be available at a location to be determined. Information will be available on the race website.

Refund Policy: No refunds for any reason will be issued for this event within 30 days of the event start date. Earlier than 30 days before the event, a request may be made for a 50% refund (this will be 50% of entry fee, excluding any processing fees). Entries CANNOT be transferred or deferred to another event or year. NO EXCEPTIONS will be made to this policy. By registering for this event you agree to this refund policy. To request a refund, please contact us on our Contact page and select “Registration” as the reason for your message.

Transfer policy: Entries can be transferred to another individual for a $5 transfer fee. T-shirt size will not be changeable. Entries CANNOT be transferred or deferred to another event or year. To request a transfer, please contact us on our Contact page and select “Registration” as the reason for your message.



Results for this event are available below: