Select Page

MilesIntoSmiles Loading…

06/24/2018 @ 8:00 am
2018 Rho Smile Train Tri
11 years strong! A neighborhood tri benefitting Smile Train.
Wake Forest, NC
Presenting Sponsor

About the Event

What //

11 years strong! A neighborhood tri benefitting Smile Train.

When //

Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 8:00 am

Where //

804 Heritage Lake Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

(map and directions)

Event Overview

We hope to see everyone in 2019!

A  HUGE Thank You to all of our athletes, sponsors and volunteers for an awesome 11th Rho Smile Train Triathlon! It was hot, but fun! 

Check here for 2018 results. 

Why Tri?

Sunday June 24, 2018 will be the 11th running of our little neighborhood race!

The Rho Smile Train Triathlon, presented by Dr. Melissa C. Davidian, was the first triathlon in the world to benefit Smile Train - the world's largest cleft lip and palate charity.

What makes this race special? We send 100% of the athlete registration fees to Smile Train. Since 2008, we've generated over $300,000 in donations to Smile Train! Help make a difference by registering to participate, giving your time as a volunteer, buying some Smile Train Tri gear, or just making a donation. It all helps make this event a success for everyone - but especially for Smile Train.

Check out our News and Updates page for all the latest information about the event, including information about how you can set up your own Smile Train fundraising page.

Join us Sunday, June 24, 2018 (start time 8:00am)

Schedule of Events

  • Wednesday, June 20: Online Registration Closes, Last day to change swim times
  • Thursday, June 21: Swim Order/Race Numbers publicized
  • Friday, June 22: 3:00pm - 7:00pm: Packet Pickup - Run-N-Tri Outfitters
  • Saturday, June 23
    • 12:00pm-4:00pm Packet Pickup - Run-N-Tri Outfitters
    • 6:00pm-7:00pm Race Director Meeting/Site Walkthrough @ 804 Heritage Lake Road
  • Sunday, June 24 - RACE DAY
    • 6:30-7:30am Race Day Packet Pickup & Registration, Timing Chip Pickup, Body Marking
    • 7:45am Transition Area Closes
    • 8:00am Race Start
    • 11:00am Awards Ceremony

Course Description


The swim takes place at the Heritage Swim Club pool with a 250 yard pool swim. Starting at one end of the pool, swimmers proceed down each lane for one lap - changing lanes each time they get to a wall. This means there is only one direction of traffic in every lane! More room to pass, or get passed. At registration, athletes enter their projected swim time for the FULL 250 yard swim distance and that is used to order swimmers for the start. Swimmers who want no pressure can put 99:99 as their swim time and they will be put last in the group. We support everyone in this swim - from the first to the last! 

Find 2018 Swim Times Here

Bike: View Map

The relatively flat 12-mile bike course is an out-and-back with minimal hills that is supported by the Wake Forest Police Department and the Wake County Sherriff Deputies with volunteers at every turn. The first mile has a few rolling hills, from mile 1-2 it is a slight, but not very noticeable, incline and then it flattens out all the way to the turnaround. On the way back from about mile 10-11 cyclists get a nice, long downhill followed by rolling hills coming back to the race site. We do NOT close the roads for this bike course so please be aware that there may be traffic on the route.

Please STAY ALERT and follow the instructions of all volunteers and police to ensure a safe ride. 

Run: View Route

The run is an out-and-back 5K with three aid stations pretty evenly spaced throughout the course. The residents along Heritage Heights have a tendency to get pretty involved and we love it! Kids with water cannons and sprinklers, as well as un-official "temptation stations" with everything from bacon to donuts line the course! There is an equal amount of uphill and downhill moments. Hang in there and FINISH STRONG!

Complete Pre-Race Guide

This will answer all your questions about parking, body marking, chip pickup, etc.

Click here for all your Rho Smile Train Tri information.

Race Amenities

Every registered participant will receive the official 2018 Smile Train t-shirt, a finisher's medal, and will be able to participate in the post-race party! All runners will also get plenty of water and refreshments at the finish line. Children will be able to enjoy the Bounce House and Face Painters.

Post Race Party

The post-race party is as much fun as the race! We have many of our sponsors and vendors come out giving the day the feel of a block party! Kona Ice is always there, we bring out a bounce house and some munchies and drinks, and there may be a yummy food vendor selling their goods. We also hope to offer massages, a kid zone, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and a face painter or two!


The awards ceremony begins at 11:15am and you don't want to miss it.
Check the Latest News and Updates page for awards.

Top three overall male and female 
Top three overal male Clydesdale
Top three overall female Athena

Top three overall male and female masters
Top three overal male masters Clydesdale
Top three overall female masters Athena

Top three male and female athletes in each of the following age groups:
13 & under; 14-15; 16-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75 +



The Rho Smile Train Sprint Triathlon is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event. USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with nearly 500,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).