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The Creation of the AnVillage

The AnVillage term was penned by Maria Simone following the March 2016 Double ANVIL.

The Anvillage!!!

It would be a mistake to think of a Double Anvil as simply twice an Ironman. While the numbers do add up that way, the experience is so much more than just those numbers.

Representative of these differences is the very language used to described the center of the race. An Ironman has a transition area. The Double Anvil has a village. That’s more than just a semantic difference.

Within the confines of that Anvil village–what I’m going to call the Anvillage–lies the key to what makes this event so special: a sense of community that comes from pushing the edges of our comfort zones, sharing the belief that limits are for other people, and finding our strength not only as individuals–but also as a community of people seeking the extraordinary.

While I raced as a solo racer, this effort was hardly an individual effort for me – or for any of my fellow racers. It is not possible to cross the finish line of a race of this magnitude without the support of the Anvillage. The respect and support of the racers, their crews, and the race staff is like no other race I’ve ever done.

Not. Even. Close.

The commiseration or commendation of your fellow comrades-in-laps can lift you out of a hole or help you ride the high to the finish line. There were times when I was convinced that to go another lap would be a seemingly impossible, Herculean effort. But, then, a fellow racer or their crew would cheer me on, give me words of encouragement, and I was fueled and renewed by the knowledge that if I believed it – I would achieve it.

We may have started as individuals, but in passing through the Anvillage lap after lap after lap–and yeah, another lap–we crossed the line into family.

To read her complete race report, click here for the document



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December 2013 Poem

The following poem was penned by Sarah Speicher, who completed the October 2013 Virginia Double ANVIL. She's a poet and we didn't know it.


Twisting and turning all through the night
Heart beat pounding through the invasive fright
Rising to eat hours before daylight
Foam rolling and stretching to avoid the dreaded tight

To read the rest, click here for the document



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Consider Helping Race Staff out or be a Support Crew for a racer

Are you thinking of tackling the Double or Triple ANVIL Triathlon. Have you upped your training which should consist of some overnight training and sleep deprivation. What else might be invovled in a successful finish for you? Think about coming out and helping either the race management OR crew for an athlete. Not all athletes can bring their own support crew, usually it's a money issue with having to travel a long distance.

But either way - you will see how the race unfolds, what atheltes are doing right, do wrong. Will answer some of your questions and make you think of other things you hadn't thought of. Email Steve Kirby at for more information and to be added to the list.




Information for the Florida Double ANVIL


If you are looking for results during the race, the links are on the homepage of the website.

Click here for the Solo Application -- Updated 22 Dec 2016

Click here for the Team Application -- Updated 22 Dec 2016

Click here for the Single Anvil Application -- Updated 22 Dec 2016

Click here for the Medical Release Form (Solo Double athlete only) -- Updated 23 Oct 2016

Click here for the Weekend Schedule -- Updated 1 Feb 2017


Checkin is Thursday, 16 March 2017 (Updated 12 May 16)

Race Start is 8:00 a.m. Friday, 17 March 2017/Due to the Time Change that happens 12 March (Updated 12 May 16)

Race Finish by 8:00 p.m. Saturday, 18 March 2017 (Updated 12 May 16)

Awards Ceremony/Lunch is Sunday, 19 March 2017 (Updated 12 May 16)

Dawn Breaks: 6:13 a.m.    Sunrise: 7:31 a.m.    Sunset: 7:37 p.m.    Dark Descends: 8:56 p.m.
Moon Phase Brightness: 79%    Moon Rises: 3:37 p.m.    Moon Sets: 4:24 a.m.


Check in will be at Lake Louisa State Park; race start is at the Lake Louisa State Park beach. Awards Ceremony/Lunch will be at Not Known Yet. (Updated 12 May 16)

Cost for this crazy fun!

Please see race application for Price Increase Dates and Application Deadlines!

Double Solo: $750.00

Double Team: 2 Person $790.00 3 Pers $890

Single Anvil: $350

This race is sanctioned by both USAT (United States Triathlon Association) and IUTA (International Ultra Triathlon Association). One Day license for USAT is $15.00; the IUTA fee has been paid in the entry fee.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Up until Application Deadline you can either put your monies towards next years race OR get a refund minus $50.00. After the Application Deadline you can put your monies towards next year's race and have $75.00 deducted or get your monies refunded minus a $100.00 fee.

Reservation Fee: We will no longer reserve a spot for you without an application and down payment. To reserve a spot, send in the application and $250.00, the final payments will still have to be made by the payment cutoff dates stated on the application form. Any refunds will fall under the Cancellation/Refund Policy.

Payment: You can either send a check/Money Order (U.S. Dollars) made out to Steve Kirby or use PayPal to pay for your entry fee and any other fees associated with the race (Shelter Rental, Support Crew help, food for your support, etc). If you use PayPal, use my email address to send the monies and send me an email telling me you just did it so I can be on the lookout for it. When you have your PayPal page up, click on the "Send Money" tab, put in my email address, the amount and then click on the second Radio Button "I'm sending money to family or friends”. Don’t use “I'm paying for goods or services” as I will be charged a fee. For athletes sending in other forms of payment besides U.S. Funds or PayPal, please check with me first before you do so as there are bank fees associated with other forms of payment. Good luck and let me know if you have a problem.

What you get for entering the race!

For entering you get a Race Bag at check-in to include Quality Heavyweight Race T-Shirt, Trailrunner Mag, and other goodies; HammerGel, Heed Drink, and E-Caps nutrition product; Pre-Race Pasta Dinner; one 30 minute massage by our massage staff; Awards Luncheon and Ceremony; and other items. For Doubles and Triples finishing the race you get a Placement or Finishers Buckle, a IUTA Finishers Medallion, and a high quality Patagonia long sleeve technical shirt with race logo and 2017 Finisher on left breast, and (always enuf men but need at least 6 women racing) the amount of your entry fee towards a future race for First Place men and women, 50 percent for Second Place and 33% off for Third Place of the entry fee you paid. Single athletes will get a Finishers Buckle and a high quality long sleeve technical shirt with race logo and 2017 Finisher on left breast
Above items are subject to change. For the women, we get your shirt in a woman's cut (or at least try to). Your massage can be used anytime before, during or post race. If you wait till you finish, please don't wait to get it as the massage person will get backed up later in the race.


Solo Double ANVIL Athletes must be at least 21 years of age and have completed a IRON/FULL distance triathlon or other significant accomplishements. Recommended to have ultra distance swims, bikes and runs as well. Teams and Single Anvil athletes the longer races you have completed the better.

Time Limits

Double Anvil solo and team athletes have 36 hours and Single Anvil athletes have 17 hours to complete the race. Once the race starts, the clock keeps ticking, even if you take a couple hours nap. This race is formatted the same as any other triathlon with you completing the 4.8/2.4 mile swim first, then complete the 224/112 mile bike course and finish with the 52.4/26.2 mile run course. The race starts 8:00 a.m. Friday and the Double Anvil solo and teams have until 8:00 p.m. Saturday to officially finish the race/0800 start time is due to the Time Change that happens earlier in the week; and the Single Anvil athletes have until 0100 Saturday to finish. (Updated 22 Dec 16). Awards Lunch will take place Sunday morning - time to be announced.

Accommodations (Updated 2 Feb 16)

1) We are not sure of what hotels outside the park will allow us discounts, they are working on that.

There are cabins inside the park, most are already booked but check with Steve Kirby to see if he still has one available for rent. These cabins have 2 rooms, one with a Queen bed and one with two Twin beds, there is a pull out sofa couch in the family room. Two bathrooms, kitchen with refrigerators, stove and microwave. Large screened in porch.

Rental Vehicles

The Lake County Sports Commission, who is helping us with certain items of the race and services, has proved their group code to use in renting vehicles .

Vans can be rented through Dollar Rental by going to Click here for the Website and entering Corporate Code oi6011. Vans can also be rented through Hertz by going to Click here for the Website and entering Corporate Code 2068328

Orlando Attractions

The Lake County Sports Commission, has also provided us their codes for discount tickets to Walt Disney World, The Orlando Eye, Universal Orlando, Islands of Adventure, Aquatica, and SeaWorld. Please go to this web link to purchase your tickets. Unless I can get the date changed, YOU MUST purchase tickets by (not known yet) (reason for this - the Sports Commission needs the time to order the tickets and receive them). Click here for the Website all information is listed on the site and you purchase the tickets and pay for them at the bottom of the page.

Wetsuits/Skinsuits/Speedsuits ((Updated 2 Feb 16))

The swim is in Lake Louisa itself, starting from the beach area at Lake Louisa State Park. The course will be an out and back to the middle of the lake 1,056 feet/322 meters then back for a total of 2,112 feet/644 meters, doing this clock-wise, 12 loops total. The water temp is appx 65 degrees, so wetsuits are recommended. We will put you in groups of different colored swim caps and one the timers will monitor a certain group of colors. Before the swim start we will pair you up with the person timing you so you know who they are.
Click here for the USAT Website rules and Frequently Asked Questions on wetsuits. Basically, as long as your wetsuit is not more than 5mm thick, it can be used.
Click here for the USAT Website list of approved Skinsuits and Speedsuits.

Course Maps (Updated 22 Oct 15)

Below are links for the maps of the course ~ showing the lake, parking lot/transition area, bike course, run course, area eateries/shops.

There are pictures on two different race pages showing pre-race and the swim; and the next page has bike, run and banquet pics.

Click here for the 7 different maps of the course and area ~ Powerpoint.

Click here for the 7 different maps of the course and area ~ PDF.

Click here for a photo showing the entrance to Lake Louisa State Park.