Hyannis Triathlons2021-03-22T18:43:51-04:00

The 2021 Hyannis Triathlons

June 12

September 11

Sprint Course | Olympic Course


Join experienced race veterans and triathlon newcomers alike for the 40th year of the Hyannis Triathlon – part of the New England Triathlon Tour.

This is the longest-running triathlon on the East Coast — and after all these years, the accolades still continue:

  • Named as one of the 20 Best Triathlons in the Nation by Men’s Health magazine (2016)
  • Named one of The Most Amazing Triathlons to Do in the USA Today by The Culture Trip (2017)
  • Voted one of the Top 5 Small Races Worldwide by the Triathlete’s Choice Awards (2018)

Both the Sprint and the Olympic races start and finish at picturesque, sandy Craigville Beach. It’s challenging — but still able to be completed by fitness enthusiasts who have trained for the distances. The atmosphere is special; the views are spectacular; and your satisfaction of accomplishment will last for a long time!

Sprint Course Description

SWIM: 1/4 mile

A sandy, waist-deep start at Craigville Beach (expect temps in the upper 60s for Hyannis1; mid-70s for Hyannis2). The course is rectangular in shape (approx 150 yards between the two turns). Wave conditions over the years have ranged from glass-calm to a moderate chop; never “big surf” in the protected waters of Nantucket Sound.

BIKE: 10.2 miles

This “rolling hills” course leaves the shores of Craigville to enter into the historic village of Centerville, then winds its way through the villages of Osterville and Wianno before returning along a shoreside road to Craigville Beach. Single loop; and no duplication of any stretch of road!

RUN: 3.6 miles

The athletes head off toward Hyannisport, with a quarter-mile flat run evolving into a gradual climb for a quarter-mile, then a gentle rolling grade until the last mile which is a gentle downhill grade. A water stop is staffed by enthusiastic volunteers at the midpoint of the 3.6-mile run.

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Olympic Course Description

SWIM: 0.9 miles

Likely temperatures will be in the upper 60s for Hyannis1; mid-70s for Hyannis2. The loop will be 0.4 miles and rectangular in shape. Athletes will make 2 continuous loops (staying in the water) until the end of the swim.

BIKE: 21 miles

The course is familiar to longtime racers of the sprint distance. The difference will be seen on the return to Centerville, when racers will turn left onto Bay Lane and head north to start the next loop on Bumps River Road. After visiting quaint Osterville once again the racers will follow Main Street to Centerville, and then turn right to decend on Craigville Beach Road to the transition area.

RUN: 6.2 miles

This 10k follows the sprint course, with the difference being that while the sprinters complete one loop and head home to the finish, the Olympians running west on Craigville Beach Road will come upon a U-turn which they will round for one more loop. The finish stretch is the same as the sprint course!

View Olympic Map

Race Information

Dates:    Saturday, June 12, 2021 and Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021

Location: Craigville Beach, Centerville Village, Town of Barnstable MA

Start time: Olympic event: 7:00am; Sprint race: 7:30am

Packet pick-up and late registration: Friday evening 5-7pm at race site or 5:30-6:30am morning of race. All participants: bring photo ID and USAT card — if you have one. (Don't worry if you don't have an annual USAT membership — one-day waivers are available).

Triathlon fees:

Sprint: Adults $85 until March 15.  Age 19 and under: $60 always

Olympic: Adults $120 until March 15. Age 19 and under: $70 always

Aquabike fees:

Sprint: Adults $75 until March 15. Age 19 and under: $60 always

Olympic: Adults $110 until March 15. Age 19 and under: $70 always

Relay Team fees:

Sprint: $140 until March 15

Olympic: $205 until March 15

Tri It Your Way (virtual): $35

Additional charges: Non-USAT members will be required to purchase a one-day event insurance license from USA Triathlon. Cost: $15

Registration deadline: On-line registration will close June  9 (Hyannis 1) and Sept 8 (Hyannis 2) at 5pm. If events are not sold out, race weekend registration will be available.

Transfers: Private transfers will be allowed as long as both parties notify registration personnel by noon the Wednesday before race. There will be no refunds or wait list.

Water Conditions: Race director does reserve the right to substitute a beach run for the swim if water temperature is below 65 degrees, water quality tests indicate any health hazard, or if surf conditions are extremely rough.

Relay Teams: Yes! Your choice: 2-person or 3-person, male, female and co-ed.

Timing: Chip timed. Results link will be posted on this website and the race Facebook page.

USAT sanctioned: Results will count toward national and regional rankings. All USAT rules and regulations will apply. Racers are subject to time penalties or disqualification for infractions of USAT rules.

Both sprint and olympic distance events are offered at Hyannis 1 and 2 for 2018.
NEEE is offering Olympic distance triathlon events starting in 2018.


Our Olympic athletes will depart a half-hour before the Sprint, at 7am. Swim .9 , bike 21, run 6.2 miles. Our sprint athletes enter the water in a wave start beginning at 7:30. Swim a .25, bike 10, run 3.6 mile.


The Hyannis 1 and 2 Triathlons are USA Triathlon sanctioned events. Always look for triathlons that are sanctioned by USAT so you know that there is race director education and safety protocols in place. It also means that these races count towards your overall USAT ranking.

Events organized by NEEE are USAT sanctioned.
New England Endurance Events offers food service after all events.


Almost! Both our Olympic and Sprint distance racers will enjoy a wide varierty selection of carefully prepared food following the event — including Subway sandwiches. Race hard, get hungry!


The finest sprint and olympic-distance triathlons located throughout New England make up the 2020 Tour — and both Hyannis races are included. By participating in three or more of these races, you could win a free entry for next year!

The New England Triathlon Tour has new events each year.
Parking at the Hyannis Triathlon is on Craigville Beach Rd.


Sprint distance athletes that need to leave before 9:00am: park at the lot on Craigville Beach Rd. (inland side) across from the registration tent. All other Sprint athletes and Olympic distance athletes: park at the main parking lot (beach side) adjacent to the transition area. A short walk to the race!


Volunteers are welcomed. Family members of racers encouraged to volunteer while watching the action. Priority parking, free T-shirt and refreshments. Please contact the volunteer coordinator by June 10 (Hyannis1) or Sept 5 (Hyannis2).


We all love our pets. But town regulations forbid dogs on or near the beach this time of the year. Leave the pooch at home!


Awards ceremony is tentatively scheduled for 10am day of race. Honors are presented to top three competitors in each age group (both male and female) as well as top Elites, Clydesdale/Athena, First-Timers, Male, Female and Mixed Relay Teams, and Aquabike. Those who cannot remain for the ceremony may designate someone else to receive their award, or can pick it up weekdays at New England Endurance's office in Brewster.

Awards for triathlon events are give to top place finishers in each age category.

Choose from these race options:

  • Triathlon – Age Group Competitors

    Match yourself against others in your age group (5-year intervals) for this 400-yard swim, 10.2-mile bike and 3.6-mile run.

  • Triathlon – “Casual” Competitors

    Want to relax and enjoy the day? Start the swim leg with friends and family — no matter what their ages? Or simply complete, not compete? This is the category for you! Keep in mind that you will not be eligible for age group awards or USAT rankings.

  • Triathlon – First-Timers

    Swim with others who are in their first season of this sport. All of you will receive the complete and singular focus of our water safety team!

  • Triathlon – Clydesdale/Athena

    220-lb men; 165-lb women. Our strapping athletes are a crowd favorite. Show us what can be accomplished with a little determination!

  • Triathlon – Elites

    Professionals and other premier athletes are encouraged to race in this division. You do not need to request permission before signing up…we trust you!

  • Aquabike

    Two choices here. Sprint: 400-yard swim and 10.2-mile bike time trial. Olympic: 1580-yard swim, 21 mile bike ride. No run. Perfect for those injured, running impaired, or training for future 70.3s and 140.6 events!

  • Relay Teams

    Six categories for the Sprint race, six for the Olympic: All women; all men; and co-ed for each 2-person and 3-person teams. A perfect way to enjoy a wonderful morning with training partners, friends and family!

  • Tri It Your Way

    This is a virtual category but you receive the same swag and recognition as if you were with us in person.

Register here

HYANNIS 1 TRIATHLON: June 12, 2021


SUNDAY, June 6

4:30 pm:  A “first look” at the race, provided by your race directors and held right there at the race site at Craigville Beach. We’ll show you the transition area and talk through the swim, bike and run –as well as provide tips to make your race day experience a wonderful one. Ideal for those who will be racing Hyannis for the first time!

FRIDAY, June 10

5-7 pm:  On-site registration or packet pick-up. If you are pre-registered, don't forget to bring a legal ID and -- if you're a member -- your USAT ID card!

5:30 pm:  Open-water swim clinic with Trish Cundiff of AquaSafe Swim Programs. Held on the beach, Trish will answer your questions and provide some great tips. Take a swim after! (at your own risk)


5:30 - 6:30am:  On-site registration or packet pick-up. If you are pre-registered, don't forget to bring a legal ID and -- if you're a member -- your USAT ID card!
5:30 am:  Transition area opens
6:45 am: Olympic transition area closes. Pre-race announcements on the beach for Olympic athletes
7 am:  Olympic race starts
7:15 am:  Sprint transition area closes. Pre-race announcements on beach- Sprint athletes
7:30 am:  Sprint race starts! Following waves will start at 3-minute intervals (for example, Wave 6 will start at 7:45; Wave 10 will start at 7:57)
8:30 am:  Food service begins, and continues until the very last finisher has a chance to eat!
9:00am: Yoga on the Beach
10:00 am (approximate):  Awards ceremony for Sprint distance, followed by Olympic -- plus drawings for prizes for all participants!

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