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2023 Hyannis ‘2’ Triathlon

September 9, 2023

Sprint Course | Olympic Course

Join experienced race veterans and triathlon newcomers alike for the 41st year of the Hyannis Triathlons. These are the longest-running triathlons on the East Coast!

Both the Sprint and the Olympic races start and finish at picturesque, sandy Craigville Beach. They’re 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!

Click here for the Athlete’s Guide link.

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.

Olympic Course Description

SWIM: 0.9 miles

Likely temperatures will be in the upper 60s for Hyannis1; mid-70s for Hyannis2. This is a single-loop swim course.

BIKE: 20 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!

Aquabike Details

Aquabike is a rapidly growing subset of triathlon — ideal for those who wish to swim and cycle but not run. Often, our aquabike competitors are suffering from knee and foot injuries which hamper their running ability. USA Triathlon recognizes this sport, and upon completion of two aquabike races in a year you will be ranked against other athletes nationwide.

There are two options:

Sprint Aquabike:

Start time: 7:30am. You’ll swim the same swim and bike course as those who are racing the Sprint Triathlon. Here’s the difference: when you cross the bike dismount point your time is taken and your race will be completed. You will receive results which show your times for each leg, as well as how well you did against the other aquabike competitors.

Olympic Aquabike:

Start time: 7am. You’ll swim the same swim and bike course as those who are racing the Olympic Triathlon. When you cross the bike dismount point your time is taken and your race will be completed. You will receive results which show your times for each leg, as well as how well you did against the other aquabike competitors.

Aquathlon Details

Aquathlon is the newest race category to be added to multisport. The lack of a bike leg is ideal for those who do not own a bicycle, or who are traveling a distance to the race and don’t wish to deal with the hassles of transporting a bike. USA Triathlon recognizes the sport, and upon completion of two aquathlons in a year you will be ranked against other athletes nationwide.

Your start time is 7am — the same time as our Olympic athletes. First is the swim: 0.9 miles in gentle Nantucket Sound. You’ll enter the transition area, switch to running shoes, and off you go on a 10k (6.2 miles) run. Finish under the big arch by the beach. You will receive results which show your times for each leg, as well as how well you did against the other aquathlon competitors.

Race Information

Date:    September 9, 2023

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. (If you don't have an annual USAT membership —there is a QR available so you can purchase at packet pick-up).

Early-bird registration fees (for a limited time):

Sprint Triathlon: $125 (Youth - $65)

Olympic Triathlon: $175 (Youth - $75)

Sprint Aquabike: $115

Olympic Aquabike: $165

Olympic Aquathlon: $165

Sprint Relay Team: $200

Olympic Relay Team: $275

Tri It Your Way ("virtual" race, done on your own with t-shirt and swag shipped to you): $55

Additional charges: Non-USAT members will be required to purchase a one-day event insurance license from USA Triathlon. Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for youth

Registration deadline: On-line registration will close the Wednesday before each race at 12pm. Race weekend registration will be available Friday from 5-7pm and race morning (add $15)

Transfers: Private transfers will be allowed for a $25.00 fee as long as both parties notify registration personnel by noon the Wednesday before the race. There will be no refunds unless you purchase Refund Protect during the registration process. There will not be a 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.


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 .25, bike 10, run 3.6 mile.


All of our 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.
Parking at the Hyannis Triathlon is on Craigville Beach Rd.


Sprint distance athletes who 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!


We love our volunteers! Friends and family members of athletes are encouraged to volunteer while watching the action. Priority parking, T-shirt, refreshments and swag bag are only some of the perks! Please contact the volunteer coordinator


Sorry, but we cannot accept e-bikes of any kind at this race — including those that are presented to us sans battery with the stated intention of being pedal-powered alone.


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


Awards ceremony is tentatively scheduled for 9:30am day of race. Awards presented to top three competitors in each age group (male, female and non-binary) as well as top Elites, Clydesdale/Athena, First-Timers, Para-triathlete, Male, Female and Mixed Relay Teams, Aquathlon and Aquabike. Those who cannot remain for the ceremony may pickup their award at the Awards table or by contacting Lori for shipping instructions. Results will be posted on our website within 24 hours of event.


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family at the race

For clubs and teams:

The Lobster Pot Challenge

Are you a member of a triathlon club or college team? We’re holding two club competitions this year: at each of the Hyannis Triathlons. Bring 6 or more members of a team and give it your best shot!


- For the winning team: the Lobster Pot Trophy
- Winning team receives 5 Race Entries
- 2nd Place receives 3 Race Entries
- 3rd Place receives 1 Race Entry

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. An additional competitive division for those athletes meeting the weight minimum.

  • 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!

  • Aquathlon

    Olympic distance only : Swim .9 miles, Run 6.2 miles to the finish. Perfect for those traveling (no need to bring your bike!) or just don't like biking.

  • 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.



7:00 pm: A pre-race meeting for all athletes via Zoom. Participate by computer device or phone. Registered athletes will be emailed with login instructions a few days prior, and again the morning of the meeting. A recording of this meeting will be available on this race page the following afternoon.


12:00 pm: On-line registration closes at noon!


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:  Free open-water swim clinic by Aquasafe Swim Coaching. Held on the beach, Trish, Gary and Scott will answer your questions and provide some great tips. Take a swim after! (at your own risk)


5:30 - 6:30amPacket pick-up, only. 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 with 3 athletes, 10 seconds apart and 1 minute between waves.
8:30 am:  Race pre-packaged foods will be available at the finish line.
9:30 am (approximate): Awards ceremony and post-race yoga.

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