Race Details

HYANNIS TRIATHLON

JUNE 8, 2024

Welcome!

Race day for the 42nd Hyannis Sprint & Olympic Triathlon — Saturday, June 8 — is just around the corner!

We want to thank you for racing with us. As fellow triathletes, your race directors Kathleen and Andy know what you look for in a great race experience, and we plan to make that come true.

This athlete’s guide contains the information you will need to be prepared to compete in either the Sprint or the Olympic race.  Please take the time to carefully read both this athlete’s guide as well as any possible updated race information on the race website and the New England Endurance Events Facebook Page. This will include current water temperatures as Race Day nears!!

Safe training, good luck at the race and we’ll see you at the finish line!

Sincerely,

Kathleen Walker & Andy Scherding

New Information! Potholes!

While working on the bike course our crew noticed a number of significant potholes between miles 4 and 6 (and, for Olympic athletes on their second loop, miles 12 and 14). Please use caution…some of these potholes could cause a spill!

Swim Waves

Olympic Distance (7:00am start)

  1. Elite, Aquabike, Aquathlon, Clydesdale/Athena, Non-binary, Relay Teams
  2. Men 39 and under
  3. All Women
  4. Men 40+
  5. First-timers

Sprint Distance (7:30am start)

Duathlon start at Run Out entrance

  1. Elite, Aquabike, Clydesdale/Athena, Non-binary, Relay Teams
  2. All 19 and under
  3. Men 20 – 39
  4. Women 20 – 39
  5. Men 40+
  6. Women 40+
  7. First-timers

Water temperature is 70 degrees!

 

Athlete’s Meeting

Schedule:

TUESDAY, JUNE 4

7 pm: Athlete’s Meeting to be held by Zoom. Agenda: first the race directors will discuss important issues that all athletes need to know. Next we will go over the race course for all athletes who are new to this particular Hyannis Triathlon race course. Finally, we will impart information and tips for our newer triathletes. Afterwards: a Q & A.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4

Online registration continues! In prior years, we needed to halt online registration a few days before the race, but no more! Tell your friends: they can sign up to be part of the 42nd Hyannis Triathlon right up to race morning!

FRIDAY, JUNE 7

Late afternoon: Weather permitting, marker buoys will be placed along the swim race course. Some signs may be placed on the bike/run course but most will be placed in the early hours of race morning.

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 USAT member — your USAT ID card!

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

SATURDAY, JUNE 8

5:30 – 6:30 am: Packet pick-up and same-day registration. For packet pick-up, don’t forget to bring a legal ID and — if you are a USAT member — bring your USAT ID card!

5:30 am: Transition area opens. Note there are two transition areas: one for the Olympic athletes (closest to the road), and one for the Sprint athletes (closest to the beach).

6:45 am: Olympic transition area closes, all Olympic athletes on beach

7:00 am: Olympic race starts!

7:15 am: Sprint transition area closes, all Sprint athletes on beach

7:30 am: Sprint race starts!

9:00 am: Food service begins, drinks/chips/sweets at reg tent, then bring meal ticket to The Barnacle

9:15 am: Optional post-race recovery yoga on the beach after Sprint race.

10:00 am (approximate): Sprint awards ceremony

10:15 am: Possible post-race recovery yoga on the beach after Olympic race

10:30 am (approximate): Olympic awards ceremony

For Sprint athletes: critical reminders

Parking: If you are competing in the SPRINT distance race and wish to be able to head home as early as possible after the race, PARK IN THE LOT ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE REGISTRATION TENT. The exit from the main parking lot (beachside) will not be opened until most of the Olympic athletes have come in from their bike rides. But from the lot across the street you will be able to (carefully) turn right onto Craigville Beach Road to head up toward Centerville.

Transition Area: For our newer athletes, this is the “hub” of the race. While the swim start and run finish happens beachside, all other legs of the race start and end here. This is where your bicycle and gear are kept while you’re swimming and running. No other persons — including coaches and parents — are allowed in the transition area besides athletes.

  • There are TWO sections within the transition area. You will see a divider down the middle of the area which contains the bike racks. The Olympic side is closest to the road. Sprint is closest to the beach. All athletes must rack in the T-area which corresponds to their event.
  • Athletes only: no spectators or coaches. Only exception is for coaches of our high school athletes or younger. Insurance regulations have required us to enforce this rule. Please understand.
  • Your bike MUST be placed on a rack by the seat. If the bike cannot fit, see a Transition Captain wearing a bright “New England Endurance” T-shirt.

Swim:

Your race will get started at 7:30am — a half-hour after the Olympic athletes. Look for the yellow “Swim Start” flags far to the left big red swim finish arch. You will see the blue fencing of the start area. Swim around the orange buoys only, passing them on your right side as you swim a triangular course toward the finish. Ignore any yellow triangle buoys — they are for the Olympic distance athletes.

For safety, we don’t all start swimming at once. Smaller groups of athletes will start the swim as a “rolling start” in “waves” at 1-minute intervals. Don’t worry, your correct time will be recorded! The swim waves will be announced the day before the event and race morning.

Take a look at the swim course

  • Age Group athletes: your swim wave corresponds to your age on December 31. If you’re 29 years old with a birthday later this calendar year and you hear the announcer say “30-to-34-year olds, get ready to swim,” that means you!
  • Warm-ups are allowed prior to 7am, but are no longer allowed once the Olympic race starts. Exit the water IMMEDIATELY when the race director asks.
  • Water temperature will be taken one week before the event, then again one day prior, and posted on our Facebook page and at the race site during day-before registration. Many athletes use wetsuits to stay warm (and increase their flotation, too!).
  • Fins, paddles and snorkels are not allowed. “Safer swimmer” devices are allowed to be used in the Newbie/Friends/Family waves.

Bike:

The course measures 10.3 miles. You do not mount your bike until you reach the designated area OUTSIDE of the transition area. The roads receive only partial closure, so stay aware!

  • Review the race map here.
  • Your helmet chin strap must be securely fastened BEFORE you remove your bike from the rack, until AFTER you return your bike to the rack.
  • Stay to the right except when passing. Repeat: stay to the right!
  • We enforce the USAT Triathlon “no drafting” rule. Marshals are positioned at hidden spots throughout the course, as well as aboard motor vehicles. Important: USA Triathlon has increased the non-drafting zone to 10 meters (32 feet, or about 5 bike lengths) Detailed rules below.
  • If you hear, “On your left,” you are about to be passed. Stay right. Likewise, verbally communicate when passing others.
  • There are two “No passing zones” on the bike route, manned by race officials on foot and not necessarily within your field of vision. If you didn’t catch the sign or verbal warning, consider that if you are in a corridor of cones that is more narrow than one lane of the road, you are in a no-pass zone. Penalties will be assessed for violators.
  • LITTERING is grounds for penalty sanctioning!

Run:

The course measures 3.6 miles. There is a gradual climb during the second half of the first mile, then relatively flat until a mile from finish, then a gradual decline for a half-mile leading to a flat final half-mile. Water and Gatorade fluid replacement drink at aid stations: #1 as you leave transition area, #2 at Mile 0.75, #3 at Mile 1.5; #4 at Mile 3.

  • Use of headphones for any reason — iPods, cell phones — is not allowed.
  • When directed by signs, volunteers or police to a specific side of the road, stay on that side until directed otherwise.
  • If you see a row of orange road cones on the side of the road, stay within the cones and the road’s shoulder.
  • Water station halfway through the run.
  • LITTERING is grounds for penalty sanctioning!

For Olympic athletes: critical reminders

Parking: Please park in the lot closest to the beach and adjacent to the transition area so that our Sprinters can park in the lot across the street, enabling them to leave the venue even when Olympic athletes are still out on the bike.

Transition Area: While the swim start and run finish happens beachside, all other legs of the race start and end here. This is where your bicycle and gear are kept while you’re swimming and running. No other persons — including coaches and parents — are allowed in the transition area besides athletes.

  • There are TWO sections within the transition area. You will see a divider down the middle of the area which contains the bike racks. The Olympic side is closest to the road. Sprint is closest to the beach. All athletes must rack in the T-area which corresponds to their event.
  • Athletes only: no spectators or coaches. Insurance regulations have required us to enforce this rule. Please understand.
  • Your bike MUST be placed on a rack. If the bike cannot fit, see a Transition Captain wearing a bright “New England Endurance” T-shirt. No crowding of racks!

Swim:

Our Olympic athletes will start at 7am, with smaller groups of athletes starting the swim as a “rolling start” in “waves” at 1-minute intervals. Look for the yellow “Swim Start” flags near the big red arch which is the swim turnaround and finish line. You will see the blue fencing of the start area.

The swim corral is marked by yellow banners.  New this year: we will be swimming a TWO LOOP course, passing the cylindrical yellow buoys on your right side until you reach a triangular buoy, where you will turn right and head for the next yellow triangle. After you turn at the second triangular buoy, head in to the red arch on the shore. Run through the arch, turn, to face the water and enter in again for your final loop.  Ignore any orange buoys – they are for the sprinters. See diagram on this page. The swim waves will be announced the day before the event and on race morning.

Take a look at the swim course

  • Age Group athletes: your swim wave corresponds to your age on December 31. If you’re 29 years old with a birthday later this calendar year and you hear the announcer say “30-to-34-year olds, get ready to swim,” that means you!
  • Warm-ups are allowed until the race starts, but stay close to shore and inside of the harbormaster and police boats. Exit the water IMMEDIATELY when the race director asks.
  • Water temperature will be taken one week before the event, then again one day prior, and posted on our Facebook page and at the race site during day-before registration. Many athletes use wetsuits to stay warm (and increase their flotation, too!).
  • Fins, paddles and snorkels are not allowed. “Safer swimmer” devices are allowed to be used in the Newbie/Friends/Family waves.

Bike:

The course measures 20 miles. You will be making two loops of parts of the course — but not of the entire course. The roads receive only partial closure, so stay aware!

Review the race map here.

  • How do I make the second loop? At about the 9-mile mark, as you head east along South Main Street between Osterville and Centerville, you will see signs indicating an upcoming left turn onto Bay Lane. The corner will also be staffed by police and volunteers wearing bright vests. Slow down, make this turn. (Note: our Sprint athletes and perhaps the fastest Olympic athletes may be heading straight at this intersection — they are finishing up their bike legs.) After your turn, continue on Bay Lane for approximately a mile. You will arrive at Bumps River Road where you will rejoin the course at a point where you were one mile into the race. Now follow the same loop through Osterville and back to Centerville where you will continue straight on South Main Street toward the finish.
  • Your helmet chin strap must be securely fastened BEFORE you remove your bike from the rack, until AFTER you return your bike to the rack.
  • You do not mount your bike until you reach the designated area OUTSIDE of the transition area.
  • Stay to the right except when passing. Repeat: stay to the right!
  • We enforce the USAT Triathlon “no drafting” rule. Marshals are positioned at hidden spots throughout the course, as well as aboard motor vehicles. Important: USA Triathlon has increased the non-drafting zone to 10 meters (32 feet, or about 5 bike lengths) Detailed rules below.
  • If you hear, “On your left,” you are about to be passed. Stay right. Likewise, verbally communicate when passing others.
  • There are two “No passing zones” on the bike route, manned by race officials on foot and not necessarily within your field of vision. If you didn’t catch the sign or verbal warning, consider that if you are in a corridor of cones that is more narrow than one lane of the road, you are in a no-pass zone. Penalties will be assessed for violators.
  • LITTERING is grounds for penalty sanctioning!

Run:

The course measures 6.2 miles. You will be following the same course as the Sprinters but as you approach the 3-mile mark you will be making a U-Turn on the road and heading back out for another loop of the course. Review the race map here.
Water and Gatorade fluid replacement drink at aid stations: #1 as you leave transition area, #2 at Mile 0.75, #3 at Mile 1.5; #4 at Mile 3, #3 at Mile 4, #5 at Mile 5.

  • Use of headphones for any reason — iPods, cell phones — is not allowed.
  • When directed by signs, volunteers or police to a specific side of the road, stay on that side until directed otherwise.
  • If you see a row of orange road cones on the side of the road, stay within the coned area.
  • Water station halfway through the run.
  • LITTERING is grounds for penalty!

Swim Course for Olympic and Sprint Distances

Click here to see a full-size pdf suitable for printing

Duathlon Category

Cape Cod has its own duathlon race here at Hyannis 1. With the exception of the first 1.4-mile run (instead of a swim), our duathletes will follow the same course as our Sprint athletes and set up your bike in the Sprint transition area. Same starting time (7:30am), too.

RUN #1:  1.4 miles: The first run will be an out-and-back along Craigville Beach Road. Yes: there will be a water/hydration station!

BIKE:  10.25 miles: Following the same course as the Sprint distance triathlon, you will depart from the transition area at Craigville Beach to enter 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 #2:  3.6 miles: Leaving your bike at the transition area, you’ll head east 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. Two water stops are staffed by enthusiastic volunteers along the way.

The Awards Ceremony will be at approx. 10:00am. Awards will be given following USA Triathlon Age Group rules.

Aquabike Category

For both the Sprint and Olympic distances, this race offers an aquabike (swim-bike) category. Simply put: you swim, bike, then take your time getting over to the finish line. Your finish time is taken as soon as you get off the bicycle before you enter into the transition area.

Sprint Distance: read the sprint section above for the route, procedures and notes. 400 yards swim, 10.3 miles bike.

Olympic Distance: read the Olympic section above for the route, procedures and notes. 1500 yards swim, 20 miles bike.

Start time: Olympic 7am, Sprint 7:30am. The Awards Ceremony will take place at the same time as the sprint and Olympic ceremonies.

Aquathlon Category

Also know as swim-run, this race allows an athlete to swim the Olympic distance (15oo yards) followed by a 6.2 mile run. No bike! A great option for many athletes.

Read the Olympic section above for the route, procedures and notes. 1500 yards swim, 6.2 miles run.

Start time: 7am. The Awards Ceremony will take place at the same time as the sprint and Olympic ceremonies.

Before you get into your car to head to the venue!

  • Each Participant MUST have both a photo ID and an annual USAT License (or purchase a one day license at packet pickup (See USAT section below for details)
  • If you do not have an ID you WILL NOT be given your race packet (guardian of a minor may show their ID instead)
  • Each participant must be present to pick up their race number/packet. You will not be allowed to pick up another participant’s packet. This includes relay teams — all members of the team must be present

**PLEASE NOTE: NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE**

Important Details for Registration & Packet Pickup

  1. You must pick up your packet on either Friday, the evening before the event, between 5pm-7pm, or on the morning of the race between 5:30am-6:30am. We suggest you pick up your packet the day prior to the race so you’re not rushed on race morning.
  2. You must have a photo ID and a valid USAT Triathlon Card (or one day license) We cannot release your packet to you without a valid Photo ID, no exceptions!
  3. USAT License: If you are an annual USAT Member you must bring your valid USAT card with you at packet pickup.
  4. One-Day USAT License: If your membership has expired or you are not an annual USA Triathlon member you must purchase the one day license – USAT has new rules about memberships:
  • No cash or checks accepted, for USAT memberships, at race site
  • Waiver forms will NOT be available at packet pick-up—no paper forms allowed
  • You must purchase (or renew) your membership through the link emailed to you prior to race
  • We will have access to a QR code leading to memberships which requires a credit card to purchase

MUST READ! USA TRIATHLON REGULATIONS

If you registered using our online registration system and you are not an annual member of USA Triathlon, then you must purchase a one-day license (by following the link found in your confirmation email or reminder emails sent prior to the event) in order to participate at this event. If even one athlete does not have a license, the insurance coverage for the entire event and its participants is in jeopardy. Insurance waiver forms will not be available at check-in/athlete package pick-up. You must sign the waiver and purchase your 1-day prior to picking up your race packet.

Parking & Directions:

MOST IMPORTANT PARKING NOTICE: If you are competing in the SPRINT distance race and wish to be able to get out on your way as early as possible after the race, PARK IN THE LOT ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE REGISTRATION TENT. The exit from the main parking lot (beachside) will not be opened until most of the Olympic athletes have come in from their bike legs. You will only be able to turn right out of the lot across the street and onto Craigville Beach Road to head up toward Centerville.

GPS: You’ll be happy to know the beach has a GPS-friendly address: 997 Craigville Beach Road, Centerville MA. Be careful when driving near the venue as athletes may be warming up on foot or on their bicycles!

Friends/family coming to watch: Because of the Olympic race (which starts at 7am) Craigville Beach Road will be completely shut down to all traffic at 7:00. Your friends will need to make it to the beach before then, or park in Centerville Village and walk in. Here’s a great idea: ask them to arrive early along with you and become a volunteer! They’ll be right in the thick of the action, plus receive a t-shirt, swag bag and help themselves to the post-race meal, too! But they must register in advance here.

Old-School Directions: From the Boston area, take 93 or 128/95 to Route 3, where you head down to the Cape. Go over the Sagamore Bridge and continue on Route 6 to Exit 6 for Route 132/Hyannis. On the ramp, take a right and travel 200 yards, then take your next right marked “Craigville Beach.” Now you’re on Shoot Flying Hill Road, which you follow for two miles, including keeping straight at a stop sign (head for the tall water tower). Turn left onto Old Stage Road. Just ahead, cross through the traffic light for Rte 28 (Mobil gas on the right) continuing on Old Stage. Old Stage becomes Main Street at first stop sign…go straight at the stop about a mile to and through the Centerville Four Corners traffic light (at Centerville Corners Motor Lodge). Pass through the light onto Craigville Beach Road …beach is a half-mile down on the right.

From West of Boston/Worcester area, take 495 south to where it turns into Rt. 25 and follow to the Bourne Bridge. Immediately after crossing the Bourne Bridge is a rotary, go three-quarters around and follow Sandwich Rd. to Route 6. Follow Route 6 East to Exit 6 for Route 132/Hyannis. On the ramp, take a right and travel 200 yards, then take your next right marked “Craigville Beach.” Now you’re on Shoot Flying Hill Road, which you follow for two miles, including keeping straight at a stop sign (head for the tall water tower). Turn left onto Old Stage Road. Just ahead, cross through the traffic light for Rte 28 (Mobil gas on the right) continuing on Old Stage. Old Stage becomes Main Street at first stop sign…go straight at the stop about a mile to and through the Centerville Four Corners traffic light (at Centerville Corners Motor Lodge). Pass through the light onto Craigville Beach Road …beach is a half-mile down on the right.

From New Bedford/Fall River/Providence, follow 195 to Route 25, then follow to the Bourne Bridge. Immediately after crossing the Bourne Bridge is a rotary, go three-quarters around and follow Sandwich Rd. to Route 6. Follow Route 6 East to Exit 6 for Route 132/Hyannis. On the ramp, take a right and travel 200 yards, then take your next right marked “Craigville Beach.” Now you’re on Shoot Flying Hill Road, which you follow for two miles, including keeping straight at a stop sign (head for the tall water tower). Turn left onto Old Stage Road. Just ahead, cross through the traffic light for Rte 28 (Mobil gas on the right) continuing on Old Stage. Old Stage becomes Main Street at first stop sign…go straight at the stop about a mile to and through the Centerville Four Corners traffic light (at Centerville Corners Motor Lodge). Pass through the light onto Craigville Beach Road …beach is a half-mile down on the right.

Park in a designated lot: Do not park along Craigville Beach Road, as this is part of the race course and the police will insist the vehicle be towed!

Friends and Family: Ask Them to Volunteer!

Many of the loved ones of our athletes like to be “in the thick of the action.” And they can! — by volunteering to take a position at the race. Whether it’s handing out water or directing the athletes along the course, there’s a real sense of satisfaction at race’s end and plenty of admiration from the athletes! Free t-shirt, swag bag and food, too. It’s so simple to be part: Register to be a volunteer

Time Limits

Hyannis can be a very busy place as early morning turns into mid-morning in early summer, and we are most grateful for the patience and support of its residents for our twice-annual triathlon. Vehicle traffic is sharply limited by police during the event, but at some point this community needs to reopen for all.

So, we must have time limits. Even if you start in the last swim wave, a moderately trained participant should be able to stay ahead of these cut-off times. If you are told by a staffer that unfortunately your race is over, please understand this is because the police must re-open the roads, parts of which are not safe without their full protection.

Olympic Swim Halfway Point: Must cross within 25 minutes after last wave start (approx. 7:35am)

Olympic Swim Finish: Must cross within 45 minutes after last wave start (approx. 8am)

Sprint Swim Finish: Must cross within 25 minutes after last wave start (approx. 8:45am)

Bike Finish Line: Must cross by 10 am

Run Finish Line: Must cross by 11 am

Thank you for understanding.

Human-Powered Bicycles Only

No e-bikes will be allowed to enter transition. Even if the battery compartment on the bike is empty, they cannot be allowed at this event. This includes “typical-looking” bicycles which show indications of having been modified for auxiliary battery use. New England Endurance Events owns a thermal camera and magnetometer which it deploys at its events.

Dogs and smoking:

Under no circumstances are dogs allowed at the venue. This includes the packet pick-up/registration time period the evening before the race! It is allowable to walk your dog alongside the road outside of the parking lot (bring a pet disposal bag).

Likewise, absolutely no smoking is allowed by the Town of Barnstable anywhere on the beach or within any of the parking lots. Have a family member with the habit? Ask him or her to take a walk down the road a bit. (Hopefully downwind of the competitors!)

Obtaining your race materials:

  1. Ensure you have a Photo ID & Valid USAT Card (if applicable) with you prior to your arrival. If you’re not an annual USAT Member you will need to follow the link in the email you received the week before the race.
  2. Upon arrival there will be registration tents with signs showing specific letter sequences. For Example: A-C, D-F, G-I, etc…. Get into the line which represents the 1st letter of your last name. Example: If your last name is “Bagadonuts” you would get into the line with the sign showing the letter “B”.
  3. Present your Photo ID and valid USAT Card (If applicable) to the registration volunteer or show proof of purchased 1-day membership.
  4. Once you have your race number packet, which contains your numbers and a swim cap (with your corresponding swim wave assignment), then proceed to get your timing chip and then the T-shirt/Goodie Bag pickup.
  5. Present your race # packet to the T-shirt volunteer as it will show what size T- shirt you ordered. Collect your T-shirt & Goodie Bag and you’re all done. Note: you will not be able to switch T-shirt sizes until AFTER the race. What you ordered is what you will get. Swaps can be made after the race on race day only, as this is to ensure everyone receives the T-shirt that was ordered, and that any extras will then be used to swap out sizes.

Nervous about the swim? Ask the person that handed you your race packet for a RED swim cap. Wearing this will signal to our lifeguards that they should keep a closer eye on you!

What to do with your race numbers and timing chip:

Your race packet will contain two race numbers and one swim cap.

  1. Bike frame number: This looks like a decal. It’s a bike frame number. Remove the backing and place this decal on the top bar or seat post of your bike frame.
  2. Helmet number (in between the bike frame number on your sticker sheet): place on the front of your helmet.
  3. Running bib number: This looks like those numbers you see at any running race. Using safety pins (in your packet; also available at registration table), affix this to the front of your shirt or shorts. (Tip: many triathletes use “race belts” to which they affix their bib number and place it with their belongings in the transition area until they start their run.). While you can display your number for the swim and bike if you wish, it must be worn on the run and displayed on the front of your person as you cross the finish line.
  4. Timing Chip: After picking up your race packet, you will move one tent down to pick up your timing chip. It is a band which you strap around your left ankle prior to the swim, and leave it on for the entirety of the event. If you’re wearing a wetsuit, affix the ankle strap so it is underneath your wetsuit so it will not tear off — or tear your wetsuit — when you prepare for the bike ride. Relay teams only: At each stage of the race, the teammate who has just finished a leg hands off the chip to the teammate who will compete in the next leg, who must affix it to his or her ankle. A volunteer will collect the chip at the finish line. These chips are expensive: unreturned timing chips will require a charge to your team of $75
  5. Swim cap: This cap MUST BE WORN during the swim portion of the event. If you are a newer swimmer who would like the lifeguards to keep an extra eye out for you, special red swim caps are available. Simply ask one of the volunteers at the registration tent or help desk! If you have a latex allergy, please bring your own swim cap.

Where it all goes:

Location of race bib, helmet and bike numbers for a triathlon

Relay teams procedure:

Packet Pickup

  • All Team Members MUST be present to pick up their Race # Packets, T- shirts, and Goodie Bags. (Sorry it’s not our rule & an inconvenience but it’s one that we will not make exceptions due to this event being USAT Sanctioned)
  • Your Team will receive one Race # Packet, as it contains your Swimmers Cap, Bikers Frame #, and Runners Bib number
  • Everyone in your team will get their own T-shirt & Goodie Bag

Race Day

  1. You will only receive one Timing Chip, which each of you will exchange to each other as you complete the race.
  2. Body Marking: Everyone in your team must be body marked
  3. TIMING CHIP: The timing chip will be worn by all the relay team athletes. Timing Chip Location: Swimmer = Ankle, Biker = Ankle, Runner = Ankle.
  4. The timing chip will be passed between your Relay Teammates inside the transition area, at your designated spot. The biker will be waiting at the bike (Keep on the rack until the chip is transferred) for the swimmer to enter transition and switch the timing chip. The runner will also be waiting inside transition (again at your teams bike rack location), for the biker to enter and make the switch (Please rack your bike prior to transferring the timing chip to the runner).

Post-Race Food:

Thanks to The Barnacle Restaurant (across the street from the transition area) for providing a healthy, hearty lunch!

Here's how it works:

  • in your registration packet you will find a meal ticket. Keep it in a safe place!
  • after the race, follow the designated exit from the transition area to cross the street to the Barnacle Restaurant. (Do NOT cross the street at the area where bikes are still entering and dismounting! ) Go up to the window and present your ticket
  • your choice: pulled pork sandwich,  turkey wrap, ham wrap, egg salad, green salad
  • either before or after visiting the Barnacle, stop at the NEEE food tent for a drink, chips and other snacks
  • please always be aware of other activity around you: active racing athletes may still be entering/exiting the transition area

Awards:

The awards ceremony for the Sprint race is tentatively scheduled for 10:00 am. For the Olympic race, expect the presentation to begin about 10:30 am. Awards 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, Aquabike and Duathlon.

Those who cannot remain for the ceremony may receive their award by visiting the New England Endurance's offices (39 Eldridge Rd. Brewster) during normal business hours or by making arrangements with the race director IN ADVANCE to pick up at the Falmouth Triathlon in July.

Some great bike mechanics on hand!

Thanks to Sea Sports Cyclery (Route 132, Hyannis)) for providing on-site mechanical support for our racers. Something up with your bike? They can help! Labor is free but bring cash for parts, tubes, tires etc.

While we’re on the topic of your bike, check your brakes before the race. There are a few steep downhill sections on the course.

Yoga? Yes!

After the race, join a wonderful certified yoga instructorsfor some no-charge post-race recovery yoga and light stretching. It’s the perfect way to warm down those hard-worked muscles, clear away lactic acid — and clear away your mind as well! Terry Walsh will be leading the session. Since Terry is also racing on this day, she’ll understand what you’ve been through!

Thanks to Our Sponsors:

Putting on a triathlon is no inexpensive matter. Your registration fee only covers part of the expenses that this day requires. So, please remember this year's race sponsors and think of them whenever you may have a need:

Born Bound: sustainable triathlon apparel that’s super comfortable. Visit their booth today near our registration tents.

Snake & Pig swim googles: they are our race director’s favorite goggles. No more “google marks” around your eyes. We’re giving a pair to first place overall finishers of the Sprint and Olympic distances!

Robies Heating & Cooling: serving Cape Cod for 65 years. Now offering electrical services for Cape Codders.

Cape Cod Alarm: the only alarm company that is located fully on Cape Cod. Serving homes and businesses in Southeaster Massachusetts.

SBR Products: makers of great fog-free swim goggle wipes, as well as post-swim shampoo and skin care products.

Wintergreen Sport:  before- and after-workout products. Take the two-week Wintergreen Challenge and feel the difference!

Ka’Chava:  an organic, plant-based protein shake that is delicious! There’s a card with a code for a free bag in your swag. 

A penalty! Who, me?

We all want a safe, fair race. No one likes to receive a time penalty, and the race officials understand that…but again, we all want a safe, fair competition.

Motorcycle Officials will traveling along the bike course.

Stationary Officials will be placed at strategic positions on both courses including transition area, bike mount and dismount.

Please read the rules below to keep your finishing result clean!

Race rules:

  1. Helmets: Only helmets approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may be used in USAT sanctioned events. Helmet must be worn at all times when your bike is out of the bike rack — whether or not you are riding it! Penalty: Disqualification
  2. Chin Straps: Chin straps must be buckled at all times when on a bicycle — including when the bike is off the rack and in your hands while standing, walking or running with it. DO NOT unbuckle your chin strap unless you are off your bicycle and it is placed back on the rack. Penalty: Disqualification if on the course; Variable time penalty if in transition area.
  3. Outside Assistance: No assistance other than that offered by race and medical officials may be used. Triathlons are individual tests of fitness. Penalty: Variable time penalty
  4. Transition Area: All equipment must be placed in the properly designated bike rack. All participants must return their bicycles to an upright position in their designated bicycle rack. No person shall interfere with another participant’s equipment or impede the progress of another participant. All bar ends must be solidly plugged. No participant shall bring ANY glass containers into the transition area. Penalty: Variable time penalty
  5. Cycling Regulations: Drafting: keep at least 10 meters from front wheel to front wheel (32 feet, or about five bike lengths of clear space between you and the cyclist in front. If you move into the zone, you must pass within 20 seconds. Position: keep to the right hand side of the lane of travel unless passing. Blocking: riding on the left side of the lane without passing anyone and interfering with other cyclists attempting to pass. Overtaken: once passed, you must immediately exit the draft zone from the rear before attempting to pass again. Penalties: Variable time penalties
  6. Course: All competitors are required to follow the prescribed course and to stay within all coned lanes. Cutting the course is an obvious violation and going outside the course is a safety issue. Cyclists shall not cross a solid yellow center line for ANY reason. Cyclists must obey all applicable traffic laws at all times. (It is for your safety that you do not cross the Yellow Line, especially on corners!) Penalty: Referee’s discretion
  7. Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Foul, harsh, argumentative or abusive language or other unsportsmanlike conduct directed at race officials, USA Triathlon officials, volunteers, spectators or fellow athletes is forbidden. Penalty: Disqualification (This is a family environment and any language of this nature will NOT be tolerated.)
  8. Headphones: Headphones, headsets, walkmans, ipods, mp3 players, or personal audio devices, etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race. Penalty: Variable time penalty (Please do not break this rule as it is considered a major safety violation and is subject to police stoppage and a traffic citation on the bike course)
  9. Race numbers: All athletes are required to wear race numbers at all times during the run. Numbers must face the front and be clearly visible at all times. Numbers may not be cut or folded or altered in any way. DO NOT transfer your number to any other athlete or take a number from an athlete that is not competing. Penalty: Variable time penalty for missing or altered number, Disqualification and one year suspension from membership in USAT for transferring a number without race director permission.
  10. Wetsuits: Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wetsuit at their own discretion, provided, however that participants who wear a wetsuit within such temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Above 84 degrees, wetsuits are prohibited.
  11. Abandonment: All personal equipment and belongings taken out onto the course must stay on the athlete the entire time. No garbage, clothing, etc. shall be thrown on the course. Please do not litter the course with water bottles, gel packets, or wrappers. The community has supported this event for years and your responsibility in keeping the course clean will help to ensure that this event continues. Penalty: Variable time penalties

For a complete list of rules, please refer to the most up to date USA Triathlon Competitive Rules at:

https://www.usatriathlon.org/multisport/rules

MOST IMPORTANTLY: BE SAFE, TREAT YOUR FELLOW RACERS AND VOLUNTEERS WITH RESPECT, AND HAVE FUN!!!