Transition Area: This race has a very small transition area, due to the unique layout of the grassy park above Long Pond Beach. Some athletes have preferences as to whether they’d like their bike and gear located toward one end of transition or another. But don’t worry: we have laid out the transition area so that everyone has to run or walk the same distance by the time their race is finished
- Athletes only: no spectators or coaches.
- Your bike MUST be placed on a rack. Eight bicycles fit on each rack (4 on each side, facing out). If the bike cannot fit, see a Transition Captain wearing a bright “New England Endurance” T-shirt.
- Please keep your gear within a small area next to/underneath your bike so that other athletes can also have room. Please do not bring dish pans or buckets!
- Port-a-Potties are up the hill in the parking lot so plan ahead.
Swim: It’s right there, in front of you. A triangular course which you will swim counter-clockwise.
Bike: The course is two loops and measures 10 miles. While the police will make their best effort to keep it closed to traffic, there is always the possibility of a stray car, walker or animal appearing out of nowhere — so beware! After swimming, your body may be colder than you may have thought for a bike ride in September, so consider an extra layer. 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. Once you mount your bike you might be merging with other athletes entering their second loop of the bike course. You don’t want them to run into you so stay to the left until it is safe for you to merge with bike traffic. Once you do, stay to the right except when passing. Be careful of the tight turns! Athletes have misjudged their speed around corners; better to be safe and work hard on the straights instead. There is one steep downhill early on the bike route: be careful! Despite the best efforts of local authorities and race staff, sand continually creeps out on the road every time a car exits an adjoining dirt road: be alert! We enforce the USAT Triathlon “no drafting” rule. Marshals are positioned at spots throughout the course.
Run: The course measures 3 miles. From the transition area follow the green cones up the hill toward the Atlantic Ocean. Pace yourself, as the hill continues for quite a while but at least you know it will be downhill coming back! The turnaround is on Ocean View Drive a bit after you pass Cahoon’s Hollow Beach (and the Beachcomber). There you will find a water station. Remember: use of headphones for any reason — iPods, cell phones — is not allowed.