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A New England classic for 15 years… Cranberry Trifest offers sprint and olympic distance races, plus a kids’ duathlon and is home to the 2016 USAT Northeast Club Championship.

RESULTS from the 2016 Cranberry Trifest are available with a click here.

Now in it’s 15th year, Cranberry Trifest offers a terrific weekend of racing that includes a sprint distance triathlon and splash & dash  plus a kids’ duathlon on Saturday, August 20, 2016 and an olympic distance triathlon and aquabike on Sunday, August 21, 2016. Sunday’s race is also the USAT Northeast Club Regional Championship (Click here for details). All events take place at the Ted Williams Camp located at 28 Precinct Street in Lakeville, MA.

Cranberry Trifest promises you safe and scenic races and the attention to the little things that add up to an award-winning race experience. You’ll enjoy a festive and friendly atmosphere with a DJ, delicious post-race food, valuable giveaways and more! Additional festivities after Sunday’s olympic include a live band, beer tent, and crowning of the King and Queen of Cranberry and the top teams in the USAT Northeast Club Championship.


Watch the video below to see what makes Cranberry such a fun and family-friendly event.


10 Reason To Do This Race

Here are 10 reasons why you should do the 2016 Cranberry Trifest

  1. Safety first: Your safety is our greatest concern. To ensure the safety of athletes we utilize plenty of lifeguards and EMTs to support the swim, police details to help control traffic, volunteers along the bike and run courses, signage that alerts motorists a race is in progress, emergency medical staff on site at each venue and more.
  2. A New England favorite for 15 years: Look around and you won’t find too many triathlons in the region that have been around for 15 years. Ask around and you’ll learn why. A great venue, a scenic course, expert organization, first-class production value… this and more is why Cranberry is a New England classic.
  3. Multiple races to choose from: Athletes can race the sprint triathlon (swim-bike-run), splash & dash (swim-run) or the kid’s duathlon (run-bike-run) on Saturday, 8/20/16, or the olympic triathlon or aquabike (swim-bike) on Sunday, 8/21/16. Race both the Cranberry  sprint AND olympic tri and you’ll compete for the title of the King or Queen of Cranberry Trifest.
  4. Terrific value: The price of registration for all the adult races includes swag (t-shirt, water bottle, finisher medal), post-race food, drink and massages. Sunday’s olympic tri and aquabike is followed by a catered BBQ chicken meal plus a BEER TENT (first beer is free). All athletes are also eligible to win awesome giveaways and get to enjoy an award-winning race experience from Sun Multisport Events.  Check out our Discount Race Packages for athletes that race two or more of our events.
  5. Biker_500x310A scenic course: The swim is in the calm waters of Loon Pond, the bike is on rural country roads that go by cranberry bogs, farms and water features and the run is through suburban neighborhoods with aid stations at every mile.
  6. A convenient venue with something for everyone: Cranberry Trifest is based at the Ted Williams Camp (TWC) in Lakeville, MA. TWC is a large complex with tennis courts, basketball courts, a skate park, horseshoe pits and plenty of open space. There’s ample on-site parking just a short walk to packet pick-up, transition, the finish and all post-race festivities.
  7. A great race for teams: If you’re part of a team and competing in one of our triathlons tell us your name when you register and we’ll rack you along side your teammates in transition.  USAT Certified clubs also get to compete in the 2016 USAT Northeast Regional Club Championship which is part of Sunday’s olympic.
  8. An experienced, award-winning event production team: The Cranberry Trifest is organized by Sun Multisport Events winner of the “Best Triathlon Series” in voting by athletes in the “Triathlete’s Choice Awards” (read the press release) and the same team behind other popular events including the Patriot Half  The Race Director for the very inaugural “Cranberry Country Triathlon” back in 2002 remains a key member of the SME team to this day!
  9. Generous volunteer support: Volunteers are key to a successful race and we’ll have 100+ on hand through the weekend to help you from registration and body marking right up to putting that finisher’s medal around your neck.
  10. Attention to the “little things”: We pride ourselves on paying attention to the little — and not so little — things that add up to to an award-winnning race experience that has exceeded the expecations of countless athletes. A strong focus on safety, superior organization, friendly staff, generous volunteer support, personalized rack positions, gender-specific t-shirts, aid stations at every mile of the run, a water bottle wrapped in a cold hand towel at the finish are just some of the things you can expect from a Sun Multisport Events production.

Details of the Sprint Tri and Splash and Dash and Kids' Du

Event Date, Times and Location: Day 1 of the Cranberry Trifest is Saturday, August 20th, and includes a sprint distance triathlon (0.50 mile swim-14 mile bike-3.1 mile run) and splash & dash (0.50 mile swim-3.1 mile run) and a kids’ duathlon (0.50 mile run-1 mile bike-0.50 mile run). The sprint tri and splash & dash begin at 7:30am and the kids du begins at 11:30am.

All events take place at the Ted Williams Camp in Lakeville, MA located at 28 Precinct Street in Lakeville, MA.

Sprint Tri Categories: Athletes in the triathlon may register for any of the following categories:

  • Open/Elite
  • Age Group
  • Athena (females, 165+ lbs)
  • Clydesdlaes (males, 220+ lbs)
  • Friends, Families & Beginners.
  • Relay team divisions (all male, all female or mixed).

Athletes who wish to compete to be the overall male or female winner should register for the Open/Elite category.

Age Group categories begin with 19 and under and then follow standard USA Triathlon age breaks in five year increments (e.g. 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, etc.). Your age group is determined by your age on December 31, 2016! MINIMUM AGE: 13 years old as of race day.

The Friends, Families & Beginners category is for athletes just getting started in triathlon or prefer to start the triathlon race in the same wave with a friend or family member.  Athletes that choose the Families, Friends and Beginners category when registering will be grouped together in the same wave so they can start the swim together. These athletes will receive all timing splits, but will not be eligible for any age group awards. Note that we are offering this category to give people an opportunity to start the race together and athletes in this category are welcomed to stay together throughout the event.


Splash & Dash
: The Splash & Dash is a 0.50 mile swim followed by a 3.1 mile run. All athletes in the Splash & Dash will be grouped together into the last wave and will be sent into the water in a time trial start format (as described above) after all athletes in the triathlon have entered the water.

Love your brain_logoKids Duathlon : Children age 7-14 are eligible to participate. This  is designed to be a fun event with the idea of letting the kids race without caring about how they finish. The 0.50 mile run will be around the Ted Williams Camp playing fields. The 1 mile bike will be an OFFROAD bike course and the final 0.50 mile run is the same as the first run. There will be finish times only — no splits and no ranking by age group or gender.  Every year 100% of the net proceeds from the kids duathlon is donated to charity. The beneficiary of the 2016 Cranberry Trifest Kids Duathlon is The Love Your Brian Foundation.

The Swim Start Format: Athletes will be sent into the water in waves. The first wave will consist of athletes in the Open/Elite wave who will all start at once. All other waves will follow a time trial start format with 3 athletes entering the water every 10 seconds.

LIZ_3887WATER TEMP UPDATE and WETSUITS (as of 8/16/16): The Loon Pond water temperature on Monday, 8/15/16, at 5pm was 82F. Given the weather forecast for the rest of the week (temperatures in the mid 80s), We expect the water temperature on race morning will be above 78F which means – per USAT rules — participants that choose to wear a wet suit will not be eligible for awards (they will still receive all timing splits).  USAT rules also mandate that if the water temperature hits or exceeds 84F, no participants will be allowed to wear a wet suit. This is for safety reasons.

Swim Caps: All participants will be given a swim cap that must be worn during the swim. The swim cap color corresponds to the wave each athlete is assigned to.

Timing: All triathletes will receive 6 timing splits: (1) the swim, (2) transition 1, (3) the bike, (4) transition 2, (5) the run and (6) overall.

award winnerAwards: Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female triathlon finishers in each Age Group as well as the Athena (females 165+ lbs) and Clydesdale (males 220+ lbs) divisions. All 3 members of the 1st place Mixed, Female and Male relay teams will also receive an award. The top 3 male and females in the Splash & Dash will also receive an award.

Post Race Food and Refreshments, Music and Giveaways
After the sprint distance race there will be a light brunch (e.g. bagels and fruit). After the olympic distance race there will be a delicious catered meal with vegetarian and gluten-free options. A DJ will be on hand during both days to keep the mood festive and racers will be eligible to win valuable giveaways from our sponsors.

USA Triathlon Membership: This is a USAT sanctioned event and all participating athletes must have either a valid annual USAT membershiip OR will be required to purchase a 1-day license when registering for the race. The cost of a 1-day license is $15.

Rules: USA Triathlon rules will apply. Please review the rules at www.USATriathlon.org. There will be USAT Officials present at the event. Three areas of common violations are (1) Drafting, (2) Blocking and (3) Centerline. To avoid drafting violations you must stay at least 3 bike lengths behind the competitor in front of you. When attempting to pass you must do so within 15 seconds. Blocking violations are assessed for failing to ride to the right (except when passing). Centerline violations can be avoided by not crossing the yellow centerline of the road. HELMETS ARE REQUIRED. Chin strap must be buckled at ALL times you are on the bike even when in the transition area. Handlebars/aerobars must have bar-end plugs securely inserted into the bar. Taping over bar ends is not permitted. Lack of bar end plugs will result in disqualification.

Details of the Olympic Tri and Aquabike

Event Dates, Times and Location: Day 2 of the Cranberry Trifest is Sunday, August 21, 2016.  The triathlon (0.9 mile swim-26.2 mile bike-6.2 mile run) and aquabike (0.9 mile swim-26.2 mile bike) will start at 7:30AM start.  All events and activities take place at the Ted Williams Camp located at 28 Precinct Street in Lakeville, MA.

Olympic Tri Categories: Athletes in the triathlon (0.90 mile swim-26.2 mile bike-6.2 mile run) may register for any of the following categories:

  • Open/Elite
  • Age Group
  • Athena (females, 165+ lbs)
  • Clydesdlaes (males, 220+ lbs)
  • Friends, Families & Beginners.
  • Relay team divisions (all male, all female or mixed).

Athletes who wish to compete to be the overall male or female winner should register for the Open/Elite category.

Age Group categories begin with 19 and under and then follow standard USA Triathlon age breaks in five year increments (e.g. 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, etc.). Your age group is determined by your age on December 31, 2016! MINIMUM AGE: 13 years old as of race day.

Aquabike: The Aquabike is a 0.90 mile swim followed by the 26.2 mile bike. All athletes in the Aquabike will be grouped together into the last wave and will be sent into the water in a time trial start format (as described below) after all athletes in the triathlon have entered the water. Athletes in the Aquabike race will swim and bike the same courses as athletes in the triathlon.

10610724_10152633426637419_995378571417101826_nThe Swim Start Format: Athletes will be sent into the water in waves. The first wave will consist of athletes in the Open/Elite wave who will all start at once. All other waves will follow a time trial start format with 2-3 athletes entering the water every 5 seconds.

WATER TEMP UPDATE and WETSUITS (as of 8/16/16): The Loon Pond water temperature on Monday, 8/15/16, at 5pm was 82F. Given the weather forecast for the rest of the week (temperatures in the mid 80s), We expect the water temperature on race morning will be above 78F which means – per USAT rules — participants that choose to wear a wet suit will not be eligible for awards (they will still receive all timing splits).  USAT rules also mandate that if the water temperature hits or exceeds 84F, no participants will be allowed to wear a wet suit. This is for safety reasons..

Swim Caps: All participants will be given a swim cap that must be worn during the swim. The swim cap color corresponds to the wave each athlete is assigned to.

Timing: All triathletes will receive 6 timing splits: (1) the swim, (2) transition 1, (3) the bike, (4) transition 2, (5) the run and (6) overall.

clubAwards: Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group as well as for the top 3 in the Athena, and Clydesdale categories. The top 3 male and females in the Aquabike  races and all 3 members of the 1st place Mixed, Female and Male relay teams will also receive an award.

The Olympic is also host of the USA Triathlon Northeast Regional Club Championship which recognized the top USAT certified clubs based on performance in the race. Click here for complete details on the Club Championship.

We will also crown the King and Queen of Cranberry Trifest 2016 to the fastest male and female that competes in both the sprint and the olympic. Overall tmes will be determined by combining their sprint and olympic time — fastest time wins! The King and Queen will receive gift certificates, products from our sponsors and more for their achievement. All participants in the King and Queen competition must be registered by Friday, August 19, 2016.

10614350_10152633424247419_7524431916254803946_nPost Race Food and Refreshments, Music and Giveaways: After the olympic distance race there will be a delicious catered meal with vegetarian and gluten-free options. A DJ will be on hand to keep the mood festive and racers will be eligible to win valuable giveaways from our sponsors. The post-race festivities of the olympic will also include live music (band to be announced).

USA Triathlon Membership: This is a USAT sanctioned event. All athletes must (a) present a valid, current USAT Annual Membership Card at registration OR (b) purchase a 1-day USAT license when registering for $15. If you are an annual member, but forget to bring your card you will be required to purchase a 1-day license.

Rules: USA Triathlon rules will apply. Please review the rules at www.USATriathlon.org. There will be USAT Officials present at the event. Three areas of common violations are (1) Drafting, (2) Blocking and (3) Centerline. To avoid drafting violations you must stay at least 3 bike lengths behind the competitor in front of you. When attempting to pass you must do so within 15 seconds. Blocking violations are assessed for failing to ride to the right (except when passing). Centerline violations can be avoided by not crossing the yellow centerline of the road. HELMETS ARE REQUIRED. Chin strap must be buckled at ALL times you are on the bike even when in the transition area. Handlebars/aerobars must have bar-end plugs securely inserted into the bar. Taping over bar ends is not permitted. Lack of bar end plugs will result in disqualification.

Registration Fees

This is a USAT sanctioned event and all participating athletes must have either a valid USAT annual membership OR will be required to purchase an adult 1-day USAT license ($15; age 18 or older) or a youth annual license ($10; age 17 or younger).

NOTE! Register for this race and one or more others and SAVE! Click here for details on our Discount Race Packages.

In addition to a safe, fun and well-managed event, the registration fee for the Sprint Triathlon or Splash & Dash includes:

  • Gender-specific T-shirt
  • Specialized water bottle wrapped in a cold hand towel at the finish
  • Race photos
  • Post race fruit, bagels, Clif Bars, water, Gatorade and Muscle Milk
  • Post-race massage from the Marathon Physical Therapy Sports Medicine tent
  • A chance to win valuable giveaways including gear from Rudy Project and Fuel Belt, gift certificates from Landry’s Bicycles, product from Muscle Milk and Clif Bar more

SPRINT Triathlon Individual (Adult):

  • $70 until 1/31/16
  • $85 from 2/1/16 to 7/15/16
  • $90 from 7/16/16 until close of registration
  • $95 during packet pick-up hours (see the “Event Schedule” section for times and location)

SPRINT Triathlon Individual (Youth, Age 13-19):

  • $55 until 1/31/16
  • $65 from 2/1/16 to 7/15/16
  • $75 from 7/16/16 until close of registration
  • $85 during packet pick-up hours (see the “Event Schedule” section for times and location)

SPRINT Triathlon Relay Team:

  • $125 until 1/31/16
  • $135 from 2/1/16 to 7/15/16
  • $145 from 7/16/16 until close of registration
  • $155 during packet pick-up hours (see the “Event Schedule” section for times and location)

SPRINT Splash & Dash:

  • $40 until 1/31/16
  • $45 from 2/1/16 to 7/15/16
  • $50 from 7/16/16 until close of registration
  • $55 during packet pick-up hours (see the “Event Schedule” section for times and location)

KIDS DUATHLON:

  • $20 until 7/15/16
  • $25 from 7/16/16 until the close of registration
  • $30 during packet pick-up hours (see the “Event Schedule” section for times and location)

In addition to a safe, fun and well-managed event, the registration fee for the Olympic Triathlon or Aquabike includes:

  • Gender-specific T-shirt
  • Specialized water bottle wrapped in a cold hand towel at the finish
  • Race photos
  • Post race catered meal with BBQ chicken, corn on the cob, anti-pasto salad, pesto pasta salad, cranberry corn bread and watermelon
  • 1 BEER ticket and 5 beers to choose from: Samuel Adams, Bud Light, Heineken, Angry Orchard Cider, Shipyard Summer Ale
  • Post-race massage from the Marathon Physical Therapy Sports Medicine tent
  • A chance to win valuable giveaways including gear from Rudy Project and Fuel Belt, gift certificates from Landry’s Bicycles, product from Muscle Milk and Clif Bar more

OLYMPIC Triathlon or Aquabike Individual (Adult):

  • $120 until 1/31/16
  • $125 from 2/1/16 to 7/15/16
  • $135 from 7/16/16 until close of registration
  • $145 during packet pick-up hours (see the “Event Schedule” section for times and location)

OLYMPIC Triathlon Individual (Youth, Age 15-19):

  • $100 until 1/31/16
  • $110 from 2/1/16 to 7/15/16
  • $120 from 7/16/16 until close of registration
  • $130 during packet pick-up hours (see the “Event Schedule” section for times and location)

OLYMPIC Triathlon Relay Team:

  • $200 until 1/31/16
  • $210 from 2/1/16 to 7/15/16
  • $220 from 7/16/16 until close of registration
  • $230 during packet pick-up hours (see the “Event Schedule” section for times and location)

FREE Training Plan -- Cranberry Sprint Tri

VMPS_coached byVmps is Official Coach of the Sun Multisport Events 2016 triathlon race series and has created a FREE training plan for the Cranberry Trifest Sprint triathlon that takes into account the distance of each leg of the race. This comprehensive 12-week plan gives you all the recommended workouts, includes a FAQ section and glossary of Key Terms. Click here to download it now.

For a training plan customized to your specific needs or if you have questions about the free training plan created by Vmps, contact Elaine Vescio, Vmps Head Coach, at evescio@mpstraining.com.

Event Schedule

packet pick upPacket pick-up hours for all races in the Cranberry Trifest are below. Note that all members of relay teams must be present to pick up their race packet together and every registered athlete MUST provide a photo ID. Athletes may NOT pick up race packets for anyone but themselves. Packet pick-up is in the Loon Pond Lodge building on the grounds of the Ted Williams Camp located at 28 Precinct Street in Lakeville, MA (i.e. the race site).

Friday, 8/19/16:

  • 4:00PM: Packet pick for all races in the Cranberry Trifest
  • 5:00PM-6:00PM: Open Water Swim Clinic in Loon Pond presented by VMPS; click here for details and to register
  • 7:00PM: Packet pick-up concludes

Saturday, 8/20/16:

  • 5:30AM: Packet pick-up begins for the sprint tri and splash & dash only; transition opens, body marking begins
  • 7:00AM: Pre-race meeting with announcements from the Race Director; all athletes must be in or near transition.
  • 7:25AM: All athletes must be out of transition
  • 7:30AM: Race start for the sprint tri and splash & dash
  • 10:00AM (est.): Awards ceremony
  • 10:15AM-11:15AM: packet pick-up for the kids du, olympic tri and aquabike
  • 11:30AM: Kids du race start
  • 12:00PM: Prize giveaways for the kids in the kids du
  • 2:00PM-5:00PM: Packet pick-up for the olympic tri and aquabike

Sunday, 8/21/16:

  • 5:30AM: Packet pick-up for the olympic tri and aquabike
  • 7:00AM: Pre-race meeting with announcements from the Race Director; all athletes must be in or near transition.
  • 7:25AM: All athletes must be out of transition
  • 7:30AM: Race start for the olympic tri and aquabike
  • 10:15AM: Serving of the post-race BBQ begins
  • 10:30AM: Live band begins to play (band TBA)
  • 11:00AM (est): Awards ceremony

USAT Northeast Club Championship Details

clubThe Cranberry Trifest Olympic distance race on 8/21/16 is home of the USAT Northeast Club Championship. All USAT certified clubs in the Northeast region are eligible to participate. Click here for complete details including rules of eligibility, the scoring system, awards plan and more.

Course Info for Sprint and Splash and Dash and Kids Du

 The Swim: The Cranberry sprint swim is a 0.50 mile counter-clockwise loop that will be marked by buoys and supported by lifeguards in kayaks and in the water.

The swim start format will be a combination of a traditional, “mass start” approach and a time trial start. Athletes in the Elite and Collegiate waves will approach the water through the swim corral, wade into the water and start the race following a traditional, mass start approach on “GO!”. Athletes in subsequent waves will start the race following a time trial format. These athletes will enter the swim corral and go into the water side-by-side, 2 or 3 at a time, every 5 seconds. There will be lanes leading from the swim corral to the timing mat to help organize this procession. An athlete’s time begins when he/she crosses the timing wire buried in the sand at the water’s edge. The last swim wave will consist of athletes in the Splash & Dash.

Click here for a map of the sprint SWIM course (0.50 miles); PLEASE NOTE: Swimming in Loon Pond at the Ted Williams Camp is NOT ALLOWED without special permission from the Lakeville Parks Commission. Athletes swimming in Loon Pond without permission is a liability for the Ted Williams Camp. PLEASE DO NOT IGNORE THIS REQUEST OF RACE MANAGEMENT.

Open Water Swim Clinics: If you are looking to get more comfortable with open water swimming we encourage you to consider one of the Open Water Swim (OWS) clinics offered by our coaching partner Vmps. They offer multiple OWS clinics throughout the season designed to to help swimmers of all levels become more confident and effective during the swim segment of a triathlon including one in Loon Pond at the Ted Williams Camp on Friday, August 19th.

Water Temperature and Wet Suits: All participants may wear a wet suit and be eligible for rankings and prizes if the water temperature is less than 78 degrees F. If the temperature is between 79 and 84 degrees F, participants wearing a wet suit will not receive a ranking or be eligible for awards (they will still receive split times). If the temperature exceeds 84 degrees F, no participants will be allowed to wear a wet suit. Loon Pond water temperatures are typically in the mid-70s and the sprint and olympic are wetsuit legal races, however, the water temperature hit 79 degrees F for the 2011 and 2015 races resulting in those races not being wetsuit legal. It happens.

TransitionClick here for a map of TRANSITION for the sprint distance race

The Bike: The 14 mile bike course winds it’s way through Lakeville, Taunton, Freetown and then back into Lakeville. This is a relatively flat course and will be supported with police details to help control traffic and volunteers and signage to guide you along the course. The bike course is NOT closed to traffic — remain alert at all times!

Click here for a map of the sprint bike course.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Athletes are reminded NOT to ride 3-4 across in the road during the bike segment of the race. Doing so blocks traffic and has been a source of resident complaints in the past. Please respect the rules of the road and the permission we are granted to utilize these roads for the race. Failure to comply with this reques jeapordizes the future of the race.


finisher_500wThe Run:  The 3.1 mile run is through suburban neighborhoods around the Ted Williams Camp. This is a flat cours except for a hill that begins at about the 1.5 mile mark and last for about 0.50 mile. There will be aid stations at Mile 1 and Mile 2 with water and Gatorade Endurance Formula (lemon-lime). Mile 1 Aid Station will also have Clif Shot gels.  The sprint tri run course map can be seen with a Cran_Sprint_Run_with arrows.

LIZ_6989The Kids’ Duathlon: This race starts with a run that is approximately 1km around the fields of the Ted Williams Camp (TWC). After completing the first run leg participants will enter transition, mount their bikes and ride a 1.5km bike course that is all on offroad trails. Participating athletes should be using all terrain bikes with fat tires (no road bikes!) as the road surface is grass and dirt with some exposed roots and loose gravel. All athletes must wear a bike helmet that is strapped on at all times when on the bike. The Kids Du transition is the same transition used by adults in the Sprint and Olympic races.

After completing the bike segment, athletes will return to transition to begin the final leg of the duathlon. This run segment is the exact same one that was run at the beginning of the race.

Course Info for Olympic Triathlon and Aquabike

swim-at-cranberryThe Swim Coourse change for 2016: The 0.90 mile Olympic swim has been changed to a 2-loop course due to water levels in Loon Pond. Historically, the 0.9 mile course was achieved by having athletes swim around the perimeter of Loon Pond, however, with the water level down a few feet in what was already a course with some shallow sections we have decided to change the course to 2 loops which will take advantage of the deeper, middle sections of the pond.

Swim Start Format: The start for the olympic swim will consist of a combination of a traditional, “mass start” approach and a time trial start. Athletes in the Elite and Collegiate waves will approach the water through the swim corral, wade into the water and start the race following a traditional, mass start approach. Athletes in subsequent waves will start the race following a time trial format. These athletes will enter the swim corral and go into the water side-by-side, 2-3 at a time, every 5 seconds. There will be lanes leading from the swim corral to the timing mat to help organize this procession. An athlete’s time begins when he/she crosses the timing wire buried in the sand at the water’s edge.

2016 swim waves to be announced about a week before the race.

CLICK HERE for a map of the sprint SWIM course (0.90 miles); PLEASE NOTE: Swimming in Loon Pond at the Ted Williams Camp is NOT ALLOWED without special permission from the Lakeville Parks Commission. Athletes swimming in Loon Pond without permission is a liability for the Ted Williams Camp. PLEASE DO NOT IGNORE THIS REQUEST OF RACE MANAGEMENT.

Open Water Swim Clinics: If you are looking to get more comfortable with open water swimming we encourage you to consider one of the Open Water Swim (OWS) clinics offered by our coaching partner Vmps. They offer multiple OWS clinics throughout the season designed to to help swimmers of all levels become more confident and effective during the swim segment of a triathlon including one in Loon Pond at the Ted Williams Camp on Friday, August 19th, the night before the sprint triathlon.

WATER TEMP UPDATE and WETSUITS (as of 8/16/16): The Loon Pond water temperature on Monday, 8/15/16, at 5pm was 82F. Given the weather forecast for the rest of the week (temperatures in the mid 80s), We expect the water temperature on race morning will be above 78F which means – per USAT rules — participants that choose to wear a wet suit will not be eligible for awards (they will still receive all timing splits).  USAT rules also mandate that if the water temperature hits or exceeds 84F, no participants will be allowed to wear a wet suit. This is for safety reasons.

 The Bike: The 26.2 mile bike course is a relatively flat ride with rolling hills through Lakeville, Middleborough, Rochester and Freetown. This is a very scenic ride past farms, water features and cranberry bogs and long strecthes are on recently paved roads. Too many, the bike course is their favorite part of the the Olympic. There will be one water bottle exchange on the bike course. Click here to see a map of the olympic bike course.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Athletes are reminded NOT to ride 3-4 across in the road during the bike segment of the race. Doing so blocks traffic and has been a source of resident complaints in the past. Please respect the rules of the road and the permission we are granted to utilize these roads for the race. Failure to comply with this reques jeapordizes the future of the race.


DSC_0485The Run: The 6.2 mile run is along country roads and takes athletes past farms, cranberry bogs and wooded areas. The course is generally flat with the biggest hill just before mile 5 (the elevation gain is only about 50′). There will be aid stations at every mile. All aid stations offer runners water and Gatorade Endurance Formula and aid stations 1, 3 and 5 will offer Clif Shot gels. Click here to download a map of the run course with a cue sheet and elevation chart.

Charity Partners

Numerous community groups are our charity partners and volunteer to help with production of the Cranberry Trifest. In exchange for their time and effort a donation is made to their organization by Sun Multisport Events.  Community groups supporting this year’s Cranberry Trifest include the Fairhaven High School After Prom Committee, the Middleborough Demolay, Buzzard’s Bay Coalition, Bristol-Plymouth Technical School and others.

Love your brain_logoEach year 100% of the net proceeds from the Cranberry Trifest Kids’ Duathlon are donated to charity. The official beneficiary of the 2016 Kids’ Duathlon is the Love Your Brain Foundation,  a non-profit organization that aims to improve the quality of life of people affected by traumatic brain injury—from concussion to severe injury—through programs that build community. Love Your Brain is the message that embodies the organization’s positive approach to brain injury prevention and recovery. Click here to learn more.

Getting There

How to get there…


Directions to Ted Williams Camp: From Boston (42 miles): Take Rte. 93 South to Rte 24 South towards Fall River; take Rte 24 South to exit 14A for Rte. 495 South towards Cape Cod; take Rte. 495 South to exit 5 for Rte. 18 South; turn right off the ramp and follow Rte 18 South/Bedford Street approximately 3 miles; look for the sign to the rear entrance to the park on your right (just past the Lakeville Police station).

Parking: The grounds of the Ted Williams Camp (TWC) offer ample parking for athletes and spectators and our parking crew will be in place on race mornings to help direct you where to park when you arrive. The camp has two entrances with one on Rte 18/Bedford Street and one on Precinct Street. Most of the TWC parking is located near the Rte 18/Bedford St entrance. On race mornings the Precinct Street entrance will be closed once the TWC parking near that entrance is filled. Athletes and spectators that park near that entrance will not be able to leave until all bikes are off the course which will be approximately 10am on Saturday and 11am on Sunday. Cars that park near the Rte 18/Bedford Street entrance will be able to come and go throughout the morning.

Where to Stay

Host Hotels for the 2015 Cranberry Trifest


The host hotels for the 2015 Cranberry Trifest are as follows:

FAIRFILED INN MIDDLEBOROUGH:  They are located at 4 Chalet Road, Middleboro, MA 02346 and can be reached at (508) 946-4000. This hotel is offering a special rate of $124 for a room with a single or double bed, but you must book by 7/19/16 for this rate to be guaranteed.

COURYARD MARRIOTT RAYNHAM: They are located at 37 Paramount Drive in Raynham, MA and can be reached at 508-822-8383. This hotel is offering a special rate of $145 for a room with a single or double bed, but you must book by 7/19/16 for this rate to be guaranteed

HOLIDAY INN MIDDLEBOROUGH: They are located at 43 Harding Street in Middleborough, MA and can be reached at 508-946-3398.

Other local hotels to consider are the Quality Inn in Raynham (508-824-8647) and the Day’s Inn in Middleboro (508-946-4400).

Volunteers

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are the backbone of any good triathlon. If you aren’t racing this year’s Cranberry Trifest but still want to be a part of the action, help support the event as a volunteer. All volunteers get a free t-shirt, food and drinks and the satisfaction of contributing your support to the athletes that are giving it their all in a triathlon.

From set up the day before the races, Friday, August 19th to any of the varied jobs on race days, we can use your help. Click here to see the list of volunteer jobs, the time commitment and more.

Are you looking to raise money for your community group? If yes, we should talk. We partner with a variety of community groups who volunteer for our races as part of a fundraising effort. To learn more about volunteering at our events as an individual or as part of a community group fund raising effort please contact Mark Walter at info@SunMultisportEvents.com.

Policies: Event Cancellation, Refunds, Deferrals and Transfers

Event cancellation: If a race is cancelled due to inclement weather, acts of God, or unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Event Management, refunds will not be given; however, a partial credit will be offered to the following year’s race. A significant amount of time, effort and expense is invested by the day of a race (e.g. shirts, medals, awards, signage, supplies) that can not be recovered and for this reason a 100% refund is not possible.

Please note: We love what we do and what we do is put on events. After months and months of planning, coordinating and making our very best effort to create a race experience that we consider the best in New England the last thing we ever want to do is cancel a race. We also understand that athletes devote a significant amount of their time, money and effort preparing for a race. So, if we need to make the difficult decision to cancel a race it’s a great disappointment for us and we know it’s a great disappointment to you. Unfortunately, though, that is the risk we share. You may feel you are entitled to a full refund if we cancel a race, but this is not feasible given the costs incurred by race day. If you can’t accept the terms of this partnership, we respectfully ask that you don’t register for our events.

Course changes: Event Management reserves the right to alter, cancel or eliminate any portion of a race at any time in the interest of athlete safety or for other reasons beyond our control. No refunds will be issued if changes are made to a race due to these circumstances.

Refunds : Refunds may be requested no less than 60 days from the date of the race. Refunds will be issued less a $25 processing fee. Refund requests must be submitted via email to info@SunMultisportEvents.com. Refund requests received less than 60 days from the date of the event will be denied. Note that any USAT fees collected during the registration process are transmitted directly to USAT and are, therefore, not refundable. Online processing fees are also non-refundable.

Deferral requests : Deferral requests must be submitted in writing to info@SunMultisportEvents.com no less than 45 days from the date of the race. Deferrals may be granted under certain circumstances (e.g. pregnancy, military transfer) at the discretion of Event Management. Deferrals granted requires that the athlete pay a $25 administrative fee when redeeming the deferred entry the following year.

Transfers to other SME races : Registered athletes that are unable to race may transfer to another 2014 SME race. Transfer requests must be made no less than 30 days from the race date. If the registration fee for the race transferred to is LESS than the registration fee already paid, the difference in price is forfeited. If the registration fee for the race transferred to is MORE than the registration fee paid you will be required to pay the difference in registration fees plus a $15 administration fee. Note that any USAT fees collected during the registration process are transmitted directly to USAT and are, therefore, not refundable. Online processing fees are also non-refundable.

The exchange, transfer or sale of entries to other athletes is strictly prohibited.

Transfers to other SME races: Registered athletes that are unable to race may transfer to another 2016 SME race. Transfer requests must be made no less than 30 days from the race date. If the registration fee for the race transferred to is LESS than the registration fee already paid, the difference in price is forfeited.  If the registration fee for the race transferred to is MORE than the registration fee paid you will be required to pay the difference in registration fees plus a $15 administration fee. Note that any USAT fees collected during the registration process are transmitted directly to USAT and are, therefore, not refundable by SME (contact USAT for a refund request). Online processing fees are also non-refundable.

The exchange, transfer or sale of entries to other athletes: The exchange, transfer or sale of entries to other athletes is strictly prohibited.

Results

Results from the 2016 Cranberry Trifest can be found with a click here.  Past year’s results are below…

Register

Registration is still open. Please click this link to register online.