New England’s favorite half distance triathlon! Discover why thousands have chosen the award-winning Patriot Half as their first half distance triathlon… and hundreds come back year after year.
The 2021 Patriot Half will be held Saturday, June 19, 2021 at Cathedral Camp in East Freetown, MA. This will be the 15th year of this award-winning race which was recognized as “Best Small Race“ (less than 1,000 athletes) an unprecedented 3x in the 2018, 2017 and 2013 “Triathlete’s Choice Awards” program and as “Best Triathlon” in the 2016 Best of Competitor Awards (Northeast). The Patriot features a 1.2 mile swim in Long Pond, the largest fresh water body of water in Massachusetts, a bike course offering 55 miles of beautiful roads with a few rolling hills and a 13.1 mile run along country roads, farms and lakes with aid stations at nearly every mile… plus special attention to the little things that set our events apart from the rest.
Here are 10 reasons to put the Patriot Half on your ‘A’ list of races for the season…
- An award winning race with a great reputation: The Patriot Half has won “Best Triathlon” in the Northeast by Competitor magazine and “Best Small Race” (less than 1,000 athletes) in the Triathlete’s Choice Awards in 2013, 2017 and 2018 (the only race to win this award THREE times!). This race has sold each of the last 11 years… ask around and you’ll learn why!
- Safety first: Your safety is our greatest concern. To ensure the safety of athletes we utilize plenty of lifeguards and medical professionals 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 and more. We will also be implementing our COVID-19 Mitigation Plan to reduce the risk of the spread of the virus. See link to this plan at the top of this page (in the shaded box).
- A gorgeous, convenient venue: The Patriot is held at Cathedral Camp which is situated on the shore of Long Pond and about a 45 minute drive from Boston, MA and Providence, RI. Cathedral Camp offers plenty of open space for spectators to hang out, relax and root on racers as well as parking right on site, just a short walk from transition.
- A rural, scenic setting: The swim is in beautiful Long Pond, the largest freshwater body of water in MA and the bike and run are along country roads where you’ll pass cranberry bogs, lakes and farms.
- A course “just right” for your first or next half: There’s no such thing as an “easy” half, but the swim is in the relatively calm and idyllic temperature waters of Long Pond (usually in the high 60s/ low 70s) and the bike and run are on roads which are generally flat with some rolling roads offering you just the right challenge — learn why thousands of athletes have chosen the Patriot as their first half!
- Excellent value: Other half distance triathlons can cost $300+; early bird registration for the Patriot triathlon is $275 through 11/13/20, which includes a first-class race with generous volunteer support, terrific swag (t-shirt, water bottle, other swag, finisher medal and more), race photos, a delicious post race catered meal and a chance at winning some valuable giveaways.
- An experienced, award-winning event production team: The Patriot Half is organized by Sun Multisport Events winner of the “Best Triathlon Series” in voting by athletes in the “Triathlete’s Choice Awards” and the same team behind other popular events including Cranberry Trifest , RACE-MANIA and the Barn to Run Trail Race Series. The core event management team has worked the Patriot Half for an average of 5+ years and Race Director, Mark Walter, has directed the event each year of it’s existence.
- Generous volunteer support: Volunteers are key to a successful race; we’ll have plenty on hand to help you from registration and parking right through serving you the post-race meal.
- Race along side teammates: Are you a member of a tri club? We rack members of teams together in transition so tell us what club you are a part of when you register and we’ll rack you along side teammates. (note: relay teams, elite and aquabike athletes are racked together regardless of team association)
- 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-winning race experience that has exceeded the expectations of countless athletes. A strong focus on safety, superior organization, friendly staff, generous volunteer support, personalized rack positions, gender-specific t-shirts, and 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.
BONUS reason! If you’re racing a late season IRONMAN, the Patriot Half is the ideal tune-up.
Event Date and Location: The Patriot Half will be on Saturday, June 19, 2021. Paratriathlete athletes will start at 6:50am and subsequent waves will begin going starting at 7:00am. The site of the race is Cathedral Camp located at 167 Middleboro Road in East Freetown, MA on the shores of Long Pond.
Event Distance: Swim: 1.2 miles (1 loop); Bike 55 miles; Run: 13.1 miles (1 loop); Aquabike athletes complete the same 1.2 mile swim and 56 mile bike course as athletes doing the triathlon
Cut-off Times: Athletes must complete the swim by 9:00am, the bike course by 12:45pm and the the run course by 3:00pm. Event management reserves the right to withdraw athletes from the course that have gone past these cut-off times.
Age Groups: Standard USA Triathlon age divisions in five year increments (e.g. 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, etc.). Your age group is determined by your age on December 31, 2021! MINIMUM AGE: 17 years old as of December 31, 2021.
Special Divisions: There will be Clydesdale (Men, 220+ lbs), Athena (Women, 165+ lbs), Paratriathlete and Aquabike (swim and bike only) divisions.
All male & female Aquabike athletes will start in the last swim wave and then bike the same course as other athletes doing all three legs of the triathlon. Aquabike athletes receive a finisher medal and the same swag as athletes doing the full triathlon.
Awards and Cash Prizes: Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group as well as to the top 3 Athenas, Clydesdales and Paratriathletes.
The Aquabike category will be divided into 2 age group divisions. The age groups will be determined by splitting the field in half as evenly as possible based on age. The 2019 Aquabike field age groups were Age 49 and Under and Age 50+.
All 3 members of the 1st place male, female and mixed relay teams will also receive an award.
A cash prize purse of $1,000 will also be distributed to the first ($300) and second ($200) place male and female finishers in the Open/Elite category. You MUST race in the Open/Elite category to be eligible to win prize money. If you race as an age grouper and still finish as one of the two fastest overall males or females you still won’t be eligible to win prize money. If you think you have a shot at prize money, register in the Elite/Open category.
As part of our COVID-19 Mitigation Plan and in the interest of reducing crowd density there will be no live awards ceremony at the event, however, category awards will be announced on a rolling basis as they are finalized for award winners to pick up their awards on site.
Overnight Bike Check: Athletes have the opportunity to check their bike into transition during packet pick-up hours (4pm-7pm) the day before the race (Fri, 6/18). All athletes who wish to check in their bike will need to first go to packet pick-up to get their bike sticker with their bib number and then affix that number to their bike. Only bikes with bike number stickers affixed to their bikes will be admitted into transition and the athlete must also show their matching run bib#. Security will be in place from the conclusion of packet pick-up on Friday until transition re-opens on race morning at 5am. Athletes are not required to check in their bike the night before the race. This is an option we are offering as a convenience to athletes.
Post Race Meal: All athletes are invited to enjoy the post-race catered meal which will include vegetarian and gluten free food options provided by Riccardi’s Restaurant of New Bedford, MA.
FREE Race Photos: Photos of athletes will be taken by a professional photographer and posted online post-event. Each athlete will be able to download 1 photo for free and download additional photos for a fee.
USA Triathlon Membership: The Patriot 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. If you are an annual member, but forget to bring your card you will be required to purchase a 1-day license.
Important 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 are incurred when cyclists cross the yellow centerline of the road. HELMETS ARE REQUIRED. Chin strap must be buckled at ALL times you are on the bike even 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.
The Virtual Patriot Half gives you the option to race where you want (indoors or outdoors) and when you want between 6/19/21 and 6/27/21. Choose from three race divisions:
- Triathlon (1.2 mile swim, 55 mile bike, 13.1 mile run)
- Aquabike (1.2 mile swim, 55 mile bike)
- Duathlon (3.1 mile run, 55 mile bike, 13.1 mile run)
You can complete all miles of each leg one after the other or do the entire event over multiple days and multiple sessions (e.g. you can do the 55 mile bike over 2 different rides on 2 different days) as long as you complete it by 6/27/21.
Once you complete all the legs of the multisport division you choose, you upload the results (details on how to be published closer to the race date).
Price: $79 (includes swag to be mailed to the address you provide when registering; swag to include t-shirt, water bottle, finisher medal and more).
Participants in the virtual Patriot Half can download and share their race bib and upload their results from the haku registration platform. Step by step directions on how to do this are below.
HOW TO DOWNLOAD YOUR BIB:
- Login to your account on haku at manage.hakuapp.com/login
- Click on the “Your Registrations” tab at the top
- Click on the “Patriot Half” event
- Click the blue button that says “Get Your Virtual Bib” and your bib will automatically download.
HOW TO UPLOAD YOUR RESULTS:
- Login to your account on haku at manage.hakuapp.com/login
- Click on the “Your Registrations” tab at the top
- Click on the “Patriot Half” event
- Click on “Submit Activity”
- Connect your wearable device (FitBit or Garmin only) or enter in your results manually.
- Enter in your finish time and the day/time you completed your activity. You can also upload a link or picture of the device you used to time yourself and track your miles, but it is not mandatory.
- Press “Submit”
Finisher certificates will be available to those who completed all legs of their event starting 6/17/21.
The Patriot Half is a USAT sanctioned event. USAT Annual members will need to have a valid USAT license on race day. If you are not an annual member, you will be required to purchase a 1-day USAT license for $15. Your entry fee includes:
- An award winning race experience
- Great swag including t-shirt, water bottle and 1-2 other items
- Finisher medal
- Live results published online so friends & family can track you
- 1 race photo
- A post-race meal
- Eligibility for valuable giveaways from our sponsors
2021 registration fees are listed below.
- $289 from opening of registration 11/30/20
- $299 from 12/1/20 until the race sells out or the close of online registration (whichever comes first)
Triathlon, Relay Team:
- $389 from opening of registration through 11/30/20
- $399 from 12/1/20 until the race sells out or the close of online registration (whichever comes first)
- $279 from opening of registration through 11/30/20
- $289 from 12/1/20 until the race sells out or the close of online registration (whichever comes first)
- $279 from opening of registration through 11/30/20
- $289 from 12/1/20 until the race sells out or the close of online registration (whichever comes first)
Virtual Patriot Half:
- $79 until the close of online registration
Event Timeline (tentative):
Monday, June 14, 2021
- 5:00pm-7:00pm: Packet pick-up at FastSplits located at 77 Charles St, Needham, MA. RSVP REQUIRED! Only athletes that RSVP by Monday, 6/14 at 3pm will have their packets available. Photo ID required. Click here to RSVP and for more details.
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
- 5:00pm-7:00pm: Packet pick-up at Landry’s Bicycles in Boston located at 1048 Commonwealth Ave , Boston, MA. RSVP REQUIRED! Only athletes that RSVP by Wednesday, 6/16 at 3pm will have their packets available. Photo ID required. Click here to RSVP and for more details.
- 4:00pm-7:00pm: Packet pick-up at Cathedral Camp (the race site) located at 167 Middleboro Road, East Freetown, MA. Photo ID required, but athletes do not RSVP to get their packet at this time and location.
Saturday, June 19, 2021
- 5:00am: Transition opens; packet pick-up/athlete check-in begins at Cathedral Camp (167 Middleboro Road, East Freetown, MA)
- 6:00am: Lifeguard supported warm-up swim permitted in Long Pond in designated warm-up zone.
- 6:30am: All athletes must be checked-in; pre-race meeting with Race Director (athletes must be in/around transition)
- 6:45am: Warm-up swim ends; all athletes must be out of the water
- 7:00am: Wave 1, male & female Elite/Open athletes
- 9:00am: All athletes must have completed the swim course
- 12:45pm: All athletes must have completed the bike course
- 3:00pm: All athletes must have completed the run course
Description of the swim, bike and run courses for the Patriot Half courses are below. Note the timing is tentative and based on the 2019 Patriot Half event schedule. If the coronavirus continues to remain a public health issue changes to this schedule and timing and would be required.
The Swim (Cut-off time: 9:00am): The 1.2 mile swim is the calm waters of Long Pond. The swim course is a counterclockwise rectangular swim with that will have lifeguards stationed all along the route in kayaks and boats ready to assist if needed. The water temperature the last 4 years of the race have been: 67F (2019), 68F (2018), 71F (2017), 71F (2016). Wetsuits have been allowed each year of the race. There is a separate swim start and finish and the finish brings racers right into transition. For spectators, there are plenty of photo opportunities. Click here for a map of the swim course.
There will be an estimated 10 swim waves. Each wave will be organized by race category (e.g. Age Group, Elite, Athena, etc.). Wave 1 will feature Elite athletes starting at 7:00am. The Elite wave will start with a traditional “all at once” start 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 at a time, every 10 seconds. TAn athlete’s time begins when he/she crosses the timing wire buried in the sand at the water’s edge. You must complete the swim by 9:00am or you will not be allowed to continue in the race. See below for the 2021 Patriot Half swim wave plan.
PLEASE NOTE: Swimming in Long Pond at Cathedral Camp is STRICTLY PROHIBITED unless a lifeguard is on duty. We understand athletes like to familiarize themselves with the body of water they will be swimming in on race day, but you are not allowed to just show up and swim in Long Pond. Athletes swimming in Long Pond without a lifeguard is a liability for Cathedral Camp and if it continues it will jeopardize the future of the race. PLEASE DO NOT IGNORE THIS REQUEST OF RACE MANAGEMENT.
Transition 1: After exiting the water athletes will enter transition which will be set up right next to the swim out. After grabbing their bike they will exit transition on the bike out. Click here for a PDF map with an aerial view of Catherdral Camp detailing the swim in and bike out for the Patriot Half.
The Bike (Cut-off time: 12:45pm; REVISED COURSE FOR 2021): The 55-mile Patriot bike course is generally flat with some rolling hills that will occasionally force you to get up and out of your saddle. The loop is along country roads where you’ll pass farms, cranberry bogs and the scenic Pocksha Pond Causeway (get a glimpse of it with a click here).
Due primarily to deteriorating conditions on some roads utilized in the bike course of the 2019 Patriot Half, the 2021 Patriot bike course has been significantly revised. The new course will begin at Cathedral Camp and East Freetown and then go through Lakeville with a pass through the scenic Pocksha Pond Causeway. After riding through the Causeway, cyclists will enter Middleborough and complete a loop in Middleborough and Rochester two times before riding back into East Freetown for the last few miles of the 55 mile course. The 2021 Patriot bike course remains a generally flat ride with some rolling hills. The total elevation gain of 1,418′ is slightly less than the elevation gain of the 2019 course which was 1,558′. While the 2021 Patriot bike course does not include two passes of Cathedral Camp (resulting in one less spectating opportunity), the 2021 course features better road conditions and what we believe is an overall safer and more enjoyable ride. Click here to see a bike course map with turn-by-turn directions and a 2021 vs. 2019 course elevation profile. Click here to see the route on Ride with GPS where you can also download the course as a GPX or KML file.
Bike Course Notes – “THE MERGE”: The first 12 miles of the bike course are only completed once, but then cyclists enter a loop section of the course that is to be completed twice. Cyclists enter this loop by turning left onto Marion Road from Long Point Road in Middleboro at mile 12 (just past the first Bottle Exchange station where cyclists can get water or Gatorade). There will be a period of overlap during the event when cyclists at the back of the pack will turn left onto Marion Road while cyclists near the front of the pack ride north on Marion Road to start their 2nd loop (their mile 33). The result is a merging of cyclists at this intersection (see graphic below). Signage and volunteers will be in place to raise awareness of this merge and a police detail will control traffic. Please ride with caution at this location. See graphic below depicting this merge.
Bike Course Notes – ‘THE SPLIT”: What you see below is what you will see on the bike on race day. It’s the intersection of Vaughn Hill Road and Hartley Road in Rochester and you will come through this intersection twice. On the first loop at mile 28 you will go RIGHT to begin your 2nd loop. On the second loop at mile 49 you will go LEFT to the bike finish. Signage and volunteers will be in place to help guide you and police details will control traffic. Please ride with caution through this intersection. This split comes up less than 0.25 after the Bottle Exchange Station.
Bike Course Nutrition and the Water Bottle Exchange: The Patriot will feature multiple water bottle exchange stations offering you opportunities to re-fuel during your ride. The water bottle exchange station is designed to be an additional resource for athletes. Athletes are encouraged to have 2 bottle cages on their bike to start the race filled with their preferred hydration drink. If they need to refuel the bottle exchange stations are available as your resource.
Bottle exchange stations will feature 24 oz. water bottles with water and 24 oz. Gatorade sports bottles. If you would like to receive a bottle of water or Gatorade you will need to discard a water bottle as you approach the bottle exchange (there will be a soccer net set up for you to toss your water bottle into) and then call out to a volunteer what you want (water or Gatorade). The volunteer will jog along side of you and hand you your bottle. If you do not need anything from the bottle exchange we encourage you to stay left as you approach the bottle exchange to avoid cyclists that will be requesting a bottle. Athletes should assume any water bottle discarded is gone forever (while we will bring the discarded ones back to Cathedral Camp for proper disposal there will be hundreds of sticky, used bottles to go through to find your own).
Transition 2: Athletes returning from the bike course will enter transition through the bike in and re-rack their bikes before heading out on the run. Click here for a PDF map with an aerial view of Catherdral Camp detailing the bike out and run in for the Patriot Half.
The Run (Cut-off time: 3:00pm): The one loop 13.1 mile run is generally flat with some rolling hills including one short, but ill-timed hill around mile 12.5 of the run. Along the way you’ll pass farms and lakes and be greeted at nearly every mile with an enthusiastic volunteer-staffed aid station. All aid stations will feature water, Gatorade Endurance Formula and cola (flat). Oranges, pretzels and energy gels will be available at every other aid station. The last quarter mile of the run course is on the grounds of Cathedral Camp. Click here for a map of the run course and cue sheet. You must complete the run by 3:00pm or you will pulled from the course.
Run Course Nutrition: The run course will have 6 aid stations located near miles 1, 3, 5, 8, 10 and 11. All aid stations will have bottled water and Gatorade for athletes to “grab and go”. There will also be a table with gallons of water and coolers with Gatorade that volunteers will pour into the carriers (e.g. CamelBack, FuelBelt, etc.). Power Bar gels (Vanilla flavor) and other Power Bar products (e.g. chews and bars) will also be available at selected stations.
The Breakthrough Performance Coaching Patriot Half Training Plan is now available. Built on the Training Peaks platform, this 18-week plan includes swim, bike and run workouts that bring you right up to race day. Access the plan with a click here and watch this short video for a welcome message from BPC Head Coach Jeffrey Capobianco that includes a plan overview.
You’ll need to create a Training Peaks account to access the BPC Patriot Half training plan (also free). If you aren’t sure how to set up an account and download the plan, this video will walk you through the process.
Questions about the plan? Email Jeffrey at email@example.com.
Note that we offer an Active Military Personnel Registration Discount. To claim this discount email Mark at info@SunMultisportEvents.com for details. You must provide proof of your current active service.
Beneficiaries of the 2021 Patriot:
A portion of the proceeds from the Patriot Half go to the various community groups that volunteer to help produce the event. 2019 beneficiaries included the Whitman Food Pantry, Middleborough Demolay, St. Joseph’s ACTS of Fairhaven, MA and others. Many of these groups are expected tp return in 2021.
The Patriot is based at Cathedral Camp in East Freetown, MA, about 50 miles directly south of Boston and 40 miles east of Providence, RI. The street address is 167 Middleboro Road, East Freetown, MA.
Directions if driving from the Boston area…
Take I-93 South to Rte 24 South to Route 140 South (exit 12). Take Rte 140 to exit 8 for Chace Road, East Freetown/Lakeville. Coming off the exit make a right on Chace Road. Go straight through the next intersection where Chace Road becomes Mason Road and take Mason Road to the end (< 1 mile). At the end of Mason Road make a left onto Middleboro Road and Cathedral Camp will be about 1 mile down the road on your left at 167 Middleboro Road.
Directions if driving from Providence…
Take I-195 East to exit 14 and at the end of the ramp take a left at the stop sign, go under I-195 and take an immediate left to get back onto I-195 heading south (this is necessary because exit 13B for Rte 140 is closed for construction). Take Rte 140 North to exit 8 for Chace Road, East Freetown/Lakeville. Coming off the exit make a left on Chace Road. Go straight through the next intersection where Chace Road becomes Mason Road and take Mason Road to the end (< 1 mile). At the end of Mason Road make a left onto Middleboro Road and Cathedral Camp will be about 1 mile down the road on your left at 167 Middleboro Road.
Athletes and spectators have two areas to park on the grounds of Cathedral Camp with additional options for spectators across the street.
The WEST Lot is for athletes and spectators. It opens at 5am and is right next to transition. This lot typically fills by 5:30am/5:45am and is the most convenient for athletes. Once filled, no cars will be admitted to this lot for the rest of the day and cars parked here will not be able to leave until 1pm due to cyclists and runners using the access road to this lot during the race.
The EAST Lot is for athletes and spectators. It opens at 5AM and cars that park in this lot may leave throughout the day, however, no cars will be admitted into this lot between 8:30am and 2pm. Starting at 8:30am, arriving spectators will be directed to park across the street from Cathedral Camp at either New England Stamped Concrete or Southcoast Chapel Mortuary.
Click here for a downloadable map of Cathedral Camp that shows the location of these parking lots.
Host Hotels for the Patriot Half
FAIRFILED INN MIDDLEBOROUGH: Book your room at the Fairfield Inn by May 18, 2021 and you’ll get a rate of $155 for a room with two double beds or a room with one king size bed. The hotel offers a complimentary continental breakfast and is located at 4 Chalet Road, Middleboro, MA which is about 11 miles from Cathedral Camp, site of the race. Book your room by calling them at 508-946-4000. If you make your reservation over the phone be sure to mention the Patriot Half to get this special rate. As a special accommodation to Patriot Half athletes the hotel will have cold breakfast items available at 4:30am and hot items at 5:30am. Click here to book your room online.
Volunteers are the backbone of any good triathlon. If you aren’t racing in the Patriot Half but want to be a part of the action, help support the event as a volunteer. All volunteers (minimum 3 hour commitment) get a free ticket to the post-race catered meal and the satisfaction of contributing your support to the athletes that are giving it their all in this long distance triathlon. From pre-race set up on Thursday and Friday, June 17-18th, to any of the varied jobs on race day, Saturday, June 19th, we can use your help.
CLICK HERE to see the list of volunteer positions and the timing associated with each.
RAISE MONEY FOR YOUR COMMUNITY GROUP! We work with various community groups that bring volunteers to our races in exchange for a donation. If you’re looking to raise money for your organization and can bring volunteers to our event send Mark an email at info@SunMultisportEvents.com for more info.
GENERAL POLICIES CONCERNING ALL ATHLETES (See below for COVID-19 specific policies)
- Refunds: Refunds may be requested by March 19, 2021. Refunds will be issued less a $50 processing fee. Refund requests must be submitted via email to info@SunMultisportEvents.com. Refund requests received after March 19, 2021 will be denied. Note that any USAT fees collected during the registration process are transmitted directly to USAT and are, therefore, not refundable by SME (contact USAT to submit a refund request). Online processing fees are also non-refundable. Note: Refunds are for 2021 race entry fees. If you registered for the 2020 Patriot and used the 80% credit issued to you when registering for the 2021 Patriot your refund would be for the 2021 race entry fee you paid less $50.
- Deferrals: Athletes may request a deferral of their 2021 Patriot Half entry to the 2022 Patriot Half up until 5/14/21. Deferral requests must be submitted in writing to info@SunMultisportEvents.com. The deferral schedule and deferral fee are as follows:
- Athletes requesting deferral by 3/19/21 will pay a $25 deferral fee at the time they register for the 2022 race.
- Athletes requesting deferral between 3/20/21 and 5/14/21 will pay a $50 deferral fee at the time they register for the 2022 race.
- No deferrals will be granted after 5/14/21.
- Cancellation: If the 2021 Patriot Half is canceled for adverse weather, natural catastrophe or terrorism (see below for our event cancellation policy specific to COVID-19) registered athletes may receive a full or partial refund through our partnership with haku, our registration partner, and their relationship with Adventure Advocates. Click here for more details on this refund program. Should a partial or full refund not be possible, SME would extend athletes a partial credit towards entry in the 2022 Patriot Half.
- 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.
- Category Change: If you are registered for the race and want to switch to a different category (e.g. triathlon to aquabike or bike-run). You can request this change up to Friday, 5/31/21.
- Transfers to Other SME Races: Registered athletes that are unable to race may transfer to another 2021 SME race. Transfer requests must be made no later than 5/14/21. 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. 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.
COVID-19 POLICIES FOR ATHLETES THAT WERE REGISTERED FOR THE 2020 PATRIOT HALF AT THE TIME IT WAS CANCELLED DUE TO THE PANDEMIC AND CHOSE AN 80% CREDIT TO THE 2021 PATRIOT HALF AS THEIR CANCELLATION OPTION.
- Event Cancellation Due to the Pandemic: If the 2021 Patriot Half is canceled by 3/19/21 due to the ongoing pandemic you will be extended multiple options including, but not limited to (1) 100% refund of the registration fee you paid for the 2021 race and an 80% credit to the 2022 Patriot Half; (2) transfer to the 2021 Virtual Patriot Half; or (3) transfer to another one of our 2021 multisport races. Note that any USAT fees collected during the registration process are transmitted directly to USAT and are, therefore, not refundable by SME (contact USAT to submit a refund request). Online processing fees are also non-refundable. If we need to cancel after 3/19/21 a similar set of options would be extended but the value of a refund and a credit would be reduced relative to the costs incurred in planning for the race.
- Event Size Limitations Due to the Pandemic: If we are forced to reduce the number of athletes that can participate in the 2021 Patriot Half spots will be granted to athletes on a first come, first serve basis. For example, if we are required to cap the event at 400 athlete and we have more than 400 registered, spots will be offered to the first 400 that register. If we are unable to offer you a spot because of an event size limitation you will be extended multiple options including, but not limited to (1) 100% refund of the registration fee you paid for the 2021 race and an 80% credit to the 2022 Patriot Half; (2) transfer to the 2021 Virtual Patriot Half; or (3) transfer to another one of our 2021 multisport races. Note that any USAT fees collected during the registration process are transmitted directly to USAT and are, therefore, not refundable by SME (contact USAT to submit a refund request). Online processing fees are also non-refundable.
COVID-19 POLICIES FOR ALL OTHER ATHLETES (i.e. athletes that were NOT registered for the 2020 Patriot Half at the time it was canceled due to the pandemic and selected the 80% credit to the 2021 race as their cancellation option).
- Cancellation Due to the Pandemic: If the 2021 Patriot Half is canceled by 3/19/21 due to the ongoing pandemic you will be extended multiple options including, but not limited to (1) 75% refund of the registration fee you paid for the 2021 race and a 25% credit to the 2022 Patriot Half; (2) transfer to the 2021 Virtual Patriot Half; or (3) transfer to another one of our 2021 multisport races. Note that any USAT fees collected during the registration process are transmitted directly to USAT and are, therefore, not refundable by SME (contact USAT to submit a refund request). Online processing fees are also non-refundable. If we need to cancel after 3/19/21 a similar set of options would be extended but the value of a refund and a credit would be reduced relative to the costs incurred in planning for the race.
- Event Size Limitations Due to the Pandemic: If we are forced to reduce the number of athletes that can participate in the 2021 Patriot Half spots will be granted to athletes on a first come, first serve basis. For example, if we must cap the event at 400 athletes and we have more than 400 registered, spots will be offered to the first 400 that register. If we are unable to offer you a spot because of an event size limitation you will be extended multiple options including, but not limited to, (1) 75% refund of the registration fee you paid for the 2021 race and a 25% credit to the 2022 Patriot Half; (2) transfer to the 2021 Virtual Patriot Half; or (3) transfer to another one of our 2021 multisport races. Note that any USAT fees collected during the registration process are transmitted directly to USAT and are, therefore, not refundable by SME (contact USAT to submit a refund request). Online processing fees are also non-refundable.