The Westborough Sprint Triathlon: Offering you the choice of two great triathlons — Offroad or On-road. Plus a Splash-and-Dash!

The 2017 Westborough Sprint Triathlon will be Sunday, August 13, 2017. Details on registration coming soon.

The 7th annual Westborough Sprint Triathlon will be held Sunday, August 14, 2016. This event is a partnership between Sun Multisport Events and the Westborough Rotary Club and will be based at Westborough State Hospital on Hospital Road off of Lyman Street in Westborough, MA.

The 2016 Westborough Sprint Triathlon offers athletes three multisport divisions to choose from. Most popular is the ROAD triathlon that begins with a 0.25 mile swim in Lake Chauncy. After the swim athletes will ride their bikes over a 14 mile loop that travels the roads of Westborough, Northborough, Marlborough and Southborough. The event finishes with a 3 mile run that is a combination of scenic offroad trails in the woods surrounding Lake Chauncy and local roads. The run concludes with a spectator-friendly finish on the lush grass of the Lake Chauncy athletic fields.

The event also features OFFROAD triathlon and SPLASH & DASH divisions.

No matter what multisport division you choose you are in for a great event! See below for details.

10 Reasons Why You Should Do This Race

Here are 10 reasons why you should do the 2016 Westborough Sprint Triathlon:

  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. Help support the Westborough Rotarty Club: The Rotary Club provides funding to various scholarship and community programs and a portion of every race entry is donated to support that mission.
  3. Three races to choose from: Athletes can choose to register for the road triathlon (swim-bike-run), the offroad triathlon or the splash & dash (swim-run) — a race for all!
  4. The trails around Lake Chauncy: Whatever event you choose, about 2/3 of the run is on the trails that surround Lake Chauncy which have no traffic and are “gentler” on your legs. These trails aren’t too technical… they are primarily hard-packed dirt and grass with some sections of loose gravel.
  5. Terrific value: The price of registration is $80 (until 6/30/16) and includes terrific swag (t-shirt, water bottle, finisher medal), post-race bagels, fruit and energy bars, post-race massage from Marathon Physical Therapy, a chance at winning valuable giveaways and an award-winning race experience from Sun Multisport Events.
  6. 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: tri relay teams and elite (in the tri) and splash & dash athletes are racked together regardless of team association).
  7. An experienced, award-winning event production team: The Westborough Sprint Triathlon 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 and Cranberry Trifest.
  8. Generous volunteer support: Volunteers are key to a successful race and we’ll have plenty on hand to help you from registration and body marking right up to putting that finisher’s medal around your neck.
  9. FREE Training Plan: Vmps is Official Coach of the Sun Multisport Events 2016 triathlon race series and has created a FREE training plan for the Westborough Sprint Triathlon (road) that takes into account the distance of each leg of the race. Click here to download it now..
  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, a water bottle wrapped in a cold hand towel are just some of the things you can expect from a Sun Multisport Events production.

Details on the Races

Event Date, Location and Start Time: Race day is Sunday, August 14, 2016 and the location is the Lake Chauncy Playing Fields next to Westborough State Hospital located near the corner of Lyman Street and Hospital Road.  The race will begin at 8:00AM.

Road 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.

LIZ_3793The 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.

The Offroad Triathlon: The Offroad Triathlon consists of a 0.25 mile swim, 5 mile offroad bike and a 3 mile run. Athletes in this race complete the same swim and run course as athletes in the road tri, but ride an offroad bike course on the trails surrounding Lake Chauncy. The offroad bike course can be navigated with a traditional mountain bike as well as a cyclocross bike or “fat” bike. Athletes in the Offroad Triathlon will be in the first wave that is sent into the water for the swim.

The Splash & Dash: The Splash & Dash consists of a 0.25 mile swim followed by a 3 mile run. This is the same swim and run as the ones completed by athletes in the road and offroad tris. Splash & Dash athletes will be sent into the water as the final swim wave after all athletes in the triathlons have started the race.

10610724_10152633426637419_995378571417101826_nThe Swim Start Format and Swim Waves: The first swim wave will consist of all athletes in the Offroad Triathlon. These athletes will start the swim following a time trial start format with 2 athletes entering the water every 5 seconds. Athletes self-seed themselves within the wave at the front, middle or at the back of the wave.

The second wave will be all male & female Elite/Open athletes who will wade into the water and all start at once on “GO!”. Athletes in waves 3-7 will return to the time trial format with 2 athletes entering the water every 5 seconds. NOTE: Splash & Dash athletes will be the last wave and the start of their wave will be delayed until all triathletes have just about exited the water. We are doing this to more easily track triathletes from Splash & Dash athletes.

The swim wave order is:

  1.  All athletes in the Offroad Triathlon
  2. All male & female Open/Elite athletes (road tri)
  3. All men age 30+ (road tri)
  4. All women age 20+ and Athenas (road tri)
  5. All men age 29 and under and Clydesdales (road tri)
  6. All women age 19 and under. Relay Teams and Friends, Families & Beginners
  7. All male & female Splash & Dash athletes

 

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. Water temperatures are expected to be less than 78 degrees F. As race day draws near, an exact water temperature read will be communicated to registrants.

Wetsuit Rentals: If you’d like to rent a wetsuit you can reserve one from Miles to Go Sports. The rentail cost is $25. Contact Deborah Eddy at 508-917-8600

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 road and offroad triathletes will receive 6 timing splits: (1) the swim, (2) transition 1, (3) the bike, (4) transition 2, (5) the run and (6) overall. Athletes in the Splash & Dash will receive 4 timing splits: (1) the swim, (2) transition 1, (3) the run and (4) overall.

LIZ_4483Awards: Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female road 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 fastest 3 male and females overall in the Offroad Triathlon and Splash & Dash events will also receive awards.

USA Triathlon Membership: The Westborough Sprint Triathlon is a USAT sanctioned event managed by a USAT certified Race Director. All athletes must (a) present a valid, current USAT Annual Membership Card at registration OR (b) purchase a 1-day USAT license ($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 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 annual USAT membership OR will be required to purchase one when registering for the race. The cost of a 1-day license is $15.

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

Road Triathlon Individual (Adult):

  • $70 until 1/31/16
  • $80 from 2/1/16 to 4/30/16
  • $89 from 5/1/16 until close of online registration
  • $95 during  packet pick-up hours (Sat: 4pm-7pm at Westborough Swim & Tennis, 35 Chauncy St; Sun:6am-7:30am at the race site)

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

  • $55 until 1/31/16
  • $65 from 2/1/16 to 4/30/16
  • $75 from 5/1/16 until close of online registration
  • $85 during  packet pick-up hours (Sat: 4pm-7pm at Westborough Swim & Tennis, 35 Chauncy St; Sun:6am-7:30am at the race site)

Road Triathlon Relay Team:

  • $125 until 1/31/16
  • $135 from 2/1/16 to 4/30/16
  • $145 from 5/1/16 until close of online registration
  • $155 during  packet pick-up hours (Sat: 4pm-7pm at Westborough Swim & Tennis, 35 Chauncy St; Sun:6am-7:30am at the race site)

Offroad Road Triathlon:

  • $60 until 1/31/16
  • $70 from 2/1/16 to 4/30/16
  • $80 from 5/1/16 until close of online registration
  • $90 during  packet pick-up hours (Sat: 4pm-7pm at Westborough Swim & Tennis, 35 Chauncy St; Sun:6am-7:30am at the race site)

Splash & Dash:

  • $40 until 1/31/16
  • $45 from 2/1/16 to 4/30/16
  • $50 from 5/1/16 until close of onine registration
  • $55 during  packet pick-up hours (Sat: 4pm-7pm at Westborough Swim & Tennis, 35 Chauncy St; Sun:6am-7:30am at the race site)

FREE Training Plan

VMPS_coached byVmps is Official Coach of the Sun Multisport Events 2016 triathlon race series and has created a FREE training plan for the Westborough Sprint Triathlon (road) 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

Saturday, August 13, 2016

  • 4:00pm-7:00pm: Packet pick-up at the Westborough Swim & Tennis Club located at 35 Chauncy Street, Westborough, MA
  • 5:00pm-6:00pm: Open Water Swim Clinic at the race site at the Lake Chaucy Playing Fields near the corner of Lyman Street  and Hospital Road (separate registration required; click here for details and to sign up)

Sunday, August 14, 2016

  • 6:00am-7:30am: Packet pick-up at the Lake Chauncy Playing Fields near the corner of Lyman Street and Hospital Road; “walk up” registrations accepted; transiiton opens and body marking available
  • 7:30am: Pre-race meeting with announcements from the Race Director (athletes must be in or near transition to hear pre-race announcements)
  • 8:00am: First swim wave sent into the water
  • 10:00am (est.): Awards ceremony

NOTE: There will be no bike mechanic on site during packet pick-up hours on Saturday, but tech support will be available on race morning to help with any last minute minor technical issues (e.g. tires needing inflation, quick derailleur adjustment, etc.).

Course Info and Maps

Event Distance and Course Maps:

LIZ_3887The Swim : The swim will be 0.25 miles in the calm waters of Lake Chauncy. Click here to see the location and layout of the swim course. Upon exiting the water athletes will run to transition to grab their bike and head out onto the bike course.  The first wave in the swim will be athletes in the OFFROAD triathlon.  The swim will be supported by lifeguards in kayaks. The complete swim wave plan for the 2016 Westborough Sprint Triathlon is as follows (See the “Details on the Races” section for details on the swim start format):

  1.  All athletes in the Offroad Triathlon
  2. All male & female Open/Elite athletes (road tri)
  3. All men age 30+ (road tri)
  4. All women age 20+ and Athenas (road tri)
  5. All men age 29 and under and Clydesdales (road tri)
  6. All women age 19 and under. Relay Teams and Friends, Families & Beginners
  7. All male & female Splash & Dash athletes

 

The ROAD Triathlon Bike : The road bike course will be 13.5 miles along the roads of Westborough, Northborough, Marlborough and Southborough. This course will not be closed to traffic and features a variety of rolling hills. The route can be found with a click here. You can also download the bike course cue sheet.

LIZ_6685The OFFROAD Triathlon Bike Course: The offroad bike course will be approximately 5 miles beginning and ending with the same transition as athletes in the road triathlon. The offroad course features a combination of wide paths and some single track.  The terrain is grass, dirt paths, loose gravel with some sections of pavement.  Technical difficulty is moderate and the course has rolling hills (no extreme climbs or descents) and includes a pass of Lake Chauncy and other water features.  Athletes in the offroad triathlon will be racked together in transition. Click here to see a map of the offroad bike course.

The Run: After returning from the bike course and racking your bike in transition, athletes will head out onto the 3 mile run course. Approximately the first 1.75 miles of the run are on the trails surrounding Lake Chauncy. This is a very scenic stretch that includes some shady tree cover, but understand these are trails which feature sections of grass, loose gravel and roots — nothing too adventurous, but enough for you to pay attention so you don’t twist an ankle.  After exiting the trails athletes will turn left on Chauncy Street, then left on Lyman Street and left onto Hospital Road back to the finish. The last 300 yards of the run will be on the lush grass of the Chauncy playing fields (very spectator friendly!). This is a scenic, flat course with a few rolling hills. Aid stations with water and Hammer Nutrition Heed electrolyte drink will be available at run aid stations near mile 1 and mile 2. Click here to see the run course.

Charity Partners

The Westborough Rotary Club is using this race to help raise funds for the Westborough Rotary Club’s numerous community service projects and grant programs. Additional beneficiaries of the 2016 race to be announced.

Getting There

Directions: The Westborough Sprint Triathlon is based at Westborough State Hospital in Westborough MA. The official address is 288 Lyman Street in Westborough, but for the purposes of getting to the venue navigate your way to the corner of Lyman Street and Hospital Road.  Lyman Street is accessible from either Route 9 eastbound or westbound.  Travelling westbound on Route 9, you will make a right on Lyman St.  Travelling eastbound on Rte. 9, you will make a left on Lyman Street.  The turn for Lyman Street is at a traffic light. The intersection of Hospital Road and Lyman Street is about 1 mile east of Route 9 (Hospital Road will be on your left).

Parking: The main parking area is off of Hospital Road.  Once you make the turn onto Hospital Road from Lyman Street you drive about 0.10 mile and will turn left onto a gravel service road where you will be directed to park in a field that will be on your right. This field is close to the start of the race and race day packet pick-up. Our parking crew will be in place to help direct you.

Overflow parking will be available at the Hadley Building located at 167 Lyman Street. Parking will also be allowed on the EAST side of Hospital Road (not on the west side).

Where to Stay

Recommended Hotel Accommodations

Volunteers

Volunteer Volunteers:
Do you have family or friends coming to cheer you on? Consider asking them to volunteer! Volunteering makes you a part of the action while cheering on athletes and helping ensure a successful event experience. There are a variety of volunteer jobs and all volunteers get a free t-shirt.

Link to the volunteer page for the 2016 Westborough Sprint Triathlon coming soon. Ready to sign up to volunteer now? Email Mark 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.

Results

Click the link below to access past results of the Westborough Sprint Triathlon .

Register

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