New England’s most beginner-friendly multisport event! A sprint triathlon and duathlon offering bike & run courses closed to traffic, spectacular water views and a fabulous finish in historic Fort Taber Park. Plus a Splash & Dash!

The Whaling City Tri & Du is a sprint distance triathlon and duathlon (and splash & dash!)  to be held on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Fort Taber Park at the corner of South and East Rodney French Blvd in New Bedford, MA, a vibrant and culturally rich city that is America’s #1 fishing port.

The triathlon is a terrific race for beginner and seasoned triathletes alike. The 0.25 mile swim takes place in Buzzards Bay, the 12-mile bike course is flat, fast and scenic and closed to traffic and the 3.1 mile run is all on sidewalks and walking paths offering gorgeous water views and a fantastic finish in historic Fort Taber Park. This triathlon is also part of the 2017 New England Triathlon Tour.

The duathlon is a 2017 USAT Northeast Duathlon Race Series Event and features a 1.1 mile run that is almost entirely inside Fort Taber Park followed by the same 12 mile bike and 3.1 mile run featured in the triathlon.

With multiple opportunities to see athletes on the swim, as they ride the bike course, and complete an out and back run course, this is one of the most spectator-friendly triathlons in New England!

The 2017 Whaling City Triathlon will also host the 6th annual TRI TEAM CHALLENGE which offers all participating teams a chance to win prizes worth thousands of dollars including $500 cash to the 1st place team. Click here for details.

 

Check out the video  below with footage and pictures from past Whaling City Tri & Du races to get a feel for the race and the venue and then read on for details on the 2017 event.


10 Reasons To Do This Race

Here are 10 reasons why you should do the 2017 Whaling City Tri & Du:

  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. runner_WC2015A scenic, historic venue: The Whaling City Tri & Du is based at historic Fort Taber Park, a 47-acre town park located at Clark’s Point, a peninsula at the southern most tip of New Bedford offering gorgeous water views. The Park includes Fort Rodman, a historic American Civil War-era military fort, plus a playground for kids, a pier, town beaches and more.
  3. Three races to choose from: Athletes can choose to register for the triathlon (swim-bike-run), the duathlon (run-bike-run) or the splash & dash (swim-run) — a race for all!
  4. Bike and run course closed to traffic: The bike course is completely closed to traffic and the run course is exclusively on sidewalks and walking paths. The last mile or so of the run is on the grounds of Fort Taber Park and include a loop around Fort Rodman and an out-and-back along Fort Taber pier.
  5. Terrific value: The price of registration is $75 (until 1/31/17) 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 duathlon and splash & dash athletes are racked together regardless of team association). Plus, there’s the Team Challenge which offers your team an opportunity to win $500 cash and other great prizes. Details: WCity Team Challenge Overview and Rules_2017_071217.
  7. An experienced, award-winning event production team: The Whaling City Tri & Du 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. Our most spectator-friendly event:  The set up of this race offers spectators multiple opportunities to root on athletes as they start and finish the swim, while they complete 2 loops of an out and back bike course and along the run. Done right, spectators have 9 opportunities to see their favorite athlete and these 9 locations are details in the Athlete Guide published the week of the event.
  9. A historic city: Make your visit to New Bedford about more than just racing… explore, shop, dine and stay in this vibrant and culturally rich city that includes their famous working waterfront, America’s #1 fishing port.  Visit Destination New Bedford for everything the city has to offer.
  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-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, a water bottle wrapped in a cold hand towel are just some of the things you can expect from a Sun Multisport Events production.

 

BONUS REASON! The 2017 Whaling City Triathlon is part of the New England Triathlon Tour that offers triathletes a way to compete with other athletes across events and a chance to win free race entries for 2018. Click here for complete details.

Details on the Triathlon

Event Date, Location and Start Time: Race day is Sunday, July 30, 2017 and the location is Fort Taber Park at the corner of South and East Rodney French Blvd in New Bedford, MA. New Bedford is located about 60 miles south of Boston and 30 miles northeast of Providence, RI. The race will begin at 8:00AM.

Overview: The Whaling City Triathlon consists of a 0.25 mile swim, 12 mile bike and 3.1 mile run. The swim is in a protected cove that is part of Buzzard’s Bay. The bike is primarily along East, West and South Rodney Fremch Blvd offering terrific views of the water. The run is on the sidewalks of South and West Rodny French Blvd and then the walking paths of Fort Taber Park.

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, 2017! MINIMUM AGE: 13 years old as of race day.

FriendsThe 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 Swim Start Format: The swim is in Buzzard’s Bay and the swim start and finish are within the confines of Fort Taber Park.  The swim is 0.25 mile counterclockwise loop. All athletes are required to wear the colored swim cap given to them at race packet pick-up. The cap color corresponds to the swim wave to which you are assigned.  Athletes will be sent into the water in waves.  The first 4 waves will follow a “mass start” format with all athletes starting at once. Waves 5-11 will follow a time trial start format with 2 athletes entering the water every 5 seconds (athletes in these waves “self-seed” themselves based on personal preference… at the front, in the middle, etc). Here is this year’s wave plan:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

Awards: 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.

bay stateThe TRI TEAM CHALLENGE — offering teams chance to win $500 cash, race entries and more! Attention teams! Designed to build team spirit, facilitate bonding and generate some friendly competition among teams, the Tri Team Challenge invites clubs to come together and compete to win some terrific prizes including $500 cash to the first place team.  Click here for complete details. Last year’s Tri Team Challenge results can be found with a click here.

USA Triathlon Membership: The Whaling City Tri & Du 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.  Athletes age 17 and under only have the option to purchase an annual license which is $10. Athletes age 18 and older can purchase a 1-day license for $15 or an annual license for $50.

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.


Details on the Duathlon

Event Date, Location and Start Time: Race day is Sunday, July 30, 2017 and the location is Fort Taber Park at the corner of South and East Rodney French Blvd in New Bedford, MA. New Bedford is located about 60 miles south of Boston and 30 miles northeast of Providence, RI. The race will begin at 8:00 AM. The 2017 Whaling City Duathlon is a USAT Northeast Duathlon Race Series Event.

Overview: If swimming isn’t your thing we’ve got you covered. The Duathlon consists of a 1.1 mile run, a 12-mile bike and then a 3.1 mile run. The 12 mile bike leg and the 3.1 mile run leg are the exact same courses traveled by athletes in the triathlon. The first run leg of 1.1 miles utilizes many of the same walking paths and sidewalks of the 3.1 mile run. All athletes in the duathlon will be started together.

du startThe Start: All athletes in the Duathlon will start at once at 8:00am.

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

Categories & Awards: The only categories or divisions in the Duathlon are gender — male & female.  Awards will be distributed to the fastest 3 male and female Duathlon athletes overall.

USA Triathlon Membership: The Whaling City Tri & Du 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.  Athletes age 17 and under only have the option to purchase an annual license which is $10. Athletes age 18 and older can purchase a 1-day license for $15 or an annual license for $50

Details on the Splash and Dash

Event Date, Location and Start Time: Race day is Sunday, July 30, 2017 and the location is Fort Taber Park at the corner of South and East Rodney French Blvd in New Bedford, MA. New Bedford is located about 60 miles south of Boston and 30 miles northeast of Providence, RI. The race will begin at 8:00AM.

Overview: No bike? No problem! The Splash ‘n Dash offers athletes the opportunity to swim the 0.25 mile swim course in Buzzard’s Bay and then run 3.1 miles. The swim and run courses are the exact same courses utilized by athletes that are participating in the triathlon. Athletes in the Splash ‘n Dash category will be grouped in the last wave and sent into the water after all athletes in the triathlon have started the race.

The Swim Start Format: Athletes will be sent into the water in waves. The first wave will consist of triathletes in the Open/Elite wave who will all start at once. All other waves will follow a time trial start format with 2 athletes entering the water every 5 seconds. Athletes in the Splash & Dash will be in the last wave sent into the water.  The complete swim waves for the 2017 Whaling City Tri & Du will be announced the week of the event.

swim exitWet 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.

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 Splash & Dash athletes will receive 4 timing splits: (1) the swim, (2) transition 1, (3) the run and (4) overall.

Categories & Awards: The only categories or divisions in the Splash & Dash are gender — male & female.  Awards will be distributed to the fastest 3 male and female Splash & Dash athletes overall.

USA Triathlon Membership: The Whaling City Tri & Du 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.  Athletes age 17 and under only have the option to purchase an annual license which is $10. Athletes age 18 and older can purchase a 1-day license for $15 or an annual license for $50.

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.

In addition to a safe, well-organized and scenic event, your registration fee includes:

  • Soft cotton, gender specific-t-shirt
  • TYR swim cap
  • Water bottle wrapped in a cold hand towel at the finish
  • Finisher medal
  • Free race photos taked by Capstone Photography courtesy of Rack Attack
  • Post-race bagels, fruit, Clif bars, water and gatorade
  • 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 and SLS3, product from Clif Bar and more.

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

Triathlon Individual (Adult):

  • $75 until 1/31/17
  • $85 from 2/1/17 to 6/30/17
  • $95 from 7/1/17 until close of online registration
  • $105 during packet pick-up hours (Sat, 7/29: 2:30pm-5pm; Sun, 7/30: 6am-7:30am)

Triathlon Individual (Youth, Age 13-19):

  • $60 until 1/31/17
  • $70 from 2/1/17 to 6/30/17
  • $80 from 7/1/17 until close of online registration
  • $85 during packet pick-up hours (Sat, 7/29: 2:30pm-5pm; Sun, 7/30: 6am-7:30am)

Triathlon Relay Team:

  • $100 until 1/31/17
  • $110 from 2/1/17 to 6/30/17
  • $120 from 7/1/17 until close of online registration
  • $130 during packet pick-up hours (Sat, 7/29: 2:30pm-5pm; Sun, 7/30: 6am-7:30am)

Duathlon Individual:

  • $55 until 1/31/17
  • $65 from 2/1/17 to 6/30/17
  • $75 from 7/1/17 until close of online registration
  • $80 during packet pick-up hours (Sat, 7/29: 2:30pm-5pm; Sun, 7/30: 6am-7:30am)

Splash & Dash:

  • $45 until 1/31/17
  • $50 from 2/1/17 to 6/30/17
  • $55 from 7/1/17 until close of online registration
  • $60 during packet pick-up hours (Sat, 7/2: 2:30pm-5pm; Sun, 7/3: 6am-7:30am)

FREE Training Plan

VMPS_coached byVmps is Official Coach of the Sun Multisport Events 2017 triathlon race series and has created a FREE training plan for the Whaling City 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

Saturday, July 29, 2017

  • 2:30pm-5:00pm: Packet pick-up at Fort Taber Park; exact location to be announced

Sunday, July 30, 2017

  • 6:00am-7:30am: Packet pick-up at Fort Taber Park; “walk up” registrations accepted (exact location to be announced); 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; all athletes in the duathlon start
  • 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:
The Swim : The swim will be 0.25 miles in Buzzards Bay.The swim is located on the east coast of the southern most tip of New Bedford, just outside the entrance to Fort Taber Park. Other than the Elite wave which will start the race, all other waves will be started following a time trial format with 2 or 3 athletes sent into the water every 5 seconds. We first introduced the time trial start format at our races in 2014 and athlete feedback has been tremendously positive (athletes feel safer and less anxious about the swim with this format). After exiting the water, athletes will run to transition inside Fort Taber Park. Click here to see a map of the swim and transition including the swim in and bike out.

bikerThe Bike : The bike course is 2 loops of a 6 mile course (12 miles total). Click here to see a map of this bike course that will be closed to traffic and offer water views throughout the ride. Spectators that position themselves along East Rodney French Blvd will have an opportunity to see their favorite athlete 4 times as they ride the course. After completing the bike course athletes will return to Fort Taber Park through the main entrance and rack their bike in transition. From there they will head out onto the run. Click here to see a map of transition including the bike in and run out.


The  Run
: The run course is 3.1 miles. Athletes will exit Fort Taber Park, go west (left) on the sidewalk of South Rodney French Boulevard which then turns north on West Rodney French Boulevard. At about the 1.2 mile mark, athletes will come to a turnaround and then head south on West Rodney French Boulevard back towards Fort Taber Park. Athletes will re-enter Fort Taber Park at the west entrance and run along the coastline to the finish. The run inside the park offers incredible views. The entire run is on sidewalks and walking paths and is flat and fast. Click here to see the RUN course. The run includes 3 aid stations offering your water, an electrolyte drink and ice. The first aid station is located right outside transition and the other two at/near mile 1 and mile 2 of the course.

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Charity Partners

Sun Multisport Events works with various community groups that bring volunteers to the Whaling City Tri & Du in exchange for donations to their organizations. Donations were made to the following community groups that supported the 2016 Whaling City Tri & Du: Buzzards Bay Coalition. Middleborough Demolay and Fairhaven High School After Prom Committee.

If you are interested in becoming a charitable partner for the 2017 race send an email to Mark at info@SunMultisportEvents.com.

Where to Stay

To be announced.

Directions and Parking

Directions and Parking:
From Boston, MA and points north : Take I-93 South to Rte 24 South. Take exit 12 off Rte 24 South to get on Rte 140 South. You’ll travel on Rte 140 South for about 18 miles and then merge onto I-195 East via exit 2A towards Cape Cod. After traveling on I-195 East for 1-2 miles you will get off at exit 15 for downtown New Bedford which puts you onto Rte 18 South. Rte 18 South becomes John F Kennedy Memorial Blvd. Continue south on John F Kennedy Memorial Blvd for 1-2 miles and then turn left at the intersection for Cove Street (this left is at a traffic light). Cove Street becomes East Rodney Frendch Blvd (the beach and Buzzards Bay will be on your left). Take East Rodney French Blvd to the entrance to Fort Taber Park.

From CT and RI : Take I-95 North to exit 19 for I-195 East. Take I-195 East to exit 15 for downtown New Bedford which puts you onto Rte 18 South. Rte 18 South becomes John F Kennedy Memorial Blvd. Continue south on John F Kennedy Memorial Blvd for 1-2 miles and then turn left at the intersection for Cove Street (this left is at a traffic light). Cove Street becomes East Rodney Frendch Blvd (the beach and Buzzards Bay will be on your left). Take East Rodney French Blvd to the entrance to Fort Taber Park.

ParkingPARKING IS NOT ALLOWED INSIDE FORT TABER PARK FOR THE RACE UNLESS YOU ARE A RESIDENT WITH A NEW BEDFORD BEACH PARKING PASS. FREE parking is available in the North East Beach and South East Beach parking lots with the parking permit that will be distributed to registered athletes in the Athlete Guide the week of the event.

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 2017 Whaling City 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 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. 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

Results of the 2016 Whaling City Tri & Du will be posted LIVE to this link. To see results of past events click any of the links below

Register

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