2015 Cranberry Trifest Race Date: August 22-23, 2015. Registration is now open. Click here to register.
Cranberry Trifest offers three races the weekend of August 22-23, 2015. On Saturday, August 22nd there will be a sprint distance triathlon followed by a kids duathlon. The sprint tri is part of the USA Triathlon Talent ID series. On Sunday, August 23rd will be the 14th annual Cranberry Trifest olympic distance race, a long time New England favorite that sells out each year. Clubs take note! The Cranberry Olympic has been selected as the 2015 USAT Northeast Club Championship.
Additional details on the 2015 Cranberry Trifest are below.
Event Dates, Times and Location:
Saturday, August 22, 2015: Sprint triathlon (7:30AM start) and kids duathlon (11:30AM start). Sunday, August 23, 2015: Olympic triathlon (7:30AM start). The site of the Cranberry Trifest is the Ted Williams Camp in Lakeville, MA with entrances off Precinct Street and Rte 18.
Parking will be available on the grounds of Ted Williams Camp. Please enter from the camp entrance on Rte 18/Bedford Street (do NOT enter from the camp entrance on Precinct Street).
Sprint: Swim: 0.5 mile; Bike: 14.2 miles; Run: 3.1 miles
Kids Duathlon: 0.5 mile run, 0.8 mile bike, 0.5 mile run
Olympic: Swim: 0.9 miles; Bike 26.2 miles; Run: 6.2 miles
Field Limits (Note: All races are expected to sell out):
Kids Duathlon: 150
Registration Fees (IMPORTANT NOTE: As part of a new "true price" policy, there will be NO additional online processing fees added to the registration fees listed below. Individual race entry fees for the 2014 Cranberry Trifest are as follows:
* Individual Tri (Adult): $75 until 12/31/14; $85 from 1/1/15 to 7/23/15; $95 thereafter
* Individual Tri (Youth, Age 15-19): $50 until 7/23/15, $60 thereafter
* Relay Teams: $125 until 12/31/14; $135 from 1/1/15 to 7/23/15; $145 thereafter
* Individual Tri and Aquabike: $125 until 12/31/14; $135 from 1/1/15 to 7/23/15; $145 thereafter
* Individual Tri and Aquabike: $75 until 7/23/15; $85 thereafter
* Relay Teams: $200 until 12/31/14; $210 from 1/1/15 to 7/23/15; $220 thereafter
Sprint and Olympic Tris: Race both the sprint and olympic triathlons and you will compete to become for the honor of being named the King and Queen of Cranberry Trifest. The King and Queen are the male and female with the fastest combined time from their participation in the sprint and olympic distance races. The reg fee to compete in both races is below (Note: King and Queen participants receive one event t-shirt)
* Individual Tri: $190 until 12/31/14; $205 from 1/1/15 to 7/23/15; $225 thereafter
Kids Duathlon (age 7-14):
As stated above we've adopted a "true price" policy so there will be no online processing fees added to the registration fees listed above, however, all events in the Cranberry Trifest are USAT sanctioned and USAT annual members will need to have a valid USAT license on race day. If you are not a USAT annual member, you will be required to purchase a 1-day USAT license for $12. Parents or legal guardians that register a youth for the Kids' Duathlon will need to purchase a USAT 1-day youth license ($10) or a USAT annual youth license ($15) if the youth is not currently a USAT member.
* Individual: $20 until 12/31/14; $25 thereafter
A portion of the proceeds from the Cranberry Trifest Sprint and Olympic will be donated to local community groups that will be supporting these events with volunteers. 2014 beneficiaries included the Fairhaven High School After Prom Committee, the Freetown Youth Athletic Association, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Swim Team and Bridgewater Kiwanis. All proceeds from the Cranberry Trifest Kids Duathlon are donated to charity. The official beneficiary of the 2015 Kids' Duathlon has not yet been determined.
Awards, Cash Prizes and Performance Awards
Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group as well as for the top 3 Athenas and Clydesdales. The top 3 male and females in the Aquabike (olympic race only) and all 3 members of the 1st place Mixed, Female and Male relay teams will also receive an award. The kids duathlon is intended to be a fun event -- awards will not be distributed.
We will also crown the King and Queen of Cranberry Trifest 2015 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 21, 2015.
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. If you are an annual member, but forget to bring your card you will be required to purchase a 1-day license.
Sprint and Olympic: Standard USA Triathlon age divisions in five year increments (e.g. 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, etc.). Your age group is determined by your age on December 31, 2015. MINIMUM AGE for the sprint and olympic: 15 years old as of December 31, 2015.
KIds Duathlon: Children age 7-14 are eligible to participate. This event is designed to be a fun event with the idea of letting the kids race without caring about how they finish. There will be finish times only -- no splits and no ranking by age group or gender.
There will be Open/Elite, Clydesdale (Men, 220+ lbs), Athena (Women, 165+ lbs) and Paratriathlete divisions in both the Sprint and Olympic. The Sprint will also feature the Friends, Families and Beginners category (see below). The Olympic will feature an Aquabike category. The Aquabike category is for athletes that only want to swim and bike. Aquabike athletes start in a swim wave with other athletes in the aquabike category and swim and then bike the same course as other athletes participating in all three legs of the triathlon. Aquabike athletes receive a finisher medal and the same swag as athletes doing the full triathlon. Awards will be given to the 3 fastest males and 3 fastest females in the aquabike category.
Friends, Families and Beginners
Just getting started in triathlon? More interested in participating in the race with a friend or family member then being assigned a wave with strangers? This is the category for you! Athletes in the Friends, Families and Beginners category will be grouped together in the same wave so you can start the race together. Athletes in this category will be sent off in the last wave and timed, but will not be eligible for any age group awards. Question? Email Mark at info@SunMultisportEvents.com.
Race Packet Pick-up/Event Check-in:
Registered athletes will be able to pick-up their race bag based on the schedule below. Note that all members of relay teams must be present to pick up their race packet and every registered athlete MUST provide a photo ID. Athletes may NOT pick up race packets for anyone but themselves. The packet pick-up schedule is as follows:
- Friday, 8/21/15: 4:00PM-7:00PM (Sprint, Kids Du and Olympic racers)
- Saturday, 8/22/15: 5:30AM-7:00AM (Sprint racers only; Race Start: 7:30AM); 10:15AM-11:15AM (Kids Du and Olympic racers; Kids Du Race Start: 11:30AM); 2PM-5PM (Olympic racers).
- Sunday, 8/23/15: 5:30AM-7:00AM (Olympic racers; Race Start: 7:30AM)
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, one exception in the last 10 years was the 2011 race when the water temperature hit 79 degrees F. It's rare, but it can happen.
Swim Start Format and Swim Waves:
The swim start format for both the sprint and the olympic 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 at a time, every 5 seconds. There will be 2 lanes leading from the swim corral to the timing mat to help organize this procession. Depending on the size of the wave, it will take 2-4 minutes for all the athletes in a wave to enter the water. An athlete's time begins when he/she crosses the timing wire buried in the sand at the water’s edge.
Race and Recovery Nutrition:
Hammer Nutrition and Muscle Milk are nutrition sponsors for this year's Cranberry Trifest. The Cranberry Trifest Olympic racwe will feature 1 water bottle exchange station on the bike course at approximately mile 20. Water and Heed from Hammer Nutrition will be available in water bottles -- you must throw a bottle to get a bottle. The Cranberry Trifest Olympic run course will offer aid stations at every mile. All aid stations will offer water, Heed and Hammer energy gels. There will be 2 aid stations on the Cranberry Trifest sprint race run course.
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. The post-race festivities of the olympic will also include live music (band to be announced).
Sprint and Olympic race athletes will receive 6 times upon completing the event: (1) swim, (2) transition 1, (3) bike, (4) transition 2, (5) run and (6) overall time.
The Kids Duathlon is designed to be a fun event with the idea of letting the kids race without an emphasis on how they finish. There will be finish times for the kids duathlon, but no splits and no ranking by age group or gender.
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.
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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 by SME (contact USAT for a refund request). 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 2015 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.