Cranberry Trifest 2016 is August 20-21, 2016 and registration is now open.
Cranberry Trifest offers three races the weekend of August 20-21, 2016. On Saturday, August 20th there will be a sprint distance triathlon and splash & dash followed by a kids duathlon. On Sunday, August 21st will be the 15th annual Cranberry Trifest olympic distance triathlon and aquabike, a long time New England favorite. Clubs take note! The Cranberry Olympic has been selected as the 2016 USAT Northeast Club Championship.
Additional details on the 2015 Cranberry Trifest are below.
Event Dates, Times and Location:
Saturday, August 20, 2016: Sprint triathlon and aquabike (7:30AM start) and kids duathlon (11:30AM start). Sunday, August 21, 2016: Olympic triathlon and aquabike (7:30AM start). The site of the Cranberry Trifest is the Ted Williams Camp located at 28 Precinct Street in Lakeville, MA.
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 Tri: Swim: 0.5 mile; Bike: 11.7 miles; Run: 3.1 miles
Sprint Splash & Dash: Swim: 0.5 mile; Run 3.1 miles
Kids Duathlon: 0.5 mile run, 0.8 mile bike, 0.5 mile run
Olympic Tri: Swim: 0.9 miles; Bike 26.2 miles; Run: 6.2 miles
Olympic Aquabike: Swim: 0.9 miles; Bike: 26.2 miles
Field Limits (Note: All races are expected to sell out):
Kids Duathlon: 150
Registration fees for all Cranberry Trifest races are below.
NOTE: This is a USAT sanctioned event and all participating athletes must have either a valid annual USAT membershiip OR will be required to purchase a 1-day license when registering for the race. The cost of a 1-day license is $12 until 12/31/15 and $15 thereafter.
SPRINT Triathlon Individual (Adult):
$70 until 1/31/16
$80 from 2/1/16 to 6/30/16
$90 from 7/1/16 until close of registration
SPRINT Triathlon Individual (Youth, Age 13-19):
$55 until 1/31/16
$65 from 2/1/16 to 6/30/16
$75 from 6/1/16 until close of registration
SPRINT Triathlon Relay Team:
$125 until 1/31/16
$135 from 2/1/16 to 6/30/16
$145 from 7/1/16 until close of registration
SPRINT Splash & Dash:
$40 until 1/31/16 $45 from 2/1/16 to 6/30/16
$50 from 7/1/16 until close of registration
OLYMPIC Triathlon or Aquabike Individual (Adult):
$120 until 1/31/16
$130 from 2/1/16 to 6/30/16
$140 from 7/1/16 until close of registration
OLYMPIC Triathlon Individual (Youth, Age 15-19):
$100 until 1/31/16
$110 from 2/1/16 to 6/30/16
$120 from 7/1/16 until close of registration
OLYMPIC Triathlon Relay Team:
$200 until 1/31/16
$210 from 2/1/16 to 6/30/16
$220 from 7/1/16 until close of registration
$20 until 6/30/16
$25 from 7/1/16 until the close of registration
MULTI-RACE DISCOUNT PACKAGES: New for 2016 we are offering multi-race discount packages that include the SPLENDID SPRINTER (any 2 or all 3 of our sprints) or the SPROLY (any 1 or 2 of our sprints + the Cranberry Olympic). If you register for the Cranberry Trifest Sprint and Olympic you will compete for the honor of being named the King or 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 more you race, the more you save!
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. 2015 beneficiaries included the Fairhaven High School After Prom Committee, the Freetown Youth Athletic Association, the Middleborough Demolay, Crew 23 and others. All proceeds from the Cranberry Trifest Kids Duathlon are donated to charity. The official beneficiary of the 2016 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 in the Athena, and Clydesdale categories. The top 3 male and females in the Splash & Dash (sprint only) and Aquabike (olympic race only) races 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 2016 to the fastest male and female that competes in both the sprint and the olympic. Overall tmes will be determined by combining their sprint and olympic time -- fastest time wins! The King and Queen will receive gift certificates, products from our sponsors and more for their achievement. All participants in the King and Queen competition must be registered by Friday, August 19, 2016.
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, 2016. MINIMUM AGE for the sprint and olympic: 13 years old as of December 31, 2016.
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 Collegiate, Friends, Families and Beginners (see below) and Splash & Dash (swim-run only) divisions. Splash & Dash athletes will begin the race in the final swim wave and will swim the same 0.5 miles and run the same 3.1 miles as athletes doing the triathlon. 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 the triathlon. Splash & Dash and Aquabike athletes receive a finisher medal and the same swag as athletes doing the triathlon. Awards will be given to the 3 fastest males and 3 fastest females in the Splash & Dash and Aquabike categories.
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. Packet pick-up is in the Loon Pond Lodge building on the grounds of the Ted Williams Camp located at 28 Precinct Street in Lakeville, MA (i.e. the race site). The packet pick-up schedule is as follows:
- Friday, 8/19/16: 4:00PM-7:00PM (Sprint, Kids Du and Olympic racers)
- Saturday, 8/20/16: 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, 8/21/16: 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, the water temperature hit 79 degrees F for the 2011 and 2015 races resulting in those races not being wetsuit legal. It happens.
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. An athlete's time begins when he/she crosses the timing wire buried in the sand at the water’s edge.
2016 swim waves to be announced about a week before the race.
Race and Recovery Nutrition:
There will be one water bottle exchange stations on the bike course which will offer 24 oz. water bottles with water and 24 oz. Gatorade Endurance Formula sports bottles (lemon-lime flavor) -- you must throw a bottle to get a bottle.
The run course will have aid stations at approximately every mile. All aid stations will offer water, Gatorade Endurance Formula (lemon-lime flavor) and flat cola. Every other run aid station will feature oranges, pretzels and Clif Shot Gels.
Muscle Milk is the Official Protein Performance Recovery Drink for this year's Cranberry Trifest. The Cranberry Trifest Olympic race will feature 1 water bottle exchange station on the bike course at approximately mile 20. Water and an electrolyte drink 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, an electrolyte drink and 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.
Our exclusive photographer is Capstone Photography. Each athlete will have the option to download 1 free photo from the many that will be taken by Capstone Photography. These photos will be available a few days after the event and you will be notified via email when you can access them.
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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 to submit a refund request). Online processing fees are also non-refundable.
Deferral requests: Deferral requests must be submitted in writing to info@SunMultisportEvents.com. Deferrals may be granted under certain circumstances (e.g. pregnancy, military transfer) at the discretion of Event Management. Deferrals granted will require that the athlete pay an administrative fee when redeeming the deferred entry the following year per the following schedule:
* Deferrals requested 45+ days before the event will pay a $25 deferral fee
* Deferrals requested 15-44 days before the event will pay a $35 deferral fee
* Deferrals requested 3-14 days before the event will pay a $45 deferral fee
* NO DEFERRALS WILL BE GRANTED IF REQUESTED 2 DAY OR LESS BEFORE THE RACE
Transfers to other SME races: Registered athletes that are unable to race may transfer to another 2016 SME race. Transfer requests must be made no less than 30 days from the race date. If the registration fee for the race transferred to is LESS than the registration fee already paid, the difference in price is forfeited. If the registration fee for the race transferred to is MORE than the registration fee paid you will be required to pay the difference in registration fees plus a $15 administration fee. Note that any USAT fees collected during the registration process are transmitted directly to USAT and are, therefore, not refundable by SME (contact USAT for a refund request). Online processing fees are also non-refundable.
The exchange, transfer or sale of entries to other athletes: The exchange, transfer or sale of entries to other athletes is strictly prohibited.