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What you need to know about the Patriot Half



SAVE THE DATE: The 2016 Patriot Half race date is Saturday, 6/18/16. Registration will open 10/1/15. 
 



This page contains important information and answers to basic questions about the 2015 Patriot Half.  Navigate to other pages of this site for details on the swim, bike and run courses, where to stay, and the Patriot Half Training Camp. Stay up to date with the latest news on the Patriot and our other events by following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook.

Event Date and Location:
The Patriot Half will be on Saturday, June 20, 2015. The first Patriot wave will be sent off 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.

Parking:
There are two areas to park on the grounds of Cathedral Camp: the EAST and WEST parking areas can be seen on the aerial map you can print with a click here. Note that both lots will be open at 5AM and that cars parked in the WEST lot will be unable to leave until all Patriot Half athletes have completed the bike portion of the race (est. time: 1:00PM).

Beneficiaries of the 2015 Patriot:
A portion of the proceeds from the Patriot Half go to the various community groups that have volunteered to help produce the event including the Freetown Youth Athletic Association, Whitman Food Pantry, Middleborough Demolay and East Bridgewater Kiwanis. Sun Multisport will also donate $25 of every entry received on Veteran's Day to a military charity to be determined.


Event Distance:
 
Swim: 1.2 miles; Bike 56 miles (2-loop course); Run: 13.1 miles (1 loop); Aquabike athletes complete the same 1.2 mile swim and 56 mile bike course.

Entry Fees:
Individual: $235 until 10/31/13, $250 from 11/1/13 until 12/31/13 and $265 thereafter; Relay Teams: $325 until 12/31/13, $345 thereafter.  In the spirit of a "true price" policy, these prices INCLUDE all processing fees. Note that 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 $12. Your entry fee includes a free pass to the post-race catered meal and eligibility for giveaways from our sponsors. 

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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.  


Patriot finishAwards 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, Paratriathletes and Male and Female Aquabike participants. 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 any prize money. If you think you have a shot at prize money, register in the Open category.

The awards ceremony will take place at approximately 2:00pm on race day.

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.

Age Groups:
Standard USA Triathlon age divisions in five year increments (e.g. 17-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, etc.).  Your age group is determined by your age on December 31, 2015!  MINIMUM AGE: 16 years old as of December 31, 2015. Minimum age requirement: 17.

Special Divisions:
There will be Clydesdale (Men, 220+ lbs), Athena (Women, 165+ lbs), Paratriathlete and Aquabike (swim and bike only) divisions.   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 doing 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 females in the aquabike category. NOTE: The 2015 Patriot Half was selected as the USAT Northeast Regional Aquabike Championship.

USAT NE Aquabike 2015


Event Timeline (tentative):

Wednesday, June 17, 2015:

LandrysVERY IMPORTANT: YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PICK UP A RACE PACKET FOR ANYONE BUT YOURSELF AND ALL ATHLETES MUST PRESENT A PHOTO ID...  NO ID, NO RACE, NO EXCEPTIONS Athletes that indicated they were USAT Annual Members must show a valid USAT license or will be required to purchase a 1-day USAT license.  All members of a relay team must come to packet pick-up together

    • 5:00pm: Packet pick-up at Landry's Bicycles in Boston (890 Commonwealth Ave)
    • 7:30pm: Packet pick-up concludes
Friday, June 19, 2015:

VERY IMPORTANT: YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PICK UP A RACE PACKET FOR ANYONE BUT YOURSELF AND ALL ATHLETES MUST PRESENT A PHOTO ID...  NO ID, NO RACE, NO EXCEPTIONS Athletes that indicated they were USAT Annual Members must show a valid USAT license or will be required to purchase a 1-day USAT license.  All members of a relay team must come to packet pick-up together

    • 4:00pm: Packet pick-up/athlete check-in at Cathedral Camp (167 Middleboro Road, East Freetown, MA)
    • 5:00pm-5:45pm: Seminar presentation, "Race Great! Race Day Tactics for Maximum Success". Seminar to be given by Jason Gootman and Will Kirousis, coaches at TriHard Endurance Sports Coaching, in the same building as race packet pick-up
    • 5:45pm-6:00pm: Open Water Swimming Tips offered by Elaine Vesio of Vmps at the swim start
    • 6:00pm-7:00pm: Practice Swim.  Athletes will have the opportunity to do a short practice swim from the swim start in the designated practice swim area.  This will be a lifeguard supported swim. Athletes may not swim any of the 1.2 mile course that is outside the designated practice swim area
    • 7:00pm: Packet pick-up concludes

Saturday, June 20, 2015 (RACE DAY!):

VERY IMPORTANT: YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PICK UP A RACE PACKET FOR ANYONE BUT YOURSELF AND ALL ATHLETES MUST PRESENT A PHOTO ID...  NO ID, NO RACE, NO EXCEPTIONS Athletes that indicated they were USAT Annual Members must show a valid USAT license or will be required to purchase a 1-day USAT license.  All members of a relay team must come to packet pick-up together

    • 5:00am: Transition opens and packet pick-up/athlete check-in begins at Cathedral Camp (167 Middleboro Road, East Freetown, MA)
    • 6:30am: All athletes must be checked-in; pre-race meeting with Race Director (athletes must be in/around transition)
    • 7:00am: Race start
    • 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


Swim Start Format:

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 and Paratriathlete athletes and they will start the race at 7:00am with a traditional "all at once" start on "Go!".  
 
Athletes in Waves 2 through Wave 10 will enter the water following a time trial format with 3 athletes entering the water every 10 seconds. Depending on the size of the wave, it will take about 3-5 minutes for all the athletes in a wave to enter the water. An athlete's time will begin when he/she crosses the timing mat at the swim start to ensure an accurate race time. The order of waves for this year's race will be announced 1-2 weeks before the race.  Watch this short video to see how the time trial start looked at the 2014 Patriot Half.

Below are the swim waves for the 2015 Patriot Half.

Swim Waves Patriot 2015

Wetsuits:
Patriot swim finisherAll participants may wear a wetsuit 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 of Long Pond are typically in the 70s and wet suits have been allowed each year of the event. As race day draws near, a water temperature read will be posted to our Facebook page.  

Wetsuit Rentals from Vmps
If you are interested in renting a wetsuit you can arrange to get one from Vmps. Click here for details.

Swim Caps:
All participants will be given a swim cap that must be worn during the swim.

Race Cut-Off Times:
The Patriot Half will begin at 7:00AM.  Cut-off times for each leg of the Patriot race are as follows: All swimmers must be out of the water by 9:00AM, all cyclists must be off the road by 1:00PM and all runners must be off the course by 3:00PM. Athletes that do not complete the swim or bike leg by the specified cut-off time will be stopped in transition and not allowed to continue on in the race. Athletes that do not complete the run by 3:00PM will be pulled from the course. Race Management and medical personnel reserve the right to pull any athlete from the course if it appears they are not sufficiently trained to complete the remainder of the course in a safe manner.

Water Bottle Exchange Stations on the Bike:
Bottle exchangeThe Patriot will feature a water bottle exchange station on the 28-mile bike loop (to be completed twice; 56 miles total) offering you opportunity on your ride to re-fuel.  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 Endruance Formula sports bottles (lemon-lime flavor). 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).
 

Race and Recovery Nutrition:
There will be 2 water bottle exchange stations on the 28 mile bike course which is to be completed twice which offers you four chance to re-fuel. Water and Gatorade Endurance Formula (lemon-lime flavor) will be available -- 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 in 4 flavors – mocha (includes 50mg of caffeine), vanilla, razz and citrus (includes 25mg of caffeine). 

Muscle Milk stacked
The Muscle Milk Rejuvenation Startion will be located in an area adjacent to the finish line and will feature free bottles of Muscle Milk to all participating athletes. Muscle Milk is the Official Performance Protein Drink for all 2015 races produced by Sun Multisport Events.

 



Post Race Meal, Music and Giveaways
All athletes are invited to enjoy the post-race catered meal which will include vegetarian and gluten free food options.  The Patriot 2014 menu featured vegetable lasagna, baked glazed ham, Boston baked beans, chicken salad andwiches, antipasto salad, watermelon, canteloupe, fresh pastries and drinks (the Patriot 2015 menu will be announced about 1 month prior to the race date). There will be plenty of picnic tables to sit at as well as some shady spots to enjoy a well-earned feast!  The post-race meal will be accompanied by music from our DJ, live music (band to be announced), the awards ceremony and valuable giveaways from sponsors.

FREE Race Photos

This year’s official race photographer is Gameface Media and all athlete photos are FREE! All athletes will receive an email post-race with a link to where photos can be downloaded for free from Facebook and saved to their mobile device or desktop computer. These photos can be shared with friends and family to your favorite social network via one click sharing. You can also print them at home, at a local retail print service or through Shutterfly.

Timing:
Athletes will receive 6 time splits: (1) the swim, (2) transition 1, (3) the bike, (4) transition 2, (5) the run and (6) overall time.

Accommodations:
Visit the "Where to Stay" page of our website for recommended hotels in the area.

Parking:
Click here for an aerial map of Cathedral Camp that provides details of set-up including the location of the east and west parking lots. Note that cars parked in the west parking lot will not be allowed to leave until all Patriot Half athletes are off the bike course and onto the run (1:00PM).

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.

Policies:
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 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.

Switching to the Patriot Half Aquabike: If you are registered for the Patriot Half Triathlon and for whatever reason (lack of training, injury, etc.) you don't feel capable of completing the run you have the option to switch to the Patriot Half Aquabike category.  The Aquabike consists of the same 1.2 mile swim and 56 mile bike as the triathlon with no run.  Requests to switch to the Aquabike must be submitted to Mark at info@SunMultisportEvents.com by Friday, June 5, 2015.

The exchange, transfer or sale of entries to other athletes: The exchange, transfer or sale of entries to other athletes is strictly prohibited.

 

 

Please support our
valued sponsors of the

2015 Patriot Half

         ClifBar2015

  Fuel Belt 2015


   Gatorade


   Landrys
          Official Bike Tech 
           Support Sponsor


      Muscle Milk stacked
        
     Official Performance
        
Protein Drink

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       Official Helmet and
      Sunglasses Sponosr



 Tri Hard


   Vescio   
 
    MPTSM

              
   TYR Logo Horiz2

      Official Wetsuit Sponsor