The Westborough Sprint Triathlon: Offering you the choice of two great triathlons -- Offroad or On-road. Plus a Splash-and-Dash!
The 2014 Westborough Sprint Triathlon is Sunday, 8/17/14. Click here to register.
The Westborough Sprint Triathlon is part of the award-winning race series produced by Sun Multisport Events. Race with us this season and experience what makes our races special to thousands of triathletes.
The fifth annual Westborough Sprint Triathlon will be held Sunday, August 17, 2014. 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 2014 Westborough Sprint Triathlon offers athletes three multisport divisions to choose from. Returning for the 5th year 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 includes scenic off road trails in the woods surrounding Lake Chauncy and a spectator-friendly finish on the lush grass of the Lake Chauncy athletic fields.
The 2014 event will also feature the OFFROAD triathlon and SPLASH & DASH divisions that were added in 2013. The Offroad triathlon will utilize the same 0.25 mile swim and 3 mile run course as the "road" triathlon but feature a 5 mile offroad bike course covering some of the awesome trails surrounding Lake Chauncy (see below for details and a course map). The Splash-and-Dash division is for athletes that want to skip the bike segment altogether and just swim the 0.25 mile Lake Chauncy course and then run the 3 mile loop that concludes on the Lake Chauncy athletic fields.
No matter what multisport division you choose you are in for a great event! See below for details.
Event Date, Location and Start Time:
The Westborough Sprint Triathlon will be on Sunday, August 17, 2014 in Westborough, MA. The location of the race is on the grounds of the Westborough State Hospital located at 288 Lyman Street. Participants will enter the Hospital grounds from Hospital Avenue which is off of Lyman. Westborough is located about 35 miles west of Boston. The race will start at 8:00AM.
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. The Rotary Club's designated charites for the 2014 race are the Diabetes Center of Excellence and the Alzheimer's Association.
Road triathlon: $80 for individual entry until 7/17/14 and $85 thereafter and $130 for a Relay Team until 7/17/14 and $140 thereafter; Offroad triathlon: $65 until 7/17/14 and $75 thereafter; Splash & Dash: $40 until 7/17/14 and $75 thereafter
Event Distance and Course Maps:
The Swim Course: 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. Download the transition map.
If you are looking to get more comfortable with open water swimming we encourage you to consider one of the Open Water Swim (OWS) clinics offered by our coaching partner Vmps. They offer multiple OWS clinics throughout the season designed to to help swimmers of all levels become more confident and effective during the swim segment of a triathlon. Among the OWS clinics on 2014 schedule is one at the Ted Williams Camp on Friday, August 1st.
The ROAD Triathlon Bike Course: The road bike course will be 14 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.
The 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. Well offer guided rides of the offroad bike course this summer... stay tuned!
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.
The race venue is located at 288 Lyman Street in Westborough MA. 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. See below for directions on where to park.
There are multiple locations available to you for parking. There will be parking on the side of Hospital Road within the grounds of Westborough State Hospital and in a field adjacent to Hospital Road. There will also be parking at the Hadley Building on Lyman Street which is just across the entrance from Westborough State Hospital. Click here to see an area map that identifies each of these parking locations as well as the location of the race start, race finish, transition and race day packet pick-up.
Road Tri: Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group as well as for the top 3 Elites, Athenas and Clydesdales. All 3 members of the 1st place Mixed, Female and Male relay teams will also receive an award.
Offroad Tri: Awards will be given to the top 3 males and females.
Splash-and-Dash: Awards will be given to the top 3 males and females
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. If you are an annual member, but forget to bring your card you will be required to purchase a 1-day license.
Age Groups and Special Categories:
On-road Tri: Standard USA Triathlon age categories in five year increments (e.g. 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, etc.). Your age group is now determined by your age on December 31, 2014! MINIMUM AGE: 15 years old as of December 31, 2014. There will be Clydesdale (Men, 225+ lbs), Athena (Women, 165+ lbs) and Open divisions. New for this year, there will also be a Family, Friends and Beginner Category for athletes that want to start the race together in the same wave. Athletes in the Family, Friends and Beginner Category will receive all split times and an overall time, but will not be eligible for any awards.
Race Packet Pick-up and a Schedule of Events:
You can pick up your race packet at the Westborough Swim & Tennis Club located at 35 Chauncy Street in Westborough, MA on Saturday, August 16th from 4pm to 7pm. Vmps will be set up on site during these packet pick-up hours with a variety of products you can purchase to meet any last minute race needs such as CO2 cartridges, swim goggles, a race belt, inner tube, etc.
Packet pick-up on race day, Sunday, August 17th, will be at the race site on the grounds of the Westborough State Hospital. Access to the race venue is from the main entrance to the Westborough State Hospital which is located at the corner of Lyman Street and Hospital Road. Click here to see an area map of the race venue.
The Westborough Sprint Triathlon is a USAT sanctioned event. You must show a photo ID at race packet pick-up -- NO ID, NO RACE, NO EXCEPTIONS. Annual USAT members are required to show a valid USAT license. USAT annual members unable to show a valid license USAT license will be required to purchase a 1-day license.for $12.
Schedule of Events:
Saturday, August 16, 2014:
- 4:00pm: Race packet pick-up begins at the Westboro Swim & Tennis Club (35 Chauncy Street, Westborough, MA)
- 7:00pm: Race packet pick-up concludes
Sunday, August 17, 2014 (race day! All events take place at the race site):
- 6:00am: Transition opens, packet pick-up begins, "walk on" registrations accepted
- 7:30am: Pre-race meeting announcements from the Race Director; packet pick-up ends
- 8:00am: RACE START
- 10:00am: Award ceremony and giveaways (estimated time)
Swim waves for the 2014 Westborough Sprint Triathlon will be announced the week of the event, however, the first wave of athletes to start the race will be those registered for the Offroad Tri and the last wave will include those registered for the Splash-and-Dash and the Friends, Families and Beginners.
Wet Suits and Wetsuit rentals:
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. Historically, the Lake Chauncy water temperature for the Westborough Sprint Triathlon has been in the mid-70s
Need a wetsuit? Wetsuit rentals are available from Vmps. Call Elaine at 508-612-3000508-612-3000 for details.
All participants will be given a swim cap that must be worn during the swim.
Race and Recovery Nutrition:
Hammer Nutrition and Muscle Milk are nutrition sponsors for this year's Westborough Sprint Triathlon. Water and Hammer Nutrition Heed energy drink will be available at aid stations at miles 1 and 2. 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 2014 races produced by Sun Multisport Events.
Results from the 2013 Westborough Sprint Triathlon:
Are available here.
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. Email Mark at info@SunMultisportEvents.com for more details. New for 2014... volunteer at any 2014 Sun Multisport Events race and you can earn discounts on race entries!
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.
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: The exchange, transfer or sale of entries to other athletes is strictly prohibited.