Whaling City

A sprint tri offering a bike and run course closed to traffic, spectacular water views and a fabulous finish in historic Fort Taber Park. 

The 2015 Whaling City ATHLETE GUIDE is now available. CLICK HERE to download it.

Online registration for Sunday's race closes Friday, July 31st at 7pm EST.  Click here to register.  On site registrations will be accepted during packet pick-up hours on Saturday, 8/1 (2pm-5pm) and on race morning, 8/2 (6am-7:30am. See below for pricing.

LIVE RESULTS on race day can be found here.

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USAT SanctionedThe Whaling City Triathlon is a sprint distance triathlon to be held on Sunday, August 2, 2015 at Fort Taber Park at the corner of South and East Rodney French Blvd in New Bedford, MA, the world's most famous whaling era seaport and the number one fishing port in America.
The Whaling City 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. 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!  In addition to the triathlon, the 2015 race also includes DUATHLON (run-bike-run) and SPLASH 'N DASH (swim-run only) divisions. 

The 2015 Whaling City Triathlon will also host the 4th annual TRI TEAM CHALLENGE which offers all participating teams $100 cash just for entering and a chance to win other prizes worth thousands of dollars including $500 cash to the 1st place team.  

Want to see what the Whaling City Triathlon is like before race day? Check out video coverage of the 2013 Whaling City Triathlon below courtesy of the New Bedford Cable Network... then read on for complete details on the 2015 race.

Event Date, Location and Start Time
The Whaling City Triathlon will be on Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 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.

Registration Fees (NOTE: These prices reflect a "TRUE PRICE POLICY" -- there will be NO additional processing fees added at registration checkout)

  • Triathlon Individual (Adult): $75 for individual entry until 12/31/14; $85 from 1/1/15 until 7/8/15 and $90 thereafter;
  • Triathlon Individual (Youth, age 15-19): $50 until 7/8/15; $60 thereafter;
  • Triathlon Relay Teams:  $125 until 12/31/14, $135 from 1/1/15 until 7/8/15 and $140 thereafter;
  • Duathlon: $50 until 12/31/14; $60 from 1/1/15 until 7/8/15 and $70 thereafter; 
  • Splash & Dash: $40 until 12/31/14; $45 thereafter.  

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The TRI TEAM CHALLENGE -- $100 just for entering and a chance to win $500 more, 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. All official teams receive a $100 cash rebate and a chance at other great prizes! Click here for complete details. Last year's Tri Team Challenge results can be found with a click here.

Event Distance and Course Maps: 
The Triathlon 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 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.

The Triathlon 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. Technical support for the bike will be provided by New Bedford's very own Yesteryear Cyclery.

Whaling City runnersThe Triathlon Run (pictured at left): 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.

Families, Friends and Beginners
Just getting started in triathlon? Want to start the triathlon race in the same wave with a friend or family member? This is the category for you! Athletes that choose the Families, Friends and Beginners category when registering will be grouped together in the same wave so you can start the race together. You 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. Questions? Ask Mark at info@SunMultisportEvents.com

The Duathlon
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 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.  Click here to see a map with the 2 run course that are part of the duathlon. The duathlon will start at 8:00am.

The Splash 'n Dash 
No bike? No problem! The Splash 'n Dash category 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.

Awards and Categories:
Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female triathlon finishers in each Age Group and the top 3 in the Athena (females 165+ lbs), Clydesdale (males 220+ lbs) divisions.  We will also give awards to the top 3 males and females that race the Duathlon (run-bike-run) and Splash 'n Dash (swim-run). All 3 members of the 1st place Mixed, Female and Male relay teams will also receive an award. Last not least we will recognize the top three teams in the Team Challenge with $500 cash (1st place), plus complimentary entries into other Sun Multisport races and prizes from our sponsors.

Standard USA Triathlon age categories in five year increments (e.g. 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, etc.). Your age group is determined by your age on December 31, 2015! MINIMUM AGE: 13 years old as of race day.  

USA Triathlon Membership:
The Whaling City 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 ($12).  If you are an annual member, but forget to bring your card you will be required to purchase a 1-day license.

Packet Pick-up and Race Start Time: 
Packet pick-up hours are Saturday, August 1st from 2:00PM to 5:00PM and Sunday, August 2nd from 6:00AM to 7:30AM. Packet pick-up on Saturday Check-in will be at the Community Center which is immediately on your right as you enter Fort Taber Park. All racers must be checked in by 7:30AM on race day. The first wave will go off at 8:00 AM. The mandatory pre-race meeting will be 7:30AM near transition on the grounds of Fort Taber Park. NOTE: There will be no bike mechanic on site during packet pick-up hours on Saturday, but on Sunday Yesteryear Cyclery will be set up to help with any last minute minor technical issues (e.g. tires needing inflation, quick derailleur adjustment, etc.).

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 Start and Swim Waves
Athletes will be sent into the water in waves.  The first wave (Elite athletes) will all start at once while subsequent waves will follow a time trial start format with 3 athletes entering the water every 10 seconds (athletes in these waves “self-seed” themselves in their assigned wave). Here is this year’s wave plan:

* Wave 1: All Elites (8:00am start)
* Wave 2: Men 44 and under (8:01am start)
* Wave 3: Women 39 and under + Athenas
* Wave 4: Men 45-59 + Clydesdale
* Wave 5: Women 40+
* Wave 6: Men 60+, Splash & Dash and Relay Teams
* Wave 7: Friends, Families and Beginners

NOTE: The Duathlon will start at 8:00am from the designated start line by the "Run Out" near transition.

Triathletes will receive time splits for the swim, transition 1, bike, transition 2 and the run. Duathletes will recive splits for run 1, transition 1, bike, transition 2, run 2 and overall.  Splash & Dash athletes will receive their swim, transition, run and overall times.

2014 Results:
Click here to see results from the 2014 Whaling City Triathlon.


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. All volunteers get a free t-shirt. Volunteer at any 2015 Sun Multisport Events race and you can earn discounts on race entries!  Visit the volunteer page for this event for complete details.


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.

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.

Parking: Limited parking will be permitted within Fort Taber Park, but this lot will be closed when full (we expect by 7am) and will not re-open until the conclusion of the race (est. 10am). If the Fort Taber Park lot is full there are public parking lots just outside the park along East Rodney French Blvd.

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.

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