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 Triathlon will be Sunday, August 2, 2015. Registration will open on December 1, 2014.
The Whaling City 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 Whaling City Triathlon is a sprint distance triathlon to be held on Sunday, July 6, 2014 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 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! Click here to see a the 2013 Whaling City Triathlon photo album on Facebook.
Adding to the appeal of coming to New Bedford for the 2014 Whaling City Triathlon, the legendary Charles W. Morgan, the world's last surviving wooden whaling ship and America's oldest merchant ship, will be docked at New Bedford State Pier the weekend of the race. The Morgan is a National Historic Landmark built in 1841 that sets sail again after a nearly $7 million, 5-year restoration project at Mystic Seaport. Learn more about this historic event with a click here.
The 2014 Whaling City Triathlon will also host the 3rd annual TRI TEAM CHALLENGE offering prizes worth thousands of dollars including $500 cash to the 1st place team and all official teams receive $100 rebate. The 2014 race will also include a SPLASH 'N DASH (swim-run only) and FAMILY FRIENDS and BEGINNERS category (details below).
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 2014 race.
Event Date, Location and Start Time:
The Whaling City Triathlon will be on Sunday, July 6, 2014 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 first wave of the race will be started at 8:00AM.
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.
The registration fee for individuals participating in the triathlon regardless of race category is $85 through 5/31/14 and then increases to $95. The registration fee for Relay Teams participating in the triathlon is $150 through 5/31/14 and then increases to $160. The fee for individuals that participate in the Splash 'n Dash (swim and run only; details below) is $45 through 5/31/14 and then $50 therafter. Note that the Whaling City Triathlon 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. Click here to register.
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. Enter an official team and you will receive a $100 cash rebate! Click here for complete details. Last year's Tri Team Challenge results can be found with a click here.
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 a 5k. 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.
Families, Friends and Beginners
Just getting started in triathlon? Want to start the race in the same wave with a friend or family member? This is the category for you! Athletes in the Families, Friends and Beginners category will be grouped together in the same wave so you 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.
Event Distance and Course Maps:
The 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. After exiting the water, athletes will run transition inside Fort Taber Park. Click here to see a map of the swim and transition including the swim in and bike out.
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 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.
The 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.
Awards and Categories:
Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female finishers in each Age Group and the Open/Elite category as well as the top 3 in the Athena (females 165+ lbs), Clydesdale (males 220+ lbs) and Splash 'n Dash categories. The Splash 'n Dash category is for athletes that swim and run only (no bike). 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, 2014! MINIMUM AGE: 16 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.
Event Check-in and Race Start Time:
Racers can check-in on Saturday, July 5th from 2:00PM to 5:00PM and Sunday, July 6th from 6:00AM to 7:30AM. 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.
The Open/Elite wave will be the first wave sent to start the race. The Splash & Dash and Friends, Families and Beginners wave will be the last wave sent. Swim waves for the 2014 race are as follows:
- Wave1: 8:00am: Elites, Men 40-44
- Wave2: 8:04am: Women 39 and under, Athenas
- Wave3: 8:08am: Men 39 and under
- Wave4: 8:12am: Men 45+
- Wave5: 8:16am: Women 40+
- Wave6: 8:20am: Clydesdales, Relays and Splash & Dash
- Wave7: 8:24am: Friends, Families & Beginners
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.
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 Whaling City Triathlon. Water, Hammer Nutrition Heed energy drink and Hammer energy gels will be available at aid stations on the run course. 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.
Athletes will receive time splits for the swim, transition 1, bike, transition 2 and the run.
CLICK HERE to see results from the 2013 Whaling City Triathlon.
If you are coming from out of town to race the 2014 Whaling City Triathlon we encourage you to book your room as soon as you can. As stated above, the Charles W. Morgan, the world's last surviving wooden whaling ship and America's oldest merchant ship will be docked at New Bedford State Pier the weekend of the race. This attraction and the festivities that will surround it are expected to draw thousands to New Bedford the weekend of the race which means hotels will be filling up. We have partnered with the Hampton Inn Fall River-Westport as the host hotel for this year's event. They are located at 53 Old Bedford Road, Westport, MA 02790 and you can book your room by calling them at 1-508-675-85001-508-675-8500. The room rate is $129 if you book by May 5th and $139 if you book between May 5th and June 5th. You can also book your room online... be sure to click on "Add Special Rate Codes" which is located above the "Check Availability" box and enter the code SMS.
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. CLICK HERE to see a list of volunteer jobs, the time commitment required and a link to register. New for 2014... volunteer at any 2014 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.
Policies (updated November 2013):
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.