Quick Hits: A Sneak Peek Inside Boston’s Only Triathlon

Boston’s only triathlon is gearing up for next weekend and this year’s event certainly looks to be bigger than ever. The ninth annual competition being held next Saturday and Sunday will bring athletes from around the world to South Boston’s Carson Beach. Participants have the options of both sprint and Olympic distances, and team relay, making this triathlon uniquely accessible, diverse and inclusive for first-time and experienced triathletes. Athletes will challenge themselves with an Olympic Race that includes a 1.5K swim, 35K bike and 10K run or a Sprint Race (750m swim, 17.5K bike, 5.5K run).

Boston’s Columbia Threadneedle Investments, this year’s title sponsor of the Boston Triathlon, will be working closely with the event’s charitable partner, Boston Medical Center, to raise money for BMC’s adolescent, young adult and adult addiction programs. The race will also include a Corporate Cup competition that invites Boston’s corporate leaders to compete for a custom-designed trophy and triathlon supremacy among Boston corporations, and a Kid’s Day on July 29th featuring the Kids Splash-and-Dash event, the Kids Fun Run, and the Clif Kids Ride Zone for young cyclists.

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What can first time attendees expect this year? “There are close to 2,000 participants already registered and we are expecting another 5,000-6,000 spectators,” said Michael O’Neil, the event’s director. “Last year, we had athletes from seven countries and 35 states participating. These are people who may have run the Boston Marathon. Boston is known as a strong endurance town and it’s a great place to visit in the summer. We are trying to also make it accessible to non-triathletes as well by teaching people about the sport and how to train. We have a 65-year-old Boston police officer who was a runner, but now does our race every year. We are creating an environment where people can really challenge themselves.”

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“It’s a really fast growing sport and there is nothing quite like it in the City of Boston,” O’Neil added. “Boston has all of the essential ingredients for a great triathlon, including clean water. Carson Beach was tested and found to be cleaner than Waikiki Beach. We also need the ability to close roads and have a lot of parking and space for bikes. There really is no other event quite like it with the city of Boston skyline in the background.”

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The event also includes a special day on Saturday designed for kids of all ages. “Parents can come and cheer their kids on Saturday and participate in the race themselves on Sunday,” O’Neil added. “There is a Splash and Dash for kids seven to 14 that includes a swim and run and also a Fun Run for children under seven. There will be DJs, music, food and a Boston Police ice cream truck. It has really grown into a major event in the city of Boston.”

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On Sunday, athletes will swim in the waters of DCR’s Carson Beach, bike on DCR’s William Day Boulevard, and run along the South Boston waterfront. Keep an eye out for Angela Naeth, reigning champion of the event and 2015 North American Ironman Champion, who will be returning this year to defend her title. All races will be followed by a post-race after party for participants, family and friends in celebration of their great accomplishments.