Starting and ending at two different South Boston beaches, hundreds of participants will swim, bike and run as part of the Urban Epic Boston Triathlon on Sunday, August 7th.
Triathlons come in all sizes: People marvel at the Ironman Competition, which involves a grueling combination of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26-mile run, all done without a break. Others, lacking much of an attention span, might enjoy something along the lines of the “Shortest Triathlon Ever,” held earlier this year in Emeryville, California. Kids and adults swam 100 yards in a pool, biked for 2.5 miles on flat roads, and ran for just over 2 miles on what was billed as a “window-shopping course.”
This Sunday, at 8:15 in the morning, South Boston’s own version will get underway, beginning with a half-mile swim in the ocean behind MacCormack Beach House at Old Harbor. Competitors will then strip out of their wetsuits, hop on their bikes and follow a nine-mile loop from the Bayside Expo Center. A four-mile run, ending at L Street Beach House, concludes the contest.
Spectators can cheer on seasoned athletes as well as relative newcomers to the multi-sport scene, as the race sites and courses are easily accessible and onlooker-friendly. Entrants and fans alike are all invited to the post-race festivities. Organized perfectly for a hot South Boston summer day, the competition will be over before 11:00am, with food, drinks, live music — and even massages — on the beach, beginning about an hour earlier.
You’ll feel especially good about taking part in this event, as Urban Epic is investing in a number of sustainability initiatives, including providing water bottles made of recycled materials, using Zipcars for staff and setting up environmentally-friendly toilets, and recycling and composting bins on site.
Check out the race details at the Urban Epic website.
Triathlon photo above by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Jason R. William (U.S. Navy).
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