rom the first moment we saw the South Boston shoreline, we knew that it was the perfect venue for a triathlon. Over the last three years, we have worked closely with DCR, the State Police, the City of Boston, and UMass Boston to develop a truly special event -The Boston Triathlon. In 2012, we partnered with Streamline Events grow the event. Late in 2012 Ethos join the team and we are confident that The Boston Triathlon will become a perennial favorite of athletes far and wide, as it offers a fantastic race experience in one of the great cities of the world.
As a participant in The Boston Triathlon, you will swim in the clean, warm waters of Dorchester Bay, bike on flat, car-free Day Boulevard, and run along the shore to Pleasure Bay. The finish is on the beach, in one of the most stunning locations imaginable. Following the race, you can celebrate with friends and family at an new and improved post-race party! The course is spectator-friendly and easy to get to. Logistics are a breeze, parking is plentiful, and the vibe is awesome.
The Boston Triathlon captures the essence of the city – historical, scenic, exciting, and fun. If you are from outside of Boston, this is a perfect reason to visit. If you live in or near Boston, you can save time and money by not having to drive hours away to an out-of-town race. This course is perfectly designed to be an anaerobic challenge, with a bike leg that only has three turns, and a flat, fast run. Make The Boston Triathlon one of your peak races in mid-summer to test your fitness, or a fun event to do with friends. It will be a blast for athletes of all abilities!
So put Boston’s only triathlon on your calendar and come race the shores of Boston this August!
Swim (.5 miles)
A point-to-point course in Dorchester Bay that begins on the beach near the McCormack Bathhouse and follows a trapezoidal course the finish on the beach near the Bayside Expo Center. Wetsuits are recommended. Athletes should plan to walk approximately 1/4 mile along Carson Beach to the Swim Start. The walk is mostly on trails and sand, so shoes are not needed.
In the event of poor swim conditions, Race Management and the Department of Conservation and Recreation reserve the right to shorten, alter or eliminate the swim course.
The Transition Area
The Transition Area will be located in the grassy field, referred to as Mother’s Rest. It will be a flow-through design, where athletes enter at one end and exit at the other. Athletes will be assigned a rack space that allows plenty of room for gear. The Transition Area will be secure and monitored, and only athletes, volunteers, and staff will be allowed inside. Athletes can retrieve their gear once all of the bikes have returned from the course.
Bike (9 miles)
The course is two loops on William Day Blvd, from Bayside Expo Center to the turn-around at Farragut Statue (East Broadway) and back.
Cyclists leave the Transition Area, follow a course through the Bayside parking lot before heading out on to William Day Blvd, and going around the Farragut statue. They will then proceed back along Day Blvd. to Bayside and do a small loop around the Teacher’s Union Lot. Bikers complete this same loop a second time before finishing at the TA at Bayside.
The entire bike course will be closed to vehicular traffic and managed by police and volunteers. There may be pedestrians that try to cross the road at unauthorized locations, so please be alert and aware of this potential situation, especially in the middle part of the course (near L Street).
Bike traffic will be two-way and will utilize all of William Day Blvd. All vehicles will be removed from the course prior to the start of the race.
Bikes will go all the way around the Farragut statue, following the cones.
Drafting is not allowed in this triathlon, and there will be officials on course monitoring cyclists. Any athlete caught drafting will be subject to time penalties. Day Blvd is wide enough to allow for safe passing on the left. Athletes must stay as far to the right as possible while on the bike unless they are overtaking another competitor.
Run (4 miles)
The course is a point-to-point route that follows William Day Blvd to the Sugar Bowl, then goes part way around the Pleasure Bay Path before turning around and returning along Day Blvd.
Runners leave the TA at Bayside, run down William Day Blvd to the turnaround at the Farragut Statue, follow an out-and-back on the Pleasure Bay Path, to the turnaround at Head Island Causeway (or “Sugarbowl”). Runners then return down Day Blvd. and finish at the L Street Bathouse.
Runners will stay to the outside of the bikes along William Day Blvd. Bikes and runners will be separated by cones.
Runners will keep to the left side within the runner lane.
The finish chute will begin near N Street, on the beach. The final 200 yards or so will be on sand.
There will be water/aid stations approximately every mile with water and electrolyte replacement drink.
Please note – the road closure is permitted by DCR and the State Police and is allowed only for a specific time. If an athlete falls far behind the rest of the field during the run and risks delaying the opening of the roadway, he or she will be required to move onto the sidewalk to complete the race.
Race day parking will be available at the Bayside Expo Center, off Mount Vernon Street. It is very easy to get the to the Expo Center from I-93 (Exit 15) or by taking the Red Line to the JFK stop. There is also parking available on some city streets, however, the bike course will be closed to traffic on race morning, so normal traffic patterns will be altered, and “No Parking” signs will be posted. If you park illegally, your car will be towed.
Please Note: Towing from William Day Blvd will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, August 11th. There will be no parking on William Day Blvd between Midnight on Saturday and Noon on Sunday, August 12th.
Directions to Parking and Transition Area
From the South – Take 93 North to Exit 15. Once off the Highway, go right onto Columbia Rd and halfway around the traffic circle, then take a right on William Day Blvd, followed by a left onto Mt Vernon Street. Follow the signs for the Bayside Expo Parking, and take a left into the lots. Volunteers will instruct you to park. Please listen to the volunteers and do not park in the first spot you see.
From the North -Take 93 North to Exit 15. Once off the Highway, go left onto Columbia Rd and halfway around the traffic circle, then take a right on William Day Blvd, followed by a left onto Mt Vernon Street. Follow the signs for the Bayside Expo Parking, and take a left into the lots. Volunteers will instruct you to park. Please listen to the volunteers and do not park in the first spot you see.
From Quincy – Take Morrissey Blvd Northbound. Exit for Mt Vernon St before reaching the Kosciuszko Traffic Circle. Take a right onto Mt Vernon Street. Follow the signs for the Bayside Expo Parking, and take a left into the lots. Volunteers will instruct you to park. Please listen to the volunteers and do not park in the first spot you see.
From South Boston – Take Columbia Rd Westbound to the Kosciuszko Traffic Circle. Go a quarter of the way around the circle then take a right on William Day Blvd, followed by a left onto Mt Vernon Street. Follow the signs for the Bayside Expo Parking, and take a left into the lots. Volunteers will instruct you to park. Please listen to the volunteers and do not park in the first spot you see.
The Finish/Post-Race is located about 1 mile from the Expo Center. There are walking paths and beaches between the venues.
A number of roads will be impacted on Race Morning. Please note the following changes in vehicular traffic:
- William Day Blvd will be CLOSED from Kosciuszko Circle to the Farragut Statue at East First Street from 5:00am to 12 Noon.
- The Farragut Statue Circle will be CLOSED from 5:00am to 12 Noon.
- There will be no parking at any of the lots on William Day Blvd when the road is closed.
The following streets are recommended as alternatives routes:
- Columbia Ave will be open and runs parallel to William Day Blvd.
- Farragut Road will be open up to Columbia Rd.
- Shore Road (East 1st Street) will be two way traffic during the race, and provides access to Castle Island.
- William Day Blvd. will be open between the Farragut Statue and Castle Island.
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