Duxbury Beach Triathlon Details
September 16, 2017 - 8:30am
.35 mile swim, 13.0 mile bike, 3.1 mile run
Duxbury Beach, Gurnet Road, Duxbury, MA 02332
All swimmers must report to the swim start by 8:15am for last minute information and check in through swim corrals. If you need to warm up, be in early and please be out of the water at 8:15am. The race will start at 8:30am sharp and if you miss your check in, you will be placed in the following wave, no exceptions.
|Individual||Early Bird: through May 15||$75|
|May 16-August 15||$85|
|After August 15||$95|
The Special Olympics of Massachusetts (SOMA) and Duxbury Beach Triathlon are partnering to promote the SOMA program, LETR. The Law Enforcement Torch Run program is organized by SOMA and encourages police and law enforcement to fundraise for Special Olympics while staying fit and having fun.
The Duxbury Beach Triathlon also gives back generously to the local sports teams who have volunteered their time and efforts to make the triathlon go. Any groups of 6 or more looking to volunteer are always welcome. Please contact race director Brian Noyes.
Age Group Divisions for Male/Female (13-14, 15-16, 17-19, 20-24, 25-29, etc.; Clydesdale/Athena divisions 39 and under, 40-49 and 50 and older); teams (2-person male, 2-person female, 2-person mixed, 3-person male, 3-person female, 3-person mixed).
Team Psycho and Duxbury Beach Triathlon will once again sponsor the Elite Prize money for both the top 5 male and female winners. $500, $300, $150, $100, $50 will be awarded respectively. You must race in the Elite division to be eligible for prize money. Top 3 in each age group receive awards but are not eligible for cash prizes.
If you are swimming in Duxbury Bay, please swim along the shoreline on the beach side of the bay, preferably North of the bridge. DO NOT swim across the bay alongside the bridge at any time; this may result in disqualification from the Duxbury Beach Triathlon(s).
The use of iPods or similar devices is NOT allowed by athletes during the triathlon.
There is FREE parking at Duxbury High School, 130 Saint George Street approximately 1.5 miles from transition. Note: If you park at the High School, please be aware you cannot return via Powder Point Bridge until all cyclists have completed the bike course.
There will be NO charge to athlete vehicles at Duxbury Beach Parking lot (Blakeman’s) in 2017 if you arrive before 7:45am. Vehicles arriving after 7:45am will be charged a fee of $10 which is collected by Duxbury Beach Reservation. Blakeman’s parking lot is located at the end of Gurnet Road in Duxbury. Please use Gurnet Road if you intend on parking here (not Powder Point Bridge). Blakeman’s is about 1/3 mile from transition.
There is no parking at the main beach/transition area.
How to Register
Sign up online or download an application to mail in.
- Online registration: Please note that the race is expected to fill quickly and is limited to 700 entrants - 625 individuals and 75 teams.
- Mail registration: You may also register by downloading an application from our website and mailing it in. Confirmation of entry may take 5-7 days after application is received in the mail.
- Please include an email address when registering. Please print clearly if registering by snail-mail. Important updates are sent out via email as the triathlon approaches. The team member who registers is asked to forward those emails to other team members.
Race Check-In/Race Packet Pick Up Site
Pre-registration and late registration (if not sold out) is available on September 15 & 16:
- September 15: Kingsbury Club & Spa in Kingston, 3:30-6:30pm
- RACE DAY - September 16: Duxbury Beach Parking Lot, 6:30-8am
Refunds will be given IF we have a waitlist in place to fill any cancellations. IF the race is not sold out and no waitlist is available, NO refunds are given. A 50% refund will be offered through August 31; no refunds will be given on or after September 1. If you register on Active.com, you may transfer your registration to another person at no charge up to and including September 10 by accessing your registration through Active. No transfers or changes permitted after September 10. No refund insurance will be offered this year and Duxbury Beach Triathlon does not partner or affiliate with any company providing refund insurance.
If the swim event is cancelled, a Duathlon event (run-bike-run) will take place. If the roadways are deemed unsafe for the cycling event, either a swim-run event will take place or just a run event will be conducted if both the swim and bike are not allowed. Should the race be completely cancelled due to poor weather conditions, we will not offer refunds or partial refunds.
The transition area is located near the east end of the Powder Point Bridge.
.35 mile in Duxbury Bay
WETSUITS ARE MANDATORY. The swim takes place in Duxbury Bay, and is a straight, point to point course parallel to the Powder Point Bridge, in a west to east direction. Water temperature averages 65-70 degrees. There will be 6 waves, with 3 minutes separation between waves. ALL swimmers must be electronically checked-in by timing mat while flowing through corrals with their corresponding wave. Do not miss your assigned wave check-in, you will have to swim with the next wave if you are late.
Any swimmers who feel they would like to have greater visibility and attention given to them during the swim should request a WHITE swim cap at registration. You will swim with your assigned wave, which is based on age group only – swim waves are not assigned by special category, such as Clydesdale, Athena (except for the Elite Division). There is not a 'first-timers' wave either.
Please do your best to prepare for the swim event. A .35 mile swim takes the best swimmers about 8-10 minutes to complete. You should be able to complete this swim in less than 22 minutes. Be aware that the tide in Duxbury Bay will be going "out", which means the slight current will flow north to south as you swim west to east, in effect making you work even harder to reach the swim finish. This will have minimal or no affect to anyone who can complete this swim in 15 minutes or less. Contact a local Triathlon Team/Club or a local "Masters" swim group for training tips and workouts for more assistance, which they are more than happy to give.
In the event of poor swim conditions, the race director and the Duxbury Harbor Master reserve the right to shorten, alter or eliminate the swim course.
13.0 miles through historic Duxbury
The bike course is an out and back course through the heart of Duxbury along Washington Street and Bay Road with a short, 1.2 mile loop at the half-way point of the course, briefly into Kingston then back into Duxbury. The course is deceivingly rolling, you should anticipate being out the saddle a couple of times to finish the few hills that are there, otherwise, it's hammer-time in the aero-bars (if you have them). While the course may appear closed to traffic, it is not and you should expect some traffic. Be very alert going through Hall's Corner and also past Snug Harbor on the return trip of the bike. Also stay alert as certain sections of the course have telephone poles extremely close to the road, literally placed on the curb of the sidewalks that exist.
The final half-mile of the bike, on Powder Point Bridge, is SINGLE FILE! Most of you will see 3 lanes of traffic on the bridge at once; 2 lanes for runners (one in, one out) and one lane for cyclists who are finishing the course. Stay alert, leave space between riders and move steadily forward maintaining the flow along the bridge – too slow can be more of a hazard than too fast. Dismount shortly after crossing the bridge, immediately after making a left turn into the beach parking lot.
Athletes must stay to the far right at all times, unless passing another cyclist. Drafting, passing on the right, and littering are USAT penalties and will be strictly enforced. Download a copy of USAT rules at www.usatriathlon.org.
Bike numbers will be provided and must be affixed to the bike before entering the transition area. If you do not have a bike number, you may not enter the transition area. Do not lose your bike number!
Athletes must carry their own water on the bike course. There will be no water bottle exchange.
Littering is not allowed. Do not dispose of wrappers, bottles, etc. on the course. Your GU wrappers will be tracked back to you through a serial code placed on it.
3.1 scenic miles
Exit transition from the opposite side you entered, head onto the bridge (middle lane out) and enjoy one of the most beautiful, unique areas of Duxbury and New England for that matter. The course is almost flat except for a couple of inclines to keep you honest. Runners will share the road with cyclists in certain locations so be aware of vehicle traffic and stay the right. Aid stations on the run are immediately out of transition and at mile 1.25 with an additional aid station if temperatures are reaching upper 70's or higher. Water and Gatorade will be provided but no food items are available on the run course. Finish on the far left side of the Powder Point Bridge, turn sharp left at end of the bridge onto the sand trap (15 yards) and into the finish line chute.
The Duxbury Beach Triathlon began in 2001, created by a local couple, Sarah and Glen Bushee. After a one year haitus local triathlete Brian Noyes became race director in 2003. Brian began racing triathlon in 1985 and qualified for the Hawaii Ironman in 1988, 1992, 1997 and 1998. His best time was 9:51 in 1998. In 1999 he was national champion in the 35-39 age division and in 2001, won the inaugural Duxbury Beach Triathlon. Brian also was director of the Marshfield Youth Biathlon from 1999-2010.
The Duxbury Beach Triathlon has undergone many changes over the years. The inaugural event in 2001 was scheduled for an ocean swim but due to heavy fog the swim was cancelled. A double transition was utilized from 2001 through 2007. In 2008 the race received permission to close Powder Point Bridge and thus utilize a single transition area.
The swim course has been a signature feature of the event with a straight line, point-to-point course across Duxbury Bay at high tide. On a couple of occasions an alternate swim course has been necessary due to conflicting high tides. The town of Duxbury had been extremely accommodating allowing the event to take place at late morning times as well as on Sunday’s. The event now recognizes that Saturday mornings are the best time without conflicting with other town events and businesses. We are grateful to have the support of town from Board of Selectmen, Police, Fire and Harbormaster departments down to the smallest and youngest group of volunteers who make this event unique and one of the best in New England.