Appleman Triathlon

July 19, 2015
Appleman Triathlon
Town Rd, Littleton, MA
8:00 AM Start

Sprint Triathlon:

Swim 0.5 Mile, Bike 10 Miles, Run 3 Miles

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About the 12th Annual Appleman Triathlon

The beach front transition area, challenging and scenic race courses, and crowds of spectators have made this race a New England favorite for many years. Plus the Appleman Triathlon is managed by F.I.R.M., the largest race production company in the Northeast.  

Registration and Entry Fees

Entry Fees
$70 Individual, $80 relay team
$10 Late fee for race day registration
$12 Single day USA Triathlon license

Packet Pick up

Saturday, July 18 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Town Beach. 

Don't miss the Saturday evening dinner by the beach with live music, yummy food and the Appleman himself--its almost as much fun as the race.
Sunday, July 19 from 6:15 AM to 7:45 AM  at the race venue, Littleton Town Beach 

Pre Race Meeting
7:45 AM at the swim start on the beach

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The Race Course

The GPS measured swim takes place in placid Long Pond and is a .50 mile triangular course. There will be five swim waves with each swim wave going off every three minutes. Athletes are assigned to swim waves based on their race category (age group, relay division, athena, clydesdale). Swim angels are available for athletes who would like an experienced triathlete to accompany them on the swim. 


The Nashoba Road construction has been completed so we’re back to the original AppleMan one loop bike course with some beautifully paved roads for you to enjoy.

Exit the transition area, and walk/run across the Bike Mount Line. Ride on the left side of Town Road to avoid the incoming cyclists. At the end of Town Road, turn right onto Goldsmith Street, remain on the left side of the road. Take a left onto Shaker Lane and move to the right side of the road as directed by a marshal. Ride with extra care as this is the roughest section of the bike course. At the end of Shaker Lane, turn right onto Great Rd/Rte 2A. Take another right onto the freshly paved Nashoba Road. Halfway along Nashoba Road. there’s a radar activated speed sign. There’s a 2 minute deduction prize for the person who gets the highest speed reading off the sign (Just kidding, that’s against USAT rules). At the stop sign, take a left onto Nagog Hill Road, leading into Acton. The Acton section is newly paved. Take a hard right onto Hammond Street which is rather narrow so keep way right.  At the end of Hammond Street, take a soft right onto Acton’s Newtown Road (not to be confused with Littleton’s Newtown Road). This turns into Fort Pond Hill Road as you enter Littleton.  Take note that any road with the word “Hill” in it usually has some nice hills in it. Don’t be lulled into complacency by the fairly flat meandering start to Fort Pond Hill Road--it will go up and down soon enough. There is a fairly steep downhill at the end of Fort Pond Hill Road where you take a soft right onto Littleton’s Newtown Road.  Although the name of this road doesn’t have the word “hill” in it, the road itself has two nice uphills with a sweeping downhill in between them. At the top of the second hill, it flattens out and you’ll be directed to the left side of the road just before in intersects with Shaker Lane and turns into Goldsmith Street.  Stay on the left side to avoid the outgoing cyclists.  Continue on Goldsmith Street past Shaker Lane, and turn left onto Town Road, staying on the left side of the road. Dismount your bike at the Bike Dismount Line and walk/run into transition. 

The run is one of the most interesting run routes of any sprint triathlon with an off road section that keeps you focused and gives you great material for your post race stories. You enter the Two Brothers Trail through a gate across from the Congregational Church on King St. (#13 on Map). It follows the right edge of two large fields before entering the woods. Once in the woods you cross two parallel rock walls after which the trail turns left through some wetlands. It then turns uphill steeply with a left turn where it intersects another trail coming in from the right.  It flattens out for a bit and then at the large Pine Tree there's another trail intersection with a sign post. Don't go straight (to Edsel Rd), instead turn right up a steep hill.  At the top of the hill take a left at the sign post. The trail goes down into a gully and then back up to Birch St where the trail section ends. Turn right down the hill on Birch St. toward the lake and the finish line. The run finishes along the beach with cheering spectators fueling the athletes along the final stretch. Then it's under the giant F.I.R.M. finish arch and on to the post race festivities.

Race Venue Activities

Come to race, but stay for the festivities. Your triathlon experience includes a DJ playing great music, yummy post race treats, and sponsor giveaways. This is a family-friendly race venue with a playground on the beach. 


Wetsuits keep you warmer and more buoyant during the swim, allowing you to complete the swim faster and with less energy expenditure.
Wetsuits are available for rent or purchase from Vmps. Pick up the wetsuit at Vmps in Grafton or Vmps can bring the wetsuit to the race venue on race weekend. CLICK HERE for more info. 

Race Divisions and Awards

Standard USA Triathlon age group divisions in five year increments are employed for this event, for example: 30 to 34 years, 35 to 39 years, etc. Age group is determined by age as of December 31, 2013. There is a Clydesdale category for men who weigh 220+ pounds and an Athena category for women who weight 165+ pounds. Also there is a relay category for two person teams.

Awards are given to the top three finishers in each age group, and in the Clydesdale and Athena divisions, and to all three members of the top male relay team, top female relay team, and mixed relay team. And a random award or two may be given out at the race director's discretion.

USA Triathlon Sanctioned Event

This is a USA Triathlon Sanctioned Event managed by a USA Triathlon Certified Race Director. All athletes either must present a valid USA Triathlon annual membership card at registration or purchase a single day USA Triathlon license, no exceptions. Single day licenses may be purchased for $12 during the registration process. If you are planning to do at least three USA Triathlon sanctioned events in a one year period then you might want to purchase an annual membership from USA Triathlon for $45.
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Race Site Bike Mechanic

RJ Bradley's of Littleton will be at the race venue for help with minor mechanical issues. Make sure your bike is in good working order prior to event day. Note that there will be no bike support on the bike course during the event. 

Open Water Swim Training at Long Pond in Littleton

Vmps Open Water Swim Clinic at the Littleton race venue
June 25, 2015--COMPLETED
CLICK HERE for information on other open water swim clinic dates

Vmps Triathlon Training Swims at the Littleton race venue
July 9, 2015 and July 16, 2015
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Triathlon Training and Coaching
Vmps, the official triathlon training & coaching organization for the F.I.R.M. Race Series, can help you achieve your endurance sports goals. They offer professional triathlon coaching services for beginners through elite, open water swim clinics, triathlon training swims, six week coached swim training classes, and a time trial series. Their barn in Grafton, Ma includes a Computrainer studio, professional bike fitting, wetsuit rentals, and individualized shopping for tri bikes, wheels, Computrainers, and wetsuits. Plus their triathlon team provides a welcome opportunity for like-minded folks to train and race together. With their combined offerings, Vmps provides you with everything you need for your multisport lifestyle. 

Directions & Lodging

Littleton is conveniently located off route 495. 

Race Venue--Town Beach    
22 Town Road
Littleton, MA

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Charitable Partner- Littleton Rotary Club

The Littleton Rotary Club raises funds to support the Littleton High School scholarship fund, Loaves and Fishes, The Children's Hands-On Art Museum, Indian Hill Arts, SADD and other local civic and charitable organizations. The Rotary Club also contributes towards Rotary International's efforts to eradicate Polio throughout the world. Over the years the Rotary Club of Littleton has contributed over $200,000 to these community and international projects.

USA Triathlon Rules

USA Triathlon rules apply. The most commonly violated rules are drafting, blocking, and crossing the center line of the road. To avoid a drafting penalty, stay at least three bicycle lengths behind the rider in front of you and complete any pass within fifteen seconds. If you are overtaken, you must drop back three bicycle lengths before attempting to pass. To avoid a blocking penalty, ride to the right of the road except when passing other competitors. To avoid a center line penalty, do not cross the center yellow line of the road.

Helmets with the chin strap fastened are required whenever you are on your bike. Bar end plugs are required on handlebars and aero bars; taping over the bar ends is not permitted. Head phones and music players are strictly prohibited.

ChampionChip Timing Systems

ChampionChip Timing Systems is used to time this event. A timing chip attached to a black velcro strap is provided in each competitor's race bag. The timing chip must be worn on the left ankle at all times during the race for an official race time to be recorded. Return the timing chip to a volunteer at the finish line to avoid the $30 replacement fee. Race results are posted at the race venue, and on and


Not racing, but want to be a part of this event? Then volunteer. It's a fun way to help others enjoy this sport. Volunteers receive a tech race shirt, post race food, and a sense of satisfaction from helping others. Sign up to volunteer today!

Refund & Exchange Policy

Participants may receive a refund of the entry fee minus a $25 processing fee if they cancel their registration at least 7 days before the event takes place. Entries to a FIRM event may be changed to another FIRM event in the same season if notification of the change is made at least 7 days before the event takes place. All requests for refunds or exchanges must be made in writing. Email requests to If you do not receive a confirmation of the request within 24 hours of making the request, forward your original request to Save the confirmation for your records.

No refunds will be made if an event is cancelled due to circumstances beyond the race director's control such as but not limited to inclement weather, unsafe racing conditions, or the decision of town administrators or safety personnel. Entries would be moved to the following year's event. Events may be changed in distance or event nature for safety or other reasons at the discretion of the race director.