July 19, 2015
Town Rd, Littleton, MA
8:00 AM Start
Swim 0.5 Mile, Bike 10 Miles, Run 3 Miles
About the 12th Annual Appleman Triathlon
$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
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.
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 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.
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.
For more info: www.usatriathlon.org.
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
CLICK HERE for more information
Triathlon Training and Coaching
Littleton is conveniently located off route 495.
Race Venue--Town Beach
22 Town Road
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 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.
www.firm-racing.com and www.coolrunning.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not receive a confirmation of the request within 24 hours of making the request, forward your original request to email@example.com. 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.