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    Appleman Triathlon

    July 20, 2014
    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 11th 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.  

    The Appleman Triathlon sells out quickly so register early if you want to call yourself an Appleman this year. 

    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 19 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Town Beach. 

    Don't miss the Saturday evening carbo loading dinner with live music, yummy food and the Appleman himself, its almost as much fun as the race.
    Sunday, July 20 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. 

    2013 Swim Waves (4 minutes between swim waves)


    The bike is a single loop through the Littleton with some hills in the park area that are sure to raise your heart rate a beat or two. 

    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.

    Course Maps

    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. Visit for more information or contact them at or 508-612-3000. 

    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 and Support

    Logo Steve the Bike Guy and Fitwerx will be at the race venue for minor repairs and will provide support on the bike course.

    CLICK HERE for more info on Fitwerx

    Open Water Swim Training at Long Pond in Littleton

    Vmps Open Water Swim Clinic at the Littleton race venue
    June 7, 2013
    CLICK HERE for more information

    Vmps Triathlon Training Swims at the Littleton race venue
    June 12, June 26, and July 10, 2013
    CLICK HERE for more information

    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 Power Swimming classes, a time trial series, a triathlon boot camp for women, and sports nutrition services. Their Tri 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

    Click here for directions

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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. Email Wendy to volunteer.

    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 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. 

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