June 15, 2014
Warren Conference Center
Chestnut St, Ashland, MA 01721
8:00 AM Start
Swim 1 Mile, Bike 26 Miles, Run 6.5 Miles
This long running olympic distance triathlon is a favorite for athletes new to the olympic distance as well as experienced triathletes. It's an event that combines scenic race courses, varied terrain, enthusiastic volunteers, and a convenient location. Plus it is put on by the most experienced race production company in the sport's history.
The Ashland Metro West Triathlon runs concurrently with the Ashland Sprint Triathlon with transition areas adjacent to one another.
The swim takes place in a placid reservoir surrounded by a pretty forest. Many participants say it is one of the prettiest open water swims around. The bike course is two loops on a course through Hopkinton and Ashland with some nice hills, and includes a section on the famous Boston Marathon course. (The town of Ashland was where the original Boston Marathon had started). Bike support is provided by Fitwerx. The run is an out and back course along scenic roads and rolling terrain.
$80 Individual, $100 relay team
$10 Late fee for race day registration
$12 Single day USA Triathlon license
Registration available online til midnight the Thursday before event.
Packet Pick up: Race morning at venue from 6:30-7:45 AM
Come to race, but stay for the festivities. Your triathlon experience includes a DJ playing great music, yummy post race treats, and sponsor giveaways.
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.
Wetsuits keep you warmer and more buoyant during the swim, allowing you to complete the swim faster and with less energy expenditure.
Race Site Bike Mechanic and Support
Steve the Bike Guy will be at the race venue for minor repairs and will provide support on the bike course. Contact Steve to schedule an appointment to have your bike professionally tuned up for the race season. Steve offers a mobile bike service where he picks up your bike, tunes it up, and brings it back to you. www.stevethebikeguy.com.
Set in a convenient location midway between Boston and Worcester, Ashland is easily accessed by the Mass Pike and route 495. And there is plenty of parking at the race venue.
Warren Conference Center
529 Chestnut Street
Ashland, MA 01721
Charitable Partner- Ashland Lions Club
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. Email Wendy at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
Refund & Exchange Policy
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.
All refunds requested two weeks prior to event will be honored less a $25 dollar processing fee.
Exchanges to other FIRM events will be granted up to the week before the event.
Any requests made the week of the event are not subject to refunds or exchanges.