Lowell YMCA Triathlon


Aug. 9th, 2015
Lowell YMCA Triathlon
Rynne Park, Pawtucket Blvd
Lowell, MA
8:00 AM Start

Olympic Distance Triathlon

Swim 1 Mile, Bike 22 Miles, Run 6 Miles

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About The 8th Annual Lowell YMCA Triathlon

Set at Vandenberg Esplanade in Lowell's beautiful redeveloped waterfront area, this race is a great olympic distance triathlon for people new to the distance as well as experienced triathletes. The race is managed by F.I.R.M., the largest race production company in the Northeast. 

The Race Course

The swim takes place at Rhynne Beach in the mellow waters of the Merrimac River. It's a two loop swim. The bike course is a fabulous, mostly flat two loop course with a few small risers near the golf course. The run is out and back. 

Registration and Entry Fees

Entry Fees
$80 Individual, $100 relay team
$10 Late fee for race day registration
$12 Single day USA Triathlon license

Packet Pick up
6:30 AM to 7:45 AM on race day at Rynne Park

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





Course Maps



Race Venue Activities

Come to race, but stay for the festivities. Your triathlon experience includes a live band, lunch, and sponsor giveaways.



Wetsuits

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 in Grafton, MA. Can't get to Grafton? Vmps can deliver the wetsuit to you at the race venue on race day. 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, 2014. 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 three 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.




Official Bicycle Mechanic and Support


Official bicycle mechanic and support for this event is Fit Werx. Check them out at:  http://www.fitwerx.com/



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.
For more info: www.usatriathlon.org.


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, and a time trial series. 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

Rynne Beach
157 Pawtucket Blvd
Lowell, Ma 

Charitable Partner- Greater Lowell YMCA

The Greater Lowell YMCA focuses on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. 





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 www.firm-racing.com and www.coolrunning.com


Volunteers

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 wendy@firm-racing.com 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. 






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