Beautiful setting. Enthusiastic volunteers. Memorable day.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Douglas State Forest
Wallum Lake Rd
9:00 AM Start
About the 6th Annual TDD Triathlon
Described by a number of participants as their favorite triathlon!
The TDD Triathlon is a memorial race for Tyrus, Dante, and Daniel Vescio, triplet sons of local racers, Don and Elaine Vescio.
The race is a fundraiser for the UMass Memorial Newborn Intensive Care Unit in Worcester, MA. Proceeds help other babies get the chance to live long, healthy lives.
The Douglas race venue is absolutely beautiful with a nice beach, picnic area, and grills. Come to race; stay post race to relax and socialize.
The swim, bike, and run courses for this event were planned by experienced triathletes, and are marshaled by some of the most enthusiastic volunteers around.
The swim is a 1/4 mile clockwise rectangle in a placid lake starting and ending at the beach area. Athletes are sent out in groups called swim waves. Life guards will be positioned on the swim course; and swim angels will be in the water, and ready to provide guidance and words of encouragement to people who are nervous about the open water swim.
After the swim, athletes enter transition through the rear entrance of the transition area. The transition area is in the wide field next to the lake.
The bike course is a single loop that meanders the country roads of rustic Douglas. Cyclists leave transition through the front exit of the transition area and ride up Wallum Lake Park Road to the single loop course. There are hills along the way, but we promise there will be 'words of inspiration' on the final climb that you won't want to miss. John from Southbridge Cycles will provide mechanical support on the bike course.
The run course is an out and back route. Runners use the access road to connect with Wallum Lake Park Road near the parking area. At the top of the hill on Wallum Lake Park Road, runners bear left onto Wallum Lake Road. The turnaround is near the top of a hill on Wallum Lake Road. You much RUN AROUND the cone at the turnaround. Then it's back down Wallum Lake Road to Wallum Lake Park Road, onto the access road and under the FIRM finish line banner. There are two aid stations on the run course, with water. Runners pass those aid stations twice. They are located at 0.25 miles, 1. 1 miles on the way out, and at 1.9 miles and 2.75 miles on the way back.
People Love This Race
I wanted to take a minute this morning to thank you. What a wonderful event yesterday! As you know, I was pretty anxious going into my first Triathalon. Your support leading up was amazing. You were always available to answer questions and make things easier. At the last minute you were even able to get a swimmer for my husband! Due to your organization and communication, when we arrived, we parked the car and were ready to go! The energy was great and the volunteers so helpful. Once I met my swim angel, Nicole, my nerves went away and I had a blast!
What a wonderful way to remember your babies, your dedication and love was evident throughout the entire process and I am honored to have been part of your event this year. I am already looking forward to next year!
With much gratitude....Maureen J.
Stop by the Inspiration Station to make a sign for your favorite athletes or grab some chalk to write your messages on Wallum Park Road. There will be plenty of food, fun, and music at this special event.
About Tyrus, Dante, and Daniel Vescio
We do not want our sons remembered only in sadness and in grief. They are blessings. We will miss and love them every single day.
With that in mind, the TDD Triathlon was established to celebrate the lives of Tyrus, Dante, and Daniel, and help other babies get the chance to lead long, healthy lives.
Wetsuits are available for rent or purchase from Vmps in Grafton, MA. All rentals should be reserved at least 48 hours prior to the race. Can't get to Grafton? Vmps can deliver the wetsuit to you at the race venue on race day. CLICK HERE for more info.
Registration and Entry Fees
$70 Individual, $80 relay team
$10 Late fee for race day registration
$12 Single day USA Triathlon license
Race Day Schedule
Packet Pick up
7:30 AM to 8:45 AM on race day at race venue (Douglas State Park)
Pre Race Meeting
8:45 AM at the swim start on the beach
Onsite Bike Mechanic
John from Southbridge Cycles will be at the race venue during packet pickup to provide basic bike support. Please note that he will not be set up to do major repairs so have your bike in good working order prior to race day. Follow them on Facebook.
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.
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 Celeritas Power Swimming classes, a time trial series, and triathlon training camps.
The Vmps 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 a triathlon team that 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.
Charitable Partner- UMass Memorial Foundation/Newborn Intensive Care Unit
The UMass Memorial NICU cares for the region's smallest patients. Located in Worcester, the UMass NICU is internationally recognized for its quality family-centered care. It is the region's only Level III (highest rating given) NICU for high-risk obstetrical and neonatal care.
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 at any time during the race.
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. Visit our Volunteer Sign Up to volunteer at the TDD.
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.