Charles Island Y-Tri (Ocean Swim)

Charles Island Y-Tri (Sprint Triathlon)
Hosted by: The Woodruff Family YMCA
August 17, 2013
8:00 AM Start Time

Ocean Swim .50 Mile, Bike 12  Miles, Run 3 Miles

About the Charles Island Triathlon
Charles Island Triathlon hosted by the Woodruff Family YMCA will be the first triathlon held at beautiful 
Walnut Beach. 

The setting for this race makes for a great sprint triathlon and a wonderful way to spend a summer day. Walnut Beach with its deep sand is perfect for sunbathers and has a pier for fishing. Shady Devon Rotary Pavilion with picnic benches and canopies provides a comfortable place for a picnic lunch. Love to people watch and stroll? The beach boasts one of Connecticut's longest boardwalks. Visitors can enjoy watching boats zoom across the Long Island Sound or seagulls spreading their wings along the shoreline.     

The 39th Annual Milford Oyster Festival adds to your summertime fun. Blues Traveler is the headliner band at the Festival Main Stage that afternoon. Great opportunity to enjoy a free outdoor concert by a Grammy Award winning band. 
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
6:30 AM to 7:45 AM on race day at Walnut Beach 
Pre Race Meeting
7:45 AM at the swim start on the beach
8:00 AM Start time!

The Race Course

Race Venue Activities

Come to race, but stay for the festivities. Your triathlon experience includes a DJ playing great music, yummy post race snacks, and sponsor giveaways.


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. 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 200+ pounds and an Athena category for women who weight 150+ 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.

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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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

113 E Broadway
Milford, CT 06460

From the East: Take I-95 South to exit 35, which is School House Road exit. Turn left onto School House Road. Turn right onto Bridgeport Avenue. Turn left onto Meadows End Road. Stay straight to go onto Pumpkin Delight Road. Pumpkin Delight Road becomes Monroe Street. Turn left onto Viscount Drive. Entrance at end of road.
From the West: Take I-95 North to exit 34. Turn right off ramp onto Bridgeport Avenue/US 1. Turn left onto Naugatuck Avenue. Stay straight to go onto Welton Street. Welton Street becomes Joy Road. Turn left onto EastBroadway. End at 113 EastBroadway.

Charitable Partner- Woodruff Family YMCA  .

With our focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the nation’s health and well-being, and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

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 at 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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