20th Annual "Wrentham Duathlon"

Sunday, April 17 2016
Crackerbarrel Fairgrounds
498 Emerald St
Wrentham, MA
8:30 AM Start

Sprint Duathlon:

Run 3 Miles, Bike 11 Miles, Run 2 Miles


About the 20th Annual Wrentham Duathlon

A perennial favorite, the Wrentham Duathlon is this region's multisport season opener. With its festive atmosphere and carefully planned race course, this professionally organized event is a wonderful way to kick off your race season. 

The Race Course

The single loop run routes are flat, fast and spectator-friendly making it easy for family and friends to watch their favorite athletes during the run segments. There are two water stations on the run course. 

The scenic, single loop bike route covers varied terrain with just enough hills to keep the athletes entertained. Bike support will be provided on the bike course, but bring a spare tire tube for the mechanic to use for changing a flat tire. There are no water stations on the bike course so bring a water bottle on your bike.

Course Maps: 

3 Mile Run Map         Bike Course        2 Mile Run Course   

Race Venue Activities
Loads of new vendors comm to race, but stay for the festivities. Your Wrentham Duathlon experience includes a DJ playing great music, yummy post race treats, and an awards ceremony. A USA Triathlon Certified Coach from Vmps will be at the race venue to answer your training and racing questions. Great NEW GOODY BAGS!!!  $35 value

Registration and Entry Fees

Packet pick up is at Crackerbarrell Fairgrounds on race morning from 6:45 AM to 8:15 AM. Remember to get your bib number before going to the registration table. 

Entry Fees
$50 Individual, $60 relay team
$15 Late fee for race day registration
$12 Single day USA Triathlon license

Registration available online til midnight the Thursday before event.

Race Day Registration
7:00 AM-8:15 AM 
(shirts for race day registrants only while supplies last so pre register). 

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, 2016. 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 both 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.  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, a time trial series, triathlon training camps, 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. 

Email your training and racing questions to Vmps: info@mpstraining.com

Directions & Lodging

The race venue is located at the Crackerbarrel Fairgrounds at the Wrentham Development Center, 498 Emerald Street, Wrentham, MA. There is plenty of parking at the fairgrounds. 

Click here for a Google map

Nearby Places to Stay

Hampton Inn
735 Union Street
Franklin, MA
(508) 520-2999

Residence Inn Boston Franklin

4 Forge Parkway · FranklinMassachusetts 02038 

Click here for hotel website

Local Attractions

Wrentham Premium Outlet Village
170 great outlet stores in one location

Click here for website

Patriot Place 

Adjacent to Gillette Stadium, Patriot Place features more than 1.3 million square feet of shopping, dining, and entertainment. 

You will find major fashion retailers, live and interactive entertainment, eateries, a four-star hotel, state of the art theatre and much, much more.

Click here for website

The Hall at Patriot Place

The Hall is a modern museum that takes visitors through Patriots and New England history in a cutting-edge way using amazing video and audio to capture the audience. 

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Charitable Partner- Wrentham Lions Club

lions club logo
F.I.R.M. has partnered with the Wrentham Lions Club to put on this event. Proceeds support local Wrentham Lions charities as well as funding research to find a cure for blindness. 

Race Etiquette and USA Triathlon Rules

Races are fun but can be stressful at times. Please treat other athletes, volunteers, spectators, and FIRM employees with courtesy and respect. 
Set up your gear in the transition area in the assigned location based upon your race number. Do not move other athletes' items or spread your gear out so that it is taking up a large amount of space. Spectators are not allowed in the transition area.
Position yourself at the start of the race based upon your expected running pace. For example, if you expect to run somewhere in the 8:00 mile pace during the first run segment, position yourself towards the middle of the starting pack. 
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. 

10 Race Day Tips

1. Arrive early. Check bib # on registration board, and proceed to table to pick up packet. .
2. Immediately take the timing chip from your race packet, and put it on your left ankle.
3. Find your bib # on the racks in the transition area. This is the rack where you set up your gear. Memorize its location.
4. Attach the larger race number to your running singlet or race belt. Attach the smaller number on your bike. (A stapler works well for that task).
5. Locate where you will enter the transition area from the bike course, and the where you will exit the transition area to start the second run segment. Practice running in from the bike course and running out onto the run course.
6. Visit the restrooms.
7. Warm up prior to the start of the race by going for an easy run on the run course.
8. Line up at the start line according to your expected running pace. Those at the front will head out in the five minute mile pace range; those in the middle will head out in the eight minute mile pace range. Position yourself accordingly.
9. Smile for the cameras. It's nice to have some action photos for remembering the day. 
10. Have fun and enjoy the experience!

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.


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.
Exchanges may be made to a different FIRM event in the same season for injured athletes if notified in writing by the Monday before the event.
Cancellations: No refunds on events. Ir you are unsure of racing you may want to offer to buy race insurance for refunds of any reason.

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