What are the most scenic, fun and competitive triathlons based in and around Boston? Starting with number 6:
6. ASHLAND TRI
A low key Olympic or Sprint in Western MA, we think this no-frills race is fun, good for beginners and great value for money. You may hear people complain about it because they don't like the 1/2 mile run uphill through the woods to T1.. but we LOVE it. It just makes it more interesting! After a beautiful lake swim, you'll grab your bike for a two-loop spectator-friendly bike course, and a relatively hilly out and back run. Negatives are that roads aren't closed to traffic, and the security in transition isn't great, but it's in a really quiet location so hopefully nothing gets stolen. Oh, to go with the low price point there is no food post race (not complaining!) so bring a chicken sandwich.
An exciting sprint at the end of the season, this race will make sure you finish your season strong and in style. It's well organized, and there's some good competition in the Pro/Elite division. The swim is in the ocean near the Cape, and the bike and run are pretty fast and flat. The Top 25 Male and 25 Female best time drops will be awarded prizes!
Really competitive and fun, this Olympic distance tri is also the New England championship race so you'll see some fast athletes racing as well as beginners. It's in mid July so you can usually expect scorching temperatures and wetsuits may not be needed. A fun swim in the lovely Lake Wichendon and an out and back hilly run, will get you sufficiently hungry for the food festival afterwards. However, if you're easily spooked by biking on fast roads it may be best to avoid this one, as these roads are not closed to traffic.
As its name suggests, this sprint race kicks off the tri season in Boston and New England. It's a great day out; bring the family to Hopkinton State Park! In early May, the lake water is chilly even by New England standards so neoprene caps are a good idea unless you enjoy brain freeze. If you really don't want to swim though, you can do the Duathlon instead which runs concurrently. That can make spectating and racing tricky, as you're not sure who's in which race. The bike course unfortunately contains quite few potholes and people riding on the left (eek!) but the run is enjoyable and interesting around the State Park. Hopefully you'll get a warm Spring day to kick off the season!
An exciting sprint race in an awesome location makes the Boston Tri a tough one to beat. Easy access from Boston (you can even take the T to the JFK/U Mass stop!), you'll swim in the Boston Harbor and bike and run on a seriously flat, fast course. Calling all runners with this extra long run! As you'd expect from racing so close to the city, the price point is high, but usually local tri clubs and past podium winners may be able to snag a discount.
1. THE HERO TRI
Organised by Bill Burnett of Streamline Events on Cape Cod, the Hero tri is the most uplifting race I've done. You'll feel the inspiration throughout the Olympic or Sprint Tri as you compete alongside men and women dedicated to fight for our freedom. It's only in its third year, but is really well organized, attended and easy to enter. The swim is in beautiful John's pond, and the bike course offers exclusive access to the military base: Joint Base Cape Cod. You can get up some serious speed as you try not to stare at the fighter jets! Not a bad word to say about this one!
There you have it: The 6 best triathlons in Boston! Did we miss your favourite race? Let us know! You may also be interested to read our post on Race Day Triathlon Tips for Beginners.
And if you're looking for a group to train with for any of these races, come on and join us at our Race Specific Group Workouts this summer at Upper Mystic Lake in Arlington. Totally free and all abilities welcome.
- Coach Medena
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