1/2 mile swim, 12 mile bike, 3.2 mile run. The Niantic Bay Triathlon is a flat, sprint distance race.
Swim a rectangular course around buoys in the Niantic Bay – a calm, salt water bay with no waves and little current. The swim is a point-to-point course, beginning and ending on sandy beaches. Swim waves do not exceed 100 people with a designated wave for first timers.
Bike a 12-mile loop through the village of Niantic and rural sections of East Lyme with long straight-aways along flat, sea level roads. Popular with experienced riders and beginners, the course is well-monitored by police and volunteers.
Run 3.2 miles through the beach community of Niantic along oceanfront lined with cheering spectators. A spectacular beach finish caps off a perfect race.
Male: 57:03 – set by John Babcock in 2011
Female: 1:04:11 – set by Amy Rice in 2002
The race will be officiated by USA Triathlon. All rules will be enforced. NOTE, bar ends must be plugged (plugs are readily available at bike shops). Any bike without bar ends plugged will not be allowed to race. It is the participant’s responsibility to know the rules for an event sanctioned by USA Triathlon. More…
FIRST TIMER TIPS
Click here to view “Six Open Water Swim Tips” courtesy of TriathlonWetSuitStore.com
Athletes who participate in this division will complete the swim and the bike but will not have to do the run. The division is designed to appeal to those athletes for whom running might be painful, or to injured athletes who still want to compete.
The Niantic Bay Triathlon can be entered as a relay team of 2 or 3 members; each completing 1-2 of the event legs. Team members exchange the timing chip inside the transition area.
DIVISIONS & AWARDS
This event is timed by Bay State Race Services and uses the Winning Time Chip system – 5 splits and finish time recorded – the chip is worn on a velcro strap on the ankle and will be distributed at packet pick-up. Chip must be returned at the finish line. $30 fee for unreturned chip.
- Top 3 Overall Male and Female
- Male Age Group – 16-19, and 5-year age groups from 20-80+
- Female Age Group – 16-19, and 5-year age groups from 20-80+
- Clydesdale (men 220+lbs.)
- Athena (women 165+lbs.)
- Aqua Bike (Overall Male and Female)
- Teams (Male, Female, Mixed)
- Commemorative Awards to the Top 3 in each Division
- Commemorative Awards to Top Overall Team in each Team Division (each member of the team will receive an award)
All awards based on chip time.
No “double dipping”
Course limit is 2:30 hours for the Niantic Bay Triathlon. Swim time limit is 35 minutes. The swim and bike legs need to be completed in 1 hour and 45 minutes. More…
- Fluids at start/finish, transition and run course. No fluids offered on bike course.
- Portalets at race start/finish
- Motorcycle and medical support