TRIATHLON & AQUA BIKE
Swim Course: The swim is a 9/10 mile course in the clean, clear waters of West Hill Lake, which has one of the highest water ratings in the state. Swim waves start four minutes apart from the beach at Brodie Park. The swim is a right-hand, triangular course; corners are to be taken on the right shoulder back to the beach where there is a 1/4 mile uphill run to the Transition. International distance race: 9/10 mile swim.
Bike Course: Bike a beautiful loop course along back roads and wide shouldered main roads with a screaming downhill at the start and a rather painful uphill at the end. In between, the course rolls without any major up or downhills. The course measures 24.8 miles.
Transition: right onto West Hill Rd – 2 miles. Right onto Route 183 – 2.5 miles. Right onto Route 44 – 10 miles. Right onto Route 179 – 300 yards. Right onto Route 202 – 5 miles. Right onto Route 219 – 1 mile. Left onto Dings Rd – 0.5 miles. Right onto Maple Hollow Rd – 1 mile. Left on Bruning Rd – 2 miles mostly uphill. Left onto West Hill Rd – 0.8 miles. Right into Bike Finish and Transition at Brodie Park.
Participants in the Aqua Bike competition will complete the event after the bike. Finish times are recorded as participants cross the timing mat as they enter transition.
Run Course: The 10K run course takes place completely in a rural neighborhood on quiet, well-shaded, rolling streets.
From Transition, turn left toward flagpole, through park and left onto Niles Rd. Niles becomes West Hill Rd at town line. Straight onto Bsullak Rd. Right onto East West Hill Rd. East West Hill becomes Tumbull Rd. Right onto Berkshire Dr. Left onto Arrowhead Dr. Right onto Burwell Rd. Left onto Niles Rd. Right into Brodie Park, straight to finish chute.
Male: 1:59:21 – set by William Schumann in 2010
Female: 2:14:27 – set by Cassandra Maximenko in 2010
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
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This division consists of a 1 mile swim and a 24.8 mile bike race. Aqua Bike participants finish their race after the bike course. The division is designed to appeal to athletes who do not run and still want to compete.
The Litchfield Hills 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 three overall male and female finishers
- Male Age Group – 5-year age groups from 16-80+
- Female Age Group – 5-year age groups from 16-80+
- Clydesdale (men 220+lbs.)
- Athena (women 165+lbs.)
- Teams (Male, Female, Mixed)
- Top three in individual triathlon divisions
- Top team in each team division
- Top 3 male and female in Aqua Bike
No “double dipping”
Course limit is 4:20 hours for the Litchfield Hills Triathlon. Swim time limit is 48 minutes. The swim and bike legs need to be completed in 2 hours and 55 minutes. More…
- Fluids at start/finish, transition and three locations on the 10K run course. No fluids offered on bike course.
- Portalets at race start/finish and on run course
- Motorcycle and medical support