Falmouth Triathlon 2017-11-21T09:45:06+00:00

Falmouth Sprint Triathlon

Sunday, July 15, 2018


It’s a rite of summer on Cape Cod: an event that attracts not only local triathletes but also visitors from across the nation and the world. (25 U.S. states represented in 2016!) Join a very festive yet competitive atmosphere at the 2017 Falmouth Sprint Triathlon.

A highlight of the New England Triathlon Tour, this “short” sprint race (so say the triathlon vets) is unique for its warm salt-water swim, a scenic bike ride that climbs to the majestic Nobska Point Light, and a 5k run entirely alongside one of New England’s most beautiful beaches. “Casual” athletes and newcomers are encouraged to join the tri-geeks…it’s a wonderful day for everyone!

July 16, 2017
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Course Description

SWIM: 1/3 mile

A sandy, waist-deep start at Surf Drive Beach (expect temps well into the 70s). The course is rectangular in shape and well lifeguarded. Wave conditions over the years have ranged from glass-calm to a slight chop; never “big surf” in the protected waters of Vineyard Sound.

BIKE: 9 miles

After a mile-long flat stretch to warm up the legs, you begin a gradual climb of 2 winding miles to Nobska Light. Then it’s a rolling four miles skirting Woods Hole and returning to Falmouth Village. The remaining two miles are either downhill or flat to the finish.

RUN: 3.1 miles

A very level and fast run on paved road and walking trail along Vineyard Sound. Consider a hat and sunglasses — not much shade! Two staffed water stops. The last 50 yards are on the sand of Surf Drive Beach where the biggest cheering crowd of the New England Triathlon Tour awaits you!

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Race Information


Dates: July 16, 2017

Location: Surf Drive Beach, Falmouth, Cape Cod MA

Start time: 7:30am

Online registration: Hurry! Prices increases as race nears!

Packet pick-up and Late registration: 5:30-7am at race site morning of race or 5-7pm Saturday evening at race site. All participants: BRING ID AND USAT CARD.

Late registers: check this website beforehand to be sure there hasn’t been a sell-out! Add $10 to race fee for race weekend registrations.

Triathlon fees: To be announced. Discounted rates for youth and active military. Add $10 for race weekend registration.

Aquabike fees: To be announced. Discounted rates for youth and active military. Add $10 for race weekend registration.

Relay Team fees: To be announced. Discounted rates for youth and active military. Add $10 for race weekend registration.

Additional charges: Non-USAT members will be required to purchase a one-day event insurance license from USA Triathlon. Cost: $15

Registration deadline: On-line registration will close July 12 at midnight.

Transfers: Private transfers will be allowed as long as both parties notify registration personnel by noon the Thursday before race. There will be no refunds or wait list but race director will try to assist racers to arrange transfers ahead of race date.

Water Conditions: Race director does reserve the right to substitute a beach run for the swim if water temperature is below 65 degrees, water quality tests indicate any health hazard, or if surf conditions are extremely rough.

Relay Teams: Yes! Your choice: 2-person or 3-person, male, female or co-ed.

Timing: Chip timed. Results  link will be posted on this website and the race Facebook page.

USAT sanctioned: Results will count toward national and regional rankings. All USAT rules and regulations will apply. Racers are subject to time penalties or disqualification for infractions of USAT rules.

All events organized by NEEE are USAT sanctioned.


There will be NO parking at race site OR on Falmouth’s Main Street. Primary parking sites will be the Mullen School, Lawrence School and Falmouth Marine Park (all less than one mile from venue). All competitors will receive an athlete’s guide prior to the event with essential parking information. Additionally, police and staff will be posted at all entrances to the race venue, blocking access by vehicles and directing you to approved parking lots. Cooperation by all is critical to the continued approval of this event by the town.


Twelve of the finest sprint-distance triathlons located throughout New England make up the 2017 Tour — including the Falmouth Triathlon. By participating in one or more of these races, you could win a free entry for next year!  Learn more.


Awards ceremony is tentatively scheduled for 9:30am day of race. Medals presented to top three competitors in each age group (both male and female) as well as top Elites, Clydesdale/Athena, First-Timers, Male, Female and Mixed Relay Teams, and Aquabike. Those who cannot remain for the ceremony may receive their award by mailing a self-addressed-stamped oversized envelope to the race director.


Volunteers are welcomed. Family members of racers encouraged to volunteer while watching the action. Priority parking, free T-shirt, refreshments and goodie bag. Please contact the race director by July 12.

Cool off this summer at one of NEw England Enduance Events races.


We all love our pets. But town regulations forbid dogs on or near the beach this time of the year. Leave the pooch at home!


For those traveling from afar, Cape Cod is awash with hotels, motor lodges, inns, bed and breakfasts, vacation cottages and AirBnB offerings. Check our Facebook page for some of our favorites!

Choose from these race options:

  • Triathlon – Age Group Competitor:

    Match yourself against others in your age group (5-year intervals) for this 600-yard swim, 9-mile bike and 3.1-mile run.

  • Triathlon – First-timers:

    Swim with others who are in their first season for this sport. All of you will receive the complete and singular focus of our water safety team!

  • Triathlon – Clydesdale/Athena:

    220-lb men; 165-lb women. Our strapping athletes are a crowd favorite. Show us what can be accomplished with a little determination!

  • Triathlon – Elite:

    Professionals and other elite athletes are encouraged to race in this division.

  • Aquabike:

    A 600-yard swim and 9-mile time trial is perfect for many injured or in-training athletes.

  • Relay Teams:

    Six categories: All women; all men; and co-ed for each 2-person and 3-person teams. A perfect way to enjoy a wonderful morning with training partners, friends and family!




4:15 pm:  A “first look” at the race, provided by your race directors and held right there at the race site at Surf Drive Beach Beach. We’ll show you the transition area and talk through the swim, bike and run –as well as provide tips to make your race day experience a wonderful one. Ideal for those who will be racing Falmouth for the first time!


5-7 pm:  On-site registration or packet pick-up. If you are pre-registered, don’t forget to bring a legal ID and — if you’re a member — your USAT ID card!
6 pm:  Open-water swim clinic with Trish Cundiff of AquaSafe Swim Programs. Held on the beach, Trish will answer your questions and provide some great tips. Take a swim after! (at your own risk)


5:45 – 7 am:  On-site registration or packet pick-up. If you are pre-registered, don’t forget to bring a legal ID and — if you’re a member — your USAT ID card!
6 am:  Transition area opens
7 am:  Transition area closes, all athletes on beach
7:15 am:  Pre-race announcements on beach
7:30 am:  First wave start. Following waves will start at 3-minute intervals (for example, Wave 6 will start at 7:45; Wave 11 will start at 8:00)
8:30 am:  Food service begins, and continues until the very last finisher has a chance to eat!
9:30 am:  Optional post-race recovery yoga on the beach with Terry Walsh
10:00 am (approximate):  Awards ceremony — plus drawings for prizes for all participants!

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