Hyannis Triathlons2018-09-09T07:06:11+00:00

The Hyannis Triathlons

Two races!  June 16, 2018 | September 8, 2018

Two distances!  Sprint Course | Olympic Course


Join experienced race veterans and triathlon newcomers alike for the 38th year of Hyannis Triathlons – part of the New England Triathlon Tour.

These are two of the longest-running triathlons on the East Coast — and after all these years, the accolades still continue:

  • named as one of the 20 Best Triathlons in the Nation by Men’s Health magazine (2016)
  • named one of The Most Amazing Triathlons to Do in the USA Today by The Culture Trip (2017)
  • voted one of the Top 5 Small Races Worldwide by the Triathlete’s Choice Awards (2018)

And there’s even bigger news this year — this is the first season where both the June and September races will feature an Olympic distance event in addition to the Sprint!

Both the Hyannis 1 and Hyannis 2 races start and finish at picturesque, sandy Craigville Beach. They’re challenging — but still able to be completed by fitness enthusiasts who have trained for the distances. The atmosphere is special; the views are spectacular; and your satisfaction of accomplishment will last for a long time!

Yes, it’s true!

The town of Barnstable’s public safety officials have approved the introduction of an Olympic distance (also known as “International”) triathlon to be held at BOTH Hyannis 1 and Hyannis 2: on the same mornings as the Sprint race. The Olympic distance event will start 30 minutes earlier, at 7 am. The swim and run courses will match the standard 0.9-mile and 6.2-mile distances for those legs; the bike leg is expected to be slightly less than the 24-mile standard used for elite ITU competition.

How to register? Simply click the red button above and you will be given a choice to choose your event. Thanks for being part of our inaugural day at a new distance!

Sprint Course Description

SWIM: 1/4 mile

A sandy, waist-deep start at Craigville Beach (expect temps in the upper 60s for Hyannis1; mid-70s for Hyannis2). The course is rectangular in shape (approx 150 yards between the two turns). Wave conditions over the years have ranged from glass-calm to a moderate chop; never “big surf” in the protected waters of Nantucket Sound.

BIKE: 10.6 miles

The “rolling hills” course leaves the shores of Craigville to enter into the historic village of Centerville, then winds its way through the villages of Osterville and Wianno (note: a change for 2018: in Osterville racers will follow Eel River Rd. instead of Parker Rd.) before returning along a shoreside road to Craigville Beach. Single loop; and no duplication of any stretch of road!

RUN: 3.6 miles

The athletes head off toward Hyannisport, with a quarter-mile flat run evolving into a gradual climb for a quarter-mile, then a gentle rolling grade until the last mile which is a gentle downhill grade. A water stop is staffed by enthusiastic volunteers at the midpoint of the 3.6-mile run.

View Sprint Map

Olympic Course Description

SWIM: 0.9 miles

Likely temperatures will be in the upper 60s for Hyannis1; mid-70s for Hyannis2. The loop will be 0.3 miles and rectangular in shape. Athletes will make 3 continuous loops (staying in the water) until the end of the swim.

BIKE: 21 miles

The course is familiar to longtime racers of the sprint distance. The difference will be seen on the return to Centerville, when racers will turn left onto Bay Lane and head north to start the next loop on Bumps River Road. After visiting quaint Osterville once again the racers will follow Main Street to Centerville, and then turn right to decend on Craigville Beach Road to the transition area.

RUN: 6.2 miles

This 10k follows the sprint course, with the difference being that while the sprinters complete one loop and head home to the finish, the Olympians running west on Craigville Beach Road will come upon a U-turn which they will round for one more loop. The finish stretch is the same as the sprint course!

View Olympic Map

Race Information


Hyannis 1: Saturday, June 16, 2018
Hyannis 2: Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018

Location: Craigville Beach, Centerville Village, Town of Barnstable MA

Start time: Olympic event: 7:00am; Sprint race: 7:30am

Online registration:  Hyannis 2:  Open until Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 5pm

Packet pick-up and late registration: Friday evening 5-7pm at race site or 5:30-6:30am morning of race. All participants: bring photo ID and USAT card — if you have one. (Don't worry if you don't have an annual USAT membership one-day waivers are available).

Late registers: Add $10 for registration race weekend.

Triathlon fees:

Sprint: Hyannis 2 - $100 during online registration period. Age 19 and under: $60

Olympic: Hyannis 2 -$135 during online registration period. Age 19 and under: $70

Aquabike fees:

Sprint: Hyannis 2 - $90 during online registration period.

Olympic:  Hyannis 2 - $120 during online registration period.

Relay Team fees:

Sprint: Hyannis 2 - $155 during online registration period.

Olympic: Hyannis 2 - $225 during online registration period.

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

Area Hotels: Need Lodging? Find a hotel for Hyannis 1  /  Find a hotel for Hyannis 2

Registration deadline: For Hyannis 1, on-line registration will close June 13 at 5pm. For Hyannis 2, on-line registration will close Sept 6 at 5pm. Race weekend registration will be available (see above).

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 and 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.

Both sprint and olympic distance events are offered at Hyannis 1 and 2 for 2018.
NEEE is offering Olympic distance triathlon events starting in 2018.


Despite several attempts over the years, Cape Cod has been without its own triathlon of a distance longer than Sprint. No more! We realize many triathletes prefer races of longer distances. Our new Olympic event will depart a half-hour before the Sprint.


Almost! Both our Olympic and Sprint distance racers will enjoy a deeper selection of carefully prepared food following the event. Race hard, get hungry!

New England Endurance Events offers food service after all events.
The New England Triathlon Tour has new events each year.


Sixteen of the finest sprint and olympic-distance triathlons located throughout New England make up the 2018 Tour — and both Hyannis races are included. By participating in three or more of these races, you could win a free entry for next year!  Learn more.


The sprint distance category at the first Hyannis Triathlon of 2018 (June 16) has been designated by USA Triathlon as the championship race for Massachusetts high school athletes. High schoolers will have their own swim wave, their own bike rack area, and their own special awards. We couldn't be more pleased to help introduce youth to the wonderful sport of triathlon!

Parking at the Hyannis Triathlon is on Craigville Beach Rd.


Olympic distance athletes: park at the lot on Craigville Beach Rd. (inland side) across from the registration tent. Sprint distance athletes: park at the main parking lot (beach side) adjacent to the transition area. A short walk to the race!


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 June 14 (Hyannis1) or Sept 6 (Hyannis2).


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!


Awards ceremony is tentatively scheduled for 10am day of race. Honors are 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 designate someone else to receive their award, or can pick it up weekdays at New England Endurance's office in Brewster. This year's awards are too fragile to be mailed or shipped.

Awards for triathlon events are give to top place finishers in each age category.


For those traveling from afar, Cape Cod is awash with hotels, motor lodges, inns, bed and breakfasts, vacation cottages and AirBnB offerings. Find lodging for Hyannis 1 / Find lodging for Hyannis 2.

Choose from these race options:

  • Triathlon - Age Group Competitors

    Match yourself against others in your age group (5-year intervals) for this 400-yard swim, 10-mile bike and 3.5-mile run.

  • Triathlon - "Casual" Competitors

    Want to relax and enjoy the day? Start the swim leg with friends and family -- no matter what their ages? Or simply compete to complete? This is the category for you! Keep in mind that you will not be eligible for age group awards or USAT rankings.

  • Triathlon - First-Timers

    Swim with others who are in their first season of 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 - Elites

    Professionals and other premier athletes are encouraged to race in this division. You do not need to request permission before signing up...we trust you!

  • Aquabike

    Two choices here. Sprint: 400-yard swim and 10-mile bike time trial. Olympic: 1580-yard swim, 20+ mile bike ride. No run. Perfect for those injured, running impaired, or training for future 70.3s and 140.6 events!

  • Relay Teams

    Six categories for the Sprint race, six for the Olympic: 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!

register today

HYANNIS 2 TRIATHLON: September 8, 2018



4:15 pm:  A “first look” at the race, provided by your race directors and held right there at the race site at Craigville 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 Hyannis 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)


5:30 - 6:45am:  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!
5:40 am:  Transition area opens
6:45 am: Olympic transition area closes. Pre-race announcements on the beach for Olympic athletes
7 am:  Olympic race starts
7:15 am:  Sprint transition area closes. Pre-race announcements on beach- Sprint athletes
7:30 am:  Sprint race starts! Following waves will start at 3-minute intervals (for example, Wave 6 will start at 7:45; Wave 10 will start at 7:57)
8:30 am:  Food service begins, and continues until the very last finisher has a chance to eat!
9:00am: Yoga on the Beach
10:00 am (approximate):  Awards ceremony for Sprint distance, followed by Olympic -- plus drawings for prizes for all participants!

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