Beginner friendly environment
Beautiful rolling course
Do what you can do comfortably
Yes, I do. If you’re reading this, the chances are pretty good that you could finish a triathlon. You’re interested in fitness, and in endurance. As long as you pick a triathlon that’s realistically suited to your abilities, you can finish.
What you really need, ultimately, is to want it bad enough. If you do, you will finish.
• Ironman: 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run
• Half Ironman: 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run
• Olympic Distance: 1500 meter (.93 mile) swim, 40k (24.8 mile) bike, 10k (6.2 mile) run
• Sprint Distance: usually about one half of an Olympic Distance race
• Super Sprint Distance: Usually about one-quarter of an Olympic Distance Race
Tri for Jimmy Sprint: 0.3 mile swim, 13 mile bike, 3 mile run
Tri for Jimmy Super Sprint: 300 yard swim, 6.3 mile bike, 1 mile run
Not necessarily. While you will encounter athletes who swam in high school or ran cross-country, many new triathletes are approaching these events for the first time.
True, however the talk about the swim typically surpasses the reality, which is: there are no lane markers, everyone’s trying to go in the same direction, some with more success than others. Yes there is occasional contact, but it’s unintentional. Do not take it personally, just keep swimming.
No. It’s possible to compete in a triathlon with equipment you have in your garage and your closet. I don't recommend large purchases until you know you like the sport and will participate again and again.
Please contact the race director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-244-2506.
Either of these races are great for beginner or seasoned triathletes, and all persons 11-years and older are welcomed and encouraged to register and participate.
Not exclusively, but it is the perfect environment for anyone over the age of 11. Each year we have had 11 year olds participate in both Sprint or Super Sprint dependent upon their skill level and comfort.
The open water swim is very calm, small swim waves (no more than 75). 300 yds or 528 yds (0.3 mi.)
The bike is relatively flat, one long gradual climb on open roads (there are cars on the road) with volunteers and signage along the course. One loop (6.5) or two (13).
The run is a simple out and back for either distance. 1 mi. or 3 mi.
Read the FAQ page for more information or contact the race director with your question.
Can I volunteer - Yes please, go here for signups
As a USAT sanctioned event we use the USAT age groups outlined below.
The official USAT Age groups are 0-15, 16-17, 18-19, 20-24, and 5 year brackets through age 84, 85+.
So Tri for Jimmy's youngest age group is 11-15.
... She will be 12 in July. Online it looks like two different courses for participants. Which would she qualify for? I guess I was wondering, how old are the kids who typically do the bigger course?
Kids are welcome in either event. Some 11 year olds have done the Sprint, many have done the Super Sprint (shorter). I defer from directing as that is up to you as a parent and your athlete - same course for bike with open roads either way. One loop or two. Her ability is judged best by you both and I welcome her to either event. Attend the clinic, preview the course, pre-ride the course and get a sense for it. You can change courses up until the Thursday before race day.
Would you recommend this being a good race for a beginner?
(Emphatically!) Yes! This is an ideal race for a beginner. Consider attending our Triathlon Clinic on two Saturdays before the race at 3PM at the race venue – DCR Hampton Ponds State Park.
Contact the race director to discuss a potential "shadow".
Yes, Tater Racing with the help of some local athletes will be hosting the clinic this year, mark your calendars, on two Saturdays before the race at 3PM at the race venue – DCR Hampton Ponds State Park in Westfield on Route 202. Bring your gear to try out all events.
If bad weather is possible on Saturday, is the clinic rain or shine?
I would have to say yes,rain or shine. There are overhead pavilions available.
Yes this is an interactive clinic. Every year athletes went out and did the course upon the completion of discussion with assistance of the clinic coordinators and really boosted their confidence.
To wear a wetsuit or not is a personal choice, they are allowed, but not required for this race. Here is a great article about it... We have great news regarding wetsuits, too.
Once again Fast Feet in Westfield, MA - your new local aquathlon (swim and run) shop, will be carrying TYR rental wetsuits for athletes interested in trying out a triathlon wetsuit. Fast Feet 26 Elm Street Westfield, MA 01085 (413) 485-0058 email@example.com
Contact Fast Feet for details.
Is a triathlon wetsuit different than other wetsuits?
Yes, drastically. Review the article from BeginnerTriathlete.com
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... but registration fees are transferable.
Due to the nature of the triathlon being a fundraiser we publish our guidelines as "No refunds allowed." So I am sorry to inform you that it is not possible to get a refund. However, we are open to transfer of entry, if in fact you have another person interested/ willing to participate. Please contact the race directors at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to do this.
A USAT license and waiver assumes liability for event participants, and by sanctioning the race all participants are required to be licensed on a single-event permit or annual membership. Click this link, if you would like to learn more about USAT membership. If you think that you may do one more triathlon in a 12 month period from registration date then it may benefit you to apply for annual USAT membership.
USA Triathlon is the national governing body for the sports of triathlon, duathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon and aquathlon in the United States. Participation in a USAT sanctioned event means the event director has the proper permits in place, liability and athlete excess medical insurance coverage and the event plan has met the standard of organization required. USA Triathlon provides rules, guidance and governance to set the standard for safe and fair multi-sport races. For more information on USA Triathlon and fueling the multi-sport lifestyle, visit their website at http://www.usatriathlon.org.