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Swim 0.25 Miles, Bike 9.9 Miles, Run 3 Miles
DCR Nickerson State Park
Brewster, Massachusetts
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Toughest Sprint Triathlon on CAPE COD…
There are more than enough "typical" sprint triathlons and duathlons out there. How about a true test to end your 2017 triathlon season? A .25-mile pond swim in 60-degree water (for duathletes: a 2-mile killer trail run). 9 miles on your road bike climbing a total of 1000 vertical feet. A 3-mile technical trail run through the woods of Nickerson State Park starting with an 18% hill descent and a deep-sand beach sprint.  

Event Start Location
Nickerson Park, Brewster

Course Description
Leg #1: Triathletes. A beach start, running into the chilly waters of Cliff Pond. A .25-mile, rectangular course with lifeguard support.

Leg #1: Duathletes. A narrow, very technical 2-mile run around Little Cliff Pond ending with a beach run alongside Cliff Pond before the transition climb.

Transition climb: All athletes. a difficult, 300-foot stair climb from end of swim to transition area.

Leg #2: All athletes.This is a 3-loop bike course of 9.9 miles on paved roads with very challenging hills. Racers follow signs out of transition, make a left turn onto Nook Road. Continue to the entrance to Area 7. Turn into Area 7 for a loop that brings you back to Nook Rd. Return to Area 6 for your second and third loops.

Leg #3: All athletes. A 3-mile run into the seldom-visited backcountry of DCR-Nickerson State Park. Narrow trails and frequent rocks and roots underfoot require alertness and agility.

Awards ceremony is tentatively scheduled for 10:30am day of race. Medals presented to first-place winner in each age group (both male and female). Those who cannot remain for the ceremony may receive their award by mailing a self-addressed-stamped oversized envelope to the race director.

Packet Pickup / Expo
Late registration/packet pick-up: 7-9am at race site morning of race or 4-6pm Friday evening at race site. All participants: BRING ID AND USAT CARD. Check this website beforehand to be sure there is no sell-out!

Timing / Results
Timing: Chip timed. Results are expected to be posted to and within a day. Results link will be posted on this website and the race Facebook page

Rain date: There is no rain date. It’s supposed to be the toughest sprint tri in the East! Race director does reserve the right to substitute a trail run for the swim if water temperature is below 55 degrees.

For those traveling from afar, campsites at DCR-Nickerson State Park are open for the season. Check availability at Or email the race director at for recommendations on nearby hotels and inns.

The first 50 racers to register will receive Priority Parking passes which will allow them to enter into Area 6 to park in a reserved and numbered parking spot close to packet pick-up, start/finish, transition and refreshment center. Other racers may park in the general parking lot at the entrance to Area 6. No parking along race route will be allowed.

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