AppleMan Triathlon

Bill Fiske, Fiske Independent Race Management
(508) 361-6882
1/2 mile Swim, 10 Mile Bike, 3 Mile Run
7/14/2019 8:00 am
Long Lake Beach Littleton, MA Location Map

about the 18th annual appleman triathlon

The beach front transition area, challenging and scenic race courses, and crowds of spectators have made this race a New England favorite for many years. Plus, the AppleMan Triathlon is managed by Fiske Independent Race Management, the largest and most experienced race production company in the Northeast.

The AppleMan Triathlon sells out quickly, so register early if you want to call yourself an AppleMan this year!



The GPS measured swim takes place in placid Long Pond and is a .50 mile triangular course. There will be five swim waves with each swim wave going off every three minutes. Athletes are assigned to swim waves based on their race category (age group, relay division, athena, clydesdale). Swim angels are available for athletes who would like an experienced triathlete to accompany them on the swim.


The Nashoba Road construction has been completed, so we’re back to the original AppleMan one loop bike course with some beautifully paved roads and some hills in the park area that are sure to raise your heart rate a beat or two.


The run is one of the most interesting run routes of any sprint triathlon with an off road section that keeps you focused and gives you great material for your post race stories. You enter the Two Brothers Trail through a gate across from the Congregational Church on King St. (#13 on Map). It follows the right edge of two large fields before entering the woods. Once in the woods you cross two parallel rock walls after which the trail turns left through some wetlands. It then turns uphill steeply with a left turn where it intersects another trail coming in from the right. It flattens out for a bit and then at the large Pine Tree there’s another trail intersection with a sign post. Don’t go straight (to Edsel Rd), instead turn right up a steep hill. At the top of the hill take a left at the sign post. The trail goes down into a gully and then back up to Birch St where the trail section ends. Turn right down the hill on Birch St. toward the lake and the finish line. The run finishes along the beach with cheering spectators fueling athletes along the final stretch. Then it’s under the giant F.I.R.M. finish arch and on to the post-race festivities.

on-site bike mechanic

RJ Bradley's Ski and Bike of Littleton will be on-site on Race Day to provide assistance for some minor technical issues. Make sure your bike is in good working order before the race! RJ Bradley's Ski and Bike may not be able to assist with major bike issues and may not be able to fix all minor issues on-site.


Race day registration will be offered from 5PM-7PM on Saturday, July 13th and starting at 6:15AM on race day at the F.I.R.M. motorhome on the race site.


E-Mails will usually be sent Thursday prior to race with any specific race details.


Packet pick up will be offered Saturday, July 13th from 5PM-7PM and from 6:15AM-7:45AM on race day. Your packet will contain your assigned timing chip, color coded swim cap and other goodies. Packets can be picked up outside the F.I.R.M. motorhome on the race site.


F.I.R.M. employs the use of the ChampionChip chip timing system for all race timing at our events. All athletes will receive an assigned timing chip in each packet. This timing chip is F.I.R.M. property, and must be returned into the designated bin (marked with a chip return sign) upon crossing the finish line. Timing chips are NON-TRANSFERABLE; each chip is assigned to a specific athlete. Knowingly swapping timing chips with another athlete is a serious offense and can be punishable by suspension from all USA Triathlon sanctioned events for up to one year and/or suspension/expulsion from USA Triathlon membership.

body marking

Per USA Triathlon rules, all athletes must have their body marked with their assigned Bib Number and Age, no exceptions. Body marking will take place next to packet pick up on race day starting at 6:15AM.


A pre-race athlete's meeting will be held at 7:45 AM at the swim start on the beach. Transition will close at this time, so please be ready!


Come to race, but stay for the festivities. Your triathlon experience includes DJ Magic Mike playing great music, yummy post race food/treats and sponsor giveaways. This is a family-friendly race venue with a playground on the beach.


Saturday (July 13th)

5PM-7PM – Registration & Packet Pick Up

7PM -- Carbo-Load Dinner Festivities

Sunday (July 14th)

6AM -- Transition Opens

6:15AM-7:45AM -- Registration & Packet Pick Up

7:45AM --Transition Area Closes, Pre-Race meeting at swim start

8AM -- Race Start, First Wave


USA Triathlon age group divisions in five year increments are employed for this event, for example: 30 to 34 years, 35 to 39 years, etc. Age group is determined by age as of December 31, 2019. There is a Clydesdale category for men who weigh 220+ pounds and an Athena category for women who weigh 165+ pounds. There are also relay categories for two and three person teams.

Awards are given to the top three finishers in each age group, the top three finishers in the Clydesdale and Athena divisions, and to all three members of the top male relay team, top female relay team, and top mixed relay team. A random award or two may be given out at the race director's discretion.


This is a USA Triathlon Sanctioned Event managed by a USA Triathlon certified Race Director. All athletes either must present a valid USA Triathlon annual membership card at registration or purchase a single day USA Triathlon license, NO EXCEPTIONS. Single day licenses may be purchased for $15 during the registration process. If you are planning to do at least three USA Triathlon sanctioned events in a one year period, you might want to purchase an annual membership from USA Triathlon for $50. For more information, please visit By purchasing either a yearly membership or a single day pass, you hereby agree to follow all USA Triathlon rules and regulations contained at

Some of the most commonly violated USA Triathlon rules are included below:

Transition Area: All athletes must use caution when entering and exiting the transition area to avoid injury to other athletes, volunteers and race staff. No glass containers are allowed in the transition area, and all equipment must be returned to your assigned rack space.

Drafting: There is no drafting on the bike course. Please consult USA Triathlon rules and regulations for more information on Drafting.

Course-Cutting: All competitors are required to follow the prescribed course and to stay within all coned lanes. Cutting the course is a serious violation and going outside the course is a safety issue. The punishment for course-cutting may include but is not limited to disqualification and/or the recall of awards from the event in question.

Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Foul, harsh, argumentative or abusive language or other unsportsmanlike conduct directed at race officials, USA Triathlon officials, volunteers, spectators or fellow athletes is forbidden. Punishment for unsportsmanlike-like conduct may include but is not limited to disqualification and/or recall of awards from the event in question.

Headphones: Headphones, headsets, walkmans, ipods, mp3 players, or any and all other personal audio devices are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race.

Race numbers: All athletes are required to wear race numbers at all times during the run. Numbers must face the front and be clearly visible at all times. Numbers may not be cut or folded or altered in any way. DO NOT transfer your number to any other athlete or take a number from an athlete that is not competing. Knowingly swapping race numbers with another athlete is a serious offense and can be punishable by suspension from all USA Triathlon sanctioned events for up to one year and/or suspension/expulsion from USA Triathlon membership.

Wetsuits: Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wetsuit at their own discretion, however participants who wear a wetsuit within such temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Above 84 degrees, wetsuits are prohibited.


The Littleton Rotary Club raises funds to support the Littleton High School scholarship fund, Loaves and Fishes, The Children's Hands-On Art Museum, Indian Hill Arts, Students Against Destructive Decisions and other local civic and charitable organizations. The Rotary Club also contributes towards Rotary International's efforts to eradicate Polio throughout the world. Over the years, the Rotary Club of Littleton has contributed over $200,000 to these community and international projects.


Vescio Multisport Performance Services (Vmps) provides coaching services, educational programs, and skills clinics for triathletes, cyclists, runners, and swimmers. They help athletes of all levels and abilities achieve their endurance sports goals. How about you? Contact them at and join the thousands of people who have been coached by Vmps.


Not racing, but want to be a part of this amazing event? Then volunteer! It's a fun way to help others enjoy this sport. AppleMan Volunteers receive a free tech race volunteer shirt, food/snacks and a sense of satisfaction for helping others. To sign up, please visit


Please note that all F.I.R.M. events take place rain or shine. Per company policy, we do not offer refunds, discounts or vouchers in any capacity if an athlete chooses to withdraw due to any personal concerns (Including but not limited to weather or course conditions).

No refunds will be made if an event is cancelled due to circumstances beyond the race director's control such as but not limited to serious inclement weather (ex. Lightning), unsafe racing conditions, or the decision of town administrators or safety personnel. Entries would be moved to the following year's event. Events may be changed in distance or event nature for safety or other reasons at the discretion of the race director. All refunds requested two weeks prior to event will be honored less a $25 dollar processing fee. Exchanges to other F.I.R.M. events will be granted up to the week before the event. Any requests made the week of the event are not subject to refunds or exchanges.