The TDD Triathlon is a wonderful, late season sprint triathlon that attracts experienced competitors as well as people who are new to the sport. It is held in a quiet, Central Massachusetts town that is convenient to Boston, Rhode Island, and parts of Connecticut. Race categories include elite/open, age group, relay teams, athena & clydesdale, aquathon (swim/run), and aquabike (swim/bike).
Race Venue and Course Description
The race venue is in beautiful Douglas State Forest--a bucolic setting for the race, and an ideal location for a post event cookout as there are plenty of barbecues and picnic tables available for use, hiking trails, and a beach for more post event fun.
The pretty setting, enthusiastic volunteers, and friendly environment make this an especially enjoyable event for participants and spectators.
Race Day Schedule
|Registration/Check In||7:15 AM to 8:45 AM|
|Transition Closes||8:45 AM|
|Pre Race Meeting at Beach||8:50 AM|
|Race Starts - First Swim Wave||9:00 AM|
Southbridge Cycles will be at the race venue during check in for minor bike repairs and adjustments. They will provide on course support during the bike segment.
Important Course Information for 2017
Mount your bike after leaving transition. The bike course begins with a long steady climb up Wallum Lake Park Road. It's a great way to warm up after the swim. At the top of the hill, take a left onto Wallum Lake Road. The pavement is rough in numerous sections on this road. Use caution. Go straight to go onto Cedar Road (at the intersection with SW Main Street). At the next intersection, slow down for a sharp right onto Route 16 which has been recently paved. Follow Route 16 and then take a right onto SW Main Street and an immediate left onto Route 96/South Street. Reduce speed and use extra caution here as the road is narrow due to construction. South Street has a nice long downhill on it so you can unleash your speed there. However, slow down to take the right onto Chestnut St. At end of Chestnut, turn left onto Walnut St which includes your final climb of the day. Take a right onto Wallum Lake Road, and left onto Wallum Lake Park Road. Bear left at the guard shack to head past the boat launch area and to the dismount line.
As you leave transition, take a left onto the access road which is hard packed dirt. Stay on the access road as it bears right. (Do NOT follow the signs for the Greenway Challenge (GC) which direct runners to a trail on the left). The aid station is on the access road where it meets the parking lot about a half mile into the course.
When the access road meets Wallum Lake Park Road, bear left
onto Wallum Lake Park Road. Please stay to the left as you run up Wallum Lake
Park Road so as not to interfere with cyclists returning to the park. At the
top of the hill (yes, it's a hill), take a left onto Wallum Lake Road. Continue on Wallum Lake Road up a long hill where you will see a cone for the turnaround on an access road on the left. Run around the cone and retrace the run route to head back. After taking a right
onto Wallum Lake Park Road, stay to your right on this road on the return,
allowing the cyclists to have the other side of the road. At the guard shack,
bear right to continue to retrace the run route back to the access road. As you
near the finish, it's a downhill. Slow near the bottom of the downhill as it's
a sharp right turn on a dirt road to get to the finish chute. Also keep a heads
up for runners coming from the opposite direction who are beginning the run
course. Then the finish line is there. Celebrate!
Volunteers are essential to offer a safe and well supported event. Volunteer roles include swim angels, marshals on the bike and run courses, people to hand out water on the run course, and people to direct athletes into and out of the transition area. For more information, contact Elaine at email@example.com or 508-612-3000, or sign up to volunteer below.
Special Reason for the TDD Triathlon
The TDD Triathlon is a memorial race for Tyrus, Dante, and Daniel Vescio, triplet sons of local racers, Don and Elaine Vescio. The race is a fundraiser for the University of Massachusetts Memorial Newborn Intensive Care Unit in Worcester, MA.
Tyrus, Dante, and Daniel were born prematurely on April 8, 2005 at UMass Memorial Hospital, and died shortly afterwards. Don and Elaine promised their sons that they would always be remembered, and that they would help other babies get the chance to live long, healthy lives. The TDD Triathlon was born from that promise.
Proceeds from the TDD Triathlon have been used to fund the purchase of many important items including Giraffe OmniBeds which are self contained, individual intensive care units; technology for the Umass nicView program which enables parents and other family members to view their baby when they cannot be with their child at the hospital; and simple white boards for parents and nursing staff to leave message for each other.
Support the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at UMass Memorial Hospital