The Seventh Annual Kingdom Triathlon
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Aquaman Even-Up – Ollie Even-Up – Sprint
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Derby and Morgan, Vermont
In August, we continue to offer three triathlons on the same day: our Aquaman “Even Up” Triathlon, a shorter by half, Ollie “Even Up” and a more traditional Sprint. But we have added an exciting new triathlon in July, the Willoughby Tri.
Aquaman and Ollie Even Ups and the Sprint
The Aquaman “Even Up” Triathlon is definitely one of the toughest triathlons in the East. It’s a half iron level tri with a twist. It includes a traditional 13.1 mile run. But we have shortened the bike to 34 miles and increased the swim to 3.5 miles. Say, What? Yep. The course is a response to what we call the “Swimmers Lament,” that traditional triathlons are stacked against them. Strong swimmers, runners, and bikers should spend just about 1.5 hours on each leg. The course was “field tested” in 2010 by members of the Boston Triathlon Team and other strong athletes from Quebec, Massachusetts, Vermont and Pennsylvania. They loved it. Some said they’d been waiting for an event like this most of their adult lives. And the swim in Lake Seymour involved some of the cleanest, clearest most pristine water some had ever competed in. We are pleased to have four of them join us on our organizing committee. The Aquaman Field is limited to 50 participants in 2014.
The Ollie Even Up offers a traditional 6.2 mile (10K) run, but with a shorter, 13.25 mile bike and a much longer 1.75 mile swim (one loop) in Lake Seymour. This event is also capped at 50 participants. Because the Aquaman and Ollie involve real open water swimming legs, we feel it is important for safety reasons to limit the numbers in the water to assure sufficient support during the swim.
Our more traditional Sprint involves the same distances we have offered the past six years: a 500 yard swim, a 13 mile bike, concluding with a 5 mile run. The cap on this one is 100 participants.
Individual entries and three person relay teams are welcome in all events.
There are special prizes for that team of four individual participants in the Aquaman, Ollie, and Sprint with the fastest cumulative time: The Stick, was won by the Boston Triathlon Team in 2010. It was put back in play in 2011 and won by the Quebec Nordiques, who have since been fined a bottle of Maple Whiskey for excessive celebration. Massachusetts reclaimed it in 2012, only to have the Nordiques reclaim it in 2013. A grand tradition of cross border rivalry. For some photos of 2011 click here or here, A new prize has been created for the fastest team of four in The Ollie. The Rocks were won by Quebec in 2012 and captured by the US in 2013. This year will be the first year we will also be awarding a team prize in the Sprint. Each team of individual entrants will be measured on the fastest four individuals’ collective time. The prize has yet to be determined.
Lake Willoughby is one of the most majestic and pristine lakes in the Americas. The Mount Pisgah cliffs have some of the great ice climbing in the East. We know this triathlon will be a treasure: 7 mile mountain bike on the CCC Roads of Bartlett Mountain (1st leg), 1.2 mile swim from South Beach to Devil’s Rock and back (2nd leg), 2 mile run to the finish at the top of Mount Pisgah. BBQ and fresh steamed Corn to follow.
Aerial photo of Derby, VT courtesy of Scott Wheeler