The Island’s police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel are familiar sideline sights at the many local road races and bicycle events, directing traffic, keeping the race participants safe, and tending to injuries.
But now they want to get into the act. On Sunday, May 16, at 9 am, teams of public safety officers Island-wide will participate in a unique relay triathlon.
“There are so many public road races,” said Capt. James Maseda of the Oak Bluffs fire department. “we’re always out there helping. We said ‘why not do something for ourselves.'”
The race starts and ends at the Oak Bluffs Fire Station. Each team will have four competitors, all from the same town. First out of the blocks will be a runner, who will complete a two-mile course to the edge of Sengekontacket Pond. He will hand off his safety vest to a kayaker, who will navigate across the pond and hand the vest to a cyclist. Two cyclists will split the final 6.6 mile leg.
Captain Maseda says 16 teams have already signed up for the event.