Martha’s Vineyard 70.3 Triathlon kicks off September 7

Martha’s Vineyard 70.3 Triathlon kicks off September 7

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The Martha’s Vineyard 70.3 Triathlon joins the Island fall lineup. The new race includes a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run. The feat of stamina begins at 6:30 am, Sunday, September 7 in Waban Park, Oak Bluffs, with an Inkwell Beach swim, followed by a bicycle ride circling the entire Island and a run from Oak Bluffs to Edgartown and back, finishing in Waban Park.

The 70.3 Triathlon is a “half-Iron distance” event, based off the Iron Man Triathlons, which require a 2.4-mile swim and 112-mile bike before competitors embark on a full marathon (26.2-mile run). Other options on September 7 will include an Aquabike, which does not require running, or a 1.2-mile open water swim. There is also an option to split the triathlon into relay portions.

“Discover a breathtaking coastal race course with scenic ocean views,” boasts the 70.3 Triathlon website, www.vineyardtriathlon.com. “Experience the entire Island during the 56-mile bike ride. Participate in the full triathlon alone, or make it a team effort in the relay. We cater to all your swim, bike, and run needs. The event is only open to 300 participants, so register now to ensure your spot!”

All proceeds from the triathlon will benefit the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard and fund over $3,000 in cash prizes, according to a press release. Registration costs $200 for individual participation, $210 for relay, $140 for the Aquabike, and $60 for the open-water swim. Information and registration is available at vineyardtriathlon.com. Race directors Jennifer Passafiume and Jason Snow can be reached at vineyardtriathlon@gmail.com.