Athletes swim, bike, run across Mattapoisett
MATTPOISETT — At 8 a.m. on a bright July Sunday 110 athletes stood ready to swim, bike and run through town.
Participants in the Mattapoisett Lions Triathlon had the opportunity to complete the whole race themselves or do the event in teams. The event is part of the lead up to the Lions Harbor Day.
“There were a lot of registrations last night and this morning,” said race organizer Melissa Hughes. “You have good weather and everyone will come.”
Some racers competed alone on July 14. Others competed with alongside family members, like Brady Maguire, a 12 year old from Mattapoisett who beat his dad in the race, college running groups or work groups or ran in relay teams, like the Moms of Poi (named after the nickname for Mattapoisett). One of the sponsors, Union Runners had many participants, as did a Northeastern collegiate running club, which heard about the event through one of its members who lives in Mattpoisett and used the race to stay in shape.
HQ for the race was Mattapoisett’s Town Beach. Athletes started by swimming a quarter mile loop out from and back to Town Beach, then biked to Long Plain Road and back, then ran a 5K around Ned’s Point lighthouse, where they could pick up water.
Clark Luckhardt of Boston and Rebecca Padera of Milton took first and second place overall. Race organizers also recognized Tom Bozzo and Nicole Harrington for being the first Mattapoisett athletes to finish. The Union Running Gents and Union Running Ladies took the top group titles.