Road races abound for the Tri-Town

Mar 23, 2021

A trio of triathlons are coming to the Tri-Town this summer.

At a March 22 meeting, Rochester Selectmen approved plans for the Patriot Half and Sunken Island triathlons, both starting in Freetown with routes that enter Rochester.

Earlier this month Mattapoisett Selectmen also approved the Lions Club’s annual triathlon for mid-July, so long as covid numbers in town stay low and the Lions Club meets monthly with the town leading up to its summer events.

The Patriot Half is a half-ironman triathlon, comprising a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run.

The race will begin on June 19 at 6:50 a.m. for paratriathletes and 7 a.m. for all other participants, with staggered waves of athletes starting the race following the start of the elite race.

The Sunken Island triathlon is a shorter race with options for both sprint and olympic distance triathlons, and is scheduled to be held on July 10.

At the Rochester meeting, Selectman Woody Hartley worried that there would be little room for emergency vehicle access while roads in town are shut down for races.

But the plans had already been reviewed and approved by the town’s police, highway and fire departments by the time the Select Board discussed them, and Selectmen ultimately voted unanimously to approve the races.

Additionally, Mattapoisett officials are working to hold the annual July 4 five mile race.

Dan White, one of the race’s organizers, said the town will be meeting with Old Rochester Regional Athletic Director Bill Tilden to work out preliminary details for the race on March 25.

Road races are categorized in Step II of Phase IV of the state’s covid reopening plan. The state is in Step I of Phase IV as of March 23.