After a year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Boston Triathlon is back!  On August 28-29, the Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon returns to DCR Carson Beach, featuring a weekend of events, open to all!

Celebrating Community Health and Wellness

While the Boston Triathlon typically draws athletes from all across the country, the event also provides an opportunity for the neighborhood to engage in fun, healthy competition, using the natural resources available right here in Southie.  The swim will take place at Carson Beach, followed by a bike ride on Day Blvd, and then a run through Moakley Park.  “Last year, most of us were forced to stay home for a good part of the year, due to the pandemic. That makes it much more important for us to get out and resume the activities that benefit our health and mental wellness. The Boston Tri gives us that opportunity – along with a little friendly competition,” said Tom Regan of Regan’s Motivated Fitness.

Engaging local youth

The race has a long history of working with local organizations such as South Boston Leadership Initiative and Youth Enrichment Services (YES), the Boston Triathlon has always had the goal of creating a positive pathway through sports for the kids of South Boston. Kids Day at the Boston Tri will take place at Carson Beach on August 28, 2021. Designed to introduce youth throughout Greater Boston to multi-sport competition while encouraging fitness and healthy activities, Kids Day at the Boston Triathlon will feature the USA Triathlon-sanctioned Kids Splash & Dash for athletes ages 7-15 as well as a Kids Fun Run for athletes under the age of 7.  “We want to welcome kids from across the city to the Boston Tri, introducing them to multi-sport competition in a fun, exciting and safe atmosphere,” said Race Director Michael O’Neil.

Making a difference

Once again, the Boston Tri has partnered with Boston Medical Center to make a difference in our community.  Racers who join Team BMC will raise funds to advance Boston Medical Center’s work in health equity and addressing social determinants of health. After taking care of patients who were disproportionately affected by COVID-19, BMC is leading efforts to shift the health care landscape and break the chronic cycle of disease burdens dictated by race, ethnicity, ZIP code and income. This will yield better health outcomes, educational advancement, economic mobility, housing and career opportunities, resulting in happier and healthier individuals, families and communities.

A race everyone can do

There is a race for everyone at this year’s Boston Tri. On August 29, the event will feature two main races:  The Olympic Race begins at 6:45 am and is a 1.5K swim, 35K bike, and 10K run. The Sprint Race starts at 9:15 a.m. and features a 750m swim, 17.5K bike, and 3K run.  What if you love to run, but hate to bike and swim? Grab two friends and sign up as a Relay Team!  Or encourage your friends, family or colleagues to join the fun by signing up for the Annual Team Challenge, a great way to experience the Sprint race from start to finish while participating in some friendly competition.

Cheer them on!

If swimming, biking and running is not your thing, come out and show your support by cheering for the athletes competing!  Athletes love that!  To register or to learn more – visit here!  Make sure to follow Boston Triathlon on Instagram too for the latest news and information!

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