June 8, 2014
Greater Nashua YMCA Camp Sargent
Welcome to the fifth annual Greater Nashua Tri (formerly known as the Greater Nashua Y Tri) presented by the YMCA of Greater Nashua and The Center for Physical Therapy and Exercise. Whether you’re a first time triathlete or a veteran you will enjoy our clean lake, rolling hills, smooth run, as well as our hospitality and convenient race venue. You will also be racing to help good causes.
Many athletes will have their friends and families at the race cheering them on. This support is an important part of the race. We will have activities for the kids and food vendors at the race for your “support crew”.
2013 Race photography provided by Global Click Photography
Head over to our Flickr page to check some great photos from 2011!
Enjoy some highlights from the 2010 race:
YMCA Annual Campaign
This annual support campaign allows the YMCA of Greater Nashua to offer children, adults and families in-need the chance to make positive and healthy choices in their lives.The Annual Campaign allows children, men and women of all ages to experience the YMCA even though they may be unable to pay. The YMCA of Greater Nashua has provided 5,000+ children, adults and families with more than $1,000,000 in financial assistance scholarships over the past three years.
Protecting child victims of crime, one voice at a time
The Child Advocacy Center of Hillsborough County (CAC-HC) is a non-profit organization that coordinates child abuse investigations with local law enforcement and the Division of Children Youth and Families. It is a program of the Granite State Children’s Alliance, the statewide chapter organization of child advocacy centers. The CAC-HC helps to break the cycle of abuse by improving prosecution rates of abusers and putting victims on a path to healing. In addition, CAC-HC provides support to the non-offending parent(s) and empowers them to protect and support their children.
This triathlon is a fundraiser for two very worthy charities. The primary organizer of the triathlon is the Center for Physical Therapy and Exercise. The Greater Nashua YMCA supports the race with providing the venue and support. In addition we would like to thank all of our sponsors since 2010 for their generous support. This triathlon relies heavily on its sponsors to meet fundraising goals.
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept sponsorship from businesses directly competing with the race organizers listed above.
Race Day Food for Athletes and Volunteers generously provided by:
Providing delicious rolls, salad and wings to all racers and volunteers. Food available for purchase for $5 to all spectators.
406 Amherst Street
Goodale's Bike Leg Support Provided by:
Ice Cream generously donated and provided for Athletes and Volunteers. Available for purchase to all spectators by:
Providing all of the post-race fruit at the finish line
Friend of the Tri Sponsors
If you are interested in helping sponsor the event there are many ways to do so. Please contact Laura Moran at firstname.lastname@example.org
The swim will take place in picturesque Lake Naticook which is a small freshwater lake, the specifics are below:
ATTENTION: During the swim swimmers may come into contact with plant life and lily pads. Due to the warm temperatures the lily pads and grass at the bottom of the lake have grown fast. Under water plants may be felt when swimming and some lily pads have reached the surface. Please note you can swim right over and through the plants. If you have any concerns please raise your arm and a lifeguard will be there to help.
ATTENTION: New Bike Route for 2014! The bike leg is 9.6 miles.
The run leg will exit the Camp going west and will follow a loop and return to the race finish area. The run is relatively flat. The specifics are below:
A map and directions to the event and parking are shown below.
YMCA Camp Sargent
141 Camp Sargent Road
Merrimack, NH 03054
Awards will be given as follows:
Top three finisher overall (male and female)
Top three finishers in each age group (male and female)
Top three relay teams (All relay teams will be in one group regardless of ages and genders)
Note: Overall finishers will not be eligible to win age group
Age groups (age on Dec 31):
The Greater Nashua Tri has created a High School Division and we
are encouraging students from area high schools to compete in the
Tri. The winner of the High School Division will receive the coveted High School Trophy with their school’s name on it. Schools can have
students compete INDIVIDUALLY or as RELAY TEAMS. You can have as
many students compete as you want. The more students, the greater
chance your school will have to win the trophy.
The Tri is offering a reduced rate for high school racers (individual and team). Spread the word, get your team together, register, and start training!
The Greater Nashua Tri has created a Municipal Division and we
are encouraging athletes from local police, fire, rescue, DOT, and
other municipal departments to compete in the Tri. The winner of
the Municipal Division will receive the coveted Golden Donut Trophy
with their name on it. Departments can have athletes compete
INDIVIDUALLY or as RELAY TEAMS. You can have as many athletes
compete as you want. The more athletes, the greater chance your
department will have to win the trophy.
Registrations move quickly, so spread the word, get your team together, register, and start training!
To avoid longs lines on Sunday, we are offering Saturday Race Packet Pick-Up. Registered racers are strongly encouraged to pick up their race packets on Saturday, June 7th at Center for Physical Therapy and Exercise in Nashua from 1pm - 6pm. You will avoid potential waiting and confusion on Sunday and spend more time preparing to race.
Tour the Tri: There will also be pre-race prep session at Camp Sargent Saturday evening at 5:00 and 5:45PM for those interested in touring the race site and getting tips from Triathlon coaches. See Events for more information
The following suggested hotels are easy to get to and located close to the race site.
Best Western Granite Inn
10 St. Laurent St.
Off exit 7E, about 15 minutes from the race
242 Daniel Webster Highway
Off exit 11, about 10 minutes from the race
246 Daniel Webster Highway
Merrimack, NH 03054
Off Exit 11, about 10 minutes from the race site
The race will be timed using an ankle chip which will be worn during the duration of the race. Timings mats will be located as racers enter and exit the lake as well the entrances and exits of the transition area. There will be a mat on the double-loop of the bike. Your results will show times for each leg of the race and both transitions.
The race will be based at the YMCA’s Camp Sargent, 141 Camp Sargent Road, in Merrimack, NH, a suburb of Nashua. The layout of the event is shown on the map below. All start and finish locations will be clearly marked the day of the race. There is plenty of shade, picnic tables, and shelter at the camp.
Our post-race food is generously donated, so please thank our vendors and sponsors for their support!
There will be plenty of convenient parking within walking distance to Camp Sargent. See above map for parking locations. Please note that the parking at Veterans Park is for athletes only because no one can exit the area while the race is in progress.
An ambulance will be on site. In addition, The Center for Physical Therapy and Exercise will have Physical Therapists and athlete trainers available to conduct injury assessments.
Massage therapists will be available for post race massages provide by The Center for Physical Therapy and Exercise. Get in line early!
The organizers of the race are veteran triathletes and we have never been to a race with enough porta-potties (oh the stress). We decided that our race will not to have the same issue. We cannot guarantee there won’t be a line but we are doing our best. We also have two porta-potties in transition area for athletes only.
Many athletes will have their friends and families at the race cheering them on. This support is an important part of the race. We will have activities for the kids and food vendors at the race for your “support crew”. Here is a list of activities for the kids:
Cracker Jacks the Clown
Water Slide (Weather pending)
Open swimming with lifeguards for families and athletes after the conclusion of the swim leg until 1:00pm.
Do I need a wet suit?
A wet suit is not necessary. Anticipated water temperature is 74° -77°. We will post water temperature on the web site starting the week before the race. The lake is small and relatively shallow, however it is early in the summer, so watch the web site for temps.
Can I pick up the packet earlier?
Yes, you will be able to pick up your packets the day before the race, Saturday, June 7th from 1-6, at CPTE Nashua. See the Race Packet Pick-up section for more details.
Are there activities for kids?
Yes, there will be some fun things for the kids to do during the race. There is also a small playground at the camp.
Will there be food and water for the racers?
There will be fruit and water for the racers at the finish.
Will there be food for the spectators?
There will be food vendors selling food during the race.
What if I have trouble with my bike on the course?
Goodales Bike Shop will be traveling the bike route with repair equipment to assist bikers in need. They can also transport bikers back to Camp Sargent if necessary. We recommend that you have your bike checked before the race and we suggest you carry a spare tube. Goodales will be on-site starting at 7am to help with minor repairs, adjustments, and tire inflation.
Is there medical support at the race?
Yes, an ambulance, EMTs, physical therapists, and athletic trainers will be at the race to manage injuries and medical needs.
What kind of bike do I need?
A light road bike is the best bike for a triathlon, however many racers will use hybrid and even mountain bikes. Whatever bike is used, tires that are inflated to the proper maximum pressure will ensure the fastest (least energy) ride. Also, we suggest that you have your bike checked and tuned before the race to avoid any difficulties on the course.
Will the results break down my times?
Yes, the use of the chip timing system allows individual times for each leg and both transitions.
What about rain or bad weather?
New Englanders are hardy so the race will take place rain or shine. Only the swim event may be modified in the event of persistent lightning.
What time do I need to be at the event?
It is best to arrive at the race site 60 plus minutes prior to the start of the race. There is a lot to do before you begin racing, such as picking up your packet, finding your transition space, organizing your transition area, become familiar with the layout, and prepare for the swim. You will have a much better race if you are not rushed.
Is there water on the run?
Water will be available on the run course.
Will pot holes and road hazards be marked along the bike and run routes?
Yes, pot holes and hazards will be marked. Volunteers and signs will alert bikers of any direction changes, especially with sharp turns.
Will course maps be available at the race site?
You will receive course maps for all three legs in your race packet. Also, see the Race Details section for course maps for each leg.
Will I be allowed to have footwear accessible as I leave the water for the run to the transition area?
Yes, we will have a designated area for footwear as you leave the water. The run to the transition area is about 200 yards on dirt and sand. Small wading pools with water will be available at the entrance to the transition area to help remove sand.
What if I have an injury while training prior to the race?
CPTE offers a free injury assessment, they can evaluate your injury right way and advise you of best way to manage and care for the injury. Call (603) 880-0448 to schedule a free assessment at any one of their four clinics. Several of their staff are training for this race, so you will be in good company. See cpte.net for more information.
Are pets allowed on the run course?
Yes. Leashed pets are allowed. Preferably, not tigers and cheetahs. Dogs, ostriches and llamas are okay. :)
Click here for some excellent tips from our organizers and triathlon coaches.
Ride the Course
Join the Greater Nashua Sprint Triathlon bike race coordinator, Andrew Brodeur as he rides with you through the race course. Meet at Thorntons Ferry Elementary parking lot - across the street from Camp Sargent at 6pm. 2014 dates: May 15, May 22, May 29, June 5
Run the Course
Join Colin Cook, USAT and USAS Certified Coach from Peak Triathlon Coaching and other members of our planning committee as we take you through the run course. All running abilities (and strollers!) are welcome.
2014 dates: May 15, May 22, May 29, June 5
Triathlon 101 Series
February 20, March 25th and April 22nd. Click Here for more information and to register
May 27th at CPTE Fit It In
Tour the Tri
Saturday before the race - June 7th, Tours leave at 5:00 and 5:45 PM
YMCA Camp Sargent
Open to all - no registration required
Come tour the swim and transition areas of the Greater Nashua Sprint Tri the night before the event. USA Triathlon Certified Coaches Colin Cook and Jay Francis will be on hand to answer race specific questions. Tours will leave the transition area at 5:00 PM and 5:45 PM. Email Jay Francis if you have any questions.
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Volunteering is a great way to be involved in this fun event. A well run triathlon takes many volunteers and your help is welcomed! Volunteers are needed to help on race day and also needed now to help organize the race.
If you have questions, please contact Karen Thomas at KThomasRN@gmail.com
Volunteers are needed for all aspect of the event including: