The Inaugural Vineyard Warrior triathlon was held September 11, 2011 on the beautiful island of Martha's Vineyard. Vineyard Warrior combines the individual legs of a 1 mile swim, a 24.7 mile bike, and a 6.2 mile run into one race spanning the towns of Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, West Tisbury, and Edgartown. The second annual event held September 9, 2012 added a Sprint and Olympic Relay division. Skylla, the 35' monster emerged in 2013 to guard the exit to the swim course. Registration for the 2014 event begins January 1, 2014. New this year will be a Sprint Relay Division. DON'T MISS THE EXCITEMENT!
CHECK IN & TRANSITION POINTS
Registration packets will be picked up Saturday September 6th or the morning of September 7th.. All racers must arrive by Saturday unless taking the same day ferry option. The race begins Sunday morning with the swim leg from Inkwell Beach, a popular destination for families vacationing in the historic town of Oak Bluffs.
The swim is along Inkwell Beach. Transitions are across the street from the beach in Waban Park, which has plenty of area for competitors and spectators. Activities will be available for family watching the race.
The start time is estimated to be7:30 am EST so setup would run from approximately 5:00am to 7:00am. The start of the race sees competitors leave in waves according to sex and age groups from the southern end of Inkwell Beach. Competitors swim south and make left turns around buoys until the last buoy which takes racers perpendicular to shore for the swim out. The cycle course heads out of Waban, along the beach, south towards Edgartown. There is generally NOT SUFFICIENT TIME to arrive the morning of the race unless taking the special chartered ferry from New Bedford.
2013 WAVE ASSIGNMENTS (Cap colors to be announced at race)
1.Olympic Male <30/ Clydesdale, Male 30-39, Male 40-49, Male>49 7:30am
2. Olympic Female <30/ Athena, Female 30-39, Female 40-49, Female>49, RELAY 7:34am
3. Sprint Male <30/ Clydesdale, Male 30-39, Male 40-49, Male>49 7:38am
4. Sprint Female <30/ Athena, Female 30-39, Female 40-49, Female >49 7:42am
WATER STATIONS-EVENT SUPPORT STAFF
Event staff, local police, and volunteers provide safety and direction to competitors, control of spectators, and control of local traffic. Water stations exist at T1, T2, and every 1.5 miles of the run portion to the finish.
FINISH LINE & POST-RACE
Competitors leave their bikes at T2 then complete the run leg of the race. The finish line is in Waban Park for a dramatic finish, with a tent for post race refreshments, music, and socializing. Waban Park will also serve as the awards area. After post race, the competitors would return to Waban Park to pick up their belongings and bikes.
There will be a time limit on the swim of one hour twenty minutes, at which point remaining competitors would be cleared. There will be a bike time limit of one hour forty minutes, and a run time limit of one hour.
We anticipate this event will rapidly become one of the most popular triathlons in the country. Check out what the excited participants thought of the first annual event on our facebook page. Find photos, videos, comments and more.