Team EventHorizon.tv took on the Sharon Sprint Triathlon on August 13th, 2017, and we wanted to let you know what to expect if you are considering adding this great race to your agenda next year!
Distances: 1/2 Mile Swim, 12.3 Mile Bike, 4.4 Mile Run
Race Website: Max Performance Triathlons
The Sharon Triathlon is a well run, Sprint Triathlon put on by Max Performance Triathlons. Expect an event that is, a great race, well organized, and a fun time. Athlete communication prior to the race excellent, so you will know exactly what to expect on race day. Expect a few emails from the race director with all pre-race instructions, packet pickup, wave start times, and very clear information.
Swim 1/2 Mile: The swim is in Lake Massapoag during the beginning of August. Lake temperatures are in the 70’s this time of year. The water is nice and warm and will most likely be wetsuit legal. The swim is a single loop clockwise swim around a rectangle. Sighting buoy’s were spot on and very easy to navigate. The turn buoys will be kept on your right, except for the final turn buoy, which you must keep on your left as you make your final approach to the swim exit.
Bike 12.3 Mile: The bike route is a flat fast, single, wide loop around the lake, taking you on mainly flat roads. The bike portion of the race is very flat and fast! Some of the roads have new pavement and the road conditions were very smooth. Any bumps in the road were well marked with signs at least 100 feet before the location of any bumps. The course is mainly right hand turns which makes navigation easy! Cornering on these turns was very easy to keep a constant speed, which didn’t need much braking, except for a location or two. Expect a very fast bike split, likely to be one of your best!
Run 4.4 Mile: The run is a flat 4.4 mile run around the lake with maybe one little roller! Expect a fast run. The wooded area which surrounds the lake generates a lot of shade, so even in the summer heat, you can escape the sun on a sunny day (which this year was sunny and warm, the shade was very nice). There is plenty of water support on the run, and even a water support station when you exit transition before starting your run, which you don’t see very often at races.
Post Race: After the race, expect a fun celebration for the event you just completed! Everything from a great DJ, guaranteed to make you want to dance and work up another sweat, to some awesome giveaways and prizes. Oh, and did I mention a ticket for the post-race BBQ? All in all, it doesn’t get much better than that!
Summary: Max Performance puts on an excellent race. As with any race Max puts on expect a really well run and organized event from start to finish. Including, a great athlete goodie bag with some nice swag, well setup and organized transition area, some of the most helpful volunteers out there, and a great day! This race is especially good for a first timer as well. Max offers a relaxed start for any folks new to triathlon, with swim start in the last wave elevating the pressure of other waves coming up behind them, and even their own male and female newbie prize category! I myself, raced my first Triathlon with Max Performance in their Newbie wave, so I can testify that it’s a great way to start if your new to triathlon or still learning the ropes.
Race Strategy: For personalized race strategy from our coaches and other athletes of ours who have completed this race contact us here. We’ll be happy to help you plan! For this race, or any other race you’re looking to do.
Highlight of the Day: Coach Brady finishes with a Top 10 spot, finishing 7th Overall, and 1st in his Age Group (30-34).