On your mark, get set, go! Compete in a triathlon right in your own back yard, Southie! The weekend of events is scheduled for July 30th with a special kids splash and dash day planned for July 29th.
Sponsored by ethos (tagline line: bringing athletes together) the triathlon team works year round to inspire and attract triathletes from Boston and around the globe to participate in world-class events like the Boston Triathlon. The day’s events start early (6:30 am!) with a 1.5 km swim, a point-to-point course in Dorchester Bay that begins on the beach near the McCormack Bathhouse and follows a trapezoidal course to the finish on the beach near the Bayside Expo Center.
After that little warmup, you will cycle 35K along a looped course on a number of wide, car-free roads, including Day Blvd. And finally, with all that left over energy, you will run 10K on a point-to-point route that follows Day Blvd to the Sugar Bowl, then goes part way around the Pleasure Bay before turning around and returning along Day Blvd. The finish is at Mother’s Rest Field. Stick around for the post race party with food trucks and plenty of beer!
ethos is an event planning company that is dedicated to bringing the love of physical fitness and athleticism to children in the city. “We’re all a bunch of kids who played sports in high school and college, and it kept us on the straight and narrow. We aim to bring that to the kids of Boston,” explained ethos President Mike O’Neil.
ethos has participated in and raised money for many organizations near and dear to the South Boston Community including the Gavin House, the Laboure Center, the South Boston Leadership Initiative, First Presbyterian Church and all Dorchester youth sports. They also support YES and hosted 150 kids to meet and listen to the reigning IRONMAN champion last week.
“We’ve worked very hard to be a good neighbor to the people of South Boston when we host events there. In fact, ethos developed a program for notifying parkers along Day Boulevard whereby we begin to flyer their cars daily – one week before the event – to let them know that there is an upcoming road closure, we offer parking lots where they can park for the event that we pay for, and we also work with the State Police the night that the parking ban is instituted to alert car owners that they need to move their vehicles. The neighborhood associations have been so appreciative that the DCR (Department of Conservation and Reservation) has adopted our notification program and requires other event planners to use it as well,” added O’Neil.
This year’s charitable partner is Boston Medical Center and their newly opened Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine. From their site: The unprecedented epidemic of opioid overdose and death is the most pressing public health crisis of our time, killing four Massachusetts residents each day. It is an inescapable fact that the opioid crisis is not happening to others—it is happening to each and every one of us, in our own backyards. It is devastating our communities, robbing our children, our family members and our friends of their lives and precious futures.
ethos also sponsors training clinics for those who are not elite athletes but want to get in on the fun.
More info? Check out the Boston Triathlon website here!