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MA Loses Triathlon in Gloucester, Gains One in Salem


gloucestertrilogo.jpgIt seems that the last ditch effort by Streamline Events has failed to revive the Gloucester Triathlon. Back in October the Gloucester Fishermen Athletic Association, which took over the race, announced that the triathlon event had been cancelled.

"The Gloucester Fishermen Athletic Association has decided not to host the annual Gloucester Fisherman Triathlon in 2012, as we've done since its creation in 2009. The triathlon takes a huge amount of time and resources to organize and run, so the GFAA plans instead to focus on other efforts that better support our fundraising goals."

The triathlon event was a fundraising event for the athletic association from 2009 - 2011. The Sprint Distance triathlon had attracted many triathletes to the area and sold out each year.

The triathlon appeared to be coming back but efforts recently hit a snag as Bill Burnett of Streamline Events recently stated on the event website:

"Unfortunately, however, over the last month it has become clear that we do not have the 100% support of the community that all events like this need, particularly from interest groups and parties that have been involved with the management of races in Gloucester in the past."

Thus planning for the revival of the Gloucester Triathlon event has been cancelled.

witch city tri logoNot all is lost as Streamline Events will have something for triathletes in the area, with the addition of a new triathlon event on the summer calendar. Streamline Events along with the Salem YMCA have brought back the Witch City Triathlon, which was abruptly cancelled last year. The triathlon event will be staged pretty much like it has been in the past from Forest River Park in Salem, Massachusetts.

Triathlon: Witch City Triathlon
When: Sunday, July 29, 2012
Where: Forest River Park, Salem, Massachusetts
Divisions: Age Group, Relay
Website: www.witchcitytri.com

The Sprint Distance Triathlon will consist of a 1/2 mile Swim, 13 mile Bike, 3.2 mile Run. The swim will take place in the bay, water temperatures should be in the mid 60s. The bike course will head into Marblehead following Ocean Boulevard towards Marblehead Neck. The run course will out on the Marblehead Rail Trail on a fast and flat trail. Athletes will cross the finish line at Forest River Park and enjoy a spectacular morning with music brought to the event by The River 92.5 FM.

Registration is currently open for the new Witch City Triathlon. Know this, if you are considering signing up, the race field will be limited to 500 individuals and 25 relays, so register early. See the event website for details.

The addition of the Witch City Triathlon brings the number of events in New England under Streamline's management to six. The new Harvey Cedars races kicks off the season in June and finishes with the addition and re-branded Boston Triathlon in mid August.
 
 
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