Returning for another year

MCS sprint triathlon will be held Aug. 10 with the same course

  • Peterborough, sprint triathlon, begin at Cunningham pond
  • Peterborough, sprint triathlon, begin at Cunningham pond

The Monadnock Challenge Series sprint triathlon, one of the featured athletic competitions in the region during the summer months, will be returning for a fourth year in August.

The event will be held Saturday, Aug. 10 beginning at 9:30 a.m.

“We still don’t have anything like it here and it’s open to everybody,” said race director Erin Lyons.

The course and distance will be exactly the same as last year. It will begin with a .4-mile swim in Cunningham Pond, followed by a 15.8-mile bike road and a 3.1-mile run. The bike ride will start in the parking lot of Cunningham Pond and take competitors along scenic back roads in Peterborough into Hancock and back to the Peterborough Elementary School.

The 5K run will be a large loop from PES that goes along Union Street to Windy Row and MacDowell Road before finishing in the field behind the elementary school.

“I remember going to the finish line and talking to people about their experiences,” said Lyons. “And everyone has a story.”

Last year’s event, held after organizers skipped a year following the first two triathlons, had the best finish yet. Lars Sauvola outlasted Dan Levesque by a mere 11 seconds after taking the lead over the last half mile of the run.

“Last year was great. People came back and were excited,” said Lyons. “Everyone was so positive and I’m glad we could bring it back. It didn’t feel like we took a year off.”

A total of 101 individuals completed the entire course, while another eight teams also combined to finish.

“Some people do it for fun and it’s not just about the competition,” said Lyons. “People get so excited about pushing themselves to that next level.”

The maximum number of entrants for the sprint triathlon is 250 because of the space available for the bike racks at PES.

“It’s starting to pick up now because people are committing to their race plans,” said Lyons of the registration. “I’m hoping for more than last year.”

The cost is $65 for individuals and $110 for teams. But on July 11, the prices increase to $75 and $125 respectively.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Lyons at 721-9959. To register, visit

“The goal is to keep it going,” said Lyons. “I want to be a really good event that people look forward to.”

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