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Sprint triathlon goes full throttle

  • Michael Matera and Allison Clark sprint toward the finish of last year's Monadnock Full Throttle Triathlon in Jaffrey. Courtesy—

  • Last year's Monadnock Full Throttle Triathlon's top female, Kathy Maddock, crosses the finish line in 2:17:46.2. Courtesy—

  • Kathy Maddock, the top female finisher in last year's Monadnock Full Throttle Triathlon navigates the top of Mount Monadnock. Courtesy—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, August 30, 2018 10:34AM

A sprint triathlon – while not anywhere close to as grueling as an Ironman distance – is still a demanding athletic event that tests even the most conditioned weekend warriors.

Swap out the 5K run that competitors are usually tasked with completing as the third and final leg with a 5.3-mile hike up (and down) the White Dot Trail on Mount Monadnock, and it becomes even more of a mental and physical challenge.

The event committee for the Monadnock Full Throttle Triathlon wanted something a little different than the typically associated swim, bike and run for its triathlon that began in 2015, and since many of them grew up near the ‘most climbed mountain in the United States,’ it was another way to make it more appealing to those athletes looking for a new experience.

“A lot of us do trail running and off road running,” said Ashley Bertram, a member of the race committee. “And we wanted it to be more challenging.”

The race begins with a ½-mile swim in Thorndike Pond before transitioning to the bike for an 11.2-mile ride that goes around Thorndike Pond and leads racers into part of Dublin and back toward the Monadnock State Park Headquarters off Poole Road in Jaffrey.

“It’s not a mountain bike course, but its not all paved. Its got some bumpy dirt roads,” Bertram said.

The transition area from the bike will be near Monadnock Christian Ministries, using a small camp area, which is also where registration will be held in the morning – and the race will finish. It makes for a slightly changed course from year’s past.

It’s about ¾ of a mile along the paved road from the transition area before meeting the trail head, where competitors can get in a quick run. Then its a mad dash up the rocky trail to the summit, and an even faster dash to the bottom.

If that sounds like too much for one person, team options are available. There’s also no time limit to finish.

The Monadnock Full Throttle Triathlon has only seen one person earn top honors, as Lars Sauvola is the three-time champion and will be back to defend his title. Last year, Sauvola completed the course in 1:55:47.9. Kathy Maddock of Wilton was the top female finisher a year ago.

The event is a fundraiser for Little Lambs International, a nonprofit located in New Ipswich. Little Lambs built an orphanage in Guatemala that currently houses eight children with a total of 10 spots available. The construction project is ongoing with a goal of enough space for 200 children, said Bertram, who is also a board member for Little Lambs International.

“We wanted different types of fundraisers to help get the word out about what we do and appeal to more people,” Bertram said.

The race is next Saturday (Sept. 8) in Jaffrey and registration is ongoing. There will be race day registration, but prices increase this Saturday. Current costs are $75 for an individual, $115 for a team of two and $135 for a three-person team. There are no age limits, but children under 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian to sign a waiver at registration.

After the race, there will be a BBQ, awards and massages available.

For more information, visit monadnockfullthrottle.com or facebook.com/MonadnockFullThrottle.