2019 Boston Triathlon: Over 2,000 Athletes Compete On Beautiful Day

Last weekend (July 27, 2019), more than 2000 athletes representing 42 states and 15 countries competed in the 11th annual Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon. The event took place at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Carson Beach in South Boston. Boston’s only triathlon featured both an Olympic distance and a sprint distance race along with the Boston Corporate Cup Competition. The event combined a swim at the DCR’s Carson Beach, a bike ride on DCR William Day Boulevard and a beautiful run along the South Boston waterfront.

Matthew Alford of Coventry, RI captured the men’s overall title with a time of 1:42:35, while Ginger Howell of Arlington, Mass. captured the women’s title with a time of 1:59:00. See the complete results here. Enjoy these images of the event, provided by the Boston Triathlon.

Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
Dawn breaks over the gazebo at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Carson Beach for the 2019 Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon on July 28, 2019.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
A triathlete takes a sunrise warm-up run along DCR Carson Beach prior to the race.
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The Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon captures the essence of the city – historical, scenic, fun and exciting.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
Nearly 2000 athletes participated in either the Olympic or the Sprint distant events at the 2019 competition.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
Athletes race off the starting point into the water with the DCR McCormack Bathhouse behind them.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
High tide in Boston Harbor was at approximately 4:30 a.m., leading to a 6:30 a.m. start for the Olympic distance event and an 8:30 a.m. start for the Sprint event.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
With water temperatures hovering around 70 degrees and a surface as smooth as glass, it was the perfect way to start a great day.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
Athletes came from across the United States and from around the world, including from 15 countries and 42 states.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
Exiting the beach, athletes made their way to the transition area.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
The bike route at the 2019 Boston Triathlon was flat and fast with near perfect pavement, not typical for urban triathlons.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
The bike course was closed to traffic for the duration of the race, leaving wide, car-free roads on the flat loop course.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
The scenic bike course wrapped around the shoreline of South Boston, providing beautiful views of Boston Harbor.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
The overall women’s winner, Ginger Howell, is laying down one of the fastest bike splits of the day.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
The waves are spaced out so even on the looped course, there is plenty of room for racers to set a PR
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
The course is actually flat… not downhill.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
The bike course has two full car lanes, one fast lane and one slow lane, making passing safe and easy.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
Temperatures reached into the high 80’s as the day wore on.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
Not a cloud in the sky on race day.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
Matt Alford and Evan Culbert battled for the the overall title on the run. Alford held on for the win.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
This runner is heading down the home stretch.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
Moakley Park, named for the late Congressman Joe Moakley, is a 60-acre community park along the South Boston Waterfront.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
All athletes trained hard and brought their best to South Boston on race day.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
A race to the finish.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
Title sponsor, Columbia Threadneedle Investments, had over 100 employees in the race.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
More than 200 volunteers were on hand to help out, providing water, snacks and assistance to the athletes.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
The skyline rises over the run course in Boston’s Moakley Park.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
Many athletes raced on behalf of Boston Medical Center, raising more than $120,000 in support of Vision 2030, a long-term goal to make Boston the healthiest urban population in the world by 2030, with a focus on substance use disorders.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
Smiles were evident as athletes of all ages and abilities conquered the course.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
Where’s the finish? It doesn’t really matter to this racer still enjoying herself.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
Victory is in sight as a runner finishes the race course.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
While Angela Naeth was competing in Ironman Canada, her race team “IRaceLikeAGirl” was out in force at the Boston Triathlon.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
WCVB’s Josh Brogadir, who started the day as a reporter covering the event before diving in and competing in the Sprint distance race alongside these athletes from Dare2Tri.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
Everyone is a winner at the Michelob Ultra after party, where beer is included in the registration fee.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
Everyone was all smiles as people took the time to relax and recover.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon
Save the date! The 2020 race date has been announced. Race weekend is August 1-2, 2020.