Lobsterman Triathlon Goes as Planned Despite Threat of Hurricane Dorian

With Hurricane Dorian moving up the coast, organizers of the 16th annual Lobsterman Triathlon in Freeport, Maine monitored the weather closely in the days leading up to the race and were ultimately able to see the event through. Several New England triathlons were cancelled over the weekend but with the swim taking place in the protected waters of Casco Bay, the organizers remained optimistic. Although 900 people from six countries and 31 states registered for the race, the weather deterred some and 600 athletes competed in the event.

The race is known across the country for its stunning course and its authentic Maine lobster bake. Athletes competed in the Olympic Distance event, completing a slightly shortened swim of .8-mile swim in Casco Bay, a 24.7-mile bike, and a 6.2-mile run before partaking in a lobster bake at the completion of the race.

The Lobsterman Triathlon is also designated as an official event on the Northeast Collegiate Triathlon Conference schedule. The Conference winner for the event was the Army Triathlon Team, followed by Northeastern University in second place and the University of Connecticut in third place.

Enjoy these images of the event, which were provided by the Lobsterman Triathlon organizers.

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Athletes scope out the swim start during a clear sunset before the clouds roll in overnight.
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Winslow Memorial Park in Freeport, ME glows at sunset.
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Freeport, ME is the beautiful setting for the Lobsterman Triathlon.
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The last rays of light disappear before the clouds roll in overnight from Hurricane Dorian.
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A swimmer warms up under cloudy skies.
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Athletes get excited to enter the water, shedding some energy prior to starting.
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The men prepare to enter the water for the in-water swim start, unsure what the day brings ahead of them.
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A swim wave departs in calm and cold waters.
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Nervous energy is present for some, and others are nothing but smiles even moments before their start.
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The swimmers are ready to go and are excited for what lies ahead, forecasted rain and all.
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Smiles abound as athletes get ready to start their race.
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A swimmer charges out of the water heading towards the short climb to transition.
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Females make their way into shore and begin the quick transition to the bike leg.
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Athletes make their way up a short incline before the transition area.
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The bike course winds through rolling hills with picturesque Maine backdrops.
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The course also offers great opportunities to get aero and cruise.
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Cows are interested in all the ruckus as runners sprint past.
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Smooth pavement is the story of much of this race, as cyclists make their way back to Winslow Park.
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The lead female is out on the run and moving quickly.
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Flowers don the side of the bike course as cyclists work to make their way along the course.
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It isn’t summer in Maine without seeing at least one farm stand.
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The weather starts to clear as cyclists are still pedaling away on the rolling hills.
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Spirits rise as it becomes clear that the weather is not going to be a threat to a good time.
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More runners make their way out onto the course.
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Race director Michael O’Neill poses with a top competitor.
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Finisher medals await the necks of runners coming back into the park.
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Runners pound the pavement in the last mile of the course.
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More than 5 miles in, competitors are still having a great time.
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Young fans cheer and high five every competitor as they come by.
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The race is followed by a classic Maine lobster bake.
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Corn, lobster, mussels, and Shiner Bock are the perfect recovery meal after a long race.
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Participants enjoy their lobster feast.
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The West Point collegiate triathlon team poses for a group photo after their impressive performance.
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The overall winners are given their prize: a “wicked big lobstah.”
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A great meal puts the cap on a day full of racing.
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A runner celebrates crossing the finish line after a trying day.
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Runners celebrate as they cross the line with the water behind them.
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One of the many collegiate competitors crosses the finish with nothing but smiles.