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