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Learn more about this favorite local race for New England triathletes.
Located about a 90-minute drive from Baltimore and Washington, D.C., the Fort Ritchie Triathlon is expecting 400 athletes to compete in only its fifth year across its two distances, sprint and Olympic, on Aug. 3. The race site is Fort Ritchie, a 590-acre former Army post that’s being converted to a private residential community. Its two spring-fed lakes make it an ideal venue for a triathlon.
After an in-water start, athletes will race in Lake Royer (one lap for sprint-distance athletes, two laps for Olympic), then take on the rolling bike course, which navigates through Maryland hills and valleys on wide shoulders and low-traffic country roads and ends with a long uphill climb. The run course takes place within the property and is somewhat difficult.
Locals keep coming back to this race because it’s well organized, and it features a challenging course in a beautiful location, says Ken Racine, owner and founder of Racine Multisports, who puts on the race. The race is set apart from other local triathlons because it’s a great value for the price—it’s professionally run and even with late registration, the sprint race is only $85, and the Olympic is $100 (early registration prices were $60 for the sprint and $75 for the Olympic).
What: Fort Ritchie Triathlon
Where: Cascade, Maryland
When: Aug. 3, 2014
Distance: Sprint (750-meter swim, 24K bike, 5K run) and Olympic (1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run)