Top Pros Line Up For Sprint-Distance Boston Triathlon

Professionals will line up for this weekend's Boston Triathlon, which will showcase a .5-mile swim, a 9-mile swim and a 4.4-mile run.

Several professionals will line up for this weekend’s Boston Triathlon, which will showcase a .5-mile swim, a 9-mile swim and a 4.4-mile run.

Triathletes are also runners. And when tragedy struck at the Boston Marathon, it hit close to home for the triathlon community as well as ethos, the organizers of the Boston Triathlon. Ethos had recently acquired the Boston Triathlon and was already planning for the August event. “This year, the marathon touched our team and the triathlete community in a very real way,” said Michael O’Neil, founder of ethos.

“We all have personal stories from that day. Our race director, race founder and friend Will Thomas had just crossed the finish line when the bombs went off,” O’Neil said. “However, Boston is a very resilient city and we knew that triathletes would embrace the chance to race in this iconic destination.”

This Sunday, athletes from across the city and across the nation will come together in the USA Triathlon-sanctioned event, taking place along Carson Beach in South Boston. Nearly 1,000 athletes will compete in the sprint triathlon. The event finishes on the beach in South Boston, where athletes can celebrate with friends and family at the post-race party.

2008 U.S. Olympic triathlete Jarrod Shoemaker, a native of Maynard, Mass., will return to Boston to compete in his first Boston Triathlon. Like every athlete from the area, he understands the reaction of the city after the marathon. “The culture of Boston and eastern Massachusetts is in part defined by the marathon every spring. Growing up, both my parents ran the marathon every year. My first marathon experience came from biking with my parents while they ran. This year, my mom finished just three minutes before the bombs went off.”

“For several years, I have known about the goal of bringing a big-time triathlon to Boston. For it finally to be happening at this level is amazing and I want to be part of it,” continued Shoemaker. “This race will continue to grow and will be something that we can all be very proud of.”

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