Guess who’s back to Block? This lady right here! I’m headed back to the island later this month for another summer of living in paradise.
As I think ahead, I have begun to plan out some of my race training. I am excited to participate in the Block Island Triathlon again, but there are a few other races that take place on the island as well . So if you are looking for a great reason to race over to the island, look no further.There are races throughout the summer for all abilities. The racing on the island is the whole experience, whether it be for only race day to race or even turning it into a whole weekend.
Here is a complete list of all the races on the island for the summer of 2016:
Saturday, May 14th, 2016
Details: Hosted by the New Shoreham Recreational Department this race is a mix of trails and road terrains. Be sure to train for hills and pack an extra few layers as it will likely still be chilly this weekend. Sign up for this race if you are looking for a quiet island experience; it should be quiet on the island just runners and wedding guests.
Check out last year’s results to see what you’re up against.
Saturday, August 6, 2016.
Details: As the only race I’ve personally participated in, I can vouch that this is a great sprint triathlon. The race consists of 1/4 mile open water swim, 12 miles of YOU CAN DO IT biking and a 4 mile run on Cresent Beach. It is great for rookie tri-hards and experts alike. Compete in this and have bragging rights for a least a year.
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Details: Block Island’s spin on the average 5k. It’s in the sand! If you can still walk after the triathlon, make it a real weekend to remember (or at least for your body to remember) with this race. Running in the sand might not be the path to PR but it is an excuse for some extra (insert great Block Island food here).
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Details: Though open water, this 1-mile swim takes place ou of the heavy surf of most of Block Island’s beaches. The race is a part of an entire day to “Celebrate the Pond”. The race is capped at 150 racers and staggered starts to keep from people clobbering each other. A great race for all to train swimming abilities for! All proceeds go to the Committee for the Great Salt Pond.
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Details: See the whole island on this mid-distance run. Beginning in New Harbor, the race explores close to all of the paved roads. September is beautiful time on the island. It is also popular! If you want to stay on the island be sure to book ahead of time.
A few things to know if you plan to race on Block Island
-Most races will be postponed if ferries are not running due to weather
-Most hotels require a two-night stay on the weekend, so plan to make a real weekend out of a race
-Don’t cut off anyone on the course! You’ll likely see them again in a small place like Block Island!
Are there races you know of taking place on the island this summer? What is your favorite? Have a great training course on the island, share! Last question (and most important) where are you getting your post-race drink?