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Triathlon: DCR, Mayor Menino, and the Massachusetts Sports Partnership Announce New Urban Epic Triathlon Coming to South Boston

Registration now open for Urban Epic Boston Triathlon taking place on the shores of South Boston August 16th

BOSTON, MA -- July 22, 2009 -- Urban Epic Events, in partnership with The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Mayor Thomas M. Menino, and the Massachusetts Sports Partnership announces the inaugural Urban Epic Boston Triathlon and Festival. The new event will take place on the shores of South Boston on Sunday, August 16, 2009. The race will be the only triathlon in Boston and will feature a .5-mile swim, 10-mile bike, and 5-mile run, followed by a post-race celebration at the L Street Bathhouse.

Registration is limited to 1,000 participants and anticipated to fill up quickly. Registration is now open

Working closely with DCR and the City of Boston, the Urban Epic will bring the popular sport of triathlon to the South Boston shoreline, showcasing the scenic location and promoting outdoor recreation and cycling within the city.

"DCR is delighted to be partnering in this inaugural triathlon," said DCR Commissioner Richard K. Sullivan Jr. "The event reflects this agency's mission to promote health and outdoor recreation, and will highlight the DCR beaches all along the South Boston waterfront. We wish everyone good luck in the race."

The Urban Epic event will also focus on being the "Greenest Big-City Triathlon on the East Coast" by minimizing its environmental impact on the city. Bruce Rayner, the Chief Green Officer of Athletes for a Fit Planet and a local sustainable events coordinator, will oversee implementation of the race's green initiatives.

"I am extremely proud that Boston will host its very first Urban Epic Triathlon," said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. "The Urban Epic combines two activities that Bostonians take a lot of pride in - athletics and sustaining the environment. Not only will the Urban Epic showcase Boston as a premiere, world-class city but it will do so while being the greenest major multisport event on the eastern seaboard."

The unique course is on the water from start to finish and features flat terrain and spectacular skyline views. Athletes will begin at 8 a.m. with a .5-mile point-to-point swim along Carson Beach in Dorchester Bay, finishing at the transition area at Bayside Expo Center. They will then continue on a multiple loop, 10-mile bike course on William J. Day Boulevard; and end with a 5-mile run that hugs the shoreline and finishes at the L Street Bathhouse. The event will conclude with a post-race celebration at the Bathhouse around 10 a.m.

The Urban Epic race distance is doable for anyone and the event includes a novice swim wave for first-timers. Participants have the option to race individually, or in a team of three as part of the Mayor's Epic Relay Challenge. All relays are charitable fundraisers for a number of great local organizations in the City of Boston, and all relay teams have the chance to compete in specific relay divisions (such as neighborhood, corporate, general, or club team) for prizes. The Mayor's Epic Relay Challenge is presented in conjunction with the Massachusetts Sports Partnership.

The American Cancer Society is also partnering with Urban Epic Boston to offer a Charity Runner endurance program. By participating as a Charity Runner, athletes of all ages receive training, support, and the chance to make their miles more meaningful through fundraising and dedicating their efforts to the fight against cancer.

Partners for the Urban Epic Boston include DCR, Mayor Menino's Office, Massachusetts Sports Partnership, Boston Bikes, City Sports, Smuttynose Brewing Company, Athletes for a Fit Planet, Urban AdvenTours, The Seaport Hotel, Zipcar, Sunday River, and Sugarloaf. Urban Epic is a USA Triathlon-sanctioned event.

Registration for the event is now open at

About Urban Epic:
Urban Epic is a celebration of health, fitness, music, art, environmental sustainability, and the active way of life. Urban Epic events take place in vibrant city locations and draw in thousands of athletes and spectators looking to be a part of something innovative and exciting. Urban Epic combines athletic competition and urban culture into an unforgettable race and festival experience. The Urban Epic Boston is one of two Urban Epic events. The Zone Urban Epic Portland takes place on July 18th, 2009. For more information visit

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