Cold water, blazing times in Lions Club Triathlon

By Andrea Ray | Jul 09, 2017
Photo by: Andrea Ray Women's division winner Kim Shattuck begins the running portion of the race with a quick drink before sprinting off.

Mattapoisett — Swimming a quarter mile, biking 10 miles, and then running 3 more -- it seemed that the only thing racers in the Mattapoisett Lions Club's annual Triathlon didn't have to do was strap wings on their backs and fly to the finish.

Over 150 participants from as far away as Washington, D.C., Maryland and Pennsylvania lined up on the shores of Mattapoisett's Town Beach to participate in the triathlon, which traditionally signifies the beginning of "Harbor Days," the town's week-long summer festival.

This year's event was the second year that the race has been run as a sanctioned USAT (USA Triathlon) event, which means that participants can qualify for longer triathlons in the race should their times be fast enough.

The race was slimmed down last year, as organizers cut short a brief running phase which included Route 6. The cut meant that the running portion now only covers 3.1 miles, instead of 5.5, but the shorter distance didn't seem to deter participants.

The race began with the national anthem, performed by Mattapoisett resident and Miss Massachusetts Jillian Zucco, who was on hand to crown 2017's winners.

Brian Hughes topped the 2017 edition of the race, in an ultimate time of 50:20.

Kimberly Shattuck of Bridgewater won the women's division for the second year, crossing the finish line in 56:21.



Swimmers tackle the first portion of the triathlon. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)
Christina Dorrer of Rockville, Maryland, dismounts after cycling 10 miles, and prepares to begin the running portion of the race. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)
Kim Shattuck runs her bike back to the rack after her 10-mile ride. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)
Richard Cole retrieves his shoe after losing it while dismounting from his bike. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)
A swimmer returns from the water and runs across the beach towards the bicycle racks. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)
Julie Menosky walks her bike to the start point of the bicycle section. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)
A bicyclist begins the 10-mile section. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)
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