Can’t make it to London? Then cheer on the racers who will swim, bike, and then run at the Marlborough Triathlon next Sunday. Athletes taking part in the race can pick up their packets at the main entrance of Marlborough High School starting Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Registration for the three-part race closes Sunday at 8:20 a.m. There is a mandatory prerace meeting at Fort Myers Reservoir at 8:45 a.m. Sunday. The first stage starts at 9 a.m. with elite entrants beginning the event’s one-third-mile swim; other classes for men and women divided by age will follow. Spectators will be able to follow the racers based on swim cap colors listed in the program. After swimming, the racers will begin the bike course, which will run through parts of Hudson and Marlborough going north over the Fort Meadows Causeway, and following a clockwise 5-mile loop with a combination of flat and rolling areas on Causeway Street, Hosmer Street, and finally Stevens Street with a gradual climb toward the end of the loop. Racers will complete the loop three times, ending at Marlborough High School for the transition to the running portion of the competition. The two-loop course, for a total of 3.3 miles, follows Stevens to Union Street. Racers will make a right into the middle school entrance and follow it to Route 85 and then head back into the high school grounds. At 11:20 a.m., there will be an awards ceremony at the high school featuring the top three male and female elite finishers, and the top three winners in each age group and class. Winners need to be present to receive their medal.
By Lauren MacCarthy Globe Correspondent / June 3, 2012
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