Annual Onset triathlon gets new name, location
“Escape the Cape?” Not this year.
After seven years of being held in Onset, the Escape the Cape Triathlon is no more. Race organizers decided to rename and move the event in response to athlete feedback.
“We were looking at every which way we could to keep it right in Onset,” said Race Director Tim Richmond. “One of the reasons why we wanted to move was to alleviate some of the congestion on the bike course.”
This year, participants will swim, run and ride a new course during The Harvest Triathlon at A.D. Makepeace Co. property. Escape the Cape featured a 1/3 mile swim starting at Shell Point, a 10-mile bicycle leg through Onset Village and ended with a 3.1-mile run.
One complaint from participants and residents about the race was overcrowded roads as cyclists jockeyed with drivers for space.
“A lot of folks enjoyed how beautiful the Onset course is, but athletes said the bike course is too crowded,” said Richmond. “We worked diligently with the police department over the years. It was time to look at a different location though, and we are so happy to keep it right in Wareham.”
Richmond, who owns and operates Max Performance, a company that hosts five similar races in the state, said The Harvest Triathlon will feature similar distances. However, the course will weave through acres of open space at A.D. Makepeace.
Escape the Cape attracted hundreds of people from across Massachusetts and southern New England any given year. Richmond said he expects similar attendance, if not slightly more, with the new location.
According to A.D. Makepeace Director of Events Kim Houdlette, the cranberry growing company is happy to host.
“We’re excited to partner with Max Performance to bring this event to our unique property,” said Houdlette. “I think participants will enjoy it.”
Houdlette noted that A.D. Makepeace headquarters is a popular destination for a variety of events. Many 5Ks, car shows, fundraisers and weddings are held at the property. The marquee event, however, is the annual Cranberry Festival, which attracts thousands of people from across the globe every autumn.
Houdlette said Max Performance's race is a welcome addition.
“They have a great reputation, and I think it will be a good partnership,” she said.
The Harvest Triathlon is scheduled for Saturday, June 10. For more information or to register, click here.