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Boston Triathlon Could Start in Somerville

Group aims to bring a triathlon to the heart of Boston, and it could begin in Somerville

Somerville could be the starting point of a new Boston triathlon.

Rachel Aronis, the marketing director for Odyssey Trisport, spoke to the Charlestown Neighborhood Council in early September, and she said her company aims to host a triathlon in Boston on July 28, 2013. The proposed running course would start at a gathering point in Somerville, move past the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown and end in Boston Common.

Aronis said that other companies run triathlons in the Boston area, but her company’s owner wants this one to take place “in Boston.”

“We’re one of the only major cities without a major triathlon,” Aronis said.

The group aims to bring 3,500 competitors to the event—which will include a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run—including professional athletes.

The event would begin in Somerville at around 7 a.m.

Asked this week for a more detailed course, Aronis said the company did not want to release the full details until it can present the proposal to each of the impacted communities separately.

A September 10, 2012 at 08:24 PM
There is a Boston triathlon already (bostontri.com). Not sure if they ignored it because they weren't aware of it, or they don't think South Boston counts as "in Boston", or because it is sprint distance rather than half-ironman, or because it is too small in attendance to be considered a "major" triathlon.

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