New England’s season opening event! A sprint triathlon and duathlon perfect for beginners and experienced triathletes alike combining a pool swim, a scenic bike course on country coastal roads, and epic and fast run on wide hard packed trails and quiet neighborhood streets,
8:30a Start TIme
The Polar Bear Triathlon and Duathlon takes place the first Saturday of May annually to open the triathlon season in New England The race is contested on the beautful campus of Bowdoin College with world class facilities including a 16 lane pool, locker rooms with showers, wonderful flat grass transition area and world class event production. This pool swim triathlon is a great race for beginners to get their feet wet and seasoned triathletes to start their season without the concerns of a cold, open water swim.
The Polarbear Triathlon / Duathlon will be sanctioned by USA Triathlon. If you are not an annual member of USA Triathlon, you will need to purchase a $15 one-day membership when you register.
For 2017 we have a tiered pricing schedule that includes significant discounts for early registration.
Register early to receive the best pricing!
Included with your entry: Race shirt, finisher gift, great post race food and of course a scenic and safe course through Brunswick, Maine.
Students Get Special Pricing
A student must be enrolled full-time and have a student ID. Price for students based on a significant discount and IDs will be checked at registration.
USA Triathlon (USAT)
Members will be required to be a one day membership during the registration for $15
What is USAT? USA Triathlon (“USAT”) is the national sanctioning body for the sport. Every participant in the Polarbear must have an Annual USAT Membership or purchase a one-day license for $15.
The Polarbear Triathlon/Duathlon is once again expected to fill to capacity. Sign up early to ensure your spot in this fun kick-off to the triathlon season!
|Deadline||Triathlon/Duathlon||Student||Triathlon Relay||Student Relay|
|In person Signup at packet pick-up||$103||$65||$128||$90|
The Polarbear Triathlon/Duathlon will have a no-refund policy (click here to read the specifics and reasons why). However, we understand that things come up and plans change. Therefore, we are offering a new option to purchase a “fully refundable entry” at the time you sign up, for an additional $25. This will provide peace-of-mind, knowing that your entire entry fee is refundable up until three days before the race. If you are interested in this option, we recommend that you read the details by clicking here.
YOU MUST HAVE YOUR ID AND USAT CARD IF YOU’RE AN ANNUAL MEMBER TO PICK-UP YOUR PACKET
Thursday, May 4 Cyclemania, Portland, ME – 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Friday, May 5, Farley Fieldhouse, Brunswick, ME – 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Saturday, May 6, LAST MINUTE PACKET PICKUP, Farley Fieldhouse, Bowdoin College – 6:30 am to 7:30
WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO PICK-UP YOUR PACKET IN ADVANCE AT CYCLEMANIA IN PORTLAND, MAINE OR AT THE VENUE THE DAY BEFORE THE RACE
Thursday, May 4
|4:00p-6:00p||Packet Pick-up at Cyclemania, Portlannd, Maine|
Friday, May 5
|4:00p-6:00p||Packet Pick-up at Farley Fieldhouse, Bowdoin Collge, Brunswick, Maine (just inside from Transition)|
|6:30a||Packet Pick-up opens at the Farley Field House|
|Transition area opens, bike check begins, body marking begins, and race numbering timing chip pick-up is available at the Fariley Field House at Bowdoin College|
|7:30a||Packet Pick-up ends|
|7:30a||Swim Warm-up begins|
|8:00a||Swim Warm-up ends|
|8:00a||Race numbering and timing chip pick-up ends|
|8:10a||Transition area closes|
|8:15a||Opening remarks and mandatory pre-race meeting in the pool area. All athletes must be out of the transiton area.|
|8:20a||Final call for 1st wave participants|
|8:25a||Triathlon wave 1 starts|
|9:00a||Duathlon Starts to the far side of the transition area|
|11:00a||Duathlon awards (approximate)|
|11:30a||Overall Awards Ceremony|
Courses Descriptions and Maps
Pool swim 525 yards (21 lengths) with wave starts (approx 30 athletes per wave). You will be placed the appropriate wave based on the estimated swim time that you give when registering (so it is very important that it is accurate!). If you did not give an accurate swim time, PLEASE go time yourself in a pool and update your registration online. There is a 20 minute time limit to complete the swim portion of the race. If you do not complete the swim in 20 mins, you will be asked to get out of the pool. You will be allowed to finish the rest of the race, but your time will be considered unofficial and you will not be eligible for awards. PLEASE NOTE: It is imperative that you provide an accurate swim time for 525 yards. If you give a false swim time that puts you in an inappropriate wave, we reserve the right to move you to a different wave at any point.
11.5 mile loop course with rolling/flat terrain and ocean views on low traffic country roads. There are no aid stations, but there will be lead and sweep vehicles. You are responsible for your own water/support on the bike course. If you have mechanical issues on the bike, do not count on a mechanic coming to help you. You should have the tools and knowledge to handle a breakdown, if it were to happen. All athletes must be off the course by 11:45 a.m. If you are not finished with the bike leg by that time, you will be picked up by a sweep vehicle and returned to the transition area. You will be allowed to finish the rest of the race, but your time will be considered unofficial and you will not be eligible for awards.
Polar Bear Bike Course Map
(Click for Larger Map)
3 mile off and on road course. Wide trails and quiet neighborhood streets. There will be aid stations approximately every 1 mile. This year’s route will have one and a half laps of the trail. Please see course map link above for more detailed explanation.
There is plenty of parking at the venue in the parking lots at the Farley Field House. Please be on site early as you’ll need to have your bike in the TA by 7:15p There is easy access in and out of the parking lot during the race from the north for friends, family and spectors.
The first 2 mile run will be a shortened version of the second run, with only half a lap of the trail. The bike, second run, and transition will be the same as the triathlon. The Duathlon will begin at approximately 9am
Relays are required to hand off the chip at their designated bike rack spot only. The cyclist cannot remove the bike from the rack before being tagged by the swimmer. The cyclist cannot tag the runner before re-racking the bike. The overall time for a relay will be the aggregate of times for each of the members.
Top 3: Male/Female overall
Top M/F Bowdoin Student and Alumn
Top 3 in each age category (19 and Under, then every 5 years up to 70 and over)
Top relay in each division (all-male, all-female, co-ed)
Please note that age (and age group) is based on Dec. 31st of this year, NOT what your age is on race day.
The Polarbear offers a discount to all full-time students, regardless of age. Participants must list their institution on the entry form and may WILL be asked to show proof of enrollment. Students will compete in their appropriate age group.
There is NO rain date, We Go Rain or Shine. In case of inclement weather, management reserves the right to cancel/alter/modify the race/course for safety concerns. In any case there will be No Refunds of race entry fees. Each athlete must except any such risk of their entry fee paid. There is no complementary race entry to a future race. All monies collected are used to develop and produce the event, including all race supplies, staffing, and administration. We pledge to make every effort to produce a fair, safe and exciting event for all. Any decision we make to go forth with the race is based on the overall event safety.
The race has a no-refund policy (click here to read the specifics and reasons why). However, we understand that things come up and plans change. Therefore, we are offering a new option to purchase a “fully refundable entry” at the time you sign up, for an additional $25. This will provide peace-of-mind, knowing that your entire entry fee is refundable up until three days before the race. If you are interested in this option, we recommend that you read the details by clicking here.
There will be an awards ceremony and plenty of food and drink, available to all athletes. It is a fun, festive atmosphere for the whole family. Stick around and hang out with your fellow triathletes. It is the perfect way to kick off the season!
There will be chip timing and results will be available the day after the race. Athletes will receive their swim, T1, bike, T2, run, and overall times.
Please click here for results
Please look over the rules – you are responsible for understanding them and abiding by them. They are available at www.usatriathlon.com.