Welcome to the Bare Hill Duathlon

Sunday, June 27, 2021




(Triathlon tentatively scheduled for Aug 8. Stay tuned.)

We are excited to announce that the Bare Hill Duathlon will take place on Sunday, June 27, 2021 in our charming town of Harvard, MA.

The duathlon consists of a 3.1 mile run, followed by a rolling 10.4 mile bike course and finishes with a specator friendly 1.6 mile run. Throughout the race you will be surrounded by spectacular views of the MA & NH mountains, horse farms and local apple orchards. 

The race is selected by USA Triathlon as a 2021 and 2022 USA TRIATHLON AGE GROUP DUATHLON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP qualifier, a Team USA Qualifying event. Our race will start and finish by the Town Library on 4 Pond Road, Harvard, MA.

This grassroots race is perfectly suited for the new to multi-sport athletes all the way up to the seasoned athletes vying for a World Qualifying slot.

The Harvard Lions Club would like to thank all athletes for their participation as all profits benefit the Harvard Lions Club charities.


Race Details:

  • When: Sunday, June 27, 2021 
  • Duathlon Distances:  3.1 mi run--10.4 mi bike--1.6 mi run
  • Both runs are on roads/pavement, both are out and back
  • No relay teams 
  • Entry Fee: 
    • $60 includes a pair of performance socks, photo below.
  • Additional Charges:
    • USAT Daily License: Non-USAT members will be required to purchase a one-day event insurance license from USA Triathlon. Cost is $15, added when registering.
  • Registration: RunSignUp  
  • Location: 4 Pond Rd, Harvard, MA 01451 
  • Contact Information
  • USAT Sanctioned and insured
  • Medals to first place finshers in 5 year age groups. First place finishers qualify for 2021 and 2022 World Duathlon Championships
  • Packet Pick Up At 4 Pond Rd, Harvard, MA. Saturday June 26, 4 pm to 6 pm and Sunday June 27 6:30 am to 7:00 am.
  • Results
    • Official results will be posted the afternoon of the race
    • Bikes in the transition area will be secured and guarded at all times day of the race.

Race Descriptions and Maps

Run Course (3.1 mi)

To kick off the Duathlon, you will run along shaded roads near Bare Hill Pond on a combination of dirt and pavement.  The gently rolling course is well marshaled and has multiple water stops before you return to the transition area in front of Harvard's historic library.  Click HERE for a map.




Bike Course (10.4 mi)

The single loop bike course starts with an initial uphill, passing apple orchards and horse farms into the town of Bolton. Athletes will make their way along rolling hills to Harvard's most popular road for biking, Prospect Hill. Enjoy breathtaking views from the top of the hill and the Fruitlands Museum vista, the historic homesite of the Alcott family, before returning to the center of town. Road marshals will be placed at all turns. Return to the transition area for the run. Click HERE for a map.  


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Short Run (1.6 mi)

Leaving the transition area after the bike segment, you'll run to our beach, return and run behind Bromfield school, around the  playing field, ending up at the finish line near the transition area. Click HERE for a course map.


From the East or the West:

Follow Rt 2 to Exit 38A, Highways 110/111 South toward Harvard. Stay on 110/111 two miles into Harvard town center. Parking is available at the Bromfield School, both front lots, and along the roads. Parking attendants will guide you.

Alternatively, follow the Mass Pike/Interstate 90 to Interstate 495 North. Take Exit 28, Highway 111 north into Harvard, about 2 mi. Park as above.

The Harvard Lions Club • P.O. Box 268 • Harvard, MA 01451 •

Harvard's Bare Hill Pond beach makes for an easy, knee deep, sandy start for the triathlon.  Water is generally calm and the water temperature at the end of June is expected to be in the low 70's.  The course is triangular and athletes will be supported by local lifeguards. Swim waves based on gender and an additional wave for anyone who needs a little more space to feel comfortable in open water swimming.  For those who prefer to change into shoes for the 1/4 mi uphill run up to T1, an area will be marked off at the beach parking lot for footwear. Click HERE for a map.


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