Start: Inkwell Beach, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
Transition Area: Waban Park
Finish: Waban Park, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
Challenge: Secure the Golden Apple
Skylla guards one point of the Straight of Messina near the northern extend of State Beach in Oak Bluffs. "She yaps abominably, a newborn whelp's cry, though she is huge and monstrous. Her legs- and there are twelve- are like great tentacles, unjointed, and upon her serpend necks are bourne six heads like nightmares of ferocity [with] deep gullets of black death. No ship's company can claim to have passed her without loss and grief." *
Kharybdis guards to opposite point "[she] lurks below to swallow down the dark sea tide. Three times from dawn to dusk she spews it up and sucks it down again three times, a whirling maelstrom; if you come upon her then the god who makes earth tremble could not save you." *
The Kraken (originally known in Greek as Cetus the Whale) is a sea monster of tremendous size and strength. It was born from the titans Oceanus and Ceto. Its tentacles are large enough to be able to pull entire ships under the water and destroy cities with relative ease. The creature possesses endurance to match its strength. In addition to tentacles it is armed with a gaping maw full of sharp teeth. It will take a bold warrior to speed past the mile of road leading to and from the East Chop lighthouse where this creature seeks its prey.
Sysiphus, son of King Aeolus of Thessaly, was condemned to eternally roll a huge rock up a steep hill as a punishment from the gods for his various deceiptful acts. But before he could reach the top of the hill, the rock would always roll back down, forcing him to begin again. Only cheating Thanatos himself will allow Vineyard warriors to escape the same fate waiting along the cycling course.
The Argonauts, a band of heroes who accompanied Jason in his quest for the Golden Fleece some time before the Trojan War. Their true number had always been unknown. We now know they number 234 Warriors.
The Golden Apples were used (as a gift from Aphrodite) by Hippomenes to distract Atalanta, allowing him to win their race and secure her hand in marriage. Stolen by Hercules as his 12th labor from the garden of Hera, the apples later turned up on Martha's Vineyard, where they wait as reward for the warriors who conquer three gruelling legs of the First Martha's Vineyard Triathlon, Vineyard Warrior.
* Quotes taken from The Odyssey, Homer