Start: Inkwell Beach, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts

Olympic Swim distance: 1 mile Sprint Swim distance: .4 mile
Swim location: Inkwell Beach
Challenge: Navigate Straight of Messina guarded by Skylla and Kharybdis

Olympic Bike distance: 24.84 miles Sprint Bike distance 12.7 mile

Bike route: Oak Bluffs South via Seaview then Beach Road to Edgartown. Edgartown. Sharp right onto Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Right onto Barnes to Wing to S. Circuit, left on Katama, Right on Naushon, straight to T2. Sprint one loop, Olympic two loops.
Challenge: Ascend Sysiphus' climb

Olympic Run distance: 6.2 miles Sprint Run distance: 3.71 miles

Run route: Seaview Avenue north, Left on Oak Bluffs Ave, to East Chop Road Olympic diverts along New York Ave to other end of East Chop. Taking a right onto Munroe athletes do another loop along New York but then go straight past Munroe until a left on Oak Bluffs, following back the same route to Waban Park. Sprint Athletes take a right onto East Chop, turn around at the light house and head back the same way. See athlete info packet for more info
Challenge: The Kraken Mile

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


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