2023 Dave Parcells Madison Triathlon

64 Surf Club Road
Madison, CT 06443


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Registration is now open for the 37th Annual Madison Triathlon, sponsored by Gaylord Physical Therapy and renamed for friend and Event Director Dave Parcells. Individuals, teams, first-timers and para-athletes are all encouraged to participate. Early-bird pricing offered until August 11th, 2023. Only 500 spots available, reserve yours today! (No refunds permitted).


Individuals: $80 before 8/11/23, $100 thereafter, Relay Teams: $110 before 8/11/23, $130 thereafter.

Back by popular demand! Kids "Try" category! Do you have a child interested in trying a tri? This category is designed for 11-16 year old children WITH AN ADULT who want to try this event. The course will be modified to include an approx. 500 yard open water swim, a 13 mile bike and a 3 mile run. Registration fee of $100 before 8/11/2023 includes an Adult and Child who will both complete all 3 events together. Fees increase to $125 after 8/11/2023. 

Schedule of Events:
Friday September 8, 2023: Packet pick-up offered at Lenny and Joe's in Madison from 2pm to 6pm.

Saturday September 9th:

5:30 am: Packet pick up and the transition area opens to athletes at the Surf Club

6:45 am: Start of our para-athlete wave

7:00 am: First wave starts (we anticipate 5 waves, each 3 minutes apart).

All proceeds from the race benefit various Shoreline non-profit organizations. A fundraising give-away will also be offered, tickets are available for purchase online at the time of registration and also at the event.


Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age group. The first male and first female overall will each receive $200 in prize money, $150 will be awarded to the second place overall finishers, and $100 for the two finishers in third place overall. INDIVIDUAL RACE DIVISIONS AND AWARDS: Ages 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+. Both male and female awards will be given to the top 3 in each age group, plus Clydesdale categories for males 200+ lbs., and females 150+ lbs. TEAM COMPETITION AND AWARDS: All Male, All Female and Mixed Teams – Awards to each member of the top finishing team in each division.


The first 14 years of the race was known as the Madison Relays with four legs; swimming, running, biking and canoeing. In 1999, the race was reformatted into a triathlon and triathlon relay. This new format resulted in a significant increase in the number of participants and allowed the Jaycees to increase their support for local charities and youth sports programs.

Race Course:

For course maps please visit www.madisonjc.com.

The race course winds along the beautiful Madison Shoreline.


The swim will be a diamond shaped course. Swimmers will head out toward their left until the first buoy. Keep the buoy on your right and take a right hand turn and head out toward the farthest buoy from shore. After approaching this second buoy, swimmers will also keep this buoy on your right and head on an angle back towards the shore to the third buoy. Swimmers will keep this buoy on their right and turn right back towards shore where the race started. There will be a buoy close to shore to act as a guide to help the swimmers spot the finish. You may swim on either side of this buoy. Any swimmer having trouble should follow the standard practice of raising their hand so assistance can be provided.

WETSUITS are permitted, however the use of fins, snorkels and other flotation devices are not permitted. The water temperature should be about 70 to 72 degrees. 

Please make sure that all swimmers have their arms marked with the proper race #.


The bike course map maybe found on the Madison Jaycees web site. The course is flat and rolling with no major climbs. The course will be a little congested with traffic the first and last couple of miles because of Rte 1, skirting the center of town and quite a few turns. Once you get over the RR bridge on Copse Rd, there are several good long stretches.

The course will be marked with chalk. However, if it rains, the chalk may wash off. Our intention is to have at least 1 volunteer at each intersection to help with traffic control and directions. HOWEVER, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KNOW THE COURSE AND HAVE STUDIED THE MAP AHEAD OF TIME.

Drafting is not permitted and you need to stay 2 bike lengths away from other competitors unless you are in the process of passing. Course marshals will have authority to disqualify or penalize participants if they are observed drafting. There are a couple of areas that will require extra caution on your part.

Rte 1 Crossing:
At the 2 mile and 11 mile marks you will be crossing Rte 1 at the intersection of Island Ave. A police officer will be on duty at this intersection as well as several volunteers. Please exercise common sense and caution at this crucial intersection.

Copse Rd/Green Hill Rd:
At approximately 4.5 miles you will be traveling up Copse Rd and crossing over Green Hill Rd. Green Hill is a very busy street and cars often travel at excessive speeds down the hill when they cross over Copse. Several volunteers and a police officer will be located at this intersection but please be aware of cars coming down from your right as you pass over Green Hill.


The run course is perfectly flat and fast. It is an out and back course along the shore roads. As you approach East Wharf Beach, you will be directed into the parking lot where you will run around a circular garden in the parking lot and head back to the Surf Club. Please be aware that approximately two miles of the run are shared by both the bike and run courses.


The transition area is for athletes only. Once the race begins, all spectators will not be allowed in the transition area. RIDING YOUR BIKE IN THE TRANSITION AREA IS NOT PERMITTED. You will be required to walk or run your bike while in the grass transition area. Once you are outside the area, you will be allowed to mount your bike. You must also dismount your bike before entering the transition area.


Upon exiting the swim, the swimmer must run up the beach into the transition area and transfer the velcro ankle bracelet (containing the timing chip) to the cyclist in the designated team area. The cyclist must wear this bracelet on his/her ankle. Only after the swimmer transfers the ankle bracelet, may the cyclist take his/her bike off the bike rack and proceed to run or walk his/her bike to the transitions area exit. All relay teams will be located in a certain area so race personnel may observe the proper tag. Upon returning to the transition area, the cyclist must dismount the bike and run or walk the bike back to the team area. After racking the bike, the cyclist will transfer the ankle bracelet to the runner. Do not transfer the bracelet to the runner before racking your bike. The runner must also wear the bracelet on the ankle to be properly timed. Failure to wear the bracelet on your ankle may result in your team not being timed and being disqualified.



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