The TDD Triathlon is a memorial race for Tyrus, Dante, and Daniel Vescio, triplet sons of local racers, Don and Elaine Vescio, and a fundraiser for the UMass Memorial Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Tyrus, Dante, and Daniel were born prematurely on April 8, 2005 at UMass Memorial Hospital, and died shortly afterwards. Don and Elaine promised their sons that they would always be remembered, and that they would help other babies get the chance to live long, healthy lives. The TDD Triathlon was born from that promise.
Proceeds from the TDD Triathlon have been used to fund the purchase of many important items including Giraffe OmniBeds which are self contained, individual intensive care units; technology for the Umass nicView program which enables parents and other family members to view their baby when they cannot be with their child at the hospital; and simple white boards for parents and nursing staff to leave message for each other.
Described by a number of participants as their favorite triathlon!
The TDD Triathlon is a wonderful, late season sprint triathlon that attracts experienced competitors as well as people who are new to the sport. It is held in a quiet, Central Massachusetts town that is convenient to Boston, Rhode Island, and parts of Connecticut. Race categories include elite/open, age group, relay teams, athena & clydesdale, splash & dash (swim/run), and aquabike (swim/bike).
Race Venue and Course Description
The race venue is in beautiful Douglas State Forest--a bucolic setting for the race, and an ideal location for a post event cookout as there are plenty of barbecues and picnic tables available for use, hiking trails, and a beach for more post event fun.
The race begins with a 1/4 mile swim in Wallum Lake, a very large and picturesque lake with placid waters. Swim angels are available to help nervous swimmers feel more confident during the swim. The single loop, 11 mile bike route on rural roads offers varied terrain, and a few good climbs. It's a challenging bike course, but participants are rewarded with a special message on the final hill. The 3.2 mile run is an out and back course mostly in the state park.
For more information or to volunteer at the triathlon, visit the TDD Triathlon registration page.