Block Island Sports Lineup for August
Block Island Triathlon
The Block Island Triathlon is on Saturday, August 4 at 9 a.m. This event is popular with both seasoned racers and beginners. The race starts with a quarter- mile open water swim off of beautiful crescent beach. After the swim racers hop on their bikes for a 12-mile ride around the island with stunning views of the Atlantic, old stone walls, pastures, and rolling hills. The final leg of the race is back at the beach for a 4 mile run in the sand. The race begins at 9 a.m. There is a 6 a.m. boat departing Point Judith race morning, August 4. If you aren't on the island Friday night, you will be required to take this boat. Please don't forget to buy a ticket for your bike. If you plan on being on island Friday night, make reservations now. If the ferry is cancelled race day, or there is severe weather; the race will be cancelled. Race fee is non-refundable. Roads are not closed during the bike portion.
Helmets for the bike portion of the race are mandatory! Anyone not wearing a helmet for any portion of the bike segment will be disqualified.
There will be no day-of registration. The last day to register for this event will be in person on Friday August 3, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Packet pickup will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday August 3 and on Saturday, August 4 from 7 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. at the Fred Benson Town Beach Pavilion.
Please give yourself ample time to unload your bike and belongings, park your car, and board the boat as there will be large amounts of triathletes doing the same. Racers are cautioned to please be aware of traffic, and the public is asked to be cautious of the racers. Slow down and give the racers some space. Sign up by registering online at www.active.com. Registration is $60. For more information call the Recreation department at (401) 466-3223.
Block Island Medical Center
5K Family Fun Run
This event takes place on Sunday, August 5 at 9:30 a.m. at the Fred Benson Beach Pavilion. A 3.2 mile/5K run on the most beautiful beach on Block Island. Check in is located at the beach pavilion — a 15 minute walk from the ferry dock. Check in starts at 8:30 a.m. at the pavilion, where the race will begin and finish. Race numbers and t-shirts will be available at check in. First, second and third place for men's and women's overall. First place only for men and women for the run: 12 and under; 13-17; 18-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70+; and first place Block Island student. All participants under 12 will receive an award. Get your friends and family together to enjoy this fun run!
BI Soccer Classic
This event will be held on Saturday, August 11 starting at 10 a.m. at Heinz Field. Block Island's own summer soccer tournament! Teams from off island come over to compete against the best of Block Island. The maximum amount of teams allowed to participate in the tournament is eight. Teams consist of seven players per side. Each team will play at least five games. The top two teams from each bracket will enter a playoff to decide the winner of the tournament. Bring a beach chair or blanket, some water and snacks and head up to watch some high spirited soccer action. For more information call the Recreation Department at (401) 466-3223.