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Tri for a Cure Update

In 2020, in 2021, and again in 2022 the pandemic forced us all to make some tough calls. Here at Maine Caner Foundation and Tri for a Cure those calls meant finding creative ways to bring us back together safely and raise money to fight cancer. In 2022, with the help of our committed participants, sponsors, and donors, the 15th annual Tri for a Cure was a huge success!  We were once again able to see joyous faces, give nervous hugs, and line up at Spring Point.  

Our Virtual event, which was born out of necessity, has evolved into something so much bigger!  We now know the significance of what we are doing together doesn’t diminish when done from afar.  Over the last three years, we've reshaped the virtual event and have learned so much about how it can benefit our participants.  Holding a virtual event allows women to be a part of this incredible community while still honoring their comfort level and person commitments. 

We've always known how important Tri for a Cure is to our participants.  In 2022, one of the most powerful things we observed was the number of virtual participants who showed up on race weekend to volunteer and support their fellow racers.  If you can make it race weekend we would love to see you there! 

In 2023, alongside our signature event, we will once again offer a virtual option starting on July 16, 2023 and ending July 30, 2023.   

With gratitude and hope,

The Tri for a Cure/Maine Cancer Foundation Team

Is this different from 2022?

You betcha! We are once again offering a virtual Tri for a Cure in conjunction with the in-person event on July 16th.  We learned a lot from the 2022 Hybrid TFAC and feel we can optimize the experience for those who wish to continue to participate virtually - for whatever reason! 

This year the virtual event will be held from July 16 to July 30.  We will kick off the virtual event on race weekend and keep the party going until the end of July! 

We invite our virtual participants to join us at the TFAC Expo on Saturday, July 15th to pick up your packets, shirts, medals, and incentives.  If you are not able to join us at Expo you can arrange to pick up those items at the MCF office starting July 24th. No items will be mailed out in advance of race weekend. 

  • All participants, whether virtual or in-person, are required to meet the $500 fundraising minimum. 
  • To guarantee inclusion in incentive prizes you must register by April 1, 2023. 
  • After May 1, participants are not able to move their registration between the live and virtual events.
  • If you register after May 1, 2023 you will have no dropout period and will be automatically committed to raising $500.   

Like last year, we encourage everyone to complete a swim, bike, and run (or a duathlon - see below) either individually or as a relay. You can choose your venue and location (lake, ocean, pool, etc). 

Options for Completing the Virtual Tri for a Cure
  • Option 1: Triathlon (Swim 1/3 mile, Bike 15 miles, Run 3.1 miles) – Individual or Relay. Please be sure to adhere to safety measures, including not swimming alone and making sure to tell a family member or friend of your run/bike plans and/or keeping a phone on you.
    • Swim can be in the pool, in the lake, in the ocean.  You name it.
    • Bike can be on the road, indoor cycling studio, on a bike trainer, or on a stationary bike.
    • Run can be on local roads, on a trail, on the treadmill. Of course, it can be walked, jogged, slogged, crawled, or run to complete. 
  • Option 2: Duathlon (Run 1 mile, Bike 15 miles, Run 3.1 miles) - Individual or Relay
    • We understand that pool training options have been reduced/eliminated lately. Here is an alternative to doing your swim: try a duathlon!
  • Option 3: Get creative with any combination of the run, bike or swim elements! – Individual or Relay
    • This is the year to truly do YOUR race! If you’d like to take a year off from swimming, biking, and/or running, but still support Maine Cancer Foundation, that’s ok! Create your own combination or singularly-focused version of the event.
  • Complete your Tri for a Cure between July 16 and July 30. You can choose any day (or days) in this window to complete your event.
  • You set your schedule. Do the swim one day. Do the bike a week later. Do the run in another week! Or do them all in one day. Do your race at your own time, your own location, your own day. If it rains, wait another day for the perfect day that fits you. No need for an early alarm!

One of the best parts of Tri for a Cure is the community of women that come together in the months leading up to the event and on race day. Many of you have already joined the Tri for a Cure 2023 Facebook group. If you have not, please do so. This will be a place to share ideas, encouragement, photos, and more.

Swim, Bike, and Run Guides

Check out these helpful guides for each discipline of triathlon!




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