Part triathlon (no swimming!), part adventure race (no fire!), the Millyard BPR is a fun but challenging race that starts and ends in Nashua, New Hampshire’s historic Millyard, taking participants through downtown Nashua, beautiful neighboring Hollis, and the peaceful trails of Mine Falls Park. Individuals and teams will bike through Nashua, use their choice of human powered water transport (kayak, canoe or SUP) to navigate the Nashua River and run along the famed New Hampshire Heritage Trail. After the race, share some food and drinks with your fellow racers at one of the many great establishments along Main and Canal Streets!
The bike. The entire race is on roads. During the 2.5 mile parade start you will be escorted through Nashua by the City’s finest. During this time, we ask that you stay together as a pack or peloton. Be realistic about your placement and pace. Expect to do 14.5 miles in 30 minutes? Feel free to cluster at the front. More of a 15 mile per hour type, the middle is your place. 10 miles an hour your thing? No problem, but perhaps the courtesy of starting in the back third. At the finish racers will enter the first transition area, put the bike on the rack, and either grab your boat or hand off to your teammate.
The boat. Yep – you choose your boat, but you have to bring it with you! Participants and teams will be sorted by classification, but remember the overall winner is on time only, so if you’re in it to win it, go with that sleek boat you’ve been tempted by all winter. On the exit, you can hand carry your boat to a secure resting place or leave it on the water and we’ll move it for you.
The run. This 3.7 mile off road course through the picturesque Mine Falls Park will take you along the river you just paddled and then back to the start/finish line. This is a small section of the New Hampshire Heritage Trail which runs 130 miles along the Merrimack River from Massachusetts to Canada!
NOTE: This is a new course, so if you participated before read carefully.
All legs start and finish at the Millyard Technology Park
(10 Technology Way, Nashua, NH).
: There will be a parade start from Millyard to West Hollis/Riverside Drive. This is a nice 2.5 mile warm up. Please stick together – the goal is to get everyone safely to the timed start. Timed start is at Riverside Drive.
Course follows West Hollis (Route 111) to Depot Road (just after crossing Nashua River). Turn right on Depot and make the 3 mile climb into Hollis. Stay right around the farms at Hollis Center and start down Broad Street. Take a LEFT onto Pine Hill Road (will be police assistance at turn). Take Pine Hill all the way across the Everitt Turnpike, where it becomes Blue Hill Avenue (um, not the Blue Hill Ave in Boston.) Here you will cross Broad Street, turn left, and then take the next right onto the Broad Street Parkway back to the Millyard. Note: the turn into the Millyard is tight – be sensible! Follow to back of the Millyard Technology Park where you can rack your bike and head to the kayak.
Total distance: 17 miles. Timed distance: 14.5 miles.
: These roads are open to regular traffic. We will have police details and volunteers at what we deem to be critical intersections (Broad to Pine Hill, crossing Broad Street). However, absent express direction from an officer you are expected to comply with all traffic rules.
Paddle: Launch is at the boat ramp behind the Millyard Technology Park. Volunteers can assist you launch. Paddle details in the works, but expect a 2 mile paddle on flat water. Paddle is an out and back, so you’ll be getting out where you got in, only with serious cramps and an inability to run. Except you still have the run.
Paddle Distance: 2.5 miles
Run: The run starts and ends with a hill. Leave the boat launch and follow the driveway around to Pine Street Extension – follow down into the park. At approximately 1 mile in you will hit a water stop where you will be directed right onto a trail that follows the river. Follow all the way to the end, then turn left. Go straight at the flag pole and you’ll soon see the water stop/turn. Keep going straight and back to the Millyard Technology park for a downhill finish.
Run distance: 3.7 miles