Since 1992, the Top Notch Triathlon has taken place annually in Franconia, NH. An event organized by the community and for the community, the triathlon’s proceeds go towards bettering the recreation opportunities of the Franconia area. Since its inception, the race has helped raise over $125,000 which has helped finance projects such as the construction of the Dow Park pavilion, the repaving of the skating rink, and purchasing new soccer equipment.

In the midst of a long stretch of hot summer days, this Saturday in Franconia was no different. The 8AM kick-off temperature of 68 degrees quickly reached the mid-80s. 

Racers began at Lafayette Regional High School and kicked things off with a 6 mile bike leg through Franconia, up Butter Hill, and into the White Mountain National Forest until they reached beautiful Echo Lake. A ⅓ mile swim across the scenic Echo Lake brought racers to the race’s final leg, the run. Many will tell you that the run is the most difficult part of a triathlon. The fatigue brought on by biking and swimming combined with the now blistering summer heat, was no match for the racers though, as many crushed the 3.1 mile run across the slopes of Cannon Mountain. This year’s triathletes proved they were some top-notch competitors!

Afterwards, racers regathered at Iron Furnace Brewing to cool down with some delicious craft beers and ciders. When in the area, be sure to check out this spot! 

Burgeon Tent at Top Notch

One racer noted that the heat, "was tough throughout the race but it was nice to cool off in Echo Lake."

We released our 2 newest graphic t-shirt designs at the Iron Furnace afterparty. Both pay tribute to the amazing Franconia area. Our new Profile T-shirt design features New Hampshire’s famous “Man on the Mountain” as well as the locally-loved “Watcher” of Eagle Cliff. The brand-new Franconia Notch T-shirt features various notable landmarks in the Notch such as Profile Lake and Cannon Mountain! 

Congratulations to the winners! To check out the results click here.

We’re proud to be sponsors of this great event and had an awesome time!

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