July 2017 - TRIATHLON
Summer Madness Triathlons
By Mona Caron
The heart of triathlon season is here so it’s time to register for these two popular races now!
The 12th annual Lake George Triathlon Festival is the weekend of September 2-3 at Battlefield Park in the village of Lake George. Choose from a menu of distances this Labor Day weekend.
On Saturday, the Lake George Triathlon, is the Olympic distance race that has been taking place since 2006 and covers a 0.9-mile swim, 24.8-mile bike and 10K run, in and around beautiful Lake George. This race draws individuals and teams from around the region and it’s a Northeast Collegiate Triathlon Conference event for men’s and women’s teams.
On Sunday, the Big George Triathlon, since 2010, is the half-iron distance which includes a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run. Also on Sunday is the half-iron Aquabike race.
For the hardcore, the “King George” category combines racing in the Olympic on Saturday and the Big George on Sunday. Next up, the “Prince George” is for athletes completing the Olympic on Saturday and half-iron Aquabike on Sunday. Last year roughly 25 people took on these two challenges. So no one feels left out, the kids’ “Splash and Dash” takes place on Saturday afternoon.
According to race director Randy Rath, “Our Big George half iron race is well ahead of last year even with Ironman 70.3 in Lake Placid a week later. The Aquabike race is also becoming more popular.” With the increasing numbers, this year’s Aquabike will award the top three males and females, rather than just overall. Aquabike racers will race in the same wave and not in their age groups as in years past.
Part of the continuing success of race weekend is the collaboration with the local towns, Warren County Sheriff’s Office, NYS Police and fire departments who assist with traffic control and road/lane closures. The volunteers are also very dedicated to making sure race day is smooth for the racers.
You’ll finish with Lake George as your backdrop, then relax and celebrate post-race at the food and beer tent. For more info and to register, visit: adkracemgmt.com.
The 17th annual Crystal Lake Triathlon is on Saturday, August 19 at Crystal Cove in Averill Park. The race is a USAT sanctioned sprint distance and is one of the most scenic races in the area. Beginning at the Crystal Cove beach, the swim features a single loop of a half-mile. Transitioning into the bike leg racers set out on a gorgeous out/back 18-mile bike course. After biking around the far side of the lake, the first descent brings you into rolling hills that pass through the beautiful countryside of Rensselaer County. Finally, the three-mile run finishes on a mostly flat run course around Crystal Lake.
The Aquabike race will be back this year. Co-race director Kenny Hart adds, “The club is proud to announce the addition of two new categories: a male/female division for active/veteran military and male/female division for first responders (police/fire/EMS).”
Packet pickup on Friday night will be at Power House Athletics in Albany or on race day morning prior to the first wave starting at 8am. Billed as one of the toughest sprint bike courses in the area, organizers strongly recommend previewing the course on Tuesday Night weekly training with the Capital District Triathlon Club. For details and registration, go to: cdtriclub.org.
Signup to race, train properly, and join in on the summer madness festivities!