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Hudson Valley Triathlon Club: 18 Years of Training and Racing
MT. TREMPER – The Hudson Valley Triathlon Club, or HVTC as it is locally referred to, began in 2000 due to the need for a larger, consistent and more frequent training for triathletes in the area. Founded by triathlete and coach, Mark Wilson, HVTC has made Kenneth Wilson State Park in Mount Tremper (near Woodstock) its home.
HVTC hosts the Summer Tri Series as a sprint with a 400-yard out and back swim, a 12- mile hilly loop leaving the park and making six right hand turns back to the park, finishing with a two-mile run inside the state park. The Wilson State Park location is sleepy, quiet, rustic and gorgeous. As a result of the club’s presence in the park there have been major upgrades and the park won “Best Middle Size Park” in the New York State’s park system. It’s tucked away in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains so the bike course is “bumpy.”
The club is roughly 50 members on average and boasts more than 20% USA Triathlon All-American status every year, which means that they finish within the top 10% of their respective age groups in the nation. Every year there are “newbies” that visit the club and race with them; and, they are treated like royalty and given tips, advice, instruction and support throughout their time.
Mark is most proud of the humility that rings true through the hearts of this group. He says, “You would never know how awesome they were in triathlon, because they wouldn’t even think of hinting about their individual accomplishments in the sport, until the gun goes off and the race starts. Even while being passed by one of the superstars, a pat on the back or thumbs up or “nice work” is exchanged.”
The Summer Tri Series races are held one Wednesday evening per month; transition opens at 4pm and the races start at 5:45pm. Open to beginners on up, these races are completely do-able with a little training and a super speed workout for the more advanced. To extend the season, HVTC has added the New York Duathlon Series at this venue. The 2018 races are held on Saturday mornings: April 21, May 5 and October 6. There are three more races held on Saturday’s in Cassadaga in western New York’s Southern Tier.
They are also directing the Hague Endurance Festival on Saturday-Sunday, June 23-24 in Hague – formerly home of North Country and HITS triathlon events. The fest includes Olympic, sprint and kids triathlons, a duathlon and aquabike. And, the Stissing Triathlon on Saturday, June 30 in Pine Plains (near Columbia/Dutchess county border) with sprint and kids tri races. For more info, call 914-466-9214 or visit coachmarkwilson.com.
Hudson River Whitewater Derby, May 5-6, with New Team Challenges
NORTH CREEK – The area’s longest running whitewater derby, the 61st annual Hudson River Whitewater Derby will be on Saturday-Sunday, May 5-6. Based in North Creek, Saturday’s derby features giant slalom and sprint races at 11am, and the “Not-So-Whitewater” River Race immediately following. On Sunday, the Downriver Race from takes place. Both days feature awards celebrations with live music, food/drinks and more. The “Not-So-Whitewater” River Race is a 2.5-mile “moving water” paddle that’s enjoyable and safe for beginner and intermediate canoers and kayakers. Saturday’s award celebration is 4pm at Tannery Pond Community Center.
Sunday is the Downriver Race from North Creek to Riparius. Registration and packet pick-up is 9am at the Hudson River Pavilion, next to the North Creek Train Station. The race starts at 11am. Awards will be presented at Riverside Station Park in Riparius, near the finish line, immediately following the races.
New to this year’s giant slalom and downriver races are the addition of team challenges for high/prep school, college and corporate teams! Paddlers will compete as individual entries in all classes (no family or masters) as single or double paddlers. Teams may enter up to five different boats and the three best finishers will be computed toward the team score – and the Whitewater Derby Challenge Trophy. Individual racers are eligible to receive individual awards as well for each class. Learn more at whitewaterderby.com.
Countryman Challenge 5K Obstacle Race on April 21
QUEENSBURY – West Mountain Ski Area presents the Countryman Challenge 5K Obstacle Race on Saturday, April 21 at 10am. The obstacle course includes snow, ski and water features, and registration (age 7+) is open to individuals and teams of four. The race-fee includes an after-race BBQ ticket, beer ticket (21+) and T-shirt to the first 100 competitors. For ages 7-12, there’s a Kids’ Fun Race with a short course at 9:15am. For more details, visit westmtn.net and register at active.com.
Canton Canoe Weekend on the Grasse River
CANTON – The 57th annual Canton Canoe Weekend, a tradition in J.H. Rushton’s honor, will take place on the Grasse River in Canton, on Friday-Sunday, May 4-6. The weekend event opens with the Rushton Tour, a four-mile downstream paddle along the historic racecourse Friday evening, and continues Saturday and Sunday with a variety of recreational, amateur and pro races, featuring the St. Lawrence Health Systems C-1 Pro World Championship on Saturday afternoon.
The paddling race draws competitors from across the US and Canada. The event is open to professional to casual paddlers, and there’s a place for everyone in the Canton Canoe Weekend lineup. Races vary in length from one to 14 miles. The family-friendly event held at Taylor Park features a chicken barbeque, hosted by Future Farmers of America on Saturday afternoon to support the local youth organization. Live music will be provided by DJ Double Dutch on Saturday and Sunday.
Canton was home to John Henry Rushton and his famous boat works, founded in 1875, along the banks of the Grasse River. In his honor, this historic event began in 1962, and was originally known as the “Rushton Memorial Canoe Race.” For more info, visit slvpaddlers.org, Canton Canoe Weekend’s Facebook page, or call 315-323-0946.
Indian Lake to Host First-Ever U.S. Quadrathlon
INDIAN LAKE – The Adirondack town of Indian Lake will be the first venue in the United States to host a quadrathlon on Saturday, June 16. The “Do the Q” Quadrathlon consists of a half-mile swim, four-mile kayak paddle, 18.2-mile bike ride and a 6.2-mile run, in accordance with World Quadrathlon Federation guidelines. First-year registration is limited to 50 participants who will do all events (no relay teams). The race is presented by the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce and America’s Quadrathlon Association.
The routes for each leg are still being established, but all will be in the Indian Lake region. According to Len Carbonara, vice president of the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce and founder of the American Quadrathlon Association, “Quadrathlons are increasing in popularity in Europe so we wanted to launch this multisport event in beautiful Indian Lake and provide athletes with a unique race experience.” To learn about the sport, visit wqf.quadrathlon.com. For more info on the event, contact Len Carbonara at 518-648-0821 or dotheQ1@yahoo.com.
Viking Obstacle Race May 6 at Sunny Hill
GREENVILLE – The Viking Obstacle Race will take place on Sunday, May 6 at Sunny Hill Resort in Greenville, 30 minutes south of Albany. The race includes 35 obstacles on the 5.5-mile course. There is $1,000 of prize money to the top three male and female elite racers. If you’d like to practice, a cool thing is you can training on the course before the race or anytime during spring, summer or fall! Registration includes Viking T-shirt, finisher medal, lunch, beer/beverage ticket, digital photo downloads and after-party. Save 10% off registration with the “ASF18” discount code. For more info and to register, call 518-634-7642 or go to sunnyhill.com.
Join Saratoga Rowing for Spring and Summer Camps
SARATOGA SPRINGS – Saratoga Rowing Association is offering spring and summer rowing camps on Fish Creek, the northern outlet of Saratoga Lake. The camps are open to ages four to 90, all are welcome, and no experience is required. The camps include: Spring Sculling (age 9-13); Summer Sculling (age 9-13) with seven sessions available; Summer Learn-to-Row (rising 7th grade or higher); Summer Learn-to-Row for Adults (21+); and Kindersculls (age 4-9) with one-week (AM/PM) sessions at the end of August. Get additional info at 518-587-6697, firstname.lastname@example.org or saratogarowing.com.