AROUND THE REGION
Wilson Endurance Sports Purchases Two ATC Endurance Triathlons
RANDOLPH – Two popular upstate events have been purchased from ATC Endurance: the Delta Lake Triathlon and Cooperstown Triathlon. Michael Brych and his ATC team decided to retire after 10 years of producing top notch, quality events, and Mark and Tonia Wilson of Wilson Endurance Sports are now the new owners of these races.
Delta Lake, just completing its ninth successful season, held in Delta Lake State Park near Rome, will continue as it has in the past. The Wilsons will be featuring a sprint and Olympic triathlon and aquabike races, along with the Delta Double, allowing participants to compete in both triathlons on the same day. This race is scheduled for Saturday, July 20, 2019. The Cooperstown Triathlon, held in beautiful Glimmerglass State Park near Cooperstown is scheduled for June 1, 2019. This race includes a sprint and aquabike. New for both events will be the addition of a kids’ triathlon, featuring distances for ages 11 and under and 12-17.
Race director and coach, Mark Wilson adds, “We’re really thrilled and honored to take the reins from Mike on these two wonderful races. The venues are just beautiful and the bike courses are designed perfectly. It will be an honor to continue welcoming athletes and carrying on the traditions they love – and make some new ones as well.” Registration is already open and more information can be found at coachmarkwilson.com.
Mohawk Hudson River MarathonOpen for Registration until 9/28
ALBANY – The Mohawk Hudson River Marathon on Sunday, October 7 remains open until September 28. While the half marathon has been sold out for months, the marathon has not yet reached capacity. The marathon takes runners from Central Park in Schenectady through city streets before settling onto the bike path along the Mohawk River. The race continues alongside the Hudson River to the Corning Preserve in Albany for a total of 18 miles on the bike paths. Described in Runner’s World magazine as “Simple, understated and stunning, it’s an event with all the amenities of a major marathon with none of the hassles.” Register now before the race closes; there is no race day registration. For info and registration, go to mohawkhudsonmarathon.com.
Dunk Your Kicks Shoe Recycling at Mohawk Marathon/Half Expo
ALBANY – Remember to bring those gently used running shoes and “dunk your kicks” at the Adirondack Sports Expo & Mohawk Hudson River Marathon and Half Marathon Packet Pickup on Saturday, October 6, from 10am-5pm at the Albany Capital Center. The show features 50 running, health, fitness and travel exhibitors, and 5,000 attendees are expected. For four years, Dunk Your Kicks has been collecting sneakers for the Max Cure Foundation which they turn into cash for childhood cancer. Support this sneaker drive and help them to surpass their previous record of 600 pairs of shoes. For more information, visit dunkyourkicks.org or maxcure.org.
Kinderhook Tri-Village Rotary Club Presents $20,000 for CYCLE Kids
KINDERHOOK – The Kinderhook Tri-Village Rotary Club presented the Ichabod Crane Central School District with a check for $20,000 at the July 10 Board of Education meeting. This donation was possible after years of fundraising by the members of the club and school district community members. This money will be used to start a CYCLE Kids program at the Ichabod Crane Elementary School.
CYCLE Kids promotes healthy lifestyle choices by introducing young students to the joys of bicycling, as well as educating them on bike safety and nutrition. CYCLE Kids will kick off in September with staff training and a “bike build” event to introduce the 4th-grade students to the program. It will expand to 5th-grade students in the 2019-20 school year. The Ichabod Crane School District is grateful for this gift and opportunity to start the CYCLE Kids program. The members of the Kinderhook Tri-Village Rotary Club and community members made this possible. Learn more at ichabodcrane.org.
New Book for Seniors and Mobility Challenged to Get Outdoors
ALBANY – Allen Ballard’s new book, “Keep on Moving! An Old Fellow’s Journey into the World of Rollators, Mobile Scooters, Recumbent Trikes, Adult Trikes and Electric Bikes,” was just published by Christopher Matthews Press. It has a very simple message: Get up, get out, and keep on rolling down life’s highway, even though you can no longer mount a traditional bike! The author is retired University at Albany professor, Allen Ballard, who shows how a rollator, for example, can extend one’s capacity to take long, invigorating daily walks. And how adult tricycles and recumbent bikes can get seniors back on wheels and restore the joys of childhood days in the sunshine.
“Keep on Moving” comes with the strong endorsement of Dr. Michael Wolff, the distinguished Capital Region geriatrician. He writes, “This is an entertaining and informative book, which reflects the author’s striving to maintain independent mobility. It has provided some useful information to me, as a practicing geriatrician, and to share with my patients.” The Book House in Stuyvesant Plaza will host a book signing with Allen Ballard on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 3-5pm. Learn more at christophermatthewspub.com/keep-on-moving.
Mohawk Towpath Byway Duathlon
CLIFTON PARK – On Sunday, October 14, the 16th annual Mohawk Towpath Byway Duathlon will host some of the area’s top multisport athletes, as well as recreational runners and cyclists for the two-mile run, 17-mile bike and two-mile run. The start, exchange area, and finish are all at Riverview Orchards in Rexford, and the courses are through rural fall foliage lined landscapes along the Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway. All participants and volunteers receive a Giffy’s BBQ chicken lunch post-race, and the first 100 registrants will receive a knit cap with a full color embroidered Byway logo.
Two-person teams are welcome. Awards will be given for overall male and female first place, and top three male and female in ten-year-age groups, and for first place male, female and mixed teams. Scholastic and Grandmaster categories will be back this year with separate waves. Participants age 16 and under and age 70 or older may elect to do a 2M run, 10M bike, and 2M run – a cool option to make it more doable! For more info and to register, go to mohawktowpath.org/duathlon.
Roller Ski to Garnet Hill Lodge
NORTH RIVER – Are you ready to roll into the 2018-19 ski season with improved technique and excellent fitness? In North River, try roller skiing the newly paved 13th Lake Road from the bridge over the brook, up to Garnet Hill Lodge. This run is 1.33 miles long, all the while climbing over 300 feet of elevation. Here’s how North River resident and Garnet Hill skier, Bob Ingram, facilitates the workout: “I drive my car up to lodge, drop off my bicycle with cycling shoes, drive down to a starting point, leave the car, and roller ski up to Garnet Hill Lodge, then ride bicycle back down to car.” You could repeat this process to get in awesome training climbs, one after another. To view the mapped route: mapmyride.com/routes/view/2168185915. Here’s challenge from Bob, “My best time so far is 15 minutes 20 seconds. Who will drop under a 15 minute run?” Contact him at email@example.com.