Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ironman Isn’t The Only Adirondack Triathlon

MiniTri_JenniMcGrewDuring the summer triathlon season my family spend a lot of time watching for athletes on local roads. It makes for great people watching. My children are trained to look for weaving bicyclists around sharp corners. Though participating in a triathlon isn’t for everyone, spectating and cheering on the athletes that do, is a sport in itself.

We have volunteered at one Lake Placid Ironman, passed out water at a Tupper Lake Tinman and managed to cheer on a few friends dedicated to finishing both courses. While some Adirondack triathlons have concluded, the 2nd oldest Ironman Triathlon in North America is gearing up to be held once again in Lake Placid on July 27th.

For those adults that wish to pass on the Ironnman, but still want to get a triathlon experience, put the High Peaks Cyclery Monday mini-triathlon series to the test. Registration is at Mirror Lake’s public beach starting at 5:30 p.m. with the race commencing at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for the first mini-tri and $15 for any subsequent events. Participants swim 400-yards, bike 12-miles and run 3-miles. For those just interested in doing only a segment of the event, relays are accepted. People even show up that night and see if anyone needs a partner to complete a team. The ages range from an “under 12” category to “over 50.” The events may be postponed for weather so call 518-523-3764.

Registration for the Kids Tri starts at 2:30 with the event happening at 3 pm. For anyone ages 4-14, the Kids Triathlons feature a 100-yrd swim, 1 or 3 mile bike, ½ or 1 mile run. The bike and run distance varies depending on age and ability. The entry fee is $5. The goal is to just introduce children to the sport of triathlon, not frighten them into never participating. The day is filled with camaraderie. Spectators are welcome to come and cheer.
The remaining dates are July 28, August 4, August 11, August 18 and August 25.

Old Forge’s third annual Enchanted Forest Water Safari Triathlon will be held on August 17. This is considered an intermediate triathlon featuring a 1000m swim, 22-mile bike, and a 4-mile run. The race will begin at 8am. Due to some construction of the course route, the route will be altered for the 2014 year.

Lake George conducts an Olympic distance triathlon on Saturday, August 30, which consists of a 0.9-mile swim, 24.8-mile bike and 6.2-mile run. The Lake George event only takes the first 500 individuals and 50 teams so if you are interested, please register as soon as possible.

If volunteering is your way of giving back, check here for information regarding assistance for the Lake George Tri Festival. Lake George wants to get the younger generation outside and active so the Kids Splash-N-Dash was created. Children ages 6-10 will swim for 50 yards and complete a 0.5-mile run while children ages 11-14 swim for 100 yards and run for 1.0 mile. The Kids events has a $10 registration fee and takes place after the Lake George Triathlon awards ceremony.

However you chose to get outside, enjoy these opportunities to bike, swim and run!

Photo of High Peaks Cyclery Mini-Tri used with the permission of Jenni Knapp McGrew 

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Diane Chase

Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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