Thirty years ago the Town of Hempstead Triathlon was a one-of-a-kind event, but three decades later the competition is fierce, yet the race remains a favorite with local athletes. This year, the Town Triathlon is racing into its 30th season with entry applications available by calling the Department of Parks and Recreation at (516) 292-9000, extension 7219. “An exciting combination of swimming, biking and running, the 2014 Triathlon is set for 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 6 at Town Park Point Lookout,” according to Supervisor Kate Murray.
Set along the beautiful beachfront at Town Park Point Lookout, the Triathlon begins with a hearty three-quarter mile ocean swim. After emerging from the surf, competitors set off on a ten-mile bike through the streets of Point Lookout and Lido Beach. The final leg of the Triathlon is a five-mile run to the finish line at Town Park.
“Always a thrilling event, the Triathlon showcases the athletic skill and competitive spirit of each participant,” commented Supervisor Murray. “We look forward to hosting a full field of 300 contestants in our 30th Anniversary race and expectations are high for exciting finishes in both the men’s and women’s divisions.
To receive a 2014 Triathlon application, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Town of Hempstead Triathlon, Department of Parks and Recreation, 200 North Franklin Street, Hempstead, New York 11550. Registration fees, set at $44 for a town resident, $66 for a non-resident and $22 for a town senior or veteran, are payable by check or money order made out to the Town of Hempstead. The deadline for registration is Thursday, August 28.
In addition to presenting each participant with a souvenir t-shirt and a special race memento, the Triathlon will bestow handsome awards on the top male and female finishers in each of ten age categories. Championship trophies will also be presented to the overall men’s and women’s winners.
NEW YORK COMMUNITY BANK returns in 2014 as the primary sponsor of the Town of Hempstead Triathlon. The town also acknowledges the support of BRANDS CYCLE AND FITNESS, AHLOE CAL CRUZ SURF AND VOLLEYBALL SHOP, EMPIRE KAYAKS, KING KULLEN and ARROW PRODUCE.
“Local triathletes hope to enjoy a hometown advantage as they compete against racers from the entire metropolitan area,” added Councilwoman Angie Cullin.
“The town triathlon has grown up to become one of Long Island’s premiere athletic events and I encourage local residents to join us at beautiful Point Lookout Beach to cheer on all the participants.”
Race applications are also available at the Parks Department, 200 North Franklin Street, Hempstead, the Lifeguard Office at Town Park Point Lookout, Brands Cycle and Fitness in Wantagh, Empire Kayaks in Island Park and Ahloe Cal Cruz in Bellmore. Additional event and registration information may be obtained by calling the Parks Department at 292-9000, extension 7219 or by visiting the town website at www.TOH.LI.