Time is running out to register for the 29th annual Runner’s Edge-Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, Long Island’s premiere multisport event. The event will be held Sunday, Aug. 28.
Recreational athletes of all levels of ability are encourage to sign up for this event, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one-loop 15-kilometer bike ride through Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5-kilometer run “up” to the Planting Fields Arboretum and back to the finish at Theodore Roosevelt Park in Oyster Bay. It is a perfect first-timers event at the same time as it presents a significant enough challenge to be enjoyed by veteran triathletes.
For those who aren’t ready to do an individual triathlon, teams of two or three are most welcome.
The triathlon will be followed by a great post-race BBQ courtesy of Western Beef, with plenty of hot dogs, hamburgers and all the trimmings, plus the chance to enjoy Blue Point Brewing Company’s finest potables.
The triathlon is being conducted under the auspices of the Town of Oyster Bay, with the support of Town Supervisor John Venditto, the Oyster Bay Town Board and the Oyster Bay Town Parks Department. Event management will be handled by the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC), with Jose Lopez and Ray Farrell as co-directors of the event, and Mindy Davidson and Linda Ottaviano as event coordinators.
In addition to the Runner’s Edge and Western Beef, other key business sponsors include the Farmingdale law firm of Carman, Callahan & Ingham, Farmingdale chiropractor Dr. Larry Lembo, the Syosset-based Jonas Chiropractic, Bo’s Kitchen & Bar Room, the Oyster Bay State Farm Insurance Agency of Bill Hannan and Babylon Bike.
The main charitable beneficiary of the event will be the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay, with additional funds to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Gerald Kaufman Memorial Fund.
The Sunday, Aug. 28 “main event” will be preceded by the Runner’s Edge-Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 27, and youngsters ages 8 to 13 are encouraged to participate in a 200-yard swim, 2.5-mile bike race and 1-mile run, all within the confines of Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park.
You can register online for either the adult triathlon or the junior triathlon at www.glirc.org.
Volunteers are most welcome; contact Mindy Davidson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information call the GLIRC office at 516-349-7646.
—Submitted by the Greater Long Island