When the Town of Hempstead Triathlon raced onto the scene 31 years ago, it was a one-of-a-kind event, a competitive trendsetter that helped inspire the popularity of today’s Triathlons. A compelling test of skill and endurance, the town Triathlon is contested along the beautiful ocean shoreline and through quaint seaside communities. Entry applications for the 2015 Triathlon on Saturday, September 12 are now available by calling the Department of Parks and Recreation at (516) 292-9000, extension 7219 or visiting town parks and sponsor locations.
“An exciting combination of swimming, biking and running, the 2015 Triathlon is set for 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 12 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 on September 12 and expectations are high for exciting races in both the men’s and women’s divisions.”
To receive a 2015 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 27.
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 2015 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.
“The Town of Hempstead Triathlon has become of Long Island’s premier athletic competitions, and our hometown triathletes will compete against racers from the entire Metropolitan area,” added Councilwoman Erin King-Sweeney.
Race applications are available at the Parks Department Administration Office, 200 North Franklin Street, Hempstead, the Lifeguard Office at Town Park Point Lookout, Echo Park, West Hempstead, New York Community Bank branches, 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.