The "Race" is on for Triathlon Entries

A late-summer tradition and one of Long Island’s signature athletic events, the Town of Hempstead Triathlon is “racing” into its 28th season with entry applications currently available through the Department of Parks and Recreation at (516) 292-9000, extension 219.  An exciting combination of swimming, biking and running, the 2012 Triathlon is set for 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 8 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 and expectations are high for record-breaking performances in both the men’s and women’s categories.”   

To receive a 2012 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 Friday, August 31.

In addition to presenting each participant with a souvenir tee-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 2012 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.

“Town tri athletes will hope to enjoy a home field advantage as they compete  against racers from the entire metropolitan area,” added Councilwoman Angie Cullin.  “I encourage local residents to join us at beautiful Point Lookout Beach to cheer on their hometown favorites.”

Additional event and registration information may be obtained by calling the Parks Department at 292-9000, extension 219 or by visiting the town website at www.TOH.LI.