When the Town of Hempstead Triathlon raced onto the scene more than 30 years ago, it was a one-of-a-kind event, a competitive trendsetter that helped inspire the current popularity of Long Island triathlons. A compelling test of skill and endurance, the town triathlon is contested along the beautiful ocean beachfront and through quaint seaside communities.
Entry applications for the 2016 triathlon are available online at www.toh.li/activities/triathlon or by calling the Department of Parks and Recreation at 516-292-9000, ext. 7219.
The 2016 triathlon, an exciting combination of swimming, biking and running, is scheduled for an 8 a.m. start on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Town Park Point Lookout. Set along the beautiful shoreline at Town Park Point Lookout, the triathlon begins with a hearty three-quarter mile ocean swim. After emerging from the surf, competitors peddle off on a 10 mile bike path 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.
“The triathlon is a premier event on the town’s athletic calendar, attracting competitors from across Long Island and throughout the metropolitan area,” said Supervisor Anthony J. Santino. “The race showcases the athletic skill and competitive spirit of all 300 participants.”
To receive a 2016 triathlon application by mail, simply send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Town of Hempstead Triathlon, Department of Parks and Recreation, 200 N. Franklin St., Hempstead, New York 11550. Registration fees, at $48.50 for a town resident, $72.50 for a non-resident and $24.25 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, Sept. 2.
In addition to presenting each participant with a souvenir T-shirt and a special race memento, the triathlon will honor the top male and female finishers in each of 10 age categories. Championship trophies will also be presented to the overall men’s and women’s winners.
“Residents are encouraged to come out and cheer on our hometown triathletes as they race against fellow competitors in a spirited test of skill and endurance,” said Councilwoman Erin King-Sweeney.
Race applications are also available at the Parks Department Administration Office, 200 N. Franklin St., 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 information may be obtained by calling the Town of Hempstead Parks Department at 516-292-9000, ext. 7219 or by visiting the town website at www.toh.li.
—Submitted by the Town of Hempstead