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Runner’s Edge-Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon Registration

Registration is now open for one of Long Island’s most important and exciting recreational sporting events – the 25th anniversary Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon.

The Triathlon will take place on Sunday, Aug. 26, starting and finishing at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay. It will once again will consist of a ½ mile swim in Oyster Bay Harbor, followed by a 15-kilometer bike ride through Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and finishing up with a 5-kilometer run up to the Planting Fields Arboretum and back to the finish line at Roosevelt Park. The first wave of athletes will enter the water at 7:30 a.m., and the last athlete should cross the finish line well before 11 a.m.

The Triathlon is conducted under the auspices of the Town of Oyster Bay and its Department of Parks and Recreation, with TOBAY Recreation Supervisor Diane Ramos serving as the Town’s Liaison to the event. Event management is supplied by the Greater Long Island Running Club, with GLIRC’s Jose Lopez and Ray Farrell serving as the event co-directors, and Linda Ottaviano and Mindy Davidson serving as event coordinators.

Proceeds of the event will be distributed to the Long Island Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Island Harvest, and the Life Enrichment Center at Oyster Bay. The entry fee is $65 through March 31, $75 from April 1 through April 30, $90 from May 1 through May 31, $105 from June 1 through June 30, and $125 thereafter until entries close. Town of Oyster Bay residents can deduct $10 from the pertinent entry fee, and anyone who was registered for the 2011 Triathlon (cancelled because of Hurricane Irene!) can deduct $25 from the entry fee. You can register at runnersedgetobaytriathlon.com, or call Linda at the Greater Long Island Running Club for application booklets at (516) 349-7646. Everyone is urged to sign up early.

Registration is also open for the 8th anniversary Runner’s Edge-Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 25, consisting of a 200 yard swim in the Harbor, a 2.5 mile bike ride and a 1 mile run, all entirely within the confines of Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park. Registration is open for all youngsters ages 8 through 13 who can swim, bike and run. The entry fee is only $25 if your child signs up in advance, and only $30 on the day of the event. You can register the kids at runnersedgetobaytriathlon.com or call Linda at (516) 349-7646.

“The Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon is one of Long Island’s most important recreational sporting events and one of the most important triathlons in the Northeast,” said Triathlon Co-Director Ray Farrell. “We will definitely make up for last year’s Hurricane cancellation by staging an even better event in 2012 that we hope will make people forget their 2011 disappointment.”