Friday, 17 August 2012 00:00
The hamlet of Oyster Bay will be hosting one of Long Island’s most important and exciting recreational sporting events, the 25th Anniversary Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, on Sunday, Aug. 26.
The “Tri” will once again start and finish at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park. Fifteen hundred athletes are expected to complete a half-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.
It’s too late to sign up for the triathlon, but registration is still 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 $25 if your child signs up in advance, and $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 significant triathlons in the Northeast,” said Triathlon Co-Director Ray Farrell. “We hope that local residents will be patient and understanding as the athletes proceed through their streets, and we welcome everyone to cheer the athletes on as they pass by, or to join us at the finish line of this exciting event at Roosevelt Park.”