Triathletes from Farmingdale and the Massapequas are cordially invited to join fellow Long Islanders in the Seacrest-TOBAY Triathlon and Tri-Relay, to be held in Oyster Bay and surrounding communities on Sunday morning, Aug. 20. This year's event, starting and finishing in Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, will be the 13th annual.
The event will once again consist of a one kilometer swim in Oyster Bay Harbor, a 15 kilometer bike ride through the hills of Oyster Bay Cove, Laurel Hollow and Cove Neck, and a 5 kilometer run to the Planting Fields Arboretum, and back to the finish at Roosevelt Park.
The Triathlon will be conducted under the auspices of the Town of Oyster Bay and the Greater Long Island Running Club, with GLIRC's Steve Winkler serving as the race director, and David Katz of Finish Line Road Race Technicians serving as the technical director. The 1999 edition of the Triathlon attracted almost 800 individual entries and more than 100 three-person Tri-Relay teams - making this the largest Triathlon held each year in the New York Metropolitan area. Early indications are that this year's field will be the biggest ever.
The first of eight "waves" of athletes will enter the water at the Marina in Oyster Bay Harbor at 7:30 a.m. After swimming around the buoys staffed by town lifeguards, they will head back to the Marina.
After the swim, the athletes will hop on their bikes, and exit the back of Roosevelt Park onto South Street, turn right to East Main Street and Cove Road, turn left up Moore's Hill Road, right onto Stewart Lane, then a right onto Route 25A, and right onto Berry Hill Road, head down the big hill to a right turn onto South Street, left onto Audrey Avenue and back to the park.
Upon completing the bike leg of the Triathlon, the athletes will leave their bikes in the Transition area, put on their running shoes and start the run on Larabee Avenue. From Larabee they will turn right on West Main Street, left onto Lake Avenue, right onto Glen Cove Road and proceed up the hill to Planting Fields Road and the entrance to the Planting Fields Arboretum, where they will turn for home via Glen Cove Road, Mill River Road, Underhill Place and back to Larabee and the finish line in Roosevelt Park.
The TOBAY Triathlon has the reputation of being one of the best "sprint" Triathlons in the Northeast, with the short distances of each leg making it perfect for first time triathletes and novices. At the same time, it presents a fair challenge for even the most experienced of triathletes - and most of the best triathletes in the New York Metropolitan area come to Oyster Bay year after year to test their skills.
"Athletes from Massapequa and Farmingdale have always been very prominent in the Seacrest-TOBAY Triathlon," noted Triathlon Director Steve Winkler. "Kerry Massett of Massapequa Park took top honors in the women's 45-49 age group in 1999 and Lawrence Young and George Smalley, both of Massapequa, were our 1999 Clydesdale Champions. We expect to see all these champions back again in 2000, along with Farmingdale's Donna McMahon, who was the women's overall winner in 1998, but was forced to sit out the 1999 Tri with a broken toe."
Proceeds of the Triathlon will once again be turned over to several very worthy causes: the Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation; the Oyster Bay "Friends of the Bay"; the ASPIRE Program for the rehabilitation of young amputees; and the NYS Games for the Physically Challenged.
Entry forms and information for this year's Triathlon can be obtained by calling the Greater Long Island Running Club, 349-7646. Spectators are encouraged to show up at Roosevelt Park or along the route of the bike and run courses to cheer for the competitors.