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Applications are now available for the 22nd anniversary Runner's Edge - TOBAY Triathlon, Long Island's largest triathlon, which will take place on Sunday, Aug. 30 in Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay

The Runner's Edge-TOBAY Triathlon will be conducted under the auspices of the Town of Oyster Bay and its Department of Parks and Recreation, in conjunction with the Greater Long Island Running Club. The Farmingdale running and multisport store The Runner's Edge has signed on once again as the corporate title sponsor.

The entry fee for the Runner's Edge-TOBAY Triathlon is $55 if you register by March 31. The entry fee jumps to $65 on April 1, to $75 on May 1, $95 on June 1, and $120 on July 1 until entries close. Town of Oyster Bay residents are entitled to a $10 discount on all entry fees.

The event is once again dedicated to the memory of Gerald Kaufman, one of the founding members of the Greater Long Island Running Club, as well as an outstanding triathlete and good friend.

"The Runner's Edge-TOBAY Triathlon gives athletes an opportunity to have some fun and do some good at the same time, since major portions of the proceeds of the great event will be distributed to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation, and to the Gerald Kaufman Memorial Fund whose sole purpose is to provide assistance to local athletes and their families in times of personal financial emergency, "observed Runner's Edge proprietor Bob Cook. "We hope that all local athletes - especially all my friends from Farmingdale - will join us on Aug. 30!"

The event also features a team competition, with each team member doing one of the three legs of the Tri, so talk to your buddies and come up with a team for the Runner's Edge-TOBAY Tri-Relay. The team entry fee through March 31 is $40 per team member. The team fee goes to $45 per team member on April 1, $55 per team member on May 1, and $65 per team member on June 1st. Town of Oyster Bay residents can deduct $6 from all fees.

There's something for the younger athletes as well. The 5th annual Runner's Edge - TOBAY Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 will be held at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park on Saturday, Aug. 29, the day before the main event. It consists of a 200-yard swim, 2.5 mile bike and 1 mile run -all within the confines of the Park. The entry fee is $20.

For more information and/or entry booklet call Linda at the GLIRC office at 349-7646 or Diane at the Town of Oyster Bay Recreation office at 433-7465. Online registration available at www.glirc.org.

Volunteers are also needed. Call the Coordinator of Volunteers Mindy Davidson at 520-9481 (before 9 p.m.)

The Runner's Edge-TOBAY Triathlon Clinic will be held on Thursday, May 21. This is a perfect evening for first or second time triathletes, or for anyone else who wants a heads up on how to do the best race possible on Aug. 30.


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