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Athletes from Plainview, Old Bethpage, Syosset, Woodbury, Jericho and other nearby communities are invited to sign up for the 22nd anniversary Runner's Edge - TOBAY Triathlon, Long Island's largest triathlon, and perhaps the most athlete friendly--multisport event in the country; 1,500 athletes representing nine states participated in the 2008 edition of the Tri, and an equally big turnout is expected for 2009.

The date is Sunday, Aug. 30, the place is Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, and the distances are a 1 Kilometer swim in Oyster Bay Harbor, a 15 Kilometer bike through Oyster Bay Cove, and a 5 Kilometer run up to the Planting Fields Arboretum, and back to the exciting finish at Roosevelt Park. This is an event that is perfect for first-timers, but yet is challenging enough to satisfy the veteran triathlete.

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 and 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 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 Runner's Edge has signed on once again as the corporate title sponsor, Steve Kristel once again joining us as the corporate presenting sponsor, and Babylon Bike Shop and Zoot Sports stepping up as supporting sponsors.

Athletes from our local area have always been prominent in the Runner's Edge-TOBAY Triathlon. In the 2008 Tri, Kevin Cunningham of Old Bethpage scored 4th overall, Mitch Gould of Woodbury was the 8th place finisher overall, Michelle Sweeney of Plainview was the 2nd place female in the 50-54 age group, Penny Cassell of Jericho took 2nd place honors in the women's 60-64 age group, Steve Schloss of Muttontown scored first in the 75-79 Age Group, and 79-year-old Odd Sangesland of Plainview was the oldest finisher.

"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 Bob Cook, owner of Tri sponsor The Runner's Edge. "We hope all local athletes will join in the fun on August 30!"

Not up to a full Tri? 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 only $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 1. Town of Oyster Bay residents can deduct $6 from all fees.

For more info and/or entry booklet call Linda at the Greater Long Island Running Club office at (516) 349-7646 or Diane at the Town of Oyser Bay Recreation office at (516) 797-4125. You can also register online at www.glirc.org.

Not yet ready to "Tri"? Experience the event as a volunteer by calling Coordinator of Volunteers Mindy Davidson at (516) 520-9481 (before 9 p.m.).

And don't miss the Runner's Edge-TOBAY Triathlon Clinic 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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