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Athletes Gear Up for City's Triathlon

Saturday, July 07, 2012

More than 3,000 athletes are poised to take an unusual tour of New York City on Sunday when they  dive into the Hudson, bike along the West Side Highway and run through Central Park for a combined 32 miles.

The grueling course starts with a 1,500-meter swim down the Hudson River with the current from 99th to 79th streets along the Manhattan shoreline.   

Athletes then trade wetsuits for bicycles and head north into the Bronx to Gun Hill Road for the first leg of the 40-kilometer bike ride. There, they turn around and pedal back to 57th Street in Manhattan. 

Another U-turn brings the bikers to 79th Street. There, riders put on their running shoes and head head for Central Park where they lap around the northern loop and finish a 10-kilometer run near the band shell.

Spectator viewing areas are provided along the route as well as a festival and family re-union area at the finish line.

The event is also open to four legged runners. Canine athletes who normally train alongside their human counterparts are racing in a separate five-mile run in what's called the Doggy Dash.

Last year, two participants died of cardiac arrest during the swim portion of the event, prompting organizers to provide dozens of lifeguards on boat, kayak and jetski to accompany the athletes in case they appear in distress.   

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Comments [1]

Jac Radoff from 310 West 77th Street, NYC

Mr. Richard Hake: How do you know that the two athletes who died during and immediately after the swim portion of last year's Triathalon died of cardiac arrest, and that contact with raw sewerage in the Hudson was not the underlying and real cause of their deaths? It was reported that more than two dozen other athletes were sufficiently sickened last year as to require immediate medical attention upon leaving the water. Were they having heart problems also? It rained heavily the day before the race in 2011, which caused raw sewerage levels to rise in the Hudson. I think it is irresponsible and maybe cowardly to blame the death of these athletes on the victims, and not on the promoters of this event in the Bloomberg administration who, along with you and WNYC, tell, imply, and try to convivce the public that the water in the Hudson is clean enough to swim in.
Jac Radoff, The manhattan Tree project, 310 West 77th Street, NYC

Jul. 09 2012 01:49 AM

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