Being that this winter was exceptionally snowy and frigid, we bet you can’t wait to break up with your treadmill and stationary bike and finally take your exercise back outside. For athletes in the Northeast, the weather might not be exactly ideal just yet, but as the spring months approach, at least it’s finally time to start looking ahead towards the warm weather race season.
Through spring and summer the Northeast region offers a wide variety of triathlon competitions ranging from sprint races through scenic suburban sceneries to Olympic-distance events in the heart of exciting urban settings. With so many to choose from, each race presents a unique opportunity that caters to all different types of athletes.
To help you hone in on and narrow down your choices, we recruited three experienced local triathletes to share their top races in the region.
Meet the Experts:
Alison Cooper Kreideweis is Co-Founder & Head Coach at the Empire Triathlon Club and a USAT Level 1 triathlon coach. She started her competitive racing career in 2000 after placing third in her first half Ironman.
Marni Salup is the CEO and founder of The Salup Group, a 500-hour certified yoga teacher, and a veteran windsurfer and Triathlete.
Jennifer Place is the founder of Fifth Gear Triathlon Coaching, a USA Triathlon All American athlete, a USA Triathlon Level 1 coach, and USA Cycling Level 3 coach.
These are their picks for the most exciting Triathlons in the Northeast region.
City Tri Mother's Day Duathlon—Brooklyn, NY
“This is a great early-season race for anyone in the New York Area, says Kreideweis. “It has a small, local feel and it's a family run business, which gives it great personality and friendliness that you don't often find at larger events.” Kreideweis also notes that this is a low-pressure race that’s great for first-timers.
May 11, 2014; citytri.com
Wyckoff Triathlon—Franklin Lakes, NJ
One of the largest and longest-running sprint-distance triathlons in the tri-state area, Kreideweis recommends the Wyckoff Triathlon for its scenic course. “The bike and run portions are mostly rolling hills,” says Kreideweis. “But the race begins with a calm lake swim, which is nice.”
June 14, 2014; wyckoffymca.com
Event Power Mighty Hamptons Triathlon—Sag Harbor, NY
"I highly recommend this fun, challenging, and scenic Olympic Distance Race for everyone from beginners to seasoned athletes," says Salup. "The swim takes place on one of the most beautiful bay beaches, Long Beach, in the Hamptons, the cycling course has fun hills and curves that swerve though picturesque homes and farmland and the run is flat. The perfect mix for a great race!"
September 7, 2014; eventpowerli.com
Mighty Montauk Triathlon—Montauk, NY
Founded in 1982, the Mighty Montauk is one of the longest-running triathlons in New York. Set in a small-town fishing village on the easternmost point of Long Island’s South Fork, Place praises this race as the perfect season opener for anyone planning to race a half Ironman in late June or July.
June 7, 2014; mightymontauk.com
Rev 3 Quassy—Middlebury, CT
“Rev 3 puts on such an amazing event series,” says Kreideweis. She recommends this race for its professional setup, excellent expo, and superb swag. “It’s organized like no race I've been to before,” she adds. The event offers both an Olympic- and half-distance option and is held at Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, Connecticut, which Kreideweis says makes it a great venue for athletes with kids.
June 1, 2014; rev3tri.com
The Pancake—Staten Island, NY
Named for its flat, fast course, The Pancake race offers both sprint triathlon and dualthon race options. “The Pancake is a great way to try an ocean swim because the water isn’t too deep. It can be a bit cold, but the bike and run are super flat,” says Salup.
June 7, 2014; greenbrookracing.com
New York City Triathlon—New York, NY
“This is the largest and most popular triathlon in New York City, which draws a huge crowd of spectators,” says Kreideweis. A top pick for its super-fast swim in the Hudson River, an exciting bike ride along the West Side Highway, and an epic finish across 72nd street into Central Park, Kreideweis especially recommends this tri to New Yorkers. “You get to race on your local training grounds, so there are no surprises on race day,” she says.
August 3, 2014; nyctri.com
Mighty North Fork Triahtlon—Southold, NY
“This sprint triathlon is a great first-timer event,” says Place. “It’s a calm swim in the Peconic Bay, a short bike and run on a flat to slightly hilly course, and maxes out at only around 500 registrants.” Not to mention, with its many vineyards and beaches, the North Fork of Long Island is a top weekend getaway spot.
July 13, 2014; eventpowerli.com
Ironman 70.3 Timberman—Lake Winnipesaukee, NH
Noted for its team-friendly atmosphere, Kreideweis says you can expect to see lots of triathlon clubs from all over the northeast at the Timberman. “The lake is crystal clear,” says Kreideweis. “It’s warm and inviting, which is something you can't say about most triathlon swims!” She also notes that Lake Winnipesaukee is a great summer vacation spot with lots of outdoor activities available like jet skiing, water parks, and fishing. Kreideweis calls this course the most beautiful she’s ever raced on.
August 17,2014; ironman.com
Toughman Triathlon—Croton-on-Hudson, NY
“This is a great race for the more experienced triathlete. It’s a challenging course with plenty of big climbs and a fair share of “off-roading” on the run course,” says Place. “The crowd support is huge, which is helpful when you need that extra push in some of the more hilly portions!”
September 7, 2014; toughmantri.com