YMCA triathlon marks silver anniversary

PLATTSBURGH - Although much has changed in the last 25 years, the same can't be said for the YMCA's annual Y-Tri.

According to organizer Peter Price, the event has been held pretty much the same way since it began. It includes a half-mile swim, 18-mile bike ride and a four-mile run.

"It's a triathlon and it's a YMCA fundraising event that we do," said Price.

The event, which will be held at Point au Roche State Park Saturday, Aug. 7, at 9 a.m., typically brings out nearly 100 people.

"Almost three-quarters of the people probably are returning," Price said.

The event, which can also be completed in teams, begins with participants waist-deep in Lake Champlain.

"They go out there, basically a quarter-mile, swim around and come back," Price said. "Then, they get out and they transition to the bike and they go all around towards Chazy Landing, turn around and come back. They get off their bike, get their running shoes on and go out two miles [toward Mooney Bay Restaurant]."

Although most of the participants complete the triathlon on their own, some choose to do it with one or two partners.

"We have maybe 20 teams," Price said of a typical year. "Of course teams meaning you can do just the bike, just the run, just the swim and kind of tag as they cross."

Price suggests those who may be interested in supporting the event, but don't think they can complete it all by themselves, should consider doing it as a team.

"Just to get a feel for it," he said.

Price said the event also brings out a lot of families, which keeps with the goal of the YMCA of having family events.

However, Price said those considering taking part in the fundraising event, should be properly trained.

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