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Hague triathlon sold

Event to expand

HITS President and CEO Tom Struzzieri is looking forward to expanding the North Country Triathlon. His company has purchased the Hague event.

HITS President and CEO Tom Struzzieri is looking forward to expanding the North Country Triathlon. His company has purchased the Hague event.

— The Hague event will be part of the 2013 HITS Triathlon Series schedule. Registration is now open and complete course maps are posted at HitsTriathlonSeries.com.

The HITS Triathlon Series is now completing its first year with a national schedule, according to HITS President and CEO Tom Struzzieri, and is looking to expand.

“We were looking for a race destination that could provide a multi-distant event to athletes from across the tri-state area and capital region,” Struzzieri said. “Several HITS staff members have raced the well-run North Country Triathlon and have been lucky enough to build a relationship with Randy (Engler) that led to this agreement.”

Besides expanding the race, there will be another change. The North Country Triathlon raised more than $15,000 for charities during its six years. HITS is a for profit business. Still, the community will benefit, according to Lindsay Yandon, HITS marketing and social media representative.

“In short, we are a for-profit company and will be delivering a pretty sizable event to Hague while still maintaining the local feel established by the NCT,” Yandon said. “We do, however, offer a charitable donations program. Any organization that brings 50 or more volunteers to the event will receive a donation of $1,000 from us.

“Also, we are adding three distances to the event, thereby doubling if not tripling the attendance,” she said. “We are projecting 2,000 athletes, plus friends, family and supporters who will be eating, sleeping and playing in the Hague region. Our projected economic impact from the event is roughly $500,000.”

Yandon said the Hague tri will be marketed nationally and is expected to attract many visitors.

Engler is confident the race will continue to serve the community.

“Tom (Struzzieri) and his team are top-notch and I look forward to seeing them take the race to the next level,” he said.

As the event nears, HITS will work with with local communities to secure vendors for its Fitness Festival as well as race volunteers, Yandon said. Interested people can e-mail Info@HitsTriathlonSeries.com.

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