25 May Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon Set For June 24
The Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon will take place on Saturday, June 24, beginning at 8 a.m. Established in 1983, the race welcomes approximately 700 participants each year.
According to Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism’s (ROOST) Tupper Lake Marketing Manager Katie LaLonde, Tinman is one of the summer’s most popular events. “We are thrilled to once again host the Tinman Triathlon in Tupper Lake,” she commented. “The event has become a staple in our summer calendar, and we look forward to welcoming participants and spectators from all over the country to our beautiful corner of the Adirondacks.”
The Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon, sanctioned by USA Triathlon, is one of the most popular races in northern New York. The event features 5 different races: tinman (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run); aquabike (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike); team relay (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run); Olympic (0.94 mile swim, 24 mile bike, 6.2 mile run); and a sprint (0.6 mile swim, 12.4 mile bike, 3.1 mile run).
Check-in for the race begins on Friday the 24th from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. There is limited check-in available on race day, beginning at 5:30 a.m.
“This race continues to draw participants from throughout the Northeast,” said Race Director Wendy Peroza. “It attracts athletes who appreciate a challenging course with a small town feel. “Each year, we welcome participants from within our local area, in addition to those who travel great distances to take part. This year, we have registered participants from Maryland, Georgia, Florida, Canada and even Texas.”
Organizers have built a strong following for the Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon by sharing race information with regional triathlon clubs throughout the Northeast, with returning athletes and through website and social media channels. This has resulted in a network of participants who share their perceptions of the race, the community and the venue with others; this has led to a number of triathletes from unexpected locations who add Tinman to their annual race calendar. Triathlon clubs from Saratoga, Central New York, Rochester, Buffalo, the Capital District and Vermont take part in the Tupper Lake Tinman event.
Tinman is sponsored by the Town of Tupper Lake Recreation Department, which also organizes and deploys hundreds volunteers to help manage event logistics. Peroza explained that the event would be virtually impossible without local support. “Tinman is truly a community event,” she said. “Volunteers help to assemble race bags, manage aid stations along the route, help with transitions between the swim, bike and run, assist with athlete check-in, provide race-day direction and information and help to ensure that participants are safe when in the water from their kayak and paddle board vantage points. More volunteers are always welcome.”
Restaurants and food trucks are also involved with race preparations. Each participant receives a coupon voucher to be used during Friday night’s “carbo load” meal event. Local restaurants often prepare athlete-focused specials; something that the athletes seem to appreciate.
The Town of Tupper Lake also hosts an expo during Friday’s athlete check-in at the Tupper Lake Civic Center, where High Peaks Cyclery will be on-hand to assist with any last minute items that the racers may need.
Jane Hooper, communications manager
Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism
518-621-3662 518-578-6328 (cell)