Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon Set For June 29

30 May Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon Set For June 29

The Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon will take place on Saturday, June 29, beginning at 8 a.m. Established in 1983, the race welcomes approximately 700 participants each year and 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).

The event attracts participants from the local region along with many who travel great distances to take part. This year, we have registered participants from Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, Indiana, Colorado, and California, along with many from Quebec, Ontario and even Manitoba, Canada. Triathlon club members from Saratoga, Central New York, Rochester, Buffalo, the Capital District and Vermont take part each year.

The Tinman Triathlon is one of the community’s premier summer events, and one of the most popular races in Northern New York. According to Race Director Wendy Peroza, it has been embraced and supported by the local business community which encourages participants and their families to take part in all that Tupper Lake has to offer. “This race attracts athletes who appreciate a challenging course and who also enjoy the region’s outdoor activities and community events,” she said. “Participants often extend their time in Tupper Lake beyond the Tinman Triathlon to enjoy even more time here, taking part in music at Raquette River Brewing or P-2s Irish Pub, Riverpigs professional baseball games, paddling, hiking, visiting the area beaches, stargazing at the Adirondack Sky Center and Observatory, visiting The Wild Center – there’s so much to do before and after the race. Tupper Lake has a lot to offer.”

The Town of Tupper Lake will host 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. 

Tinman is sponsored by the Town of Tupper Lake Recreation Department, which also organizes and deploys hundreds of 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.”

Peroza credits the high participation to outreach efforts and word-of-mouth from the participants themselves. “Based on post-event surveys conducted by the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism, we know that Tinman participants consistently have a great experience,” Peroza said. “Quite often the athletes will share their day’s progress in real time during the event, along with photos and personal accounts of the race through their social media channels after the event is complete. This network of athletes has been instrumental in assisting with the growth of the event and the number of triathletes from unexpected locations who have added Tinman to their annual race calendar.”

Check-in for the race begins on Friday, June 28 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.

Visit TupperLakeTinman.com or the Tinman’s Facebook page for more information about the race. 

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