Local Race Highlight Series: HARRYMAN Triathlon
In this multi part series, we’ll be highlighting a few of our favorite local races throughout the US.
There are a few names that have become synonymous with the world of endurance sports: Ironman, TCS NYC Marathon, Leadville 100. These big brand named events represent the pinnacle of our sports and bring in thousands of athletes. But, there are many small, local events that draw a crowd and put on a competitive, enjoyable race experience. In this multi part series, we’ll be highlighting a few of our favorite local races throughout the US.
HarryMan Triathlon, Harriman State Park, Stony Point New York
This race, which offers both Olympic and middle (70.3) distances, is the ultimate way to kick off your season. It takes place in the second largest state park in NY and boasts beautiful landscapes, expansive lakes and lots of hills. Oh, and it is also one of the most challenging early-season courses in the Northeast.
What we love about the HarryMan Triathlon.
Mass swim start
Yup, you read that right. HarryMan is one of the few races that still does the traditional mass start into beautiful Lake Welch. Bring your wetsuit though, an early May race means water temps are typically in the high 50’s/low 60’s.
With a newly designed bike course! for 2023, this race features a European style bike course mountain course, an hour from NYC. Riders start out of T1 on a fun, fast and straight descent. Be cautious as it leads to a full 180 degree hairpin turn (make sure to gear down proactively). You’ll then be greeted with the beautiful Tiortatti Brook, a winding 4 mile sustained climb twisting through gorgeous creek and lake views. After hitting the turn, it’s time to get fast on a long rolling stretch of the Iconic Seven Lakes Drive. Rolling hills lead to a straight and steady climb back up to Lake Welch to start your next loop. In total, 2,000 or 4,000 feet of total elevation gain depending on your distance means this is an honest course that will truly test your medal. The Olympic course features two loops and the middle distance features four.
Test your running medal
The HarryMan run course carries over the same theme from the bike: hills and more hills. This course rewards those who put in the work over the winter, and exposes those who may be relying on gutting out a decent run on minimal training. Even over the shorter distance, the three large climbs will push you to your limits.
Big race feel with a local race atmosphere
Toeing the line at HarryMan you can’t help but feel like you’re on the start line of a bigger stage race. Lake Welch’s beach is closed to the public this time of year so triathletes have the beach and water all to themselves. Onlookers have a clear view of the entire swim course (a very rare thing) and can catch you coming in and out of transition. The course feels like it was made for the pros, and sports a lively finish chute.
It’s close and easy
Situated just 36 miles north of New York City, this race is perfect for those in the Tri-state area, offering easy same day travel and no overnight stay. Traffic is minimal and afterwards, you can pop down to Sloatsburg for a celebratory drink and post race meal.
We are big fans of this race and highly encourage anyone in the area (or farther) to check it out and give it a shot this coming May 13. Head over to genesisadventures.com to book your registration today.