Swim and run under the historic parachute jump, pass the NY Aquarium and around the Cyclone. The run is on the boardwalk. The swim follows an out and back course along the shore. The site is located near all the great restaurants and entertainment you need to make your race day even more enjoyable for you and your friends. Enjoy!.
The swim start is at Stillwell Ave. Ocean Certified Lifeguards will manage the swim. Lifeguards will be in kayaks and rescue boards along the swim course. The swim course will be marked with bright orange large buoys. Expected water temperature is between 65-70 degrees F. Expect challenging currents and swells. There may also be jellyfish. This is a sanctioned USA Triathlon Aquathlon and USA Triathlon sanctioned swims. Purchase of one day insurance is required if you are not a USAT member. The cost for the one day insurance is $12.00. That amount can be applied to purchase the USAT annual membership.
Transition Area Location
The transition area will be located on the boardwalk and Stillwell Ave. The transition area will open at 6:15 am.
For those doing the SWIM ONLY you must be body marked and must show your numbered swim cap before entering and leaving the transition area. Finish line for the swimmers will be on the beach where You will receive a finishers medal! After completing the swim you will be allowed in the transition area to pick up your personal items, however we ask you to be aware of athletes transitioning to the run.
For those doing the Aquathlon (SWIM/RUN) you must have your bib number in addition to be body marked and have a numbered swim cap before entering the transition area. After completing the swim athletes doing the aquathlon will transition to the run. You will leave the transition area and run East towards Brighton Beach. The finish line will be located on the boardwalk. You will receive a finishers medal.
Run Map: 3 mile loop (6 mile loop do it twice)
The Run will take place on the boardwalk. After completing the swim you will go to the transition area located on the Boardwalk just west of Stillwell Ave. You will leave the transition area and run East towards Brighton Beach.
Event schedule and times:
6:00 am- 7:00am Packet Pickup and Race Day Registrations!!!
6:30 am Transition Area Opens
7:45 am Mandatory Pre-Race meeting
7:50 am National Anthem
8:00 am Long Dist. Aquathlon Waves Begin (3 minute intervals) Waves might change at discretion of the race director! 1st Wave (Red Swim Cap)
8:03 am Olympic Dist. Aquathlon 2nd Wave Begin (3 minute intervals)
8:06 am Short Dist. Aquathlon 3rd Waves Begin (3 minute intervals)
9:00 am Initial Result List Posted
9:35 am Official Results Posted 10:00 am Awards Ceremony. Awards for top 5 male and female in each distance.
Our first step was to search out locations. We looked at several and decided on three that we thought we could handle as first time race directors. The first location was in Tuckahoe, NJ on a small local beach facing the Bay called Mosquito Landing. The beach was connected to a wildlife management area with more than 6 miles of running trails as well as country roads that we had spent years riding. The location was located in Upper Township so we decided on the name Upperman. We also connected with the local Merchant’s Association and decided on a date that fell on the Saturday before their annual canoe race held every first Sunday in August. We offered to leave our equipment on site so that they could use the tents, tables, and music system as part of the canoe race. We thought that it was a great opportunity to do all that we wanted, hold a great event that was meaningful to the local community.
We quickly took steps to develop a proposal to the local authorities, the Township of Upper and the NJ Wildlife Management Reserve authority, and engage the State police and USAT for sanctioning. First, we decided on a name. We lived in Brooklyn and were surprised at how much we loved the urban environment, each of us having grown up in non-urban locations. So we thought why not combine the City & Tri for something that was catchy and connected with who we were, a couple that had a passion for both the urban landscape and the active lifestyle that was triathlon. We decided on Citytri and using a neat font created our first logo and tag line. The latter was a play on a tag line for the fraternity that George was part of while an undergraduate, Not Four Years but a Lifetime. The CityTri tag line, Not One Race but a Lifetime, fit exactly what we felt, a commitment to the sport that last for the rest of our lives.
We mapped out one course, an international distance triathlon and duathlon and included it in our proposal. Alejandra had recently graduated from NYU’s graduate program for Interactive Telecommunication and was skilled in different software, one was Flash. She used flash to quickly put together a web site showing all the information that an athlete needs for an event and added registration buttons to active.com. The proposal was approved with one exception, there would be no swim because of the water quality. The water was below the acceptable levels to allow swimming due primarily to local runoff and animals. We were disappointed but opted to proceed with the 1st Annual Upperman Duathlon. Final approvals came late however, in part because we began the process late, allowing us only a little over one month to advertise the event. We produced flyers, showed up at other events, and left them under the windshield wipers of every participant’s car. We also left them at local bike stores and health clubs and then we waited, and waited, and waited.
OK! We had our first taste of 40 degree temps in how many weeks? Whatever, it felt great, it felt like Spring, it felt like what we know is just around the corner, race season 2011. What better way to start off your season than with the first duathlon and triathlon on the East Coast. On the first day of Spring, Saturday, March 19th, in the heart of Brooklyn you and 300 other athletes will race in the 5th annual Prospect Park Spring Duathlon. This year the race provides three distances to choose from, Sprint, Classic, or International. So, if you’re a beginner the Sprint is perfect for you, if you’re a seasoned athlete but not quite ready for a long distance event the Classic is your distance, and then for those of you who dare to go long the International distance will prepare you for anything of length this season. Afterward, enjoy our famous oatmeal and good music as we celebrate the winners and the start of the 2011 season.
Now, on the first day of May, Sunday, you can take your first swim of the season and either go long or short at the 5th annual Bassman Triathlon. Only an hour from Philadelphia, 2 from NYC, and 3 from DC, Bass River State Forest is close to everything but seems like a place in the middle of nowhere. Come get lost with 400+ athletes in what has become the classic season opener on the East Coast by racing in the Sprint Distance or Half Distance event. As always, we’ll have great food and friendship throughout the awards ceremony and celebration of the 2011 kick off.
So, get in gear, run through the snow, deal with the cold weather, train, train, train, and sign up for these races as soon as you can for Spring is near and before you know it Winter will be long forgotten. Good Luck and Best Wishes, we look forward to seeing you at the races!
Six years ago, shortly after the birth of our only son, Alex, we decided that we wanted to create events for the multisport athlete. For the past ten years we had participated in running events of every distance up to the marathon, all the distances in triathlon, and lots of duathlons, swims, and bike races. We loved it. Training and racing was not only an outlet for our fast paced lives but something that brought us together. Most of our serious discussions were held while stretching out after putting in some miles. Even more so, we enjoyed meeting others who were just as passionate as we were about these sports. At the time, ten to fifteen years ago the multisport community was not that large. We often saw the same people at numerous events and knew all the race directors, their courses, strengths, and weaknesses. Often, after an event we hung around the finish line cheering on participants as they came in and then sharing our experiences at the awards ceremony and in the transition area as we packed up. After years of doing this we began to wonder why something that was initially a hobby seemed so important to us and others similar to us. There was something about the momentum that builds as you follow through with a training plan and find yourself getting faster and going longer. There was something about laying it all on the line every weekend and then seeing where you stood. And, most important, there was something about the overall effect this lifestyle was having on us as individuals and as a couple and those who were close to us. We had a very positive feeling about it all, even after purchasing expensive bikes and gear and paying out for all those entry fees, hotels, restaurants, and long drives. That feeling was something that we eventually thought was more than just an itch but a driving force that could motivate a person to do incredible things. It often was more obvious in people who crossed the finish line at the tail end, they were often not physically ready for the distance they had just completed but somehow had the will to finish. The look in their faces was unforgettable. That feeling was something that made us better people at work and at home. It was worth way more than the feeling you get from other activities and it was something that peaked at an event. For years it drove us to go up and down the east coast nearly every weekend to race, sometimes twice on a weekend. We raced in nearly everything that was out there, The Great Floridian, The Duke BlueDevil, Eagleman, Diamondman, Mooseman, Mussleman, the first NYC Triathlon, etc., etc., etc. So, when Alex was born we thought that this would be a good time to try our hand at putting on something that honored and celebrated that feeling that was driving us and a growing number of your average persons to do things most thought were beyond a regular person’s abilities. This something became Citytri Racing when we established three dates at three different venues, The Upperman Duathlon, The Bassman Triathlon, and The Prospect Park Duathlon. With a six month son in tow and in our mid-thirties we didn’t question our determination to create these events, we were focused, driven, and passionate about creating a venue where others could experience more of that great feeling. Even more so, we thought that the all of the motivation, strength, drive, and passion housed in an event could somehow have an even greater impact on the community and people connected to each event.
On his last race: “I was so happy to finish [the Prospect Park Fall Duathlon], but transitioning from the bike to the final run was kind of cool. For me this was the first taste of competition since playing high school football 20 years ago.”
On training:”I train by myself and with a coach as a group. Twice a week I do train with a coach where we swim for an hour from 6-7am then run or bike or both from 7-8am. Three other days I exercise commuting to work. I run to work two days 7 miles and on the other day I ride round trip 14 miles. Then on the weekend I like to go for a long ride 90 minutes to an hour. In the spring I go on club bike rides. “
On his next race:”I participated in the 2010 fall duathlon with little training and a heavy hybrid bike. I’ve been running a lot more and have added a nice road bike to my tool box. I hope be just under 1:40 for the March 19 race. I’ll keep training. Hopefully it wont be 32 degrees.”
Back by popular demand: The Bassman Fall Sprint and Half Distance Triathlons will take place on September 17th, 2011 (also in the Spring on May 1st, 2011!). CityTri is also organizing the Bassman International Distance Triathlon on October 2nd, 2011! The event will be timed by Lin-Mark. Registration will open soon!