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February 2014 : issue 60

Published: February 11, 2014 •

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CNY Triathlon Club Newsletter
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc. | P.O. Box 434 | Dewitt, NY 13214 
February 2014 – Issue 60
In This Issue
Open Board Positions and Re-Elections
Member Profile
CNY Tri on the Podium
Quick Links

Board Meeting
Our new meeting schedule is as follows:


2nd Monday of each month from7:00 to 8:15 PM at the WTF.
If you are interested in attending, please contact a board member directly or email the board at executiveboard <at>
We would love to have you participate!

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Letter from the President 
Dear CNY Triathlon Club Members,According to Webster’s Dictionary the word service is defined as:

The act of serving: as

A:  a helpful act

B:  useful labor that does not produce a tangible commodity


At this time I would like to take this opportunity to thank some individuals who volunteered their time to serve this club.  They gave countless hours by serving on the executive board and bringing this club to a new level.  On behalf of the members of the CNY Triathlon Club I say thank you to:

  • Debbie Sindone served on the board for two years as the editor for our newsletter
  • Mike Gasparek served on the board for two years and also as the site director for Gillie Lake; Mike will continue his service as the site director for Gillie Lake
  • Stacey Keefe served on the board as the Membership Director and as site director for Oneida Shores; Stacey will continue her service as the site director for Oneida Shores and serve on the Club’s programming committee
  • Bridget Lichtinger served on the board for two years, as President in 2012 and as the manager for the Winter Training Facility; Bridget will continue to serve as the manager of the WTF and on the Club’s programming committee
These four people stepped up to serve.  Is it your turn?  Recently an email went out asking if any of our members wanted to run for a position on our board.  We will be electing new board positions at our annual meeting onFebruary 28.  If you are interested in running please email our membership director at

Speaking of our annual meeting, the Executive Board of the CNY Triathlon Club will be hosting our

annual dinner meeting on Friday, February 28 
at 6:00 PM at Twin Trees Too on Milton Avenue. 
The dinner is $15 per person which includes dinner and two complimentary drinks.  I hope to see you all there to celebrate the service of four individuals who are stepping off the board and to exercise your right to vote for new representation on the CNY Triathlon Board.  If you will be attending, please RSVP by February 20 to

Maura Donovan


February Board Meeting
The February Board meeting will take place on Monday, February 10 from 7:15 to 8:30 PM at the Winter Training Facility at Shoppingtown Mall.
Future meetings will take place on the 2nd Monday of the month from 7:15 to 8:30 PM at the Winter Training Facility at Shoppingtown Mall.  If you are interested in attending, please contact the Board at

Renew Your Membership Today!

Has your membership expired?  Memberships run fromJanuary 1 to December 31, so if you haven’t renewed yet, head over to our website to register again.

To renew your membership go to

Open Board Positions and Re-Elections

The annual CNY Triathlon Club meeting is next month (details above in the President’s Letter) and we will be voting in new board members!

So, if you’ve been chomping at the bit because you see ways to improve the club, now is your chance!  We have general board member positions open, as well as the Membership Director position.

What does board membership entail?

As a board member, here’s a brief description of what you commit to:

  • Establishing goals and policies for the Club
  • Acting in the best interest of the membership
  • Serving as an active member on at least one of the Club’s committees
  • Attending at least 10 board meetings per year
  • Acting as fiscal stewards for the Club
  • Membership Director has additional responsibilities

 You don’t need to be an expert triathlete.  If you’re interested in continually improving the Club (and we won’t lie – this takes a lot of time, and it’s all as a volunteer), please email us!

The Club always benefits from from new blood on the board!

Questions?  Contact Membership at

Officers up for re-election:
Maura Donovan – President

Jill Poniros – Treasurer

Cindy Mueller – Secretary

Current board of directors up for re-election:
Deborah Armstrong

Jim Mirra

Rich O’Neil

Sam Sampere

Elections for new board members:

Ben Rabin – Vice President

Mary Lou Plante – Membership Director

Tamara Danner

Molly English-Bowers

Tanya Gesek

Member Profile

Name:  Kelly Covert

Tell us about yourself. 

My name is Kelly Covert and I am a USAT certified triathlon and whole body health coach with my company Strong Body Whole Heart. I am married to the other Kelly Covert who is much faster than me, so if you see some amazing times it’s probably him! I have two sons, Ryan who is 10, and Noah who is 7. Ryan loves swimming and science and Noah loves riding his bike, running and pretty much all sports, so between the two of them we have a pretty good relay going! One of my passions is nutrition, and I was recently certified as a nutrition coach, which I’m really excited about! I am originally from the south, but once I moved to Syracuse I knew I had officially come home – I love it here. I am obsessed with good lattes and dark chocolate, and admittedly love riding the trainer because I get to get caught up on all my television guilt-free!  


How long have you been involved in Triathlon and what made you take it up?

I have been doing tris since 2005, in fact, Cazenovia Tri was my very first race! I started triathlons because after the birth of my first son I felt that if I could give birth I could do anything! Once I did my first triathlon, I was hooked! I love the people, the races, and the training.


Who is your Hero? 

My hero is every single person who is able to do something they never thought they could, no matter how big or small. I know so many wonderfully inspiring people who decided that they CAN. Those people are my heroes.


What is your athletic background?

Well, if doing marching band for 8 years counts as a sport, I was a star athlete!! I didn’t really do much beyond basic exercising until I raced my first 5K about a year after my son was born.


What are your Triathlon strengths and weaknesses?

My strengths as a triathlete are definitely my endurance and my attitude. I can go and go for days – it might not be that fast, but I can last! I also always try to keep the fun in triathlon which really helps me when racing or training gets hard. I always keep the reasons why I am doing triathlons in the first place at the front of my mind, and when I can remember the whys that helps me to remember how blessed I am to be able to be doing it at all! My weakness is definitely my run speed. Maybe one day I will be fast!


What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most?

Cazenovia Tri was my first race ever. After putting on my shoes in T1 before I took my wetsuit all the way off, then dropping my chain on the bike and having a potty training song stuck in my head the entire race, the part I remember the most was crossing that finish line and being so excited that I had actually done it!


What is your favorite race and why? 

My favorite race is Rev3Tri Cedar Point FullRev. It was my first full distance tri and it was the most spectacular day. I smiled so much that day and will never forget the feeling of being about a half-mile from the finish and realizing that I was really going to do it!


What was your worst race and why?  

Well, I always try to have goals at races that I know I can hit no matter what, so I can honestly say I have very few races I would call “bad.” However, last year at the Rev3Tri Quassy HalfRev it was a freak 95 degree day in early June and the heat definitely got to me! It was my slowest and hardest half ever, but I am still proud to say I had fun and finished with a smile.


What races are on your race calendar for 2014?

I’m still not totally sure of my race schedule this year. I definitely plan on racing Rev3Tri Poconos Half this year and am looking at possibly doing Tinman, Musselman, or Rev3 Maine…I guess I should figure that out!!


What are this year’s goals? 

To have fun, brighten at least one person’s day while I’m racing, and to try to go just a little bit faster!


In five years you hope to … :

Still be living in gratitude each day for every breath I am given.


Something most people don’t know about you: 

In addition to being a triathlon and health coach with my company, Strong Body Whole Heart (, I am also a professional flutist. I play with Symphoria (formerly Syracuse Symphony) and a professional flute quartet called Dolce Flutes, and I teach flute at Syracuse University.

CNY Tri on the Podium


If you want to be recognized for your podium finish, please send details

About the CNY Tri Club
The CNY Triathlon Club is a volunteer organization operated and led by members of the club and supported by its members and sponsors.
CNY Triathlon Club was formed in January 2000 to bring together people in the Central New York area to strengthen and advance the sport of triathlon, promote the educational pursuit of the triathlon and general physical fitness, represent the sport of triathlon within the community, and to publish and disseminate information related to the sport of triathlon.

A Note from the Editor…

If any club member would like to contribute to our newsletter or help in editing and arranging it each month, contact me at newsletter <at>


Debbie Sindone
Publisher & Editor
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc.

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