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June 2016

Published: June 30, 2016 •

June OWS at Green Lakes


June 2016

Letter From the President


It’s that time of year we love, and our sport is in full swing. Races, weeknight training (WNT) and open water swims (OWS) are all available to members of our club. We loved the winter season at the Winter Training Facility (WTF) and appreciated the classes led by primarily by Sam, Rich, Keone, Kristen, Ed and Colleen, Len, plus a few others, and how it prepared us and made us strong for the warm season and our upcoming races. While it was great to bike inside, there is no substitute for the glorious feel of sunshine on our faces and the thrill of being able to swim, bike and run during our training sessions and experiencing the excitement of competing with our fellow triathletes. 

All three of our training sites are now in full operation. Jamesville Beach, Gillie Lake and Oneida Shores offer places to practice swimming, biking and running. The training sites are the result of a few dedicated members pledging their summer weeks to run their respective sites, but they can’t do it alone. Without volunteers the sites cannot operate, so jump in and show your support.

Volunteer at least one night during the season and keep our training sites open, because without volunteers and participation we cannot keep them operating. Just do it! Enjoy a chance to socialize and meet the other club members, and keep your favorite training site open. Click here to volunteer.


It is also time to start thinking about other ways to participate, and one of the ways you can be active and keep this club great is by becoming a Board Member or

Officer. All officer positions are for one year, and at-large director positions are for two years. Elections will be held August 21 at the Kids Triathlon and Club Picnic. Contact the Executive Board if you are interested (and excited) about running for office:




Reminder: Open Water Swims no longer require a sign-up. The next two are Saturday, July 2 at Green Lakes State Park (wetsuit required) and Jamesville Beach on July 9. Swims start at 9 a.m. sharp.

Keep your CNY Tri Club great and participate!

Ken Geary,


Next Board Meeting: Sunday, July 9 at 6 p.m.



OutRival Racing – Kids Triathlon Summer Camp
Come join us for a fabulous Summer Camp that will be lead by our team of OutRival Racing coaches including Karen Allen-Turner
 Age Group Team USA coach 2016

and Shawn Parkhurst – Open Water Olympic Swim trialist

We will introduce kids ages 6-15 to the fun of swimming,
biking and running all in a safe location.At the end of the week, participants will be able
to participate in their own triathlon.

Dates:  Monday, Aug. 15-Friday, Aug. 19
Times: 9-11:30 a.m.
Ages: 6-15 years
Location: Scriba Town Park
803 OConner Road, Scriba, NY

Cost: $110

Register at:
Children must be able to swim unassisted
Open to all abilities

Small coached groups

Bring along bike, helmet, swimsuit, running shoes, sunscreen

Includes snacks and OutRival racing products


Register for the Caz Tri,
Your Club’s Triathlon



We are excited to be back for our Sweet 16th birthday! Join us on Aug. 28 for the 16th annual Cazenovia Triathlon. Even though it’s a teenager, this is the same great race we have come to love and enjoy.


The date has changed to Aug. 28 to allow those racing Ironman Lake Placid, Iron Girl Syracuse, Delta Lake Tri, Xterra or any other amazing local triathlons plenty of time to rest and recover, as well as helping extend the race season further toward the fall.
Our goal for 2016 is to sell out the event. We are taking 400 athletes and, considering the popularity of the race last year, you should register soon to reserve your spot. Again this year we are offering race T-shirts, a finisher medal for all of those who cross the finish line, free beer from Good Nature Brewing to all our athletes over 21 years of age, a new and improved transition area (specifically Bike In/Out) and so much more.


In addition to Sprint and Intermediate tris, 2016 continues to offer an
Intermediate and Sprint Relay as well as an Intermediate and Sprint Aquabike. For relays, athletes can race in two- or three-person teams.


Registration for the 16th annual Cazenovia Triathlon is open! For the most up-to-date race information please visit either:


Registration can be found at:


Exclusive Club Discount

Would you like a 50% discount on a wetsuit or tri accessories? HUUB is offering to the CNY Tri Club half off select models of wetsuits. The discount is also good for open swim and swim products, goggles, transition bags, lube, speed suits, neoprene caps–you can even buy demo suits that are already marked down, with the additional 50% off.

Do not share this code; is it exclusively for our club. Do not post it anywhere on social media such as Facebook and Twitter. This is very important. Thank you for your cooperation.

To take advantage of this offer, vising and enter code ES50.



Fifth Annual Gillie Girl Sprint Triathlon
On Sunday, July 17, the fifth annual Gillie Girl Sprint Triathlon will be held at Gillie Lake in Veteran’s Memorial Park, Camillus. For the last five years, the Gillie Girl team has had two missions–put on a great event and raise as much money as possible for breast cancer research. According to the athletes and the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, they agree. Mission Accomplished!

“It’s hard to believe we are in our fifth year and we will have donated a total of $100,000 on race day this year,” said Eric Prager, race director. The thousands of athletes who have participated over the years have played a huge role in reaching this milestone. “Clearly this was only accomplished by all the hard work put in by our athletes, volunteers and sponsors.”

If you have not been to Gillie Lake, it’s worth a trip. The lake is fed by five natural springs and the surrounding roads are very scenic for biking and running. The race is identified by its signature double loop swim (two quarter-mile loops), which is ideal for beginner triathletes needing to gain confidence. In addition to the swim, the bike course is a 14.7-mile route on rural country roads and 3.1-mile scenic run.

“We have tried to create an event that is ideal for both the seasoned triathlete and the beginner, and we wanted to make our event as spectator friendly as possible,” added Prager.

Gillie Girl participants will have race bags full of cool stuff, an amazing course and an awesome post-race party. Athletes will find it easy to dig deep on the way to the finish line; the sound of music, a huge welcoming crowd, the smells of food (enough to feed 2,000 people), amazing energy from participants and volunteers on the course and inside our sponsors corral, and activities for the entire family designed to keep your support team entertained, including the kids. All of this is put together so you can do one thing on race day– focus on you!
Gillie Girl organizers have tried to implement the best ideas they have seen at races around the country, with a goal to make the race better, the sport more enjoyable to watch and the after party epic. “I am inspired watching the energy on that course from the participants to the volunteers,” Prager recalled. “It makes me proud each year, knowing all the hard work and sacrifices everyone makes on that one day. It’s so worthwhile.”

Gillie Girl Sprint Triathlon is smack dab in the middle of the summer so athletes have plenty of time to build their fitness and perform well on race day. Many athletes will use Gillie Girl as their introduction to triathlon, or as a warmup for events later in the season. The race organizers believe Gillie Girl is perfectly positioned as a warmup to other local events such as Irongirl, Cayuga Lake Triathlon and our club event, Cazenovia Triathlon. It’s also a great race for athletes looking for a warm up for Nationals.

This year, as a result of the $100,000 milestone, the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund will be naming a $50,000 research grant on behalf of all the hard work put on at the Gillie Girl events. It takes the help of so many for this event to happen year after year. Your ability to participate, donate or volunteer is something you can feel good about. It helps support breast cancer research and your volunteer efforts keep our athletes safe as they compete.

For more information and to register for the Gillie Girl Sprint Triathlon, visit




Athlete Profile

Chary Griffin

2016 Nationals, Milwaukee


Tell us about yourself. I grew up on the east end of Long Island, near the ocean in the late ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, back when you rode your bike everywhere, played in the woods, swam in the ocean. But there were no “sports” for girls at my school other than cheerleading and modern dancing. I have been married to my husband, Jim, for 45 years and have two grown sons and a beautiful granddaughter. I sell real estate for Berkshire Hathaway and can show you the best trails!


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


I am lots older than triathlon – I took it up about 27 years ago when there were only 3-4 women in the entire field in most races. I was looking for a way to train for marathons that involved aerobic activity for a long duration without constant pavement pounding.
Who is your hero? Kathrine Switzer.
What is your athletic background? There was little to none in terms of formal athletics as a young girl. However, I rode horses, sailed, swam, rode my bike and surfed as a kid. I didn’t do anything athletic as an adult until my kids were involved in sports in the 1980s – I took up running and did local 5ks and 10ks. Then I aimed at marathons in the 1990s. I’ve completed 10 marathons and became a fan of triathlon.

What are your triathlon strengths and weaknesses? Swimming is most natural, and running. I used my youngest son’s bike in my early triathlons.
What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most? One of the earliest ones I remember in the late 1980s was Empire Games Tri at Green Lakes: Seniors started last and, by the 10k run, the race had run out of water.
What is your favorite race and why? Cazenovia is my favorite — I live and train on the course and I still find it challenging. The hills are the best fitness builders.
What was your worst race and why? Two come to mind – Lake Placid used to be a 10k sponsored by Casio. It was so cold and icy rainy that I couldn’t unbuckle my helmet after the ride and had to do the run with it still on until my fingers unfroze enough to take it off. The other worst race – ITU World Championship in Australia. I broke my wrist in the practice ride the day before the event. I had a long painful trip home in a cast with surgery awaiting.



What races are on your race calendar for 2016? Du The Lakes Duathlon, Delta Lake, Olympic Distance National Championship in Omaha, Neb. — going by train with the bike — Cazenovia, of course and ITU World Championships in Cozumel, Mexico.

2016 Nationals, Milwaukee
What are this year’s goals? Top 10 finish at ITU Worlds in Age Group – this is my last year in 65-69 AG — and to qualify for next year’s race in Holland.

In five years you hope to: Surf with my granddaughter in Hawaii (pictured below), and keep on doing triathlons.

Something most people don’t know about you. In addition to surfing, I love snowshoe racing.
What triathlon has taught you: Be proud of your accomplishments even if your tri suit doesn’t fit like it used to. An appreciation of nature. Don’t be afraid to try something new — we were all newbies once. Work on your weakest skill set….don’t avoid it. Smoothness and efficiency in all three disciplines lead to a strong finish. Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions. Keep it simple, relax and enjoy the day, and smile for the photos. Train with a coach or a training group — it helps you avoid mistakes.
CNY Triathlon Club, Box 434, Dewitt, NY 13214

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