Cortland United Way Triathlon Raises Over 6 Thousand Dollars
Organizers of the first ever Cortland United Way Triathlon say their expectations for the event were met and exceeded and based on Saturdays success will look to make it an annual event.
Dwyer Memorial Park in Little York was bustling with activity Saturday morning, nearly 250 people participated in the three leg race which included AN 800 yard swim across in Little York Lake, a 16 mille bike ride, and a three mile run around the park.
Race organizer Jared Kolodziejcczyk who has also organized the St. Mary’s Church 5 k run was thrilled at Saturday’s turnout, which drew in racers from surrounding counties.
The weather was cloudy racers appreciated a little chill in the air Saturday morning.
The winner of the Cortland United Way Triathlon was Tom Eickelnerg who completed the race in 1:04:20 Eickelnerg competed in the Males 20-24 age group.
Cortland Mayor Brian Tobin who is also a swim coach at Suny Cortland placed fifth overall and 1st in his age group of men 40-44 Tobin completed the race in 1:16:18.
Oldies 101.5 sales manager Bruce Eves competed in the event as well, Eves placed third in his age group with a time of 1:44:28.
In addition to the full triathlon organizers also offered a lighter version of the race called the try a tri, the swim was 200 yards, the bike ride 11 miles long and the run was 3.1 miles.
The event raised over 6 thousand dollars, which will be used to support local non-profits like the Salvation Army, catholic charities, and others in Cortland County.