Croton Hosts Fifth Annual Toughman Triathlons

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Swimmers hit the water at last year's Toughman Triathlon in Croton. Photo Credit: Toughman
Crossing the finish line at the Toughman triathlon. Photo Credit: Toughman
Tough men and Tough kids will join to compete in the Toughman and ToughKids triathlons. Photo Credit: Toughman

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- More than 1,200 adults and 700 youngsters in all age groups will challenge the elements and their bodies Sept. 8-9 when Croton hosts the Fifth Annual Toughman Half Iron, ToughTeen and ToughKids triathlons beginning at Croton Point Park.

“We’re looking forward to the event again this year,” organizer Richard Izzo said. “The most exciting part of the event for me is the inclusion of so many young people who are dedicated to training and good health. We’re expecting a big day.

“We stress health, safety, good nutrition and community. We invite athletes to enter and the Westchester communities to come out and support us. It’s a thrilling event.”

Last year’s Toughman raised more than $270,000 for 50 charities through the Toughman Community Fund with hundreds of athletes competing for the charity.

The Toughman half-triathlon begins with the swim event in the Croton Point Bay area of the Hudson River, followed by the 56-mile bike course from Croton Point Avenue along Route 9/9A, which will be closed to traffic.

The half marathon, a 13.1-mile course, will take runners under and over the Croton Dam and is mostly on trails.

Athletes must be able to complete events in required times to avoid being pulled from the course for safety reasons. Swimmers must finished the course in 1 hour and 10 minutes, the swim/bike in 5 hours and the swim/bike/run in 8 hours.

The total purse for the event is $4,500 and includes prizes in Top Male, Top Female in age groups and overall , Top Clydsdales (Over 200 pounds), Top Athenas (Over 150 pounds), First Responders, Top military, Top Relay, Top Corporate Challenge and Top Tri Club.

Registration continues through Sept. 1. The entry fees are $275 for individual entry, $475 for relay teams and $175 for para triathletes. For more on the event or to register, log on at toughmantri.com.

The first ToughTeen event for athletes 15-19 year olds will be Sept. 9 as part of the two-day challenge. The teens will swim 300 yards, bike 6 miles and run 2.5 miles.

The ToughKids event includes children in age groups 4-6, 7-10 and 11-14 with increasing event distances for each group. The ToughKids swim from 20 yards for the youngest group to 200 yards for the 14-17 age group, bike from 1 mile to 5 miles and run from 20 yards to 1 mile for the older teens.

For more information, fees and registration for the ToughKids event, log on at http://www.westchestertoughkids.com. until 4/30

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