HITS President and CEO Tom Struzzieri is looking forward to expanding the North Country Triathlon. His company has purchased the Hague event.
The annual North Country Triathlon is changing.
The Hague race has been sold to HITS Triathlon Series, a for-profit race promotion company based in Saugerties.
“Hague is the perfect location for our races and we are excited to continue what the North Country Triathlon has started,” said Mark Wilson, HITS Triathlon Series race director. “The rolling foothills of the Adirondack Mountains and the waters of Lake George create an atmosphere that lends itself well to shorter distance races, while also creating great opportunities to go long.”
The sixth annual North Country Triathlon attracted about 500 competitors to Hague last June. The race was founded by and managed by Randy Engler.
“I’m very excited that HITS will be continuing with my vision of producing a solid event showcasing all the great things the town of Hague and the communities around Lake George have to offer,” Engler said. “I’ve been really fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with so many talented and energetic volunteers and community members each year. Their enthusiasm is what keeps our athletes coming back to this beautiful location.”
The North Country Triathlon has featured three races — a sprint triathlon that includes a 750-meter swim, a 20-kilometer bike ride and a 5-kilometer run; an Olympic triathlon that includes a 1.5-kilometer swim, a 40-kilometer bike ride and a 10-kilometer run; and a relay.
HITS plans to expand the event to two days, June 29 and 30, and will feature five races — an open tri with 100-meter swim, three-mile bike and mile run; a sprint race with a 750-meter swim, a 20-kilometer bike ride and a 5-kilometer run; an Olympic triathlon that includes a 1,500-meter swim, 24.8-mile bike and 10-kilometer run; a half tri with a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run; and a fill triathlon with a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run.
The Hague event will be part of the 2013 HITS Triathlon Series schedule. Registration is now open and complete course maps are posted at HitsTriathlonSeries.com.
The HITS Triathlon Series is now completing its first year with a national schedule, according to HITS President and CEO Tom Struzzieri, and is looking to expand.
“We were looking for a race destination that could provide a multi-distant event to athletes from across the tri-state area and capital region,” Struzzieri said. “Several HITS staff members have raced the well-run North Country Triathlon and have been lucky enough to build a relationship with Randy (Engler) that led to this agreement.”
Besides expanding the race, there will be another change. The North Country Triathlon raised more than $15,000 for charities during its six years. HITS is a for profit business. Still, the community will benefit, according to Lindsay Yandon, HITS marketing and social media representative.
“In short, we are a for-profit company and will be delivering a pretty sizable event to Hague while still maintaining the local feel established by the NCT,” Yandon said. “We do, however, offer a charitable donations program. Any organization that brings 50 or more volunteers to the event will receive a donation of $1,000 from us.
“Also, we are adding three distances to the event, thereby doubling if not tripling the attendance,” she said. “We are projecting 2,000 athletes, plus friends, family and supporters who will be eating, sleeping and playing in the Hague region. Our projected economic impact from the event is roughly $500,000.”
Yandon said the Hague tri will be marketed nationally and is expected to attract many visitors.
Engler is confident the race will continue to serve the community.
“Tom (Struzzieri) and his team are top-notch and I look forward to seeing them take the race to the next level,” he said.
As the event nears, HITS will work with with local communities to secure vendors for its Fitness Festival as well as race volunteers, Yandon said. Interested people can e-mail Info@HitsTriathlonSeries.com.