Duathlon along historic Mohawk Towpath

The duathlon was sanctioned by a different organization in previous years.

"It is a great event because it is not a full marathon," said Syzdek.

A normal triathlon, said Hamilton, would be swimming to biking and finishing off with running, but swimming in October isn't something most people would look forward to doing. Also, the less strenuous course offers families an opportunity to sign up for the event together.

"You get the family group to sign up for a team, which makes for good team spirit and family spirit," said Syzdek. "We have a lot of father-son and mother-daughter team combinations."

There are three different categories people can sign up for, which is youth, individual and team. Then within those categories there are groups to further divide participants into fair categories. Teams can also split up the race, so one person does the running and the other does the biking portion.

There will be "prime" prizes for the first, second and third place finishers of the race, said Syzdek, but the first three finishers in each age group and the first place male, female and team will get a custom cast Mohawk Towpath Byway medal. There will also be drawings for various gift certificates from local communities. In order to get a medal or prize, participants need to stay for the awards ceremony at 11 a.m.

"The duathlon is really reaching the people that I would associate more with athletic events," said Hamilton. "The reason why I got interested in the Mohawk Towpath Byway is because of all the recreational assets along the byway."

While pre-registration period for the race has expired, registrations can be made the day of the race before 8:30 a.m. with an entry fee of $30. All participants are required to be USA Triathlon members, but a one-day membership is available for $10. The membership covers cost of insurance and other expenses.

"This allows us to promote the scenic byway and maintain a scenic conservation area and have people appreciate their own backyard," said Syzdek.""

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