County hosts family orientated community event
Get ready to hop on your bike, navigate across a lake and hustle down the street during a friendly competition with local residents.
Schenectady County's inaugural Pedal-Paddle-Run hopes to include residents in a triathlon around Collins Park in Scotia, followed by a celebration including food, music and family activities.
It is not your traditional triathlon, so it can be a little more family friendly, said Joe McQueen, Schenectady County spokesman. "We really want it to be a family friendly event. It is not timed, so it is not a competitive event. We just want people to come out and enjoy the outdoors and get together as a community, and there will be fun afterwards."
The race begins at 8:30 a.m. in Collins Park followed by the celebration from noon to 2 p.m. Participants, ages 10 and up, can form a two- to four-member team, or those looking for a challenge can compete alone as an Ironman competitor if they are at least 15 years old.
The biking section starts off the race, going through Scotia and Glenville, followed by the running portion through historic and scenic roads in Scotia, ending at Collins Lake where participants do two laps around the lake in a canoe or kayak.
Adults over 18 or mixed-age teams have a $45 registration fee for Team Captains or Ironman competitor and an additional $10 fee for each additional team member. Youth teams have a $25 fee for Team Captains or Ironman competitors and $8 for each additional member.
Joe McQueen, Schenectady County spokesman, said Susan Savage, D-Niskayuna, chairwoman of the Schenectady County Legislature, came up with the event and had been talking about it for a while. She thought it would be a good if there could be an event to bring the community together around wellness.