The 6th annual Toughman Half Iron and TOUGHKid's triathlon will take place at Croton Point Park on Sept 7-8 this year, drawing an expected 1000 athletes, 1500 volunteers and 12,000 spectators.
The triathlon course for adult competitors on Sunday, September 8, includes a 1.2 mile fresh water swim in a protected cove of the Hudson River, a scenic 56 mile bike ride that takes place on Route 9/9a South and a 13.1 mile run through historic Van Cortlandt Manor, along the Croton Aqueduct, across the Croton Dam, with the finish line at Croton Point Park.
Spectators can view the bike portion of the race at one of three designated spectator zones: the Main Street overpass of Route 9 in Peekskill, Croton Point Avenue (bike path) in Croton-on-Hudson, and along North State Street in Briarcliff Manor. Spectators can also board a shuttle bus that will run from the Croton-Harmon train station to the park every 10 minutes from 5am- 4pm.
The TOUGHKids Championship triathlon on Saturday morning, September 7, includes various lengths of swimming, biking and running for three age groups: 4-6 year olds, 7-10 year olds and 11-14 year olds. The park will be closed to vehicular traffic from 9 am until the races end at noon. After the winners' ceremonies at 1 pm, a health expo will be open at the park until 5 pm, offering a wide array of healthy living information and healthy foods to enjoy.
The Toughman Half triathlon is the only Half in Westchester County and is only 30-45 minutes by train from NYC and is easily accessible from the Croton-Harmon station on Metro-North. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $700,000 for 56 charities through the fundraising efforts of volunteers and racers.
Spectators are welcome to cheer on the racers at Croton Point Park, where admission is free, and along the adult course through the Historic Hudson River Towns. For more information on the triathlons, including a guide spectators, go to http://toughmantri.com. For local tourism information, including hotels, restaurants and attractions in the area, go to www.hudsonriver.com.