Join us for a great race at beautiful, historic Hudson Crossing Park in Saratoga County. Fast course, fantastic scenery.
When: June 9, 2013, 8 a.m. Where: Hudson Crossing Park, Schuylerville, NY. Map. What: Sprint Distance. 500 yd swim, 12 mile bike, 5k run Details: Fantastic venue in the Champlain canalway system. Clean, still water. Beautiful bike course through Northumberland farm country. Run through Schuylerville and Hudson Crossing Park trails. This race will be chip timed. Awards three-deep in 5-year age-groups (10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, etc. 70+) for men and women. Awards for top 3 teams.
History: In 1777, British General John Burgoyne led several thousand British and German soldiers across the river where Hudson Crossing Park is now situated to engage American forces on his quest south to conquer Albany. To cross the river, soldiers lashed together a number of flat-bottomed wooden crafts to form a floating Bridge of Boats, and then marched across. The resulting Battles of Saratoga are considered to be sparks that precipitated a turning point in the war and to eventual victory for the Americans.
Join us as we celebrate the history of this region.
Swim (500 yd) (PDF) Swim in the canal nice, clean water. Start in the water parallel to the top end of the floating dock. Swim up the canal around an orange buoy and back south, using another orange buoy near the exit for sighting. Youll exit at an opening on the embankment into transition. The swim will be an in-water start. Well have 5 swim waves with 4 minutes in between waves.
Bike (12 miles) (PDF) Run your bike to the end of the utility road and mount when you get to the main road. Head north up 32/4. Steep climb up Bacon Hill before turning right on W. River Rd. Several miles of fast road and slightly rolling hills. Left on Austin Rd. Left on Purington Rd. Left on Stonebridge Rd. Left back onto 32/4 heading south. Fast descent down Bacon Hill and then a straightaway back to transition. Dismount before the utility road and run your bike in.
Run (5k) (PDF) Flat and fast. Mix of roads (30%) and trail (70%). Exit transition and head towards the main park entrance/exit. Left on 32/4 South. Left on Ranger Road. Right on Hessian Dr. Right on Spring St. Left on Beagle Ln (looks like an alleyway), continue on Beagle Ln across Saratoga St, turn left around big blue building with a white roof back onto Canal St, turn right back on Saratoga St. going over the canal bridge, then left onto Towpath. Follow towpath all the way back into the park. Take a right as you enter the park. Travel 100 yards and take a right to the left of the brown wooden stair case (guardrail will be removed be careful as this is a steep embankment). Follow this trail all the way around the park. A couple of left turns and head into the finish chute.
Hudson Crossing Park is located at Lock C5 one quarter mile north of Schuylerville, NY on Route 32/4.