The HITS Triathlon series has bought The North Country Triathlon in Hague, New York. This popular event was founded in 2007 by Randy Engler. The first race consisted of just 125 racers, and 40 volunteers. Over the years the race grew to offer a sprint and Olympic distance race to a growing number of athletes. The North Country Triathlon has had a history of giving back to the community. Each year local, regional and even global non-profits are chosen as race beneficiaries. Randy and his family reside in NYC and found managing the growing race a challenge, so he decided to sell the event. Triathletes should be thrilled with the event continuing under the HITS banner.
Each HITS triathlon race offers ‘a distance for everyone‘. There is a free super sprint, sprint, an Olympic, a half ironman and a full ironman distance offered. The race weekend will be June 29-30, 2013. The terrain offers guaranteed challenging courses starting with a swim in Lake George followed by rides and runs in the Adirondack Mountains. Course maps are not available yet. The half and full ironman distances will be held on Saturday June 29, 2013. The sprints and Olympic will be held on Sunday. The HITS series offers a new pricing plan for 2013. The new early bird registration pricing offers three different saving options before regularly priced registration takes effect one month prior to each event for the Sprint, Olympic, Half and Full distance races as follows:
More than four months before event – 75% off
Four to three months before event – 50% off
Three to one month before event – 25% off
Month before event – Regular price
The Hunter Mountain race held in early June of 2012 will be moved to September 2013. The swim is in the North South Lake which is very protected with clear mountain water. The rides and runs are offer hills and scenic views of Hunter Mountain. The 2012 June event was well run and any issues faced by the races (like a rough road) where addressed prior to the Fall event. The HITS staff travels to each race enabling them to make adaptions on the fly continually improve offerings.
Over the summer the HITS Series announced that Barry Siff joined the team. Barry’s resume in endurance and multisport events is phenomenal. He has directed and grown some of the best known events in the US. Completing over 50 marathons, 10 Ironman Triathlons and almost every adventure race in the world (between 1998 and 2003) gives Barry all the expertise needed to create a fantastic new series. As the new HITS Running Festival Director Siff says, “I’m impressed with the passion, and the drive and the commitment to the sport (at HITS). It is a good entre into the sport. We are going to make it a memorable event for everybody whether you are running the mile or a marathon.” The family focus will be a draw for many.
The 6 HITS Running Festivals locations and dates will be announced on November 1, 2012 with registration opening on January 1, 2013. The website notes that races will be held in major metropolitan areas. This is a bit different from the triathlon strategy which was to go to less served areas.
Family and Friends mile is a one mile race to get people into running and participating. Seniors, kids, and non runners will have the chance to feel what it is like to cross the finish line. The Running Festivals will offer distances from a mile all the way to a marathon. ‘A distance for everyone’ and all in one weekend. Racers will have the opportunity to chose to race 1 mile, a 5K, a 10K, a half marathon or a marathon. You can like the HITS Running Festival Facebook page to get updates on the race venues.