WELCOME TO A CHALLENGE YOU WON’T SOON FORGET.
Similar elevations to the courses in Lake Placid but NO CUT OFF TIMES!
One hour south of Buffalo, NY and one hour north of Erie, PA with easy access off of I-90.
70.3 miles of hilly, challenging and gorgeous courses will leave you exhausted, happy, probably a little sore, but more than glad that you chose this epic race.
Open to individuals and relay teams of 2 or 3. AquaBike option offered. Paratriathletes welcome!
Half distance Triathlon & AquaBike
Begin your morning with a gorgeous 1.2 mile swim around the perimeter of the Lower Lake of the Cassadaga Lakes. In-water wave starts for men, women and relay teams. Men and women changing tents available in transition.
56 miles will take you on an epic, hilly, beautiful ride that will give you up-hills, down-hills, rolling fun, fast curves with views of Lake Erie from the top of the Chautauqua Ridge and aromas of the plentiful concord grape vineyards that you will go whizzing by. The course is a 28 mile loop that you will complete twice. Two aid stations; mile 14/42 and mile 28 stocked with Hammer Nutrition products, plenty of water and other treats with port-a-johns at both. Opportunities for your spectators to see you go by as you head out to your second loop. Special Needs Bag can be dropped off at the second aid station on your way to check-in on race morning. SAG vehicle and bike support.
Participants in the Aqua Bike competition will complete the event after the bike. Finishers will check in at the table in transition once they dismount to clock their official finish time and make their way to the finish line for their race medals. There are no relay team entries for the AquaBike.
Run: 13.1 miles on quiet, shaded, rolling country roads. There are two out-and-backs on the course with a total of eight fully stocked aid stations and three port-a-johns.
**Please note that assuming Covid restrictions will be in place for 2021 all protocols will be outlined in an updated Athlete Guide that will be published closer to race day. We did it successfully in 2020, which was the inaugural event, and will be able to do it again in 2021.
DIVISIONS & AWARDS:
Finisher medals & Race T-shirts
Beer Zone supplied by Southern Tier Brewing Company (must be 21 years of age)
Food catered by Super Duper Catering. Breakfast and coffee in the morning followed by an amazing menu of lunch items. Free for participants and volunteers, available for purchase by spectators.
All races are USAT sanctioned and all rules and regulations apply, and there will be no refunds for this event or bib transfers. Race is held Rain or Shine. It is the participants responsibility to know the rules for an event sanctioned by USA Triathlon.
If not a current USAT member you will be required to purchase one day event coverage during registration. $15 for Adults.
There is NO refund for this event. However, with ADVANCE notice, you may defer to 2022. You must speak with Tonia Wilson directly via email at email@example.com or 716-353-1288.
Any questions on the course or race please contact Race Director, Mark H. Wilson, via email CoachMarkWilson@gmail.com or 914-466-9214.
HOST HOTEL: Webb’s Year Round Resort
Contact the hotel directly for the $99 room rate under CassadagaMan at 716-753-2161. Webb’s is 12 miles from the race site.
There are other hotels available in Fredonia, Dunkirk and Jamestown NY. Gilbert’s Cabins in Cassadaga is steps away from the race site. Camping is available at Lake Erie State Park.
Strava swim course: https://www.strava.com/activities/3684903168
Strava bike course: https://www.strava.com/activities/2722622133
Strava run course: https://www.strava.com/activities/2730792325
We hold informal training sessions on the courses all year long. For schedules and more information join our Facebook Group page here.
Many volunteers are needed to make this happen. Please share with your friends and family that may want to take part in this event just not as a participant. All volunteers receive a race t-shirt, food and beer! See the list here
A. NO. No cut off times. Period.
2. If I experience issues in the swim, can I continue my race?
A. Yes. You are permitted to hold on to a kayak or boat until you recover, you can flip over on your back and rest, and you can wear a personal swim buoy if desired. The kayak CANNOT move you forward, you must complete the swim on your own. You are welcome to continue with your race as scheduled.
3. Is it ok if we bring our dog?
A. Not really. a.) The Park does not allow dogs and all of the activities will be within the Park. b.) Dogs and bikes don’t really mix. c.) Out of the park is neighboring lawns and we don’t think it’s very nice to have your dog hang out in someone else’s lawn all day. d.) Dogs and other dogs don’t always mix. e.) We love dogs, but this isn’t the venue for it. Sorry.
4. Can my friend run alongside me to pace my run and keep me company?
A. NO. No-one other than registered athletes on the course.
5. Is it ok if I walk my bike up some of those hills?
6. What if I flat on the bike course or have mechanical difficulties?
A. A mechanic will never be more than 7 miles from you at any spot. Ask a fellow athlete to report your general location to the next aid station or race volunteer. Or, if you have you phone on course, please put in the phone # now of Mark Wilson, Race Director, 914-466-9214. Mechanics can do minor repairs like tire changing and cable adjustments but not replace cracked wheels or frames. Only race organization volunteers, other athletes or staff can assist you while on course. No coaches, spouses or friends allowed to assist.
7. Will there be a place I can change clothes between the swim and the bike?
A. Yes. There will be two changing tents (Male & Female with side walls inside transition)
8. What if I am a really slow cyclist and those hills slow me down even more? Will you pull me out of the race?
A. NO. No cut off times. Period.
9. Can I bring a sandwich and a Coke to eat half way on the bike course?
A. Yes. You can bring a Special Needs bag with whatever you think you may need. It will be at the halfway point/aid station #2 of the bike course. We will put a sticker with your bib# on it and a volunteer will be there to help you find it.
10. Will you have aid stations on the run course?
A. Yes. One at each mile. 3 with port-a-johns. They will be stocked with water, Hammer Nutrition Gels, Electrolytes, Heed (to mix in a water bottle), bananas, oranges, chips, cookies, granola bars, candy. They will be self serve due to Covid protocols but volunteers will be there to re-stock and cheer you on.
11. I am really scared of Covid. What are you doing to protect me? (These answers are based on where we were in September 2020-we will continue to monitor and make decisions accordingly)
A. 1.) If you are really scared, please stay home. We will defer you to 2022 2.) Face masks are required as you check in, while you are in transition and post race. 3.) Social distancing is expected from all spectators as well as face masks 4.) Once you get your bike set up in transition please leave the area to allow others to do the same. Reduced number of bikes per rack by 50%. 5.) Social distancing will be asked of athletes during the pre-race meeting. 6.) Volunteers will be wearing face masks and adhering to social distancing 7.) 3 wave starts will spread out participants in the water which is the only place that you will be gathered at all. 8.) Volunteers will have ice cold water lined up on a table at the Finish Line to avoid one on one contact and you will take your Finisher Medal from a table as well. 9.) Post race you will find tables and chairs spread out to enjoy the band, the food and the beer zone. 10.) Everything we can to comply with CDC and State regulations to be able to produce this race for you and everyone to enjoy. 😉
12. Are there going to be marshals on the course?
A. Yes. Marshals will be looking for drafting, unsportsmanlike conduct, and littering; on and off course. Disqualifications will be given.
13. I may need to walk some of that run course. Will the aid stations and finish line still be up?
A. Yes. NO cut off time. Period.
Wilson Endurance Sports strives to bring you a fun, challenging event in beautiful settings all around New York State and one in Connecticut. We host a full calendar that can be viewed on the Races & Events page of our website. Athlete centered, grass-roots racing is what we are all about.