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Additional race information can be found at https://coachmarkwilson.com/events/cassadagaman/.
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:
Top 3 Overall Male and Female; M/F 5 year age groups 19&U - 80+
Paratriathletes - Top 3 Overall Male and Female
AquaBike - Top 3 Overall Male and Female
Relay Teams - Top 3 Overall
Individualized certificates will be emailed to each winner in each category above.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 to be announced soon. There are 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.
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.
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1. What if I am a really slow swimmer? Will you pull me out of the race?
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 just outside 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.
11. 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.
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Two loops of this 28 mile course
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