Local Racing at it’s Best!

Lately, I’ve been totally in love with local racing. I don’t even think it is a phase. I always love it. The venues are great. The community vibe is great. The convenience (minus the traffic) is great. The value is pretty good. All of them have good family atmospheres.

Three of my favorite race series are underway and the fourth starts next month.

The Lake Terramuggus Triathlon Series started three weeks ago. I did the first race in the series. I missed the second for kindergarten graduation, but I’ll be back at it next week. Every other week on Thursdays at Lake T in Marlborough, Connecticut. The road sprint triathlon is a favorite and has been attracting more than 2oo athletes each time. Amazing. The format is a 500+/- meter swim, 10 mile bike, and a 5 kilometer run. $25 is the going rate for an inexpensive triathlon, but it is much cheaper than the $70 to $90 sprints on the weekends.

The Winding Trails Tri Series is a weekly off-road adventure that started last week in the pouring rain. I’m registered for the entire 10 race series that is held on Tuesdays at Winding Trails in Farmington, Connecticut. I got a series discount, but I think you can race one for $25. #2 was last night in much better weather conditions. I’m focusing (a bit) on this one, though my legs were hammered last night thanks to my Mt. Greylock Trail Race this past Sunday. I can’t always be fresh on a Tuesday night. This series also gets more than 200 athletes per event. There is a Tiny Tri for all age beginners and a kid’s race series that kicks off in July. The I-84 and Route 4 traffic is killer, but for 10 nights a year, I can deal with it. The 1/4 mile swim, 5 mile MTB, and 5 kilometer trail run format is my favorite. The young competition (first and second place last night were 16 and 20 respectively) pushes me hard. They make 39 feel old. Still, nothing beats a sunset at Winding Trails.

The Bolton Summer XC Series started tonight. This is our home race series. We always ride over, pulling the kids in the trailer. It is a family affair. The venue is one mile from our house (the long way via road) at the Bolton Heritage Farm (Rose Farm). This is one sweet venue. I’m partial. It’s our town. The race is every Wednesday (except July 4th) between now and early August. Tots go 100 yards at 6:00 P.M. Kids go one mile at 6:10 P.M. Teens and adults go 2.4 miles at 6:30 P.M. This is the bargain of all bargains. Tots are free. Kids are $2 and adults are $3. Tonight, in 90 degree heat (it was 100 Fahrenheit in Hartford), our kids did the mile and I jogged the long course with my camera. We had a blast. This is another fantastic sunset venue. You have to check it out.

The granddaddy race series is the Wickham Park Summer XC Series in Manchester, Connecticut. Wickham is one of my all time favorite venues. The five race series starts in early July. They are Monday races with kids at 6:00 P.M. and teens/adults at 6:30 P.M. The 2.4 mile course is a classic. These races are also a deal. Kids are $4 and adults are $5. You can’t beat that.

Everyone should come out and try these great Connecticut races. If you can’t, then check out (and support) a summer race series near you!

2 Responses to “Local Racing at it’s Best!”

  1. 1 danikennedy 23 June 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Thanks so much, Scott, for the great review. Your photos of Rose Farm are gorgeous. I love the one of Deb and D running down the cow path.

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