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Next Membership Meeting

Monday October 5th, 2015
Location: McGirk's Irish Pub
Chenango Bridge - 6pm

Important Documents

2015 Membership Application

Open Water Swim Waiver

Another race season in the books

Unless you’re headed to somewhere warmer, the 2015 triathlon season has ended and it was a summer of firsts: BCTC members Kat Hores, Nick Gillotte and Mike Ramsden did their first Ironman. Kelly Hoyt did her first sprint. Noelle Chaddock did her first Try a Tri. Carol Hamlin did her first intermediate-distance race (on the only windy, wet and cold day of the summer!) And Jamie Hoyt went to Austria to compete in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. Those are just a few of the firsts and personal bests our club members achieved this year!

This year we hit 100 members and acquired two kayaks. The club just purchased its second kayak with a grant from USAT. We now have made open-water swimming safer for swimmers and easier for Jerry, Dirk and the lifeguards who make that weekly swim workout possible. We still need to buy a couple of lifejackets next year — if anyone has any to donate, that would be great.

Our first meeting of the off-season will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, at McGirk’s. This is a chance to bring some ideas for off-season group training, such as our Wednesday-night runs or Friday-night yoga classes. It’s good to mix things up and we’re looking for suggestions. As for Wednesday-night runs, they’ll start in a couple of weeks (if we still want to do them). Those who piled on the layers and showed up through the misery of February and March last year agreed that without the group, none of us would have been out there. But it made “spring training” so much better!

Awards will be given at the October meeting for new club member, volunteer of the year, etc.

Thinking ahead: We will nominate new board and officers at our November meeting and vote in December. But it’s not too early to think about who those people should be (please ask them before nominating them). Having new leadership is always good for a club, so consider raising your hand. It’s not a lot of work and there are plenty of people to help with the details. And it’s fun to know you’re helping pave the way for new triathletes.

Summer’s not over yet!

We’re pleased to announce that we have been awarded $400 by USAT for the purchase of a second kayak! We’ll still have to kick in some money for paddles and life jackets, but this is a big deal for all of us who do open-water swimming at Dorchester Park. The club bought one kayak this summer, and Jackson Taylor lent us his as a second — for which we were grateful.

BCTC gained it’s 100th member for 2015 just this week. Welcome Shelley Reynolds, whom some may know as a bike racer and founder of Mission in Motion.

Broome County Triathlon Club made a great showing at Ironman Lake Placid. Congratulations to all the finishers: Jamie Hoyt, Kat Hores, Nick Gillotte, Mike Ramsden (with a broken toe!), Kelley Hamlin, Tilghman Smith, Mike Guenther, James Wilson, Scott Robinson and Dusty Andrus — and if someone’s name is missing, it’s not intentional!

James Wilson then raced IM Mount Tremblant two weeks later, with Ryan Heinlen. And Scott Robinson is racing another IM … somewhere. Scott! Help us out!

Congratulations to all who raced Cayuga and Fronhofer and this weekend’s Cazenovia. Be sure to let Joel Peters know about your races because the points do count! Email him at

Upcoming nearby races:

Aug. 23: Cazenovia Triathlon. Sprint and olympic tri plus sprint and olympic

Sept. 13: Finger Lakes Triathlon, Canandaigua, NY, sprint and intermediate distance.

Sept. 19: Cortland Tri for United Way. Triathlon, duathlon, try a tri.

Sept. 26: Great Lakes 100 Mile Triathlon and Duathlon, Barker, NY (at Camp Kenan, on Lake Ontario). 100-mile tri, du and aquabike. Also a 50-mile tri.

Hot days, big races

Many of our club members have been training for Ironman Lake Placid, which takes place on July 26: Kat Hores, Nick Gillotte and Mike Ramsden are doing their first IM. Mike Guenther, James Wilson, Dusty Andrus, Jamie Hoyt, Scott Robinson, Kelley Hamlin and Tilghman Smith are returning racers. (We may be missing a few names — send a message to the Tri Club on FB or e-mail and we’ll add you to the list.)

Other club members will be up there soaking up the atmosphere, ogling the bikes and volunteering at bike aid station No. 3 (beware the flying bananas!).

But before that is the ever-popular Musselman races: sprint on Saturday, July 11 and half-iron distance (and aqua bike) on Sunday, July 12. As usual, we’ll have a team tent near the finish line. Great place to store your cooler and post-race bag and relatives.

Other races this month include:

July 18: Nickel City Triathlon, Buffalo, NY, Olympic, sprint triathlon and sprint duathlon.

July 19: Delta Lake Triathlon, Rome. NY. Sprint, intermediate or double.

Remember, when you do a race, send points-keeper-in-chief Joel Peters a note with the race, the distance and if you placed.He’s at

This stuff adds up and could be worth a great prize at the end of the season! Also consider posting about the race on Facebook — those of us who had to stay home and mow the lawn that day really want to know what we were missing (and if we should sign up next year).

The Broome County Parks Triathlon escaped being a washout. A huge thank you to all who volunteered for the youth triathlon. Hope you had fun. We heard lots of good things from parents and kids.

And because summer is going fast, here are the races going on August. No guarantee there are still openings.


Aug. 1: Fronhofer Tool Triathlon: Friendly, well-run race with lots of support in a beautiful location. Bike course has a few hills, but also a covered bridge! Park right next to transition. Swim is two loops in Lake Lauderdale. Olympic distance and youth tri. Cambridge, NY.

Aug. 1: Wilson Wet & Wild Triathlon and Duathlon, Tuscarora State Park, Wilson, NY. Sprint and Olympic tri; sprint du.

Aug. 2: Cayuga Lake Triathlon, Ithaca, NY. Sprint and olympic.

Aug. 5 and 6: Lake George Triathlon, Lake George, NY, Olympic and half and aquabike.

Mid-August: Du’Nango for a Cure: Great day trip, probably doesn’t sell out. It is a 2.5-mile run, 14.3-mile bike, with a 2.5 mile run at the end. One, two or three person teams can register. Chittenango, NY.

August 16: Peasantman: Peasantman is a medieval-themed triathlon with full, half and intermediate distances (and relays) that are just a bit longer than traditional distances. Penn Yan, NY. Still a small race; this will be its 3rd year.

Aug. 16: Timberman IM 70.3: At Lake Winnipesaukee, N.H.

August 23: River Rat Triathlon: Small race (about 225 people), choice of swim or kayak. Course is 600-meter swim or 3-mile kayak/canoe, a 16.75-mile bike and a 3.3-mile run. Enter as individual or team; relatively inexpensive race (was $60 for individual at the close of registration last year). Clayton, N.Y.

Aug. 23: Cazenovia Triathlon. Spring and olympic tri plus sprint and olympic

June 2015 newsletter

Racing season is here! Members have already competed in Fly-By-Night duathlon, Rat Snake, Cooperstown Triathlon and Keuka Lake Triathlon.

When you do a race, send points-keeper-in-chief Joel Peters a note with the race, the distance and if you placed.He’s at

This stuff adds up and could be worth a great prize at the end of the season! Also consider posting about the race on Facebook — those of us who had to stay home and mow the lawn that day really want to know what we were missing (and if we should sign up next year).

Some races coming up this month:

June 13: Green Lakes Triathlon, Fayetteville, NY.

June 15: Wilkes-Barre Duathlon, Wilkes-Barre and Hanover Township, Pa.

June 20: Vestal XX road race.

June 21: Pain in the Alleganies, Salamanca NY

June 21: Ironman 70.3 Syracuse.

June 29: Broome County Triathlon, Whitney Point.

June 27: Toughman Half Iron and Sprint Tupper Lake Tinman, Tupper Lake, NY.

If you haven’t registered yet for the Broome County Triathlon, DO IT! Have you seen the 10th-anniversary tie-dyed T-shirts? They are way cool! Diana is still looking for volunteers for the youth tri; if she hasn’t nudged you (nagging is next) and you can volunteer for about an hour after the adult awards are given, send her an email at

Open-water swim is at Dorchester Park every Monday at 6 p.m. We swim rain or shine, but not thunder or lightning. The club now owns a kayak, with many thanks to Jerry — who carted his canoe to the lake every week for the past 5 years and is helping with the purchase  – and to Joel who did the shopping and hauling. The club kayak and a loaner from our generous friend Jackson Taylor will now be stored at the park. We will need help carrying them from the storage spot to the lake and back each week, but hey, think of it as training.

Musselman Triathlon, both sprint and half-iron distance,appears to still have openings. It’s July 10-12. This is one of the most popular triathlons in our area. Both are super races and you’ll see lots of BCTC friends there!

If you ordered BCTC apparel, it’s in! Bob Stocks will let you know where and when to pick it up.

Tri season is almost here!

And it’s time to go shopping for BCTC apparel

We have a store? Why yes we do. We are working again with Champion Systems to bring you BCTC performance apparel. The store will be open for orders until April 27.

Here are some navigation tips:

  1. Site:

  2. Choose: custom clothing login (top right)

  3. Choose: team member login (on right)

  4. First-time shoppers enter “BCTC2015″ as the user name and “triathlon” as the password. You will then be prompted to create your personal account.

  5. Previous customers — your past account is still active.

  6. Click on “order now” and it will take you into the store.

There are multiple quality levels of each item available so we recommend you surf Champion’s site to become familiar with the choices before you order. When you are done shopping you will pay Champion through your account. Once the order deadline has passed all orders will go into production and will be shipped, individually packaged to our apparel guru Bob Stocks and we will get your gear to you. If you need any assistance feel free to contact Bob or Joel.

Happy shopping! We are looking forward to seeing a lot of yellow and green out there!

Coming up

Run/bike/run will begin at 6 p.m. April 15 at the Chenango Forks bus garage on Kattellville Road. It’s a 1-mile run, 7.5-mile bike loop, 1-mile run. Distances can be doubled as time and daylight allow. Please volunteer to be a timer at least once this summer. You get points!!

The May members meeting will not be a potluck this year; we’ll meet at McGirk’s as usual. This is our last meeting before race season. Dan Bartschi will offer a refresher on how to change a tire — if your skills are a little rusty, bring a wheel and play along! No better way to learn than hands-on and in the company of friends. Inside. Where it’s not raining/snowing/blowing. Also, bring your questions about training, racing, bike maintenance, wetsuits … someone will have an answer for you!

Open water swim (OWS) begins 6 p.m. Memorial Day at Dorchester Park in Whitney Point. Please arrive by 5:30 if you are handing in money and paperwork. Better yet, print out your OWS medical form from the BCTC homepage and bringing it plus $30 cash or a check made out to Whitney Point Swim Club to the May meeting.

To review: You must be a BCTC member (or Whitney Point Swim Club member) to join OWS. The $30 fee to the swim club goes to Jerry, who makes sure we are all safe each week.

Register for the Broome County Parks Triathlon and the Youth Triathlon online at You can find the link on the BCTC homepage Also, we’ll need volunteers for the youth triathlon; Diana will have USAT volunteer waivers at the May meeting. We need about 40 volunteers, so please help if you are available.

Tips from the swim clinic

If you missed the swim clinic, here are some tips from Bob Stocks, who taught it:

“I had a great time doing the swim clinic this year and I hope all that attended got something out of it. Here is a short summary of what we went over. If you have any questions about anything we went over or anything that I missed please message me.”

Swim Clinic Summary

Starts: Stay calm, don’t panic. There doesn’t need to be contact. When the start signal sounds, you don’t need to go. Wait 30 seconds and let the chaos settle before starting your race.

Balance: Remember that the lungs are your center of buoyancy. If your head is too high your feet will be too low. Front quadrant swimming (FQS) helps keep the stroke balanced.  Don’t start your pull until recovering arm reaches your shoulder.

Drills: Catch-up – Pull doesn’t start until recovering hand touches pulling hand in front of the head. (Can be done holding on to a kick board for more stability.) 6-Kick – Each arm pull kick 6-8 times before initiating the next pull. Fist – Swim with your hands in a fist.

**When doing drills, it’s best to do 25 drill/25 swim or 50 drill/50 swim**

Structuring a workout: Warm up – Approx 10 min Drill Set – 5-10 min (6 x 50 or 3 x 100); Kicks/Pulls – 5-10 min; Main Set – 20-40 min; Cool down – 3-5 min


If you are interested in ordering BCTC apparel, “join” our event on Facebook to let us know.  There is no obligation, but we need to meet a minimum in order to “open a store” on the Champion website. More to come on apparel at the April meeting!

Our April membership meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday, April 6, at McGirk’s.

Four of our favorite races are this month: The Parade Mile on March 7, the St. Pat’s 4-Miler on March 14, the John McKenna 5K on March 21 and the Forks XV on March 29. (And many of us are doing the Syracuse Half Marathon on March 22). Remember to wear your BCTC shirts! Details at

BCTC will have an information table at the Forks XV race. If you aren’t racing, can you hang out and answer questions about the club? Let Joel know.


USAT National Challenge has only two weeks left. As of Feb. 13, BCTC ranked No. 10 in the Northeast group, and No. 13 in the Division 3 (based on size). With 20 people participating, we had logged in 12,389 miles. The team head of us, Santa Cruz Triathlon Association, with 37 members, had 18,977 miles. The team below us, Bike Rack Multisport in D.C., has 25 members and 10,951 miles. Way to go BCTC!!!

Because of some changes to the Chris Thater Memorial Races, it is unlikely we will sponsor a youth duathlon this year. But there is the possibility of a brand new triathlon at Chenango Valley State Park in mid-August. Stay tuned!

Wednesday night runs will continue until mid-April or whenever the weather allows us to switch to run-bike-run.

Do you have your Confluence Running discount cards? If not, ask Jenna or Joel for some. Each card gives you $10 of a $75 purchase AND Confluence donates 5 percent to the charity of our choice. The BCTC board and officers designated that charity to be the YMCA because of its commitment to children’s fitness programs.

***February Members’ Meeting Cancelled***

Due to inclement weather, the February BCTC Members’ Meeting at McGirk’s is cancelled. We will meet again the first Monday in March. Stay safe!

We’re off to a strong start

Thirty people attended our first meeting of the new year! Speaker Matt Gawors of Confluence Running gave us some exercises to help us get motivated and reach our goals.

Here are a few activities to help you get through January:

USAT National Challenge: It’s all about the bike this month for our USAT National Challenge Competition! Our club competes against other clubs our size (OK, most are bigger) to see which club racks up the most miles in the three sports. December focused on swimming (all sports count, though), and with John Lomasney and Luke Robbins practically living in the pool, we are 10th among the Northeast teams (regional standings) and 14th in Division 3 (size rankings). As of Dec. 30, Lomasney had swum 54.32 miles and Robbins had swum 18.34 miles, and the month was not done yet!

New member Jen Reis will be nearly impossible to catch. She’s already got 869.4 bike miles and 81.9 running miles.

It’s not too late to sign up. You must be a member of USATriathlon and Broome County Triathlon Club. Let Joel Peters know your USAT number, age and email and he’ll get you set up. (

January Freeze: The January Freeze is a series of four 10K races each Saturday at 10 a.m. (early start is 9:30) at Otsiningo Park. It started Jan. 3, but you can still get in on the fun. This series is a great way to challenge yourself to improve between the first and the weeks. Visit for details.

Wednesday night group runs: We meet at 5:45 at the Murray Hill footbridge to Binghamton University. We do a loop and return to the bridge around 6 p.m., then head onto campus, where there are lights and the sidewalks are maintained. Run is about 6 miles and often has two or even three pace groups. No runner is left behind! Cancellations for extreme cold or foul weather are posted on Facebook.

Hot yoga: Get ready to sweat this Friday, Jan. 9, at Yoga Body Shop, 765 Harry L Drive, Johnson City. This is arranged by the club, but is open to anyone so invite friends and family! Cost is usually $10 to $14 — and the more people who attend, the less it costs. We try to have this twice a month.

Can you help? We’ll be forming a committee to look at new kits and possibly a new vendor. If you are willing to help out, send an email to new president Joel Peters or message him on FB.

Our next meeting will be 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at McGirk’s Pub. Nutritional expert Molly Morgan will be our speaker. If you heard her last year, you know she gives a great talk.


BCTC Newsletter – October 2014

Welcome to the Off-Season!!

This is when you can take time out of your run to jump in the leaves. You can bike without worrying about cadence. And you don’t have to struggle into your wetsuit.

(Unless, of course, you are John Lomasney and Luke Robbins, who are still swimming in open water, as of late October, as they prepare for their 3.1-mile swim across Tampa Bay on Jan. 11, 2015. The event is the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim and the charity is the Navy Seal Foundation. If you want to donate, here is the link.:

Most of us are now doing road races, and here’s one that should be both a challenge and a good cause: The STOP-DWI Returning Warrior 10 & 5 miler on Nov. 9. Team members can register for a $10 discount, so just click on the link, select “Join a team” and search for Broome County Triathlon Club.

Sign up, wear your yellow and green, run for a good cause and see you all there!

Membership meetings will now run through May; most are the first Monday of the month but sometimes we have to adjust, as is the case with November’s meeting. It will be Nov. 10 (the second Monday) at McGirk’s in Chenango Bridge. McGirk’s lets us use the back room with no fee – but please consider buying food or drink to make it worthwhile for them to open up the space to us.

We will be voting on board members and officers on Nov. 10; the ballots will be announced soon. Please send any nominations for President, VicePresident, Secretary or Board member to before the meeting.

Why attend membership meetings? To hear great speakers, catch up with friends, and find running buddies who won’t leave you behind in a snow bank. And, of course, to start planning next year’s race schedule! If you’re looking to move up – to an Olympic, half or full Ironman – there are BCTC members who can answer any question.

Registrations for some of the best races will open soon – Seneca 7 and Musselman.

Don’t forget our group run at 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays at the foot bridge to the BU campus on Murray Hill Road. We always swing back at 6 in case you’re late. Distance is about 5 or 6 miles. There is often a trail run at 8 p.m. in the nature preserve, too.

BU Masters Swimming - BU West Gym:

MWF: 6- 7:15am (will need to inquire about space availability)
7:15-8:30am (multiple spaces open)
Sat: 6:30 – 7:45am and 7:45 – 9:00am (space is open)

Cost is $40 per month, but is negotiable if ppl can only go 1-2d/week and or are need of financial assistance.

Downtown YMCA:
Mon, Tues, Thurs: 6 – 7:30pm (space available)
Sat: 9:30 – 11am

Y membership is needed…there may be an additional $5 charge, but many team members state that the Y has not been doing so the last few months.

In addition to coaching/instruction, very beneficial when traveling as can go to many Y affiliates…Masters membership allows you to swim with team affiliates throughout the country.

Hope this helps! If people have additional questions, have them fire off an email to:

BCTC May Newsletter

Racing season is poised at the starting line — with the Bridge Run on May 4, Fly-by-Night and the Binghamton University Sprint Triathlon both on May 10, and the Rat Snake Duathlon on May 17.

To kick off racing season, we’ll have our annual potluck dinner at 6 p.m. May 12 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 701 W. Main St., Endicott. Please bring a dish or beverage; we’ll supply the paper goods. This is our last monthly membership meeting until October, and note that it’s NOT the first Monday of the month this time!

Our guest speaker is Jennifer Laurita, the 2014 League of American Bicyclists Educator of the Year.  She is a league cycling instructor and national-level training mentor and coach, working with organizations across the United States to teaching bicycling and train-the-trainer seminars.  Jennifer is an avid road cyclist and terrible first-time triathlete, specializing in being terrible across multiple disciplines. Jennifer is the author of the book, The Anatomy of Cycling.

By the way, Linda Harding has been responsible for bringing in all the great speakers we’ve had this year. Thanks for all the hard work, Linda!  If you have suggestions for fall, send them her way.

In other news:

The Broome County Triathlon has an important change: The turnaround at the bottom of the hill has been eliminated! The turnaround will now be at the top of the hill. The course will be shorter by a half mile — it will be  11.5 miles — but it will be much safer for cyclists and drivers.

Another change is that high school teams will have their own relay category. The idea came from the Sidney high school students and coach who spoke to our club last month; Bob Beavan passed it on to the county and it was added to the registration form. Teams can be three students or two students and one adult. Students must be entering 7th grade or up to be on a high school relay team. Help spread the word!

The Broome County Youth Triathlon needs volunteers! It takes place right after the adult triathlon on June 28 and takes about an hour. The Chris Thater Youth Duathlon on Aug. 23 also needs volunteers. USAT requires volunteers to sign waivers for both events. E-mail Diana at if you can help at either or both events.

Run-bike-run: Is held at 6 p.m. every Wednesday at the Chenango Forks bus garage on Kattelville Road. Please consider volunteering to be a timekeeper at least once this summer!

Open-water swim will start at 6 p.m. on Memorial Day, May 25, at Dorchester Park on the Whitney Point Reservoir. We meet at the north end of the park. The cost to swim is $30 (make check payable to the Whitney Point Swim Club), plus you must be a member of BCTC or the Whitney Point Swim Club. You must fill out a waiver and medical form before you enter the water. There will be forms at the next meeting if you want to fill them out and pay. If you are going to fill them out at OWS, please arrive before 5:30 because the paperwork gets a bit chaotic and we want to get in the water on time.

Post your ride! Club members are encouraged to post a planned run or ride on the BCTC Facebook page; it’s helpful for new members to be able to jump in and find training partners.