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Next Membership Meeting

Monday March 7, 2016
Location: McGirk's Irish Pub (Back Room)
Chenango Bridge - 6pm

Important Documents

2016 Membership Application

Open Water Swim Waiver

Where are the lane lines?!

Is the swim portion of your triathlon just something to “get through” before the race really starts? Then maybe it’s time to brush up on your open-water swim techniques.

Bob Stocks, a veteran triathlete and record-setting swimmer, will be sharing some of what he learned at a recent open-water swim clinic with Olympian Alex Meyer. Alex won a gold medal at the 2010 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships in the 25-kilometer open water event. He placed tenth in the 10-kilometer open water event at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

There are two clinics, come to one or both.

9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 20, in the pool at Whitney Point High School, 10 Keibel Road (look for signs to direct you).

9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 19, in the pool at Whitney Point High School, 10 Keibel Road.

The event is free for BCTC members. The only way to participate is to have a current, paid membership. You can join at the event, just bring your membership form and cash or check for $30 ($20 student, $50 family).

Don’t forget your bathing suit!


Bring your race reports!

Did you do a race you loved — or not — in 2015? Do you need recommendations on races to try this year?

At this month’s meeting, we’ll go around the table and share some recommendations. This will be a good chance to ask questions about going up in distance or doing a nontraditional triathlon (Rat Snake, anyone?).

We also expect to have a fit kit available from Champion. This will allow you to try on pieces of clothing before you order. We need a firm commitment on 10 items before we can officially open a “store” on the Champion website. Bob Stocks will have the details.

See you at McGirk’s at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 1.

Off-season? What off-season?

There are two reasons to love December. One of them escapes us, but the other is the USAT National Challenge Competition!

It’s an online competition running from December through February. You sign up, log your miles (swim, bike, run), and help your team achieve glory!

This will be the third year Broome County Triathlon Club members will compete.. It’s low key, but fun to see how we fare against other clubs our size in the U.S. It’s also fun to see the internal competitions between friends.

Check it out here If you are interested in joining our team, email Joel with your USAT member number (yes you have to be a USAT member as well as a BCTC member) and your birth date to Then start logging your miles starting December 1st.

Last year’s participants are automatically signed up. Just use last years password to sign in. Contact Joel if you forgot your password or how to log in.

We hope to be racking up some big miles this year!


Our December meeting is 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at McGirk’s. The big news is that we will be holding elections, so it’s important that you cast your vote. We have the following nominations:

President: Joel Peters

Vice president: Kelley Hamlin

Treasurer: Ed DeSantis

Secretary: open

Please consider nominating yourself to fill one of the open positions. The work isn’t hard, but it needs to be done.

P.S. — Diana has been secretary for three years. It’s time to vote her out of office! Let there be term limits! Somebody please run for secretary!

Board nominees:

Nick Gillotte

Dan Bartschi

Courtney Hand

Jenna Jenks

Linda Harding

Bob Stocks

Jo Micalizzi

Diana Bean

Committee assignments:

Bob Beavan will continue to manage youth triathlon

Diana Bean will continue to manage open-water swim



Linda Harding has arranged to have one of the BUMS coaches (that’s Binghamton University Masters Swimming) speak about the benefits of masters swimming. There are lots of opportunities to swim with BUMS, because they swim morning and evening at different locations.

NEEDED: Finishers medals

Do you have any finishers medals you wouldn’t mind parting with? Ed DeSantis will take them and donate them to a program that “awards” the medals to cancer patients who have finished their treatment.

Who’s ready to run?

For office, that is. (And on Wednesdays, but we’ll get to that in a minute.)

The November 2nd meeting (6 p.m. at McGirks) is when we’ll nominate board members and officers for 2016. Voting will be at the December meeting. Here is what you need to know about nominating or being nominated:

  1. Don’t nominate someone without asking them.

  2. Consider nominating yourself.

  3. SEND NOMINATIONS TO: president Joel Peters at

  4. How do the board and officers work together? We talk via a closed group on FB, making it very easy to make decisions or get feedback on ideas. We also meet once a month in the off-season, typically the week before the membership meeting and usually at 5:30 p.m. at Wegmans. Meetings are always productive and well-attended. Obviously, new board and officers can set up communications and meetings any way they want.

  5. How much work is involved? That’s a question best answered by the person currently holding the position, so ask! Those names are on our website, under club info.

  6. Why should you be a board member or officer? Because a club like ours thrives on new ideas, new energy and new members. Susan Schultz and Diana Bean have been officers for 3 years and are ready to step down. Treasurer spot is now a two-year appointment.

 Now, for the other running:

Back by popular demand — or the whining of a few individuals — Wednesday-night runs will start on Oct. 21. We’ll post the info each week, either Tuesday or early Wednesday morning, but essentially it will always follow this format:

We meet at 5:45 p.m. at the foot bridge that leads to Binghamton University from Murray Hill Road (near the rugby fields). We do an approximately 2-mile warmup (we loop up Murray Hill to Washington then back around) and return to the foot bridge to regroup and pick up latecomers at about 6 p.m. Then we do about 4 miles on campus.

 We have different pace groups, and we don’t leave anyone behind. At least not on purpose.

In the winter — and yes, we ran even through the worst of last winter’s weather — the University is about the best-lit and best-plowed place you can run.

Congratulations to our award-winners!

If you missed the October meeting, these people won great swag from local merchants, all based on their club participation:

Mike Ramsden — 40 and under

Noelle Chaddock — new member

Bob Beavan — over 40

Josh Demarree — high points

Dirk Elliott — member of the year (he is instrumental in making open-water swim happen)

Next meeting:

6 p.m. Nov. 2. at McGirk’s. John from Oakdale PT will be our presenter.


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.