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Athlete Spotlight: Wissam Nasr

Meet Wissam Nasr! 

Wissam is one of the Empire Tri Club’s most recent additions to the Spring Beginner Program. He was born in Cairo, Egypt and raised in Jackson Heights, Queens, the most diverse zip code in the world. Roughly a square mile with 113,000 residents who speak 167 languages. Growing up in Jackson Heights attracted him to a career in human rights and civil rights later in life.

 

Tell us a little about your family. 

My mother and father operated a local veterinary clinic for 20 years in Queens. The clinic was located next door to Corona’s Parkside Restaurant, a famous Genovese mafia hangout.  Local mobsters would bring in their baby alligators for checkups.  They would play with the cats. Most of you have never seen a hitman cuddle with a kitten, but I have. As late as 2015, a checkup for your dog was $25. My parents were often were never paid fully for surgeries they performed. They never sent a collection notice in their lives. I’m proud of that.

My father, whom resembled a mad professor when wearing a lab coat, died from smoking related causes in 2016 after 10 months on various machines. Then my favorite Uncle died the next year. And right after his death, my mother became completely blind and lost her memory. Facing such daunting issues, my fiancee decided to leave for better weather in California. I had no choice but to go it alone, so I quit my job and took care of my mom for a couple of years. 55 million Americans are taking care of an elderly loved one with a disability, and I was one of them. On May 13th, 2020 my mom passed away.  My only surviving family member is a sister that lives in France. 

 

Why did you choose Empire?

I joined because I understood the importance of surrounding yourself with a good peer group, especially a group of people I would consider to be role models in their own right. I find Empire to be motivational, educational, and helpful to be a part of as I train for a formal event for the first time. I can ask specific or general questions, and I think the collective experiences of my many coaches and teammates are the greatest benefit for a beginner like me. 

 

What is your fitness background? 

I’ve never been involved in organized fitness, unless eating ice cream finally becomes the Olympic event that we all feel it should be. As a matter of fact, I spent most of my life 20 to 50 pounds overweight. Things changed about a year ago. I wasn’t proud of my health. I began to integrate exercise into my daily routines, like commuting to work by bicycle. I have always felt most comfortable on a bike; but I am now enjoying running a lot more than I thought. I can’t swim all that well yet, but I have a Pinky and the Brain level plan to solve that problem, so let’s see. 

 

What is a personal goal of yours?

I recently turned 42, and I have the opportunity to retire early, the result of years of good personal finance and eating cold noodles for dinner. I like the idea of traveling the world, training in Mallorca, and competing in events. Or I might rent an apartment in South Africa and play soccer with children across the street every single day. I don’t know. I can’t play soccer but maybe they’ll need a goalie. Americans are good goalies. I’m ok with either plan. I do know that training for events will be a central part of my life. I have already been to 60 some countries and 200 cities. In fact, I taught tourism and hospitality at a public high school for a year so I can probably help my teammates with travel advice.  

At the aspirational level in the triathlon world, I saw Doc Golden’s speech on YouTube with a buddy of mine, and her vivid description of competing in a triathlon, has made the Ironman an official daydream of mine now. And look, it’s good to daydream. There’s not much else to do for me to do when I’m running up a hill on mile 6. So I’ll run my first tri and see where it takes me. 

 

One Crazy swim/bike/run adventure?

I was a United Nations civil affairs officer stationed in Kosovo in 2008 just prior to their declaration of independence. I was posted in a rural setting where there had been religious violence. I took a new route from my evening walk one day and ended up being chased by a massive bull. Or it could have been a really masculine looking cow, I don’t know. I could have sworn I saw horns. But it was fast! I didn’t want beef with the cow, so I ran as fast as I could. Apparently cows are able to smell blood despite being vegetarians. And I can confirm that running from something as bizarre as a cow happens only in slow-motion. Luckily, some of the local Roma kids saw me, and since 10-year-olds are always much braver than adults, they distracted the cow while I got to safety. The next day I went up the hill to thank the kids who helped me and they asked me if I was going to run again. I agreed and they ran with me every few days after that. I t was nice. Running with 10-year-olds in a recovering warzone after work was how I started, I guess. 

 

Fun fact about you?

I’ve been known to have a lot of pretty cool jobs over the last 25 years. Right now, I currently teach child actors on movie sets and Broadway shows, so I often get to hang out in famous actors’ dressing rooms, like Joaquin Phoenix in the Joker or Forrest Whitaker in Godfather of Harlem. You’d be surprised to hear what Donnie Wahlberg has to say about curling. 

 

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Athlete Spotlight: Mike Ritz

MEET MIKE RITZ

For the past two years Mike Ritz has been one of the coaches of the HSS Run Club, a corporate wellness program that Empire runs for the employees of the Hospital for Special Surgery. Mike first got involved with Empire Tri Club in the winter of 2015 when he was leading a 12-week winter training session, preparing athletes for the NYC Half Marathon.

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Syosset, NY, a small town on the North Shore of Long Island. I am one of four boys, and we were all pretty active in sports growing up. My first sport was soccer because my mother’s family is all immigrants, and I played lots of baseball too. I was pretty much up for anything as a kid.  I was a small kid growing up but always practiced and tried to out work everyone else.

Why did you start running?
I got into running through soccer. In high school, the cross-country coach came out to watch one of our soccer games and spoke to me after the game. He asked me to join the team at a cross-country meet the next day. My soccer coach gave me permission. I remember that I was angry because I was missing soccer practice. I ran the meet in my regular Converse gym sneakers and came in second on our team, 5th overall. So I continued to run cross-country while playing on the soccer team. My older brother was a pretty accomplished runner so it was fun for me to follow in his foot steps. Honestly though, I hated running back then, because I felt like I was missing out on playing ball!

My senior year at Boston University, my friend and I decided to run the Boston Marathon, which runs right past our campus. I actually went to the Bill Rodgers Running Store to interview Bill Rodgers (Olympian and 2x Boston & NYC Marathon Winner) and ask him for some training tips. Remarkably, he was there, and more remarkably, he spoke to me.

In addition to marathons and half marathons, I have done a couple of duathlons, but the notion of a triathlon really scared me because of the swimming (yikes!).  One of my cousins, who is not a good athlete, decided to do the NYC Triathlon and dared me to do it as well. Challenge accepted. That was 2010. Since then I’ve done a few Half Ironman’s.

What is the scariest thing to happen to you during a race?
I try to do a “destination” run each year. Combining running and vacation is a great thing. The scariest thing that ever happened was the Tel Aviv Marathon. It was crazy hot and my son was meeting me at the finish line. I guess the heat got to me because I don’t remember finishing the race. The first thing I remember was walking with him, drinking water from a bottle. I remember asking him “Did I finish?” and he looked at me like I was crazy and pointed to my medal. It was already 20 minutes after the race, but obviously I was in a complete heat-induced fog.

What is the funniest thing you experienced during a race?
I ran the Florida Half Marathon a few years ago, which features a different musical act at each mile. I think I was the 10-mile mark and feeling pretty crappy, but as I approached I heard this great, kick-ass band playing some classic rock ‘n roll. I looked at the drummer and made some feeble motion to indicate that I wanted to sit in on the drums. He happily waved me over. One Rolling Stones song later, I was on my way, with renewed energy to finish the race!

How have you been involved during the COVID-19 pandemic?
I’ve lived in NYC since I graduated college. A while back, a relative suffered a heart attack on the street and was saved because of the fast response of the EMTs. So I decided to be an EMT and have served in various volunteer ambulance services since. I was a first responder and survivor on 9/11, when I ran with my medical gear from my apartment in Greenwich Village to the Twin Towers. My office at the time was in the South Tower (the second to be hit). I was going to a meeting that morning, so I wasn’t at work, but I called my office and told everyone to leave immediately. Even though there were announcements to stay, I insisted that everyone exit the building. They all survived and I am proud of that. When the first tower fell, I remember looking up in fear and thinking “there’s no way I’m getting out of this.” I grabbed a backboard for protection and started running before I was consumed by the thick, black smoke and debris. I managed to find a safe place and pulled other people in. I guess running prepared me for that moment. I survived the second tower collapse as well and stayed on site until 3am helping with the rescue and recovery efforts. I volunteered at Ground Zero for two weeks after that.

The COVID-19 crisis has brought back many thoughts of those days. As an EMT, I was part of some planning calls and meetings and worked at the Javits Center to help set it up as a hospital. Unfortunately, they didn’t let me continue working there because I am over 50 years old and they didn’t want to put me at risk. However, there has been so much to do within our building and local area. I work in my Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood to help organize community outreach. I think the greatest challenge for so many people is the loneliness that results from sheltering in place. If nothing else, I tell people to reach out to neighbors and friends and loved ones. Just call to say hello or to see if they need anything from the store.

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Empire Tri Club acknowledges and supports

We want to take a moment to acknowledge that the past few weeks have been extremely difficult and eye opening for all of us. The murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor have surfaced deep-rooted systemic problems and racial tensions the country has been facing for a long time.

Empire Tri Club has always strived to be an inclusive community.  We open our doors to all athletes regardless of age, ability, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or political belief. We support our black community and stand with you in solidarity.

While all of us may not have personally experienced racial discrimination, we will listen, learn and try our best to unite us.  Empire Tri Club is committed to understanding how we can help support people of color in our city and our sport – not just now, but ongoing. In the coming weeks, we will be sparking conversations with community members, race directors, governing bodies and athletic brands to better understand the issues and the roles we play.

Please feel free to reach out if you have resources, questions or ideas to share. We encourage healthy dialogue in order to better understand and address issues.

Finally, remember to stay safe! Spread your voice through peace and take necessary precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We will get through this!

Alison

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Alison Kreideweis

Empire Tri Club
Co-Founder, Head Coach
alison@empiretriclub.com
www.empiretriclub.com

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Athlete Spotlight: Cindy Carde

Let’s Meet Cindy Carde!

 

Empire Tri Club, a NYC based club with over 100 members, sits in the epicenter of the Coronavirus pandemic.  This month we had the chance to connect with Cindy Carde who contracted the Coronavirus in March.  

Cindy is a 7-year Empire Tri Club member with over 70 races under her belt.  This year, Cindy set her sights on becoming an Ironman.  However COVID-19 had other plans for her.  Read more for the full interview with Cindy!Cindy, where are you from? The boogie down BRONXWhere do you live now?  Still in the boogie down but in a more diverse neighborhood

How long have you been a member of Empire Tri Club? I just made 7 years with Empire in April. It says a lot about Empire Tri Club when your members keep coming back for more.

What are a few races you have done in the past? 1 sprint tri, which was my first and worst race ever. 6 Olympics tris, 3 long distance 70.3 triathlons. Over 25 marathons and definitely over 40 half marathons

What are you training for this season (assuming we actually race!)? My goal this year was to compete in a full long distance 140.6 triathlon but with lack of being able to train properly due to being diagnosed with COVID-19 by 3 doctors put a halt on training and being able to compete with a strong mind, confidence and endurance.

When did you start experiencing symptoms? March 16th. I couldn’t sleep at all. Not a wink for 3 days straight. On March 19th I woke up with a crick in my neck, my shoulders and back ached and I had a fever. As the day went, my well being declined. My fever spiked, I couldn’t shake the chills and the body aches were severe that Thursday night. Some days I felt well enough that I could force myself to try to have a normal quarantine day of watching TV and catching up on some work emails. Some days I felt awful that all I could do is sleep for 2 days straight. Headaches, a slight fever and extreme fatigue was an everyday occurrence. I even had extreme dizziness for day. The list of symptoms can go on and on.
What lead you to believe you might have the coronavirus? When I lost my sense of smell and taste.
Did you get tested for it? No, because I am younger to those who are as risk and I do not have any preexisting health conditions. I was told that I could not be tested because they only have a small amount of tests available and because I am younger to those who are at risk and I do not have any preexisting health conditions.

How long did your symptoms last? 4 weeks

What did you do to recover?  Sleep, sleep and more sleep. Drank lots of fluids, which consisted of water, gatorade, tea and chicken broth

Were you scared?  Not at all, I keep a pretty healthy lifestyle of running, biking, swimming, hiking and walking, which made me feel healthy enough to beat anything that was trying to take over my body.

Was there any advice you received that you found to be particularly helpful? Yes, I was told that it was ok to take tylenol. That was the only thing that allowed me to kind of function when I could.

Do you live alone or was anyone in your household caring for you? I live alone. I would get regular food and medicine deliveries dropped at my door by my mother and boyfriend.

Were you in touch with your Empire teammates during this time? Absolutely, they were the reason why I would wake up and get out of bed. They feel like family and I needed to see what everyone was up to.

How, if at all, did they help you get through it? The constant banter, well wishes in a group/separate chat/text messages, words of encouragement made me feel like a had a team of COVID get well sherpas. They kept me positive when I had doubts of ever getting better. They even offered to get on a Citi Bike to bring me medicine and food at my way uptown residence.

How are you feeling now? GREAT!! Like myself again.I am itching to start swimming, biking and running. I have walked several miles and stared to sprint uphills during my hikes

Are you fully recovered? Fully recovered with zero symptoms

Any advice you have for fellow triathletes about your experience? Fight, never ever let anything/anyone take you down

Anything else you’d like to share? A quote that i take with me at every training day and race, “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up” by Dean Karnazes – but i always add ever to the last statement of the quote so that it loos like Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never ever give up. It is truly a motto that i follow. You have to physically remove me from a course. I will never stop trying to reach that finish line. 4 flat tires and a broken hand couldn’t stop me from completing the 2018 NYC Tri.

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Athlete Spotlight: Cindy Carde

Let’s Meet Cindy Carde!

Empire Tri Club, a NYC based club with over 100 members, sits in the epicenter of the Coronavirus pandemic.  This month we had the chance to connect with Cindy Carde who contracted the Coronavirus in March.  

Cindy is a 7-year Empire Tri Club member with over 70 races under her belt.  This year, Cindy set her sights on becoming an Ironman.  However COVID-19 had other plans for her.  Read more for the full interview with Cindy!

Cindy, where are you from? The boogie down BRONX

Where do you live now?  Still in the boogie down but in a more diverse neighborhood

How long have you been a member of Empire Tri Club? I just made 7 years with Empire in April. It says a lot about Empire Tri Club when your members keep coming back for more.

What are a few races you have done in the past? 1 sprint tri, which was my first and worst race ever. 6 Olympics tris, 3 long distance 70.3 triathlons. Over 25 marathons and definitely over 40 half marathons

What are you training for this season (assuming we actually race!)? My goal this year was to compete in a full long distance 140.6 triathlon but with lack of being able to train properly due to being diagnosed with COVID-19 by 3 doctors put a halt on training and being able to compete with a strong mind, confidence and endurance.

When did you start experiencing symptoms? March 16th. I couldn’t sleep at all. Not a wink for 3 days straight. On March 19th I woke up with a crick in my neck, my shoulders and back ached and I had a fever. As the day went, my well being declined. My fever spiked, I couldn’t shake the chills and the body aches were severe that Thursday night. Some days I felt well enough that I could force myself to try to have a normal quarantine day of watching TV and catching up on some work emails. Some days I felt awful that all I could do is sleep for 2 days straight. Headaches, a slight fever and extreme fatigue was an everyday occurrence. I even had extreme dizziness for day. The list of symptoms can go on and on.
What lead you to believe you might have the coronavirus? When I lost my sense of smell and taste.
Did you get tested for it? No, because I am younger to those who are as risk and I do not have any preexisting health conditions. I was told that I could not be tested because they only have a small amount of tests available and because I am younger to those who are at risk and I do not have any preexisting health conditions.
How long did your symptoms last? 4 weeks
What did you do to recover?  Sleep, sleep and more sleep. Drank lots of fluids, which consisted of water, gatorade, tea and chicken broth
Were you scared?  Not at all, I keep a pretty healthy lifestyle of running, biking, swimming, hiking and walking, which made me feel healthy enough to beat anything that was trying to take over my body.
Was there any advice you received that you found to be particularly helpful? Yes, I was told that it was ok to take tylenol. That was the only thing that allowed me to kind of function when I could.
Do you live alone or was anyone in your household caring for you? I live alone. I would get regular food and medicine deliveries dropped at my door by my mother and boyfriend.
Were you in touch with your Empire teammates during this time? Absolutely, they were the reason why I would wake up and get out of bed. They feel like family and I needed to see what everyone was up to.
How, if at all, did they help you get through it? The constant banter, well wishes in a group/separate chat/text messages, words of encouragement made me feel like a had a team of COVID get well sherpas. They kept me positive when I had doubts of ever getting better. They even offered to get on a Citi Bike to bring me medicine and food at my way uptown residence.
How are you feeling now? GREAT!! Like myself again.I am itching to start swimming, biking and running. I have walked several miles and stared to sprint uphills during my hikes
Are you fully recovered? Fully recovered with zero symptoms
Any advice you have for fellow triathletes about your experience? Fight, never ever let anything/anyone take you down
Anything else you’d like to share? A quote that i take with me at every training day and race, “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up” by Dean Karnazes – but i always add ever to the last statement of the quote so that it loos like Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never ever give up. It is truly a motto that i follow. You have to physically remove me from a course. I will never stop trying to reach that finish line. 4 flat tires and a broken hand couldn’t stop me from completing the 2018 NYC Tri.
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Empire Tri Club on Freeze / Cancellation Requests during COVID19

Empire Tri Club understands that many of our members are going through tough times and may be need to cut back on expenses due to job loss, furlough or other extenuating circumstances.  In response to freeze / cancellation requests we are adjusting our policy to better help our athletes. Here’s how we’re adjusting:

  • We will waive the 30-day freeze / cancellation period and process your request immediately so you will not be charged at the next billing cycle
  • We will extend the 3-month freeze maximum to 1-year, allowing you additional time to get back on your feet
  • For all freeze requests, we will lock in your current rate for 1-year so when you resume your costs will not go up
  • If you are an annual member, we are adhering to the 12-month annual contract that you signed upon joining. Therefore if you have been a member for 8 months, we will gladly freeze your membership now and you can resume your membership to fulfill the remaining 4 months of membership at any point within the next year from the date of freezing.

As you can imagine, Empire Tri Club is also greatly affected by the COVID19 pandemic.  Here is a list of other things we are doing to adapt to the current situation.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at info@empiretriclub.com.

We truly appreciate your understanding and continued support!  We are optimistic that this pandemic will lead to a stronger community and new innovative programs that enable us to come out even stronger on the other side!

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Empire Tri Club’s Response to the Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the multisport community at large. Empire Tri Club is continuing to monitor the situation and keep club members informed of information as it becomes available including updates about races and safe training guidelines. While social distancing guidelines remain in effect, we will not be hosting in-person group workouts.  However we are committed to providing our athletes with camaraderie, support and a sense of community by hosting virtual clinics, workouts and info sessions whenever possible.
Some of the things that Empire Tri Club has recently done to adapt to the situation include:
  • Launching a new team communication app – Kohort
  • Hosting a free Kohort info session with the founder
  • Hosting a live tire changing clinic on Zoom
  • Hosting a weekly live strength training classes on Zoom for club members only
  • Hosting a weekly live strength training session on Instagram – open to the public
  • Offering virtual team training rides on Zwift & Rouvy 3-4x a week
  • Posting daily challenges on Social Media
  • Hosting a virtual team social on Zoom
  • Hosting a live virtual yoga classes on Zoom
  • Publishing a training plan for members to follow on Training Peaks
  • Adjusting our training plan to include only workouts that athletes are able to complete at this time due to social distancing guidelines
  • Creating our first ever Virtual 10k event
  • Rolling out a new badge system to reward members for hitting certain milestones or participating in team events
  • Hosting a live injury prevention clinic with Finish Line Physical Therapy
  • Adapting our 12-week beginner tri program to be virtual until further notice.
  • We continue to host our NYC Tri Program which runs from 4/27 – 7/19/20, leading up to the virtual NYC Tri.  (See Beginner Tri Program page for program updates)
  • Sending care packages to Empire Tri Club’s healthcare providers
  • Offering assistance to club members in need who have tested positive for the Coronavirus
  • Hosting virtual team races including a team 10K and team duathlon in place of Whycoff Triathlon
  • Weekly Coaches’s Corner live Zoom with triathlon education and Q&A with our team coaches.
Some additional events that are planned or soon to be announced include:
  • Launching our first ever Empire book club – COMING SOON!
  • Participating in a free Virtual Duathlon to benefit Multi-sport organizations affected by COVID-19
  • Hosting a Q&A session with Coaches about how to adjust your training plan with the uncertainty of our race season
  • Additional clinics, info sessions and workouts TBD!
Being alone does not mean you have to feel lonely!  We are a TEAM and continue to support one another, no matter the circumstance. We continue providing guidance, motivation, and information throughout these difficult times and do whatever we can to help the multi-sport community thrive on a global scale by working with larger organizations including Ironman, USA Triathlon and Triathlete Magazine.
We will resume with outdoor in-person group training as soon as it is safe and we are permitted to do so. If you have any questions about any of the above events / apps or would like more information on how to participate please don’t hesitate to reach out!
All of the above events are FREE to Empire Tri Club members.  Not a member?  Sign up for a free 2-week trial to see what we’re all about. We are still accepting new members and welcome you to join our team! To sign up, click here.
Questions? Contact alison@empiretriclub.com or call Alison @ 201-218-3805. I will do my best to get back to you ASAP and appreciate your patience as we are operating with limited staff and hours.
Best,
Alison Kreideweis
Empire Tri Club
Co-Founder & Head Coach
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Empire Tri Club hosts first ever Virtual 10k!

 

 

 

 

Empire Tri Club is excited to announce our first ever virtual 10k!

Friday 4/16/20 – Sunday 4/19/20

April 18th was supposed to be our first team race of the season (ITU World Triathlon Bermuda) – and while we unfortunately can’t be in Bermuda enjoying the sun and sand together, we can still get excited about a team event and have something to look forward to.

Here are the details:

1. Make a homemade race number and finisher medal with materials you find around your home. (Family members are welcome to help with this!)

2. Pin your race number to your favorite Empire Tri Club shirt. (You may do this event in any Empire gear of your choice – tri top, long sleeve run shirt, tech t, run jacket, etc. New to the club and don’t have team gear yet? Be creative!

3. Run your 10k (the focus of this event is not speed but if you wish to “race it” you are welcome to!)

4.You’re encouraged to record your run on Strava, Training Peaks or any other workout tracking site (but it’s not required).

5. At the end of your run, put on your finishers medal and take a picture!

6. Post on Facebook and/or Instagram with hashtag #EmpireTriVirtualRace and #EmpireTri

All finishers will receive a badge of completion that you can post on your wall!  A special creativity badge will be awarded to one person who has the most creative race bib and finisher medal! Get creative! Make it festive and fun!

Your Virtual 10k can be completed anytime between Friday 4/16 and Sunday 4/19 to be eligible for a finisher badge. Be safe!! Remember to complete this run Solo and follow social distancing guidelines!

This event is free and everyone is encouraged to participate. If you wish to use this event to benefit a greater cause, feel free to make an optional donation to a charity of your choice that benefits NYC Healthcare workers.

Have fun! I look forward to seeing your pictures and posts!.

#empiretri #workoutmotivation #virtualrace #empiretrivirtualrace#covidworkout

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USA Duathlon announces Virtual Run Bike Run to support multi-sport companies impacted by COVID-19

These are challenging times. As we all navigate the momentous impact of COVID-19 on our daily lives and those of our loved ones, we want to provide an outlet for people to stay active, healthy and safe, and competitive if they choose to be, during this difficult situation.
The USA Duathlon Virtual Run Bike Run presented by Tower 26, with supporting partners TrueFormand FlipBelt, gives you the flexibility to be a multisport athlete on your own time at your own pace and in your own space.
You can complete the Virtual Run Bike Run inside on a stationary bike and a treadmill, or outside on your local roads, trails and bike paths. The three legs can be done all at once or broken into one leg per day. That’s the beauty of virtual racing. Regardless of your fitness level, we hope you join us for this Virtual Run Bike Run. While these are individual activities, we’re all in this together. This standard-distance challenge requires a 10km run, 40km bike, and 5km run which can be completed in any order through the duration of the event.
Entry into this event is FREE, but we encourage you to make a $35 donation to the USA Triathlon Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund. Your donation will directly support race directors and coaches across the country who are desperately fighting to keep their events and businesses. You’ll also receive an exclusive finisher medal as a thank you! Additionally, the first 500 people to donate to the USA Triathlon Foundation will receive a complementary Flipbelt Classic Running Belt.

Registration is open!

Here are the registration options:

  • Sprint (register here): 5k Run – 20k Bike – 2.5k Run
  • Standard (register below): 10k Run – 40k Bike – 5k Run

Event will take place from Apr 10 12:00 am – May 17 11:59 pm

SIGN UP

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Dispatches: How Triathletes Around the World Are Adjusting

Empire Tri Club Coach and Co-Founder, Alison Kreideweis was recently interviewed by Triathlete Magazine about how the Coronavirus is impacting our club and coaching business.  Author Chris Foster writes, “As the coronavirus continues to affect our world and change the way we live, we check in with six triathletes to see how one big thing can be experienced in so many different ways.

As of this writing, roughly 850,000 people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, and as the pandemic continues to spread, COVID-19 is something that will likely change the rhythm of our world and our sport for a very long time. As triathletes, our very nature is to seek out challenges, then prepare, adapt, and try to overcome them. In some ways, this crisis is no different. Many triathletes are faced with an ever-shrinking physical world while simultaneously trying to continue doing at least one of the things we love: swim, bike, and/or run. Virtual training groups, virtual races, and “quaranteams” have sprung up to form the communities and challenges that we look for, and triathletes have continued to identify as part of the multisport world even in conditions that were unimaginable only months ago.

We’ve spoken to six triathletes—each in very different geographical areas, with different athletic experience levels, and in different situations. They range from international-level pros to age-groupers to coaches to college athletes. Below we’ve collected some of their observations about how the coronavirus has affected their tiny corner of the world and their perspectives on how they’re coping and what they hope will come next.

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be posting expanded dispatches from each of these six triathletes to give you a closer look at how restrictions, wellness, goals, and personal decisions effectively “create” the smaller world that now surrounds each of them. While not everything is rosy all of the time—in fact, much of it isn’t at all—the fact remains that we are still triathletes preparing, adapting, and overcoming together, even if the challenges have drastically changed.”

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