14th Annual Mohawk Towpath Byway Duathlon

Riverview Orchards, 660 Riverview Road, Rexford, NY
Sunday, October 16, 2016 @ 8:30 AM
2 mile run / 17 mile bike / 2 mile run to the finish
USAT sanctioned event

Race results for the 14th Annual Mohawk Towpath Byway Duathlon are posted.  We have two new course records this year captured by the overall female and male winners: Beth Ruiz from Delmar and Brenden Rillahan of South Glens Falls respectively.

Photographs are available at Hislop Coaching Facebook page.  There are also photographs by a commercial photographer.  These are available for purchase from Base Twelve Photography by following this link.

Each year the Mohawk Towpath Byway Duathlon attracts top regional multi-sport athletes, as well as recreational runners and bikers. The start, exchange area, and finish are all at Riverview Orchards and the courses are through rural fall foliage lined landscapes along the Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway.  Moisture wicking polyester tee shirts are available to the first 100 registered.  All participants and volunteers receive a Giffy’s Bar-B-Q chicken dinner post race feed.

Two person teams are welcome: a runner and a cycler.

Awards for first, second, and third place male and female finish in each ten year increment starting with 19 and under.  Awards also for first place male, female and mixed teams.

Event Schedule:

  • Saturday Oct 15 – 4 to 6 PM Packet Pick Up at Riverview Orchards
  • Sunday, Oct 16 – 7 to 8 AM Registration and Packet Pick Up
  • 7 to 8:15 AM Stage bicycles, helmet, and gear in staging area
  • 8:30 AM Race Start
  • 11 AM Giffy’s Bar-B-Q dinners ready for post race feed
  • After last finisher – awards ceremony and bib drawing.

Directions to the Start:
From the Northway (I-87):
Take Exit 8A (Grooms Road)
WEST (towards Rexford) on Grooms Road 4.1 miles.
Turn LEFT on Droms Road 0.8 miles.
Turn LEFT on Riverview Road 0.5 miles to Riverview Orchards.
From Schenectady:
From the Intersection of State Street and Erie Blvd follow the Mohawk Towpath Byway wayfinding signs north on Erie Blvd and 7.1 miles beyond to Riverview Orchards.

No 82 at the 2014 duathlon
2015 No2 by Kristen Hislop

Photos on this page are by Kristen Hislop, Greg Wolcott, and Terry Olmsted.

The Running Legs

Athletes will begin with a 2 mile run on a flat, fast course starting at Riverview Orchards and heading west to a turnaround on Droms Road that takes them back to the start. The same course will be repeated after the bike.

The running course.

Preview the Courses

Feel free to tour the duathlon course before the race! The courses are freshly marked with pavement markings.  The running leg starts at Riverview Orchard’s business sign.  Follow the red pavement marking at the Droms Road intersection and the turn-around point on Droms Road.  The bike course goes east on Riverview Road.  Follow the white pavement marking.

Volunteers will be stationed at the intersections on race day, but please note that it is the athlete’s responsibility to know the course.

Bike Course

Bikers leave the transition area and travel a mile and a half southeast on Riverview Road.  They will do two 7 mile loops of rolling terrain including Sugar Hill Road, a mile on Grooms, south on Vischer Ferry Road and west on Riverview Road and return to the transition area with 17 miles completed.

The Bike Course

Sponsors :

  • Platinum: Capital Region Landfills
  • Gold: Meghan and Garrett Hamilton of Acworth, GA
  • Gold: G E Foundation
  • Gold: Mohawk Fine Papers
  • Gold: Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
  • Gold: Brookfield Renewable Power
  • Silver: Shenendehowa Rotary
  • Silver: Stewart’s Shops
  • Bronze: Halfmoon Family Dental
  • Bronze: Price Chopper
  • Bronze: Bryan K. Thomas, CLU, ChFC, CASL

We are proud of our sponsors and happy to promote them on marketing materials. We currently have sponsorships available for next year’s Duathlon from a modest $150 to an exclusive tee shirt sponsorship for the event. If you, your company, or your employer might sponsor the event tentatively set for October 15, 2017, please contact me.

Pre-race clinic prepares to preview the bike loop.
September 26, 2016, pre Duathlon Clinic


We had a fun and informative clinic led by USA Triathlon and Ironman Certified Coach Kristen Hislop and Tracy Perry, USA Cycling Coach on Sunday, September 25. The session is targeted for those new to multisport events, for those who are new to this course, or those who just want to learn more about Duathlon and improve results.  Just look at all those colors!

I promise there will not be the orchard traffic early Sunday morning, October 16.

Byway Volunteers

We Need Volunteers

The Mohawk Towpath Byway runs entirely by volunteers.  No project is more exciting, more fun or more rewarding than helping with this event.  If you would like to be one of our growing team of volunteers that make this event memorable please contact us.  We need a set up crew, packet stuffers, registration staffers, road marshalls, course spotters, water station staff, youth event marshalls, transition area volunteers, and much more.  If you are competing we can use family members and friends, so bring them along so they can be a part of this exciting event.

Helping and committed so far:
Course design: Tracy Perry and Kristen Hislop; Mapping: Eric Hamilton; Registration: Henrietta O’Grady; Radio Communications: Fred Halley and the crew; Set up and logistics: Larry Syzdek and crew including Ted Klonowski Landscaping; Hospitality: Jill Koziol; Follow car: Barbara Hamilton; EMT: Maryanne Mackey; Race Director: Eric Hamilton.

We would like YOU on our team.  The value of your time is matched up to four times by a dwindling Federal Highway Byway funding to implement the Mohawk Towpath Byway. Contact us today to do your part.

Results from Last Year:

Full results from last year’s duathlon are available on line.


New Course Records:

Male: Brenden Rillahan, South Glens Falls, (2016) 1:09:27

Female: Beth Ruiz, Delmar, (2016) 1:13:09

2015 Duathlon Start by Kristen Hislop
Mohawk Byway Duathlon 0462
2015 No22 by Kristen Hislop
Great Run by Kristen Hislop
Foliage by Kristen Hislop

Mohawk Towpath Byway Duathlon is a fundraiser for the Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway Coalition run by the Friends of the Mohawk Towpath Byway, both 501(c)(3) not-for-profits, that care for the historic corridor of the Erie Canal between Schenectady and Waterford/Cohoes in upstate New York. Learn more at our home page.

Eric J. Hamilton
Race Director and Executive Director
Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway Coalition, Inc.
518-406-8610 or e-mail.

Foliage by Kristen Hislop