Riverview Orchards, 660 Riverview Road, Rexford, NY
Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 8:30 AM
2 mile run / 17 mile bike / 2 mile run to the finish
USAT sanctioned event
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. We are excited to be working with a new timer this year, GreenLeaf Timing. Also new this year is a knit cap with a full color embroidered byway logo for the first 100 registered participants. 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 overall male and female first place, and 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.
New this year is a Scholastic and Grandmaster Classes. Participants age 16 and under and age 70 or older may elect to do a 2 mile run, 10 mile bike (one loop), and a 2 mile run to the finish. There will be first, second and third place for female and male in these respective classes and first place team. Entry fees for these classes are discounted.
Registration for the 16th Annual Duathlon tentatively scheduled for October 14, 2018, will open during the summer of 2018.
- 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
- Platinum: Capital Region Landfills
- Gold: Meghan and Garrett Hamilton of Acworth, GA
- Gold: G E Foundation
- 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: Vischer Ferry General Store
- Hammer Nutrition
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 hat sponsorship for the event. If you, your company, or your employer might sponsor the event on October 15, 2017, please contact me.
A fun and informative clinic led by USA Triathlon and Ironman Certified Coach Kristen Hislop; Tracy Perry, USA Cycling Coach; and Andy Ruiz is planned for September 24 from 2 to 5 PM. 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 from last year! For more information or to register contact “hislop coaching @ gmail(dot)com.”
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 Record:
Male: Matthew Purdy, Slingerlands, 1:08:15.1
Female: still held by Beth Ruiz, Delmar, (2016) 1:13:09
Previous record holder was Brenden Rillahan, South Glens Falls, (2016) 1:09:27
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.