Mohawk Towpath Byway Duathlon

Last year’s Mohawk Towpath Byway Duathlon is canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting health concerns.  We, as hosts of this annual event were not sure that we could provide the volunteers, safety measures, and the competitive experience participants have grown accustomed too.  The Byway remains open for your visit and for your use of our many recreational facilities.  Our communities welcome you, at a respectful distance. We hope to see you this year at…

Riverview Orchards, 660 Riverview Road, Rexford, NY
Sunday, October 17, 2021 @ 8:30 AM
2 mile run / 17 mile bike / 2 mile run to the finish

In addition to an earlier date the Mohawk Towpath Byway Duathlon will be the final event of a series that starts with cycling time trials in the spring.  More information on this series will be posted here as details unfold!

Results of the 2019 duathlon are here…

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.  There will be an event clothing item with a byway logo for the first 100 registered participants.

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 team, female team and mixed team.

A USA Triathlon Sanctioned Event
A USA Triathlon Sanctioned Event
2015 No2 by Kristen Hislop
Photos on this page are by Kristen Hislop, Greg Wolcott, and Terry Olstead.

The Running Legs

Athletes will begin with a 2 mile run on a flat, fast course starting at Riverview Orchards and heading east 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 courses before the event.  The courses will be marked with pavement parkings that will be freshened up in late July.  The running leg leg starts at Riverview Orchard’s business sign.  Follow the red pavement markings 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 markings.

Volunteers will be stationed at the intersections on race day, but 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.  Competitors will return to the transition area with 17 miles completed.

The Bike Course

Sponsors to date:

  • Bronze: Halfmoon Family Dental

We are proud of our sponsors and happy to promote them on marketing materials.  We currently have sponsorships available from a modest $150 to an exclusive sponsorship on the apparel.  If you, your company, or your employer might sponsor the October 20 event please contact me.


U. S. A. Triathlon is trying to encourage more females, individually or in teams, to try multi sport competition.  This event is especially suited for anyone to try because of the sprint distances.  Try it, you’ll like it!


In past years we have had a fun and informative clinic which makes a great training run led by a triathlon and ironman certified coach.  If you are interested in participating in a training event please contact “Hislop Coaching @ gmail (dot) com.”

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, transition area volunteers, and many more.  If you are competing we can use family members and friends, so bring them along they can be a part of this exciting event.

Helping and committed so far with course design: Tracy Perry and Kristen Hislop; registration Henrietta O’Grady; radio communications Fred Halley and crew; set up and logistics Larry Syzdek and crew; hospitality Jill Koziol; follow car Barbara Hamilton; EMT Maryanne Mackey; road marshalls Ron Volungus and crew; and race director Eric Hamilton.

Results from Last Year:

Results of the 16th Annual Mohawk Towpath Byway Duathlon are posted.  There are also many great photographs by Coach Kristen Hislop.


Course Record:

Male: Tim Russell, Ballston Spa, (2019) 1:05:55.5

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

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 Scenic Byway.  Both are 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
518-406-8610 or email.

Foliage by Kristen Hislop