September 4, 2021 – The sun had yet to rise over French Mountain when the first wave of swimmers plunged into Lake George for the start of the weekend’s first Alpha Win race, the Alpha 70.3, a 1.2 mile swim triathlon, 90 km bike path and half marathon. The races continue on Sunday September 5th with the Alpha Sprint and the Alpha Olympic.
According to Chris Pace of Alpha Win, more than 600 athletes are competing in Lake George this year, which he says is a great turnout given the challenges and travel restrictions competitors face exiting the pandemic.
Alpha Win, formerly HITS Endurance, is led by Tommy Struzzieri. The organization offers races to include athletes with different levels of training and endurance. “A distance for all” is the company’s slogan.
The grounds of Lake George Battlefield Park along Beach Road serve as base camp.
The swimmers took off from the beach, the “Dog Beach”, just in front of Battlefield Park.
After the swim segment, the Alpha 70.3 athletes took off their wetsuits and mounted their bikes. The 56 mile trip took them north to Warrensburg. From there, they followed the Schroon River, circled Brant Lake, then returned to Lake George to store their bikes and start a 13.1 mile race along the Warren County Bike Trail.
At noon, Alpha Win announced the winner of the Alpha 70.3 Triathlon – Kevin Cronin with a time of 4:25:11.