The fourteenth-annual Musselman Triathlon will be held this weekend in Geneva, New York, and organizers have made some changes intended to highlight improved public access to the one of the region’s jewels: the shoreline of Seneca Lake. Specifically, the two pre-race safety briefings held Saturday afternoon, and the pre-race meal Saturday evening, have been moved to the lakefront for 2017.
“We have been fortunate to have some amazing community partners over the years, including Hobart & William Smith Colleges for registration, the Colleges and the Sons of Italy for our pre-race meal, and the Smith Center for the Arts for our pre-race briefings,” says race director Rich Clark. “This year, with the City of Geneva recently unveiling the results of its beautiful lakefront improvement project, it made sense to keep as many events as possible central to the waterfront.”
Clark believes that Musselman attendees will be excited about the improvements made to the lakefront since last year, including a new boardwalk and plaza, expanded walking path and footbridge, and a new seawall featuring improved views of Seneca Lake.
“We’re still adjacent to the city center, and our athletes will continue to shop and dine around town,” says Clark. “Still, we’ll do our best to make sure they can’t miss the improvements to Geneva’s lakefront –for us, publicly available access to this beautiful body of water is what it’s all about.”
The Musselman Triathlon has been cited by national sporting publications over a dozen times in its 14-year history, including most recently by Triathlete Magazine, who cited it as one of five races in the nation working toward a goal of sustainability.
In 2016 Triathlon Business International named the race the best small triathlon in the world. In 2014 it was named a top race for new triathletes by Women’s Health Magazine, and has also been selected as one of the ‘Top 100 Races in theWorld’ by Triathlete Magazine in its most recent ‘Editor’s Choice’ rankings.