(GENEVA, NEW YORK) The fifteenth-annual Musselman Triathlon will be held this weekend, July 13 – 15, in Geneva, New York. The event is expected to bring over 1,400 participants to the area from across the U.S. and Canada.Musselman Weekend consists of four different races: the Musselman, a half-iron distance race held on Sunday; the mini-Mussel, a sprint distance triathlon on Saturday; the microMussel, a ‘super sprint’ featuring children’s tricycles and Big Wheels-style toys, on Friday evening; and the MusselKids Race, a triathlon for children ages 6-10 and 11-14, also held on Friday evening. The races are staged at Lakefront Park on Friday, and Seneca Lake State Park on Saturday and Sunday.
New for 2018: the Musselman has been named the USA Triathlon High School Championship race for New York state. USA Triathlon’s High School program aims to give young athletes an age-specific community to pursue their passion for multisport. The high school program offers 4,300 sanctioned races, state championship races, and a national championship.
The Junior Elite program offers a high-performance pipeline for juniors competing in draft-legal triathlon, including Junior Elite (ages 16-19) and Youth Elite (ages 13-15).
“We are extremely proud to have been selected as the USA Triathlon High School Championship event for New York State,” says Musselman Triathlon race director Richard Clark. “These young athletes truly aim to be the best of the best. We look forward to being inspired by their drive and their ambition.”
The race has been cited by national sporting publications more than a dozen times in its fifteen-year history. The Musselman Triathlon was selected as one of the ‘Top 100 Races in the World’ by /Triathlete Magazine/ in its ‘Editor’s Choice’ rankings. It was named the ‘Best Small Event’ by Triathlon Business International in 2016.
The Musselman is one of a handful of triathlons in the U.S. with a national presence despite being directed and organized by individuals local to the communities in which the triathlon is held. The event was founded by Jeff Henderson, a Geneva resident, in 2004; Clark, a Buffalo native, took over as race director in 2015. Clark is vice president of Score This!!!, a timing and race production company, and had previously served as the official timer for the Musselman every year since 2004.
His company also puts on other triathlons in the Finger Lakes, including events on nearby Keuka and Canandaigua Lakes.
“The goal of the Musselman Triathlon has always been to put on a world-class event in what we believe is a world-class venue,” says Clark. “It really doesn’t get more beautiful than the Finger Lakes region, and we couldn’t ask for a better backdrop for this sport than Geneva and Seneca Lake.”
Race organizers are particularly proud of their history of making the Musselman Triathlon feel like a “local” race, choosing to showcase products from local sponsors, and even sourcing awards locally. This year triathletes will once again enjoy a taste of the Finger Lakes with fruits and juices from Red Jacket Orchards, nut and seed butters from Once Again Nut Butter, among others. Awards include bottles of wine from Chateau LaFayette Reneau, Billsboro Winery, Knapp Winery, Glenora, and Anthony Road Wine Company, all part of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. And, new for 2018, prizewinning athletes will have a choice between a bottle of wine or a growler from race sponsor WeBe Brewing.
“Jeff Henderson recognized the importance of the wine industry to this region when he partnered with area wineries for awards back in 2004,” says Clark. “We’ve continued those partnerships, and we’re expanding to recognize the growing significance of local breweries to the economic ecosystem here.”
The Musselman Triathlon is an annual multisport event held in Geneva, NY July 13-15, 2018. The event, now in its 15^th year, consists of the Musselman Triathlon, a half-iron distance race, as well as the mini-Mussel sprint, the MusselKids race, and the microMussel super-sprint. For more information please contact C. D. Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>.