Tri-Oswego Weekend Kicks Off Saturday

By Nicholas Cafalone, Contributing Writer
OSWEGO, NY – What better way to start off the official first week of Summer than a day full of swimming, biking and running.

Tri-Oswego plans to do just that.

Tri-Oswego will be hosting its first triathlon in the city of Oswego on Sunday.  Organizers believe that the beauty of Lake Ontario and Oswego County’s hills will make for the perfect race environment.

“I’ve been doing these for a long time, it’s nice to have one here,” said Oswego native and race director Ron Nelson. “It’s definitely exciting having a USA Triathlon sanctioned event right in the city of Oswego.”

USA Triathlon is the sanctioning authority for more than 3,000 different races worldwide, ranging from grassroots to high profile events.  They work to organize camps, clinic, educational opportunities and races.  USA Triathlon has 130,000 members consisting of athletes, coaches, officials and fans.

Tri-Oswego has registered more than 250 participants from across the United States and Canada.  “I believe there are seven states represented and a couple provinces out of Canada,” said Nelson.

Participants of the event will be are able to choose if they want to do the sprint or intermediate courses.  The sprint course consists of an 800 meter swim in Oswego Harbor, a 13-mile bike course and a 5K run.  The intermediate distance event will consist of a 1,000 meter swim, 24.9-mile bike course and a 10K run.

Saturday, Tri-Oswego will host two speakers at Breitbeck Park while distributing race packets for participants.

Karen Allen-Turner and Eric Prager co-authored “Engineered Triathletes” and will give two separate speeches at 1:15 and 2:15.  The speeches will be about race day tips and transition tips for participants.



All weekend activities at Breitbeck Park, Lake Street, Oswego or Wright’s Landing, Oswego (where noted)

9a-4:00p All Day Activities
•    Oswego Children’s Theater
•    Face Painting
•    Race Banner Making
•    Move Along, Inc.
•    Wheelchair Basketball/Hockey
•    Bounce N’ Around Inflatables
10a-4p – Race Packet Pickup at Breitbeck?Park
10-11:00a – Oswego Children’s Theatre – Interactive Theater performance
10-11:30 – Novelis Kids’ Fun Run Same Day Registration
12-1:00p – Novelis Kids’ Fun Run
1:15-2:00p – Karen Allen-Turner and Eric Prager* FREE Seminar
– Race Day Tips – a review of tips for swimming, biking and running the course, nutrition before, during and after the event, and Q/A Session.

2:15-3:00p – Karen Allen-Turner and Eric Prager* FREE
– Transition Tips – How to get the most out of your race day transition – a review of the transition area and some great tips on how to save time transitioning from the swim to bike and to run.

1-1:30p – Yoga for Kids – Pam Stephens

1-3:00p – Bike Rodeo – Billie Crandall Brady/ Traffic Safety Coordinator
2:00-2:30p – Move Along, Inc.- Greg Callen/ Wheelchair Basketball Demonstration
3-3:30p – Zumbatonics – Becca Friedlander
3:30-4p – Miss Lisa’s Dance Academy – Lisa Carroll
•    Showcase Dancers
•    Interactive Dance (teach simple dance to kids)


9a-12:00n All Day Activities
•    Oswego Children’s Theater
•    Race Banner Making
•    Bounce N’ Around Inflatable’s

6:00a –Transition Area Opens (closes at 8am – Wright’s Landing)

6-8:00a – Race Packet Pick-up at Breitbeck?Park

8:30a – Tri-Oswego begins with first swim wave (Wright’s Landing)

Post event celebration and awards ceremony at finish line

Seminar Speaker Bios

Karen Allen-Turner
Bachelor of Physical Education, Graduate Diploma Sports Management, MDA, Ace Certified, USA Level 2 Triathlon Coach, Co-Owner of Engineered Triathletes

In 1988, Karen’s journey into the sport of Triathlon began. Since then, armed with Physical Education, Sports Management and MBA degrees and currently holding a Level 2 USAT Coaching Certification and American Council of Exercise (ACE) Personal Trainers certification, Karen has been on a quest to continue to expand her knowledge of all aspects of the sport. Having raced all triathlon distances and having participated in many races in both Australia (her native country) and the United States (her adopted country), Karen has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with fellow athletes. Karen currently coaches many elite level amateur triathletes including local triathlete, Kristin White who Karen took from amateur to pro-triathlete this year.

Eric Prager

Exercise Physiologist, NSCA, USA Level 2 Triathlon Coach Co-Owner of Engineered Triathletes

Eric has degrees in Sports Management and Exercise Science. His 17+ years as an Exercise Physiologist and 20+ years as a Strength and Conditioning Coach have shaped his knowledge. Eric has designed programs for individuals of all levels, including those having progressed to #1 national rankings, world rankings and professional competition. Eric has taught at the collegiate level, lectured on national circuits and been authored in journals and texts. Eric is currently focusing on developing junior triathletes and is the coach to a number of local juniors. In conjunction with Karen, he is running a successful local swim masters class and tri-training groups in Skaneateles and will also be part of a team opening Endurance Monkey – a multi-sports retail and training facility in Skaneateles this summer.