TOUGHMAN, one of the leading half distance triathlon brands in North and South America, has reported a doubling in size of its TOUGHMAN NY Championship event. Sponsored by Morgan Stanley, the 12th edition of TOUGHMAN New York will take place on September 16th at Lake Welch, Harriman State Park, the second largest state park in New York State.
The event site is just 25 miles north of NYC. Currently 100 qualifiers from 11 TOUGHMAN half distance triathlons in North and Sout America will be competing.
The race has an overall winners’ cash purse of US$4950, plus paddle boards sponsored by BIC SUP North America. The open division will see over 500 age groupers race for over US$30,000 in prizes.
This year’s TOUGHMAN Championship is being presented by Morgan Stanley, with Gatorade Endurance as the hydration sponsor, Clif Bar as the run course nutrition sponsor, with further sponsorships from Security Risk Associates and Polar Electronics, and Triathlete magazine as the media partner. Race day coverage will be produced by TriLive and narrated by Kevin Mackinnon of TriathlonWorld, broadcast to Triathlete magazines’ site. Previous winners Jake Gidich and Amy Farrell will be returning to race for overall titles of the NY Championship.
According to TOUGHMAN founder Richard Izzo, “It is exciting to see the race more than double in size from last year. I guess this is because there are less half races and the quality and sustainability of the TOUGHMAN brand make the TOUGHMAN Championship a ‘must do race’.”
Izzo also argued that “The fact that this is basically a NYC venue makes it attractive for racers to travel from all over to race the TOUGHMAN NY Championship, and stay in NYC with all that it has to offer.
“2018 was a growth year for us in South America and in 2019 we will be announcing additional new locations both in the US and internationally,” Izzo added.
Two weeks following the Championship in New York, the race series continues with TOUGHMAN Columbia, in South Carolina, on September 29th, then a week later on October 7th in Lenoir City, Tennessee; and then a week after that on October 14th in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. The series wraps up in November, in Quillon, Chile, to end the 2018 season. These post-NY races will qualify athletes to the race the 2019 TOUGHMAN NY Championship on September 15th 2019.
The TOUGHMAN Series currently consists of 15 races in the US and South America, with current events including: Iquique, Chile; Futrono, Chile; Paulinia, Brazil; San Pedro, Argentina; Arica, Chile; Quillon, Chile; Mayaguez, Puerto Rico; and stateside events in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Utah, South Carolina and Tennessee. The Series Championship in Stony Point New York, just 20 miles north of New York city, offers over US$30,000 in age-group awards, a US$4,950 cash purse (top 5) for qualifiers, a scenic bike course, and over 1,400 race support volunteers.