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2016 Panasonic NYC Triathlon Course Adjustments

Due to the extreme heat and to ensure the safety of our athletes, the Panasonic NYC Triathlon, in conjunction with the City of New York and respective city agencies, made a collaborative decision to proactively alter the course for Sunday’s race. Course changes are outlined below.

  • The swim and bike courses will remain as is. The run course has now been shortened to an 8K run for all athletes (With the exception of professional triathletes who will continue with the original 10K course).
  • Rather than crossing Central Park at the 110th Street Transverse, athletes will be directed to cross the 102nd Street Crossing to the East Drive. (Please see updated Central Park course map).
  • Doggy Dash participants will follow the shortened course.

 

> VIEW UPDATED COURSE MAP

Additional details will be provided in the mandatory briefings. Please be alert and abide by the precautions of race staff, volunteers, and public safety officials out on the course. We also ask that you review the event alert system (EAS) and make yourself familiar with the alert levels (chart below). We appreciate your understanding as we implement these changes to provide you with a safe race experience.

EAS

Live Like a Local: Things to Do in New York City, Triathlete Edition

Traveling to the Big Apple for the 2016 Panasonic NYC Triathlon? We polled our NYC office for their top picks for training, eating and other fun things to do in New York City as a triathlete.

Best Multisport Shop

Paragon Sports has been around since 1908, equipping athletes for nearly every sport imaginable, including triathlon. 

Best Gym

Life Time Athletic at Sky

Turkish-style hammam at Life Time Athletic at Sky

Pop into Life Time Fitness’ first New York City location, Life Time Athletic at Sky, in Hell’s Kitchen. The 70,000-square-foot wellness facility offers the cutting-edge cardio and weight systems you need for a solid workout, but stands out for luxe amenities like a Turkish-style hammam and infinity pools on the sunny roof deck.

Best Juice/Smoothie

With several locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn (including a few near the race site), Juice Generation is the go-to juice bar for fresh juices and other healthy blended beverages. The shops use fresh produce, often from local organic farms and orchards, and donate a portion of all sales to local organizations and non-profits. Fun fact: The chain was co-founded by Salma Hayek (yes, that one!). 

Best Quick Healthy Eatery

After picking up your last-minute gear at Paragon Sports, grab a bite to eat at the Union Square Dig Inn. The chain specializes in quick-serve seasonal healthy meals made from locally sourced produce, sustainable seafood and antibiotic- and hormone-free meats.

Best Post-race Celebration Spot

You can’t really beat the Hudson River views at the Boat Basin Cafe in Riverside Park, a perfect site for knocking back a few libations in celebration of your NYC Tri!

Best Pre-race Carb-loading Spot

Thin, crispy Roman-style pizza is the name of the game at Gina La Fornarina, but you can also find hearty pasta dishes for your carb-loading ritual.

Best Outdoor Training Spots

While you probably think “concrete jungle” when you picture New York City, the Big Apple actually has several wonderful parks and paths that are perfect for a ride or run. Hudson River Bike Path spans nearly the whole length of Manhattan, and both Central Park and Riverside Park have swaths of scenic trails, perfect for exploring. 

Best Coffee Shop

Cafe Grumpy cappuccino

Cappuccino at Cafe Grumpy

While Cafe Grumpy already had made a name for itself in the NYC coffee scene with its quality roasts and precise brewing methods, its name recognition has grown even more due to the HBO show, “Girls” (ask your daughter). See what the fuss is about at one of their seven locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Best Popular Tourist Destination

With so much to see and do in NYC, it can be hard to separate the hype from the must-do. But museum heavy-hitters The Met and the American Museum of Natural History are truly world-class and worth braving the throngs of tourists for a visit.

2016 Panasonic NYC Tri Athlete Guide Now Available

“I Love New York,” and nothing says New York more than the Hudson River, the West Side Highway and Central Park! Since its inception, the Panasonic New York City Triathlon has been a stage for Olympians, Paralympians and tough-as-nails New Yorkers. Each section of the course tests your preparation and commitment.

Some say you’re a real New Yorker if you live here for two years. We say you’re a real New Yorker if you’ve conquered the Panasonic New York City Triathlon. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. Make sure to check out the 2016 Athlete Guide for detailed schedules, course information and more.

> 2016 Panasonic NYC Tri Athlete Guide

See you in the Hudson!

New Bike Check-Out Instructions for 2016

The 2016 Panasonic New York City Triathlon has new bike check-out instructions for this years event. Please review the information below to make sure you are up-to-date on the latest procedures:

All bikes/equipment MUST be picked up from transition (72nd-79th St. Riverside Park) between 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 24 in one of two ways:

  • Athlete Wristband – The athlete must present numbered wristband to pick up his/her bike from transition. Once equipment has been picked up, the athlete’s wristband will be cut off and collected and the athlete will not be able to re-enter transition.
  • Bike Check-Out Buddy Tag – The athlete must give a friend/family member this Buddy Tag. The friend/family member must write his/her name and cell phone number on the front of the tag. The Buddy Tag must be presented in order to be granted access into transition. Once equipment has been picked up, the Buddy Tag will be collected and the friend/family member will not be able to re-enter transition.

Race IQ: The Ultimate Guide to Your Race Weekend

Join us on Monday, July 11 or Thursday, July 21 at 7 p.m. EDT at Tailwind Endurance to discuss the ins, outs and secrets to success at the Panasonic NYC Triathlon. We will discuss the race course, weekend logistics and some of the insider knowledge about the race weekend such as:

  • Parking and travel tips
  • Where is the hidden port o’ outside of transition
  • Unique aspects of the NYC Tri course that can make or break your day
  • Where to position your friends and family to best see the action

 

We will also feature a panel of athletes that have raced the course and can give you insight into how they raced well in all kinds of New York City conditions!

> REGISTER FOR JULY 11
> REGISTER FOR JULY 21

Looking for an extra sneak peek into the race course? Tailwind Endurance offers classes for you to ride the actual bike course on Tuesdays and Saturdays up until race day. Check out the full class schedule and sign up today!

Transamerica Chicago Triathlon Partners with Leon’s Triathlon

Leons PartnershipBUY ONE, GET ONE 50% OFF

In the ultimate spirit of partnership, we are proud to partner again with Leon “World’s Fastest” Triathlon to encourage local triathletes to race multiple short-course events. Those currently registered for the 2016 Transamerica Chicago Triathlon are eligible for 50% OFF discounts on current Sprint ($130) or Olympic ($155) rates at Leon’s Triathlon, to be held in Hammond, IN on Sunday, June 5.

To claim your Leon’s Triathlon discount code, forward a copy of your 2016 Chicago Triathlon event confirmation to chicagoregistration@lifetimefitness.com with the words “Leon’s BOGO” in the subject line. A custom discount code will be forwarded to you accordingly. This offer will expire by Wednesday, May 25 at 11:59 p.m. CDT

This offer is valid for new registrations only.

Strategies for Eating Healthfully While Traveling to Race

By Brooke Schohl, MS, RD, CSSD, METS

With a little advanced planning and preparation, you can keep your nutrition in race-ready shape, even when you’re embarking on a racecation.

How do I maintain my healthy eating habits while traveling?
Don’t let travel derail your stellar fuel plan. Although eating well on the road requires more planning and thought, it can certainly be done. The key is preparation and ensuring you are consuming balanced meals and snacks – fiber + protein + fat.

Follow these tips – and emerge victorious!

  • Check out restaurants online ahead of time – Have healthier restaurant options in mind before you even leave home.
  • Grab a menu before a table – Check out the menu before sitting down, and secure a couple healthy options.
  • Avoid fast food establishments – Need I say more?
  • Make modifications to the menu – Make the menu item what you want it to be. Swap grilled chicken in for breaded chicken, or throw avocado and walnuts on your salad for added fat.
  • Share something with a friend – It’s a given that your restaurant entree could feed a small pack of wolves. Take half back to the hotel or split with a fellow traveler.
  • Avoid gas station or airport snacks – Bring your own snacks. Non-refrigerated snack options include trail mix, nuts, seeds, individually packaged nut butters (such as Justin’s), fruit, and clean-eating bars (like Larabars). If you have a fridge or cooler available to you, include these items: hummus, raw veggies, and plain Greek yogurt. Avoid added sugars with all of these snack ideas.

 

How do I eat a healthy race-day breakfast while traveling?
If you shack up at a host hotel, they just may open their kitchen early and offer a nice spread for the athletes. Score! Call ahead to find out what options are available race morning, and when breakfast starts. If this service isn’t being offered, ask questions about your room. Is there a kitchen? A stove? A refrigerator? Plan and prepare in advance. I’ve been known to bring a toaster with me. Do what needs to be done.

Here are a few ideas for what to eat, depending on how your hotel room may be equipped:

  • Full kitchen or microwave: Eggs and fruit, oatmeal with nuts
  • Fridge: Plain Greek yogurt with nuts/fruit, hard-boiled eggs with fruit, overnight oats (cover oats with almond milk, soak overnight, add toppings in the morning)
  • Toaster: Freezer waffles with almond butter/chia seeds
  • No appliances: Granola bars topped with almond butter, Larabar, trail mix

 

Use the resources available to you and focus on consuming a breakfast that contains fiber, protein and fat to stay full, maintain consistent energy levels and perform your best on race day.

Brooke Schohl, MS, RD, CSSD, METS Level II is a registered sports dietitian and the owner of Fuel to the Finish Endurance Nutrition Coaching in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is an avid triathlete, having completed many triathlons of all distances including three IRONMAN races. She integrates that personal experience and knowledge into developing customized, sport-specific, metabolically efficient fueling plans for her clients. For more information on services and offerings, visit her website at www.fueltothefinish.com.

Panasonic NYC Tri Spring Training Webinar

Need help dusting off that bike and swim cap? Let Dr. Mark Klion of Manhattan Orthopedic and Life Time Endurance coach and former pro triathlete, Troy Jacobson, get you back in the groove during our spring training webinar with expert tips covering training and injury prevention.

Check out what you missed!

NEW DATE: RSVP for Race IQ on February 23 at Tailwind Endurance

Join us at Tailwind Endurance on Tuesday, February 23 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for a special FREE Race IQ session with an interactive course overview and nutrition and healing strategies to get you through the winter. Tailwind Endurance coaches, nutrition experts and physical therapists will be on hand to help teach you how to define your path to the 2016 Panasonic NYC Triathlon.

Location:
Tailwind Endurance
119 West 23rd Street. #300
New York, NY 10011

Session topics will include:

  • How to use your city to properly prepare to race NYC
  • Swimming tips
  • Strength and injury prevention
  • Insider tips on nutrition for training and racing
  • And more!

 

The session will also feature a panel of athletes that have previously raced the NYC Tri course and can give you insight into how they raced well in all kinds of New York City conditions!

> REGISTER NOW

 

Book Your Hotel for the 2016 Panasonic NYC Triathlon Today!

New York Hilton MidtownStay at the center of all the 2016 Panasonic NYC Triathlon action at the New York Hilton Midtown, host of race packet pickup and the 2016 Sports & Fitness Expo. The hotel has recently been renovated with a contemporary look present throughout the lobby, restaurant, bars and lounges, fitness center and spacious guest rooms and suites. Complimentary shuttles will be available race morning to bring athletes from the New York Hilton Midtown to Transition and the Swim Start.

Location:
New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019

> BOOK YOUR STAY

Panasonic NYC Triathlon athletes will receive a special discounted rate from Tuesday, July 19 to Sunday, July 24, 2016. Book online or call the New York Hilton Midtown directly to book at 212-586-7000 and mention NYCT16 to receive the discounted athlete rate.