DUATHLON START – photo by Kristen Hislop
Thank you all for a most successful Mohawk Towpath Byway Duathlon! Some 110 competitors started a 2 mile run followed by a 17 mile biking leg and another 2 mile run to finish.
I am no economist but this event brought in over $11,000 which was all spent locally [except $285 of Sanction and Insurance Fees to a National Governing Body in Colorado]. Every other dollar went to local suppliers, businesses, and contractors here on the Byway, or in the southern Saratoga County area. That doesn’t include what competitors or their families spent for conveniences, gifts and remembrances, and fuel for the trip home.
During the week before the Duathlon the hits on the website peaked at four times the traffic we normally see for our Byway websites. The calls to our cell phone based self-guided tour were overshadowed only by the number of calls over the first week of July when we were running spots on local public radio.
No matter how you slice or dice the numbers your help with the Duathlon pays us back many times over. It reaches a demographic whom we don’t see any other time of the year, at least not in these numbers.
Whether you helped with circulating Byway information, stuffed envelops, helped with registration, volunteered with a traffic flag, scooped mashed potatoes and dished chicken, followed in the sweep car, passed out water, monitored the radio waves, or any other volunteer job… your contribution to the success of the Duathlon and ultimately to the Byway are very much appreciated!