A Destination Experience is defined as a venue so interesting, different, or special that people travel just to be there. The experiences identified within this blog will feature the most unique aspects of the Central New York region -- Things to Do and Where to Stay in Syracuse and the Heart of New York.
Located in the heart of New York state, Syracuse's ideal summer climate and
active community make it the perfect host for Ironman 70.3 Syracuse
June 23, 2013
Syracuse, New York is within 300 miles of nine major cities,
including Boston, New York, Montreal, Toronto, and Philadelphia. The friendly
university town has a variety of activities to offer athletes and spectators
during its beautiful summer months. Terrific fishing along the historic Erie Canal,
numerous lakes and parks, and a wide variety of performing and visual arts
combine to make Syracuse an unexpectedly vibrant and accessible race. The city's
proximity to the Finger Lakes region opens up even more opportunity for
exploration. There are 40 qualifying slots to the IRONMAN World Championship
70.3 in Lake Las Vegas, Henderson, NV.
Since the inaugural race in 2010, the Syracuse 70.3 has attracted
professional athletes such as Jodi Swallow, Nikki Butterfield, Angela Naeth, Joe
Gambles, Peter Jacobs, Paul Ambrose, and TJ Tollakson. Taking place in June, the
race is a perfect build up to the popular IRONMAN Lake Placid. “If you want a
Lake Placid experience, without a doubt IRONMAN 70.3 Syracuse is your race,"
says Greg Borzilleri, IRONMAN Lake Placid race director. "The rolling hills on
the bike and the great local support make it a fun day, and the park at
Jamesville Beach in Syracuse is just like a mini Lake Placid village."
The race begins in Jamesville Reservoir where athletes will complete a
1.2-mile, single-loop swim. The 56-mile bike course winds through the Highland
Forest recreational area, taking athletes through the picturesque, rolling
countryside of Onondaga, Madison, and Cortland counties. Athletes will finish
their race with a 13.1-mile run in and out of Jamesville Beach County Park,
offering plenty of shade to accompany the challenging rolling hills.
*IRONMAN 70.3 Syracuse is also a Regional IRONMAN TriClub Championship race.
In addition to “members only” special events on site, athletes who are part of a
triathlon club or team earn bonus points for their club towards the prestigious
IRONMAN TriClub Annual Podium Award. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional