By NED CAMPBELL
SCOTIA — Dom DiCarlo, Jack Frame and Peggy O’Connor’s team name for Saturday’s Pedal-Paddle-Run Triathlon in Scotia was simple enough: 475 and a Girl.
“That’s our combined weights, plus a girl,” said DiCarlo, the environmental health senior sanitarian for Schenectady County, who took on the paddling portion of the triathlon.
Team names ranged from joking to serious to the irreverent at the fourth annual triathlon hosted by Schenectady County. Eighty-nine people competed in the triathlon, which started and ended at Collins Park and took participants on a 7.5-mile bike ride through Scotia and Glenville; a 5K run through the village; and a 1.6-mile paddle, or two laps, around Collins Lake.
DiCarlo’s team could have also been named the public health team, as Frame is the county’s environmental health director and O’Connor is an early intervention case manager.
“We’re very fortunate that we’re able to do something like this and participate,” said Joanne Cocozzoli, director of public health for the county, who volunteered Saturday. “It fits with what we try to do in public health, which is to promote activity.”
Steve and Theresa Healey of Niskayuna had their own cause to promote. Their team name: Fail the Common Core. Or something like that.
“Actually, it’s Flunk the Common Core,” said Steve Healey, who ran and then joined his wife in a kayak for the last leg.
“No, it’s Fail the Common Core,” said his son, James, 7.
“We’re turning this into a small protest against the direction our education system is taking,” his father said.
In 2012, their team name was Ban Fracking; in 2013 it was Power to the Peaceful.
“There’s always a message,” Steve Healey said. “A message that hopefully can bring everyone to a better place because America is a great country, but it could be better.”
Albany resident Austin Powers had a message of his own: He and his friends are big fans of the show “Arrested Development.”
His team’s name was “Teamocil,” a reference to the useless, and actually quite dangerous, prescription drug promoted on the show, in song, by Tobias and Lindsay Funke.
“It’s just this ridiculous skit from ‘Arrested Development,’ and we’re all huge fans, so we had to do it for today’s race,” said Powers, 27.
Powers, who was waiting for his teammates to finish so he could hop in a kayak, said his team wasn’t too competitive “but it’s a good, early fall race.”
“It’s a decent day for it,” he said. “A little cold, but that’s OK. I’m hoping I don’t tumble in and get hypothermia — that’s the goal.”
Eric Seyse didn’t have a team name other than his actual name. He competed on his own and left the competition in the dust, finishing in first place in about 55:05.
“I’m from Scotia, just a couple blocks away,” said Seyse, 30, who used a racing canoe instead of a kayak. “I biked over here.”
See Gazette Photographer Patrick Dodson’s full gallery of Saturday’s Pedal-Paddle-Run Triathlon in Scotia here.
This story originally appeared in The Daily Gazette.