Pedal-Paddle-Run moved down to Niskayuna, up to May

First place winners, Greg Stevens and Chris Mancuso paddle into shore at Collins Park during the Third Annual Pedal-Paddle-Run Triathlon in Scotia on Saturday, September 21, 2013. (Kayla Galway/Gazette Photographer)First place winners, Greg Stevens and Chris Mancuso paddle into shore at Collins Park during the Third Annual Pedal-Paddle-Run Triathlon in Scotia on Saturday, September 21, 2013. (Kayla Galway/Gazette Photographer)

BY NED CAMPBELL
Gazette Reporter

NISKAYUNA — Organizers hope a new date and location will help the Pedal-Paddle-Run take off — at least in future years.

The fifth edition of the annual triathlon, set to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday is expected to be a transition year, as bikers, runners and paddlers adjust to the changes.

The triathlon hosted by Schenectady County has moved across and down the Mohawk River, from Collins Park in Scotia to Aqueduct Park in Niskayuna, and forward about five months. The race last took place on Sept. 13.

“We knew this would be a bit of a transition year, but hopefully we’ll get the same positive feedback we’ve had, plus have people really like the new location,” said county spokesman Joe McQueen, “and hopefully next year we’ll be able to start to grow it.”

He said organizers want to boost the event to 300 participants. This year’s attendance is on pace to meet or slightly exceed last year’s 89 competitors, he said. As of last week, 66 people had registered.

“We traditionally have had 30 to 40 register on the day of, so we’re hoping to break the 100 mark,” he said.

The new date toward the start of the racing season is meant to be more attractive to competitors of all levels, McQueen said.

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