Half Iron, Triathlon, Aquabike and Duathlon

Hundreds of athletes will gather for tough competition at the second annual Pain in the Alleganies on Sunday, Sept. 22. Allegany State Park’s Red House Area provides the scenic backdrop for this grueling event.

Pain in the Alleganies is a multisport event that includes half iron, triathlon, aquabike and duathlon races.

Now in its second year, organizers are expecting a good turnout of athletes, according to Score This!!! Vice President Richard Clark, the organizer of the event, who is targeting 500 participants this year.

Athletes will choose from a variety of races of different lengths. Athletes opting for the longest of these, the half iron, will endure a 1.2-mile swim, tackle two climbs — twice each — on a 56-mile bike segment, and finish off with 13.1-mile run over paved park paths.

On the shorter side of the competition is the duathlon: 3.1 miles running, 12.4 miles biking and another 3.1 miles running.

The half iron and short triathlon events may be done solo or as a relay.

The competition begins bright and early. The transition area opens at 5:45 a.m. for body marking to begin at 6 a.m. and a pre-race meeting at 7:30 a.m.

The race kicks off at 8 a.m. with a cold plunge into Red House Lake and will be held in waves, starting with the sprint triathlon and duathlon.

“Last year we had horrible weather,” Clark laughed, saying that the event continued through sun, rain and even hail. “It was very unique.”

The awards ceremonies for the various categories will take place at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Over 100 volunteers plus the fire department, park police and more than 40 Score This!!! staff contribute to the success of this event.

Pain in the Alleganies is sanctioned by USA Triathlon. Adult athletes who are not USAT members may obtain a one-day membership for a $12 fee.

Registration is available online at www.paininthealleganies.com. Registration fees are different for each type of race.

Race packet pickup is Saturday, Sept. 21 at Holiday Valley Resort from 5–8 p.m., and race day at Allegany State Park Red House Area from 6–7:30 a.m. All athletes, including those on relay teams, must pick up packets in person and must present a photo ID. USAT members must also show their membership cards.PainnAlleganies_4753