The 2021 Spring Thing

Saturday May 15th, 2021
Beaver Island State Park
Shelter 4B
2136 W Oakfield Rd
Grand Island, NY 14072

The annual Buffalo Triathlon Club "Spring Thing" will be held on Saturday, May 15th, 2021The event will be based out of Shelter 4B at Beaver Island State Park, Grand Island, NY 14072.

This event is free to all BTC members but you must be pre-registered before midnight on Thursday May 13th, 2021.  The number of participants is limited to 60, and the slots will be filled first-come, first-served.  You must be a member of the BTC in order to participate in this event.  If you are not a member, but would like to participate in this event, you are welcome to become of a member of our club (only $25 for the year, for an adult individual).  The link to register for the Spring Thing is near the bottom of this web page.

We will be staggering the long course and intermediate course starting times so that our members will all finish around the same time.
  • 7am:  The "transition area" opens.  Shelter 4B, Beaver Island State Park, Grand Island, NY 14072.

  • 8am:  The “Long Course” - approximately 100 mile bike ride (5 loops of Grand Island) followed by a 10km (6.2Mi) run.

  • 9am:  The "Timed Century" - approximately 100 mile bike ride (5 loops of Grand Island). No run.

  • Noon:  The "Intermediate Course" - approximately 40 mile bike ride (2 loops of Grand Island) followed by a 5km (3.1Mi) run.
  • 1:30pm:  The "Short Course" - approximately 20 mile bike ride (1 loop of Grand Island) followed by a 5km (3.1Mi) run.

  • 1:30pm: The “Mini Course” - approximately 10 mile bike ride (along the bike path) followed by a 5km (3.1Mi) run.

  • 3:30pm:  Small award ceremony at the park shelter.  As we are looking to keep everyone safe,and given that there is still a risk of COVID exposure, the BTC will not be providing or sharing any food such as pizza or hot dogs. We encourage folks to bring food for their personal consumption and celebrate their achieved distance during and after the award ceremony.
Participants are expected to start at the time they register for. We will not start riders at non-scheduled times as it makes scheduling volunteers and coordinating the event harder. Out of respect to all those volunteering, course cut-off time will be 3:30pm. We kindly ask that you return to the shelter at that time and sign out even if this means you did not finish your distance. You can always go back out on your own afterwards.

Please note that this is NOT a closed course, so all traffic laws must be followed and caution is warranted the entire day.

NUTRITION:  Participants are encouraged to bring their own nutrition (food, drink, etc) to complete the event that they are registered for, however the BTC will also provide water, Infinit products, and other snacks.  We will have supplies available at the park shelter, as well as at a  tent on the bike course, and a table on the run course.  Participants are welcome to stage their own supplies at these locations as well.

According to the web site for Beaver Island Park, there will not be a charge to enter the park on May 15th.

We will probably hand out paper race number bibs (just like you are used to from running races and triathlons) for purposes of timing everyone, so please bring your own elastic race belts if you'd rather not use safety pins (which we will provide).
We are in need of some volunteers to help with this event. If you are interested in volunteering please register as a volunteer if you can help us!

Spring Thing course maps and directions (same as previous years) =>   Click Here
Spring Thing registration form => Click Here

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