Alpha Ride for MS

San Diego, CA (September 13, 2022)      Team Alpha kicks off the Ride for MS today! Join Tom, Jane, and Mike as they bike across America to raise money for the National MS Society. Visit the website at https://www.alphabikeride.com/ to donate now and stay up to date on the ride with their blog at https://www.alphabikeride.com/blog, updated daily with news and journal entries! 

Join us in biking for a better world free of MS, and check out their first journal entry below:

Day 1 – September 13th, 2022

So the trip across country starts today. Hard to sleep very much as the anticipation of this journey has all of us on edge a bit. Weather for day 1 looks perfect with a westerly breeze and mid 70’s temps. We will be longing for that in a few days when we get to the desert. Quite a bit of climbing today and despite our adrenaline we will start off slow and steady. This will not be one of our biggest mileage days as we will try to average 100 miles a day for the next month. The climb to the desert will shorten the length. Not to worry- plenty of time to make that up. Better to live to fight another day! Struggled with our bike computers last night as of course they were working perfectly before now. All set though as we try not to go off course. The hardest miles are the extra ones. Had a super dinner at a walk up place that served smoothies and acai fruit bowls. Jane getting some ideas.

Remember your first bike? ( mine had a red banana seat and I had to mount from a step on our porch) The freedom you experienced? We are having a similar moment.

Loads of support from family and friends. Seems we are taking a village with us on this journey. How fortunate are we to have this opportunity. How hard can it be? You can do anything for a month. Thanks for all the good wishes. Climb on and enjoy the ride. I’ll try to write a morning and evening recap. I promise it will get more interesting. Tell your mates to donate to MS and join the trip.

Introducing the Alpha Sprint Duathlon!

Saugerties, NY (August 15, 2022)      Alpha Win is proud to announce our newest race offering, the Alpha Sprint Duathlon, for our 2023 events to provide athletes with an additional opportunity to race with us. We strive to provide athletes with “A Distance for Everyone,”™ with multiple race distances that appeal to a full range of skill and fitness levels.

 

The Duathlon joins the Aquabike category in our lineup of distances that are accommodating to those with injuries or varying skill levels in each leg of the event. The Alpha Sprint Duathlon will be available for both individual athletes and two-person relay teams. It will feature a running leg, followed by a cycling leg, and finish off with a final running leg.

 

The Alpha Sprint Duathlon option will be available for the Sprint distance at the following events in 2023: Sarasota, FL; Ocala, FL; Napa Valley, CA – Spring; Hudson Valley, NY; June Lake, CA; Lake George, NY; Saugerties, NY; Palm Springs, CA; and San Dimas, CA Turkey Tri. Registration for the Duathlon will be open this week with a two-day sale kicking off its commencement on Tuesday and Wednesday.

New Updates to the 2022 Lake George Triathlon Festival

Lake George, NY (July 13, 2022)        Alpha Win is proud to announce some exciting new updates to the annual Lake George Triathlon Festival.  Since acquiring the event in 2021, Alpha Win has been working on some new features to continue to make the race an exciting and safe experience for athletes.

Courses

These changes are highlighted by a new run course for Sunday’s Sprint and Olympic distance races. This will provide athletes a chance to run alongside the lake and through Lake George Village next to hundreds of spectators. Additionally, for the swim, all distances will now be starting at Million Dollar Beach. Athletes who race will enjoy a variety of new swag, including race belts, swim caps, and Lake George Triathlon jackets.

USAT Championship

The Lake George Triathlon Festival is now the first ever USAT-sanctioned New York State Championship event. On Sunday, September 4th, Age Group and High School Athletes will have a chance to compete to win the NYS championship in their respective age group. The top five finishers in each age group will qualify for USAT Nationals. The race will also remain a sanctioned North East Collegiate Triathlon Conference (NECTC) event.

Dinner on the lake

The festival weekend will also feature a dinner and festivities while aboard the Lake George Steamboat on Friday, September 2nd. All of the local triathlon clubs will be recognized at this event. Athletes can sign up for the dinner at the following link: https://events.com/r/en_US/tickets/alpha-win-triathlon-series—lake-george-ny—2022-lake-george-september-815636. The Lake George Steamboat Company has operated on Lake George for over 200 years since it was founded back in 1817 and is a staple of the Lake George area.

Charity Partner

Alpha Win is proud to be partnering with the Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC). The LGLC is an accredited, non-profit land trust based out of Bolton Landing, NY. They are dedicated to working with willing landowners and other partners to protect the world-renowned water quality of Lake George and to permanently preserve the natural, scenic, historic and recreational resources of the Lake George region. For more information about the LGLC and how to support their work, visit www.lglc.org.

Packet Pick-up

Athletes for all distances will now be able to pick up their race day packets throughout the week leading up to the race at Sunrise Cafe in Bolton Landing. Packet pick-up will be available at Sunrise Cafe from 9am-5pm Monday, August 29th through Thursday, September 1st. Sunrise Cafe is located at 8 Sagamore Road in Bolton Landing, NY. There will be additional packet pick-up on Friday, September 2nd at Battlefield State Park, and for Sunday racers, there will also be a chance to pick up your packet on Saturday, September 3rd at the Lake George Beach Club. These locations and times are subject to change so please keep an eye on our website and prerace email blasts.

A special thank you to Lake George Area for their unwavering support of this event. For additional information on the Lake George Triathlon Festival and to register for the race, follow this link: https://alpha.win/event/lake-george-ny/.

Alpha Win Presents WMCHealth as Health & Wellness Partner

Saugerties, NY (June 15, 2022) Alpha Win, a premier producer of endurance events located in the Hudson Valley, New York, announced today HealthAlliance Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is the Official Health & Wellness Partner for two of its most popular endurance events – Alpha Win – Hudson  Valley at Williams Lake Triathlon and Alpha Win – Saugerties  Triathlon. HealthAlliance Hospital workforce members will manage the Medical Tent at the Finish Line and will be available to offer assistance to the participants and spectators throughout both events.

 

This new partnership is built on a shared commitment to health and wellness of individuals and embodies HealthAlliance and WMCHealth vision to be the provider of choice for Ulster County and Hudson Valley residents, respectively, by establishing a system of care with multiple points of access to ensure availability of care close to home.

 

“We are thrilled HealthAlliance Hospital will be joining Alpha Win as a premier partner and sponsor of both of our Hudson Valley events,” said Tommy Struzzieri, President and CEO of Alpha Win.  “Alpha Win shares their commitment to our sport and elevating the health and well-being of the community,” he added.  “They know it’s not simply about taking care of you when you’re sick, it’s about helping you and your family maintain a healthy lifestyle.”

 

“We are excited to be a part of these and other community events,” said Michael Doyle, Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer of HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, in Ulster County. “Our goal is to help improve the health of the people who live in our communities and participating in events like these enable us to do so.”

About Westchester Medical Center Health Network
The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is a 1,700-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, New York, with nine hospitals on eight campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 13,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. The Network has Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 trauma centers, the region’s only acute care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, Comprehensive and Primary Stroke Centers, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, home-care services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State. Today, WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated health care in the Hudson Valley. For more information about WMCHealth, visit WMCHealth.org or follow WMCHealth on Facebook.com/WMCHealth or Instagram.com/WMCHealth.

Alpha Win Declares First Annual Ave Maria Marathon a Success

Ave Maria, FL (February 16, 2022) The inaugural Ave Maria Marathon, presented by Alpha Win, took place this weekend on February 12th, 2022. The event featured 5 distances of running: Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, and 1 Mile. The Marathon and Half Marathon began at 7am, followed by the 5K at 9:30am, the 10K at 10am, and the Friends and Family Mile at 11am. Runners traveled from near and far to sunny Ave Maria, Florida to participate in the race, with 22 states and three countries represented! 

The first finishers of the day were in the Half Marathon. It was a close race, with the top three men all finishing within 60 seconds of each other. The top spot was won by 17-year-old Ave Maria local, Winston Fairchild in a time of 1:23:47. Heather Catlin of Naples, FL won the Overall Women’s race in a time of 1:40:01.

As Half and Full Marathoners continued their race, the 5K began. The race was showcased by a friendly competition between many Ave Maria University student athletes. Adam Paga, an AMU runner, won the race in 16:28. The First Overall Female finisher was a fellow AMU runner, Theresa Long, in a time of 18:43.

The Marathon saw its first finisher just before 10:30am. Kevin McDermott of Naples, FL crossed the line in 3:29:13. The First Overall Female in the Marathon was Sarah Anderson from Superior, WI, with a time of 3:45:12. 

The 10K was won by AMU runner Joseph Perrault in 37:27. The First Overall Female in the 10K was Kara Andersson from Manchester, NH with a time of 48:42. 

It was a day of firsts for many participants. Traveling all the way from St. Lewis, Ryan McCoy ran his first ever marathon in a time of 4:59:49, a great race for a first time marathoner! Another inspiring feat was Isaac Hernandez, age 88, competing in his first ever 5K race. 

The Ave Maria Marathon was a great success thanks to support from the Donahue Running Club, the Ave Maria University Mother Teresa Project, and the AMU Cross Country team. The event would not have been possible without the support from the local community and the many volunteers. Registration is already open for the 2023 Ave Maria Marathon taking place February 11th, 2023. Sign up early for the lowest prices of the year! 

The Alpha Win team is now getting ready for our next event in Ocala, FL. Join us on April 2nd for the Alpha Win – Ocala Triathlon! Carney Island State Park is home to this great race, featuring a 70.3 as well as Olympic and Sprint races. You won’t want to miss it! Other upcoming events include triathlons in California and New York. Check out https://alpha.win to learn more.

Sarasota Triathlon a Big Success

Sarasota, FL (January 15, 2022) The 4th annual Alpha Win – Sarasota Triathlon, which took place on January 9 at Nathan Benderson Park, was a sunny start to the 2022 racing season for many athletes. Participants came from 35 states and four countries to race! The event kicked off at 8am with the Half-distance athletes in the water, followed by the Sprint distance, and later the Olympic distance competitors.

 

It was an action-packed day as participants swam in the world-class lake at Nathan Benderson Park, biked through the streets of Sarasota, and ran a beautiful, scenic, course through the Park. The first finisher of the day was Carter Schumacher, finishing the Sprint triathlon in a time of 1:03:56 – he is only 18 and has a bright future ahead of him in the sport! The First Overall Female Sprint finisher was Nicole Isaak in a time of 1:27:37.

 

The Olympic race was won by Quinton Kneeland in 2:15:37. Louise Amyx won top honors as the First Overall Female in the Olympic distance in a time of 2:42:45.

 

The Half race featured tight competition: Gabrielle Suver was not only the First Female, but also the First Overall Finisher, in a time of 4:45:56. Christopher Van Smith followed close behind in 4:48:03, winning the top spot for the men.

 

In the hunt for a new Guinness World Record for most 70.3 distance races in one year, seasoned competitor Samuel Crozier chose to include the Alpha Win Sarasota Triathlon as his 39th Half distance triathlon since May 2021.  He plans to blow the old record of 24 in one year out of the water by completing 50 races by May 2022.

 

The Alpha Win – Sarasota Triathlon was a great success due in large part to the assistance of Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, Ryder Bikes for their bike tech support and, of course, the volunteers. Check out the results here.

 

The Alpha Win team is now preparing for its next races in Florida. Join us February 12 in beautiful Ave Maria for the inaugural Ave Maria Marathon. Just a short drive from Naples, Fort Myers and Cape Coral, this event features a 1 mile, 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon – “a distance for everyone!”™ The next triathlon on our calendar is the Alpha Win – Ocala Triathlon on April 2. Carney Island State Park is home to this great race, featuring a Half as well as Olympic and Sprint races. You won’t want to miss it!

Great Weather Highlights Return to Competition at Napa Valley Triathlon in Lake Berryessa, CA

Napa Valley, CA (November 4, 2021) The Napa Valley Triathlon in Alpha Win’s long standing location of Napa, CA took place this past weekend on Saturday and Sunday October 30th-31st. The event kicked off with a swim at Lake Berryessa, Putah Canyon Recreation Area. Participants then biked and ran through the beautiful and challenging terrain along the serene roads of Lake Berryessa.  

Alpha’s return to competition including the full slate of distances including the Open, Sprint, Olympic, Half and Full races. There were many participants from youth to senior divisions as everyone enjoyed the mild autumn conditions of Napa Valley.

The Full Distance Male race was won by Greg Patterson in an excellent time of 11:02:02. The Overall Female Full Distance winner was Cody Mullen with a solid time of 13:24:02.  Half Distance Champions this year were Stuart Collett in 4:59:28 and Katie Rentz in 5:39:17.  The Olympic Distance also saw some tremendous competition with 210 competitors and included winners Stefano Profumo in 2:12:07 and Shawn Connell-Clarkson in 2:34:30Finally, the Sprint Distance loaded with 280 competitors included champions Michael Tate in 1:15:23 and Shantelle Tupaz 1:14:56.  Keep your eyes on Shantelle as she is only 15 years old and has a bright future in Triathlon! 

After the success of this year’s Napa Valley Triathlon, Alpha Win is excited to announce that we will be returning to Lake Berryessa again this Spring in only six months for our traditional event date of 9-10 April 2022.

The Alpha Napa Valley Triathlon was supported by some great volunteers, California Highway Patrol and finally the Napa Valley Bike Shop of Napa, CA.  Check out their location in Napa, CA for great bike service and friendly staff. See results from the event here.

Photo by Captivating Sports Photos

 

Local Triathlon Icon Dr. Mike Halstead Wins Big at Alpha Win’s First Annual Saugerties Triathlon

Saugerties, NY (October 14, 2021) The first annual Saugerties Triathlon in Alpha Win’s hometown of Saugerties, NY took place this holiday weekend on Monday October 11th. The event kicked off with a swim at Saugerties Village Beach and participants then biked through the beautiful autumnal foliage of Ulster and Greene Counties, finishing with a run through the streets of Saugerties.

 

It was an action packed day here in the Village of Saugerties, featuring both Olympic distance and Sprint distance races. Kids even joined in on the fun with our first annual Splash and Dash benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Ulster County.

 

The Olympic Distance Male race was won by 19-year-old Justin Layer in a blazing time of 02:13:39. The Overall Female Olympic winner was Erika Martin with a rapid time of 02:29:58.

The Sprint Male race featured legendary triathletes battling it out for top honors. Mike Halstead secured the win in the inaugural Saugerties Sprint Triathlon, after a friendly rivalry with fellow competitor Arthur Boyko. Halstead is revered in the triathlon community as an inspirational competitor, who is a brain cancer survivor and USAT All-American. He shared his post-race thoughts with us:

“The Saugerties Triathlon was a great event with three great courses. The volunteers were excellent! It was a perfect way for me to finish up this year’s triathlon season. I will be back at the Saugerties Triathlon in 2022!”

Halstead is also an Alpha Win coach, and led the Alpha Win Lake George Tri Camp earlier this year. Stephanie Hanrahan highlighted the group of athletes who trained with Halstead at the tri camp with a 3rd place Overall Female finish in the Alpha Olympic distance in her first ever Olympic race.

 

After the success of this year’s Saugerties Triathlon, Alpha Win is excited to announce the addition of a 70.3 race to next year’s event. Vice President of Operations and 2-time US Olympian Dan Browne will be instrumental in the planning for next year, and shared some of his thoughts on race day:

“I am very pleased with the organization and outcome of this triathlon here in Alpha Win’s hometown. With this being our inaugural event, I could not be more pleased with how our team came together to put on a great event for the people of this Village. As we continue to grow this race, we are committed as a team to continue to bring a great experience for competitors and the community alike. Events like this provide great value to the community, and we strive to build on what we accomplished at our inaugural triathlon” 

Browne is a former member of the 2004 US Olympic Track & Field team in the marathon and 10,000m, and now serves as a member of the US National Guard.

 

The first annual Saugerties Triathlon could not have taken place without the help of the volunteers, Saugerties Police, Saugerties Village, and more. The Saugerties Village Beach provided a perfect location for a triathlon and due to the continual effort from Saugerties Mayor Bill Murphy, the beach is a clean and safe place for both kids and athletes to splash or train.

Check out the race results here.

HITS Endurance Announces Rebrand to Alpha Win

Saugerties, NY (January 22, 2021)      HITS Endurance, a leading endurance race management group, announced today a rebrand of its identity and mission that reflects a deep dedication to athletes and their commitment to excellence in competition and health and wellness.  At the heart of this rebranding is a change of the company name to Alpha Win and a complete redesign of the company logo to reflect the new name.  Over the past decade, the company had established its status as a market leader in the triathlon and running communities.  The new brand solidifies the company’s stance in offering a wide variety of racing opportunities and unparalleled customer service.

Coinciding with the unveiling of the new brand, Alpha Win is launching a new website (www.Alpha.Win) that focuses on its first 10 years of race experiences and features improved search tools for locating the perfect race for athletes at all competitive levels.

“Our vision is to make every athlete who competes at an Alpha Win event feel like the dominant, AlphaMale or AlphaFemale that he or she can be. Whether it is a podium finish, an age group win or a personal best, every AlphaMale or AlphaFemale will feel a sense of accomplishment at our races,” said Tommy Struzzieri, President and CEO of Alpha Win.  “The rebrand is not just cosmetic.  We have taken this opportunity to commence a period of growth through acquisitions of existing events and creation of new events and to evolve and improve our approach to the market as a whole.”

Alpha Win recently acquired the race lineup of Renegade Racing, a premier race management group with events centered in Southern California.  Alpha Win has also acquired the Lake George Triathlon Festival, a popular race that takes place in the Village of Lake George, New York during Labor Day Weekend.  Along with acquisitions, Alpha Win is returning to Grand Junction, Colorado to resurrect an annual triathlon that it had produced for several years before a hiatus beginning in 2016. Alpha Win Lake George and Alpha Win Grand Junction registrations are now open. As the future of the pandemic becomes clearer, Alpha will start to open registration for Renegade Racing events.

“We have several other first-time events and race acquisitions that we are pursuing right now that will continue to fill out a race calendar that we hope will appeal to athletes of all abilities in all geographic locations across the United States,” said Tommy Struzzieri. “First and foremost we want to thank all of our wonderful participants who have helped us grow these last 10 years. It has been an incredible journey as HITS Endurance and now we are looking forward to the next chapter. “We expect to continue to delight the athletes who have followed us over the past years and to attract new participants who are seeking their next incredible race experience.”

Alpha Win is the successor organization of HITS Endurance, which itself was a division of HITS, LLC.  Alpha Win has been organizing endurance events under the HITS Endurance name since 2011.  HITS, LLC is a multi-faceted company with more than 40 years’ experience in event production.  Prior to 2011, its sole focus was on equestrian events that continue to take place all across the country.  It is a global leader in equestrian sports and the largest producer of hunter jumper horse shows in the country.  HITS, LLC is headquartered in upstate New York in the Village of Saugerties.