The Alpha Win Sarasota Triathlon Kicks Off the 2023 Season on a High Note

Mother-Daughter duo compete for love, life and inclusivity


(January 25, 2023)      “Everything is difficult until it becomes easy,” said Liz Lopez, who swam, biked, and ran in the Alpha Win Sarasota Triathlon with her daughter Summer with a clear mission in mind: to encourage people to drive safely. Liz has always had a passion for running, and in late December 2015 her daughter expressed interest in training with her. However, that New Year’s day, Summer was in a car accident, leaving her unable to run or compete on her own.

While Summer was in the hospital, her mother continued to run as a way to relieve her anxiety and bring only positive energy to her daughter when she visited. Liz feels it had a tremendous impact as Summer’s strength only continued to grow; when Summer was discharged from the hospital, Liz started training with her. They completed their first Sprint triathlon together in August of 2021; one triathlon became two, and soon enough they were completing Olympic events together.

“For the determination,” Liz explained, “you have to find that within yourself to keep going, because you will see the changes in them, and for them, you will want to keep going.” After competing together for two years, Liz has already seen impressive changes in Summer, from being more vocal to showing a deep enthusiasm for the sport. Their next goal? To take on the 70.3, and one day the 140.6, distance. They hope to promote safety and inclusivity in the sport and inspire others in a similar position to take the leap and train for their first triathlon.

Liz’s sentiments on self-determination were certainly apparent to athletes as they crossed the finish line after the 2023 Alpha Win Sarasota Triathlon. Athletes from across the state and country joined together at Nathan Benderson Park on January 8, 2023 for a day full of great racing. The park boasts a 400-acre man-made lake, along with a beautiful trail circling the 600-acre park, making it one of the best triathlon venues in the U.S. With sunny, clear skies and temperatures in the high 60s, it was perfect weather for personal records and plenty of spectators to gather.

The weekend began on Saturday at local bike shop Ryder Bikes, where athletes were invited to pick up their packet and attend an athlete meeting with the race director. Race day led off with the Half distance at 8:00 am, followed by the Sprint and Olympic distances. The event also marked the inauguration of the Sprint Duathlon option for athletes. With a run-bike-run format, the Duathlon is a great option for newbies and experienced athletes alike. Mark Witmer kept his lead throughout the race, coming in first for men at 01:04:35, while Kristin Woodward took first for women at 01:18:42.

Jordan Taylor led off the Sprint Triathlon pack with a finish time of 01:10:35, coming in first overall for the men. Emily Davis took first for women overall in the Sprint category, finishing with a time of 01:21:45. The Olympic distance had impressive overall winners as well, with Emily Machiela coming in first for the women at 02:33:45, and William Thompson taking first for men at 02:06:34. Tanya Zucco finished first with over an hour lead for the women in the Half distance at 04:59:23.

To support Summer and Liz on their journey, visit their GoFundMe page at gofundme.com/f/s6q3yk-summer-levantate. View the full list of results on Race Results at my.raceresult.com/229700/results. To register for the 2024 Sarasota Triathlon visit alpha.win/event/sarasota-fl/, or to check out other Alpha Win races, go to www.Alpha.Win.

Join Alpha Win at their next event in Ocala, Florida! Register for the Ocala Triathlon at alpha.win/event/ocala-fl/ using the code RACEOCALA for 10% off your registration, from now until Valentine’s Day.

About Alpha Win

Alpha Win is a triathlon and running event operator based in Saugerties, New York. Since its founding in 2011, Alpha Win has produced more than 135 triathlons and running races all over the United States. Alpha Win’s Vision is simply reflected in their motto since 2011, “A Distance for Everyone” and is achieved by producing multiple race distances in desirable destinations that are geared to each participant’s unique level of training, endurance capacity and personal goals. Alpha Win is dedicated to providing the professional quality of a national event producer while delivering the personalized service of a local race organizer. Visit www.Alpha.Win for more information.

Palm Springs Triathlon to Host the 2023 USAT Military and First Responders National Championships

(December 14, 2022)  Alpha Win is excited to host the 2023 USAT Military and First Responders National Championships. The Championships will be held at the Palm Springs Triathlon on October 21, 2023, at the beautiful Lake Cahuilla Veterans Regional Park in California.

“We are extremely honored to be hosting such a prestigious championship event. These individuals put their lives on the line for us to be able to live ours. We are thrilled to be able to recognize such amazing people,” said CEO Tommy Struzzieri. The Championships honor all military personnel and veterans, as well as recognize police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical services (EMS) workers. The championship will feature the Sprint and Olympic distances with the following award categories: Overall Military Active Duty, Overall Military Veteran, Overall First Responder Police/Law Enforcement, and Overall First Responder Fire/EMS. Athletes do not need to qualify in order to participate in the event.

The race weekend will also include a Youth Splash and Dash event, where participants ages 7-15 will be introduced to the sport via a swim-run format, and a Half distance (70.3) triathlon. Alpha Win’s motto ‘A Distance for Everyone’ aims to provide any type of athlete a chance to race. To register for the Palm Springs Triathlon visit alpha.win/event/palm-springs-ca/, or to check out our other races, visit us at www.Alpha.Win.

About Alpha Win

Alpha Win is a triathlon and running event operator based in Saugerties, New York. Since its founding in 2011, Alpha Win has produced more than 135 triathlons and running races all over the United States. Alpha Win’s Vision is simply reflected in their motto since 2011, “A Distance for Everyone” and is achieved by producing multiple race distances in desirable destinations that are geared to each participant’s unique level of training, endurance capacity and personal goals. Alpha Win is dedicated to providing the professional quality of a national event producer while delivering the personalized service of a local race organizer. Visit www.Alpha.Win for more information.

Introducing the Hudson Valley Marathon at the Walkway Over the Hudson

Saugerties, NY (December 08, 2022) Alpha Win is proud to announce a new event, the Hudson Valley Marathon at the Walkway Over the Hudson! With a run directly over the Hudson River, participants will experience breathtaking views of the historic Hudson River Valley, from the Catskill Mountains to the Hudson Highlands. Alpha Win’s motto ‘A Distance for Everyone’ holds true, as the event will feature five race distances in one day including a Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and 1 mile race.

The event will be held on May 7, 2023, with perfectly cool weather expected and highlighted by the Marathon event, which will be a Boston and New York Marathon Qualifier and certified course. May 7 is also I Love My Park Day 2023. The annual I Love My Park Day encourages people across the state to enhance and celebrate New York’s wonderful parks. Come to enjoy the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, stay to explore the countless hidden gems of the Hudson Valley, and qualify for your next big race.

The Walkway is conveniently located just minutes from the Poughkeepsie Train Station, making travel to the event a breeze from New York City, Albany, and beyond. Nearby historic sites including the Vanderbilt and Roosevelt estates on the Hudson River make the Hudson Valley Marathon a destination for participants and family and friends alike. The close proximity to SUNY New Paltz, Vassar College, Marist College and the Culinary Institute of America adds to the appeal of this eclectic and vibrant area.

The Walkway Over the Hudson is the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. Originally the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge, it was rebuilt as the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park and re-opened in October of 2009. Since then, the Walkway has provided a one-of-a-kind way to experience the Hudson Valley. The Walkway is fully ADA handicapped-accessible from both ends and the approach on the west is flat and level from the large parking area, and the east side features a 21-story ADA accessible glass-enclosed elevator that connects the Walkway to the waterfront and train station below.

While in the Hudson Valley, visit must-see destinations such as the Diamond Mills Hotel and Tavern in Saugerties, developed and owned by Tom Struzzieri, the founder of Alpha Win’s predecessor HITS Endurance. Join Alpha Win later in the year across New York State for the Alpha Win Triathlon Series, featuring triathlons in the Hudson Valley, Lake George, and our hometown of Saugerties. To register for the Hudson Valley Marathon visit HudsonValleyMarathon.com or to check out our other races, visit us at www.Alpha.Win.

About Alpha Win

Alpha Win is a triathlon and running event operator based in Saugerties, New York. Since its’ founding in 2011, Alpha Win has produced more than 135 triathlons and running races all over the United States. Alpha Win’s Vision is simply reflected in their motto since 2011, “A Distance for Everyone” and is achieved by producing multiple race distances in desirable destinations that are geared to each participant’s unique level of training, endurance capacity and personal goals. Alpha Win is dedicated to providing the professional quality of a national event producer while delivering the personalized service of local race organizer. Visit www.Alpha.Win for more information.

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!