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Westchester Cyclists And Runners Invited To South Salem Biathlon

Contestants of all ages abilities raced last year in the Church Tavern Biathlon in South Salem.
Contestants of all ages abilities raced last year in the Church Tavern Biathlon in South Salem. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rob Cummings

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Area cyclists and runners are invited to test their skills at the fourth annual Church Tavern Biathlon to be held on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014.

The event begins at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 82 Spring St. in South Salem.

The course consists of a seven-mile bike ride up Church Tavern Road and past Lake Truesdale, followed by a four-mile run up Church Tavern and back to the finish line, all on secondary roadways. The race and the course’s largest hill are namesakes of a former St. John’s Church building that served as a colonial-era pub, the “Church Tavern.”

Biathlon participants can compete individually or as two-person relay teams.  Walkers are also encouraged to participate in a four-mile event.  All finishers will receive medals, and top finishers will be awarded engraved silver tankards, with additional prizes by age category.  At the finish line, racers and supporters will celebrate with a barbecue in the churchyard, featuring music and a kids’ waterslide.

The Church Tavern Biathlon is presented by St. John’s Episcopal Parish . Proceeds from the event, which raised more than $6,400 from 130-plus entrants last year, will benefit three of St. John’s outreach programs: Carpenter’s Kids, supporting Tanzanian HIV/AIDS orphans; The Wounded Warrior Project, aiding injured service members; and The Community Center of Northern Westchester, helping those in need with food, clothing and services.

“We are thrilled to bring this great community event back for the fourth straight year.  Everyone from armchair warriors to elite athletes are invited to join us for a fun experience that benefits three very worthy causes,'' said  St. John’s co-Vestry Warden and Race Director Brian Stempel

The Church Tavern Biathlon’s 2014 sponsors include Pacific Swim/Bike/Run, State Farm Agent Mike Berardino, Family Chiropractor Dr. Stuart Weitzman (aka Dr. Stu), Cross Sport Woman, Family Dentist Douglas A Treyz DMD, GoDogDesigns, Nancy S. Hogan CPA & Associates LLC, Fifty Coins Restaurant, The Neu Group, The David Family, Celeritas Associates Inc., Desert Moon, Gossett Brothers Nursery, Second Spring Wellness Studio by Shirley Copeland, Body Back by Kristen Riolo, Cap's Country Market & Deli, Georgetown Veterinary Hospital, Horse & Hound, Captain Lawrence Brewery, South Salem Memorial Day Races, and Road ID.

St. John’s Episcopal Parish, with The Reverend Joseph J. Campo as rector, is open to all for weekly worship services at St. John’s Church in South Salem and St. Paul’s Chapel in Vista.  For more information about St. John’s, visit http://stjohnschurchonline.net or call the Parish Office at (914) 763-8273.

For more information, to register or to support the Biathlon’s charities, visit http://www.churchtavernbiathlon.com. The Church Tavern Biathlon is on Facebook

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