insidetriPat Griskus Triathlon Series
Middelbury, CT Saturday, June 16, 2007
The basics:

Now in its 21st year, the Pat Griskus Triathlon series caters to athletes of all abilities by offering both original sprint race and a seven year old Olympic distance event. The sprint lures scads of first-timers with the promise a shiny medal while the longer course proves challenging enough to attract the sports best. Renamed in 1987 to honor Pat Griskus, who was struck and killed by a truck just one year after becoming the first amputee to complete the Hawaii Ironman twice, the series has raised over $130,000 for charity. Held at Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, Connecticut, the race kicks off with a swim in spring fed Lake Quassapaug. Once jolted into action, resist the urge to hop on the merry-go-round or take a whack with the giant hammer as you keep cruising toward the bike course. After a grueling opening six miles of downhills, flats and sharp curves, uphill enthusiasts take revenge with a nine-mile steady ascent. Both camps get the chance to regroup and make nice with a varied final 10 miles of topography. A double-loop run rounds out the competition.
While you’re there:
History abounds in New Haven County. Just a short drive takes you to the Eli Whitney Museum, Amistad Freedom Schooner or Yale University. (patgriskustri.com) -M.J.
Originally posted on Inside Triathlon