On one of the coldest and wettest days of the fall, thirty members and coaches of the Iona College Swimming and Diving Team make their fourth consecutive appearance volunteering at the 25th Annual Westchester Triathlon, sponsored by Jarden. The members volunteered at two dozen key intersections in Rye Brook, Greenwich and Purchase directing traffic, bicyclists and pedestrians through a steady, chilly rain.
The Swimming & Diving Team, under the direction of Head Coach Nick Cavataro and assistant coach Chris Brandenberger, was joined by the members of the Women's Lacrosse Team and Race Director Ray Kelly and served a vital role for the more than 800 participants.
"According to the race director, the weather played a huge role not only on the pace and number of participants; but on safety" commented Coach Cavataro. "Our members and the lacrosse team were an integral part in making sure there were no serious accidents, although we did see a few bicyclists lose control on the wet road surfaces."
The course is among the most challenging on the northeast triathlon circuit, featuring a variety of straight runs, long windy up and down hills, and the famous Claire's Climb. Claire's Climb, is named for one of the race beneficiaries, the Friends of Claire.
Claire Gormley Collier, who up to last year was a wheel chair observer at the top of race's steepest hill, lost her battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, in May 2009.The timed hill climb see's bikers post times from 1:45-17:00.
In addition to the Friends of Claire other race fund beneficiaries include the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Challenged Athletes Foundation, The Wounded Warrior Project, The Blazeman Foundation for ALS and the Rye YMCA.