More than 800 competitors descended upon Skaneateles for the sixth annual Labor Day Race Weekend held Sept. 4 and 5. A wedding reception, ideal weather and four highly competitive races highlighted the events which began at 7:30 Saturday morning and finished up just before 5 p.m. Sunday evening.
The main event, a sprint-distance triathlon hosted 609 individual racers and 21 relay teams for the 800-yard swim, 14-mile bike and 3.0 mile run. Among those 609 competitors were more than 30 members of the Derek Haswell and Tess Townsend wedding party, who decided to celebrate the vows of the 2004 Skaneateles grads by competing together.
Crossing the line first was Nick Lehecka who finished the triathlon in 1:05:33, shaving two minutes off his time of 1:07:04 in last year's race.
Sunday started with an escape from the Judge
Kicking off Sunday's races was the Escape from the Judge open-water swim, a popular event where competitors jump from Mid Lakes Navigation's Judge Ben Wiles tour boat and swim one mile back to the lakeside park. More than 200 swimmers took the plunge with Neil Brophy of Geneva finishing first with a time of 19:53.
Bring on the bikes
At noon, 124 hard-core cyclists climbed the infamous Coon Hill in a 2-mile time trial starting at the Skaneateles Ski Hill. James Eagen of Syracuse finished in 7:25, taking first in the event.
Leading the parade
Finishing up the weekend was the four-mile road race that starts at State Street School, makes its way through the Labor Day Parade route and ends at Austin Park just in time for competitors to enjoy the parade. Steve Curley finished first in the 242-competitor field averaging just over five minutes per mile to cross the line at 20:38.
They are all that
Each year, a few daring competitors take on all four races in the "I'm All That" competition. This year, 63 males and 30 females took on the challenge, with Ben Delia of Ashland, Va. winning top overall male (1:55:47) and Kristin White of Manlius winning top overall female (2:09:57). Both Delia and White received a $500 cash prize.