Eric Prager, Gillie Girl race director, holds a magazine with a picture of his mother, Carol Prager, on the cover.
Skaneateles On the morning of Sunday, July 22, you’ll tear onto the Veteran’s Park beach in Camillus dripping with water from Gillie Lake. Then, you’ll round the turn and enter into the water one more time to complete the 800-meter swim. Next, you’ll breeze through the transition area, grab your bike and take your wheels for a ride over 14 scenic miles of asphalt. And for the last time, you’ll enter transition again, ditch your bike and head out on to the 3.1-mile course for the final run.
As you round the final turn and head into the brightly painted shoot — having given it all you’ve got — you will have just completed the first-ever Gillie Girl’s Sprint Triathlon, to benefit the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY. The fund raises money year-round to benefit research efforts at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.
Eric Prager, the Gillie Girl’s race director and also co-owner of Endurance Monster in Skaneateles, decided to start what he hopes will become an annual athletic event and celebration in memory of his mother, Carol Prager, who fought breast cancer for many years. “I really want to make this an event, not just a race,” Prager said. With this in mind, spectators and athletes will enjoy music, food and family fun after the race. It will be an opportunity to celebrate those fighting the disease and remembering loved ones who have passed away.
To Prager, his mother was, and always will be, the strongest person he has ever known. His mother was one of the three founders of Women Supporting Women, a Delmarva Peninsula-based non-profit organization which was started in order to provide awareness, education and support to all those who are affected by breast cancer. They started the group out of their homes after discovering the need to help women through their journey with breast cancer.