Just in time for triathlon season, come experience this spectacular course and location! Scheduled for June 16, three weeks before the extremely popular NYC Triathlon, here's a chance to practice open water swimming and race transitions. This fun and challenging multi-sport event combines a 1.5-km swim in the water off Manhattan from Randallís Island Park and a flat, fast, scenic shoreline 5-km run in the shadow of four bridges, and with breathtaking views of the Hell Gate and the East River. Don't run? Enroll in the swim-only race on the same day (formerly known as the Riverside Park Tune Up Swim) or help out as a volunteer.

    If you need to figure out how to get to the start or want to preview the swim and run courses, why not register to be part of the NYCeWheels-sponsored preview bike tour on Wednesday June 13? The ride starts at 6:00 PM on the Upper East Side, goes across the 103rd Street Footbridge and around Randall's Island Park before heading back to Manhattan. Loaner bike availability is limited, so enroll soon.

    Date:06/16/2012 (Saturday) 
    Distance:Swim 1.5 K / Run 5 K 
    Predicted Water Conditions:Approximately 68 to 70 degrees. Swimmers wearing wetsuits/non-traditional swim attire for the swim-only event will not be eligible for awards in this year's race; those wearing wetsuits/non-traditional swim attire for the aquathlon event will be eligible for awards. The full wetsuit policy can be viewed here.

    There can be a substantial amount of chop in the water from wind & tide action. The waterways are salt-water and there is shipping traffic. There may be random jetsam & flotsam in the waterways.