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34th Annual Wyckoff-Franklin Lakes Triathlon

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ~Mother Teresa

The Wyckoff Franklin Lakes Triathlon is the longest-running and one of the largest in New Jersey. Attracting local athletes and some from around the country, thousands attend the event each year. It is one of the few triathlons that boast a significant number of elite and first time triathletes. This race has been inspiring the community to be active, healthy and fit for 33 years and counting!

Every June, we hold this charity event at Indian Trail Club in Franklin Lakes, in partnership with the Wyckoff-Midland Park Rotary Club. More than showing our commitment to fitness, this event is a community fundraiser: every single dollar goes back into our local communities to make them stronger.

Who are you racing for? All proceeds  benefit the Wyckoff Family YMCA’s outreach program, Wyckoff Y Cares, the health and wellness initiatives of the Franklin Lakes Mayor’s Wellness Campaign, and the community service projects of the Wyckoff-Midland Park Rotary Club.

Wyckoff Y Cares is a fund established in memory of Michael O’Shea and Pietro Maugeri, two individuals who were dedicated to improving the lives of others. This unique program incorporates many support systems to help local families navigate through life-altering challenges such as critical illness and other traumatic adversities by offering financial support, rehabilitation services, respite care, transportation, child care, and so much more…whatever it takes to restore and maintain family balance.

Last year the Wyckoff YMCA has been able to do so much more because of athletes like you! 

  • More than 4,000 kids learned to swim and gained life-saving skills, including Paterson’s Oasis kids.
  • More than 1,100 children were able to attend our Child Care and School-Aged Care Programs to gain knowledge for continued education.
  • 74 Active Older Adults received financial assistance for healthy living programs.
  • Special needs programs were subsidized for over 100 children and young adults.
  • 62 teens served our community and developed leadership qualities in our Teen Leaders Program.
  •  1,600 kids learned about themselves and the world around them at our summer Camp Wydaca.

Did you know…the Wyckoff-Midland Park Rotary Club

  • awards over $16,000 in scholarships each year to graduating seniors from the towns of Wyckoff and Midland Park?
  • raises and donates an average of $15,000 each year to local and regional charities and support organizations, including local fire departments and ambulance corps, the Buddy Walk, Oasis, and Center for Food Action?
  • financed and constructed the playgrounds at all the schools in Wyckoff, and at the Church of the Nativity, Eastern Christian, and the Wyckoff Methodist Church?
  • sponsors Interact Clubs at Ramapo and Midland Park High Schools and a ReAct Club at Eisenhower Middle School, providing our future leaders the opportunity to learn philanthropy and service?

The feelings of triumph and pride when you cross the finish line are a physical and mental victory for yourself, but the knowledge that you just did something great for someone else, too? That is an even sweeter victory.

Athlete Spotlight. One of our veteran triathletes, Jim Riley, talks about the race. 

Q: When did you start competing in triathlons and why? How long have you been doing the Wyckoff-Franklin Lakes Tri?

A: I was primarily a runner until the 90’s, then I started having back problems. I came to the Y when it was first built in ’98 and tried swimming. I ran into the Masters swim group, then run by Doug Eiel, and those guys were the ones who really taught me how to swim. They became my friends and that’s how I got involved with Team Excel. My first ever triathlon was the Wyckoff-Franklin Lakes in 2000, and this will be my 17th year competing

Q: What do you like most about the Wyckoff-Franklin Lakes Tri?

A: It’s really a fun time. I’ve done marathons, half Ironmans, Ironmans… but this race is a great reunion of old friends and training partners. So many of the same people compete in it year after year, and it’s always good, friendly competition.

Q:Any advice for first time competitors?

A: Stay calm and be comfortable, especially in the water. Just have fun. And stay to the right on your bike! That’s a rule in triathlons that a lot of people don’t know about…on the bike, you can only pass on the left.

Thanks, Jim and good luck to you and everyone else competing, seasoned athletes and first timers alike!

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It’s easy to make a difference. Cast a small stone and watch the waves grow. For more information and to register, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/FranklinLakes/WyckoffFranklinLakesTriathlon

By: Tracy L. Nieradka