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Triathlete Raises Funds for Miles of Hope


Triathlete and breast cancer survivor Laura Wong-Pan will be competing in the Survival of the Shawangunks (SOS) Triathlon and raising funds for Miles of Hope.

The Triathlon, which takes place on September 9, 2012, consists of eight stages starting at the Ulster County Fairgrounds and ending, after 30 miles of bicycling, 2.4 miles of swimming in three lakes, and 19.7 miles of trail running, at the Albert K Smiley Memorial Tower on Sky Top near the Mohonk Mountain House!

Please donate to Laura’s fundraiser. Click for her donation page.

More information about her participation is available on

Breast Cancer Survivor comes in 2nd at Miles of Hope/Bikeway Triathlon


51 year old breast cancer survivor, Linda Hastey came in 2nd in the Miles of Hope/Bikeway 3rd Annual Triathlon Sunday, June 10, at Red Wing Park in Hopewell Junction. Linda, a 3 year breast cancer survivor ran races before her diagnosis however she never competed in a triathlon.

Triathlete Linda Hastey

Triathlete Linda Hastey

“My boyfriend, Ted McCue, is an Iron Man and competes regularly,” she said, “and he encouraged me to do my first triathlon, this is my 15th.”
She continued: “The overall winner of this Tri was 15 and I am 51. There is some kind of reverse symmetry or poetic justice in that!” she said smiling and looking healthier and more fit than most people half her age.
Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Founation is a 501-c-3 public charity with a mission to fund support services for people affected by breast cancer in the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley, NY.
“We emphasize good health and good nutrition to all women as proactive ways to lessen the impact of breast cancer and other disease and possibly even discourage them,” added Pari Forood, Executive Director of Miles of Hope.
“Linda walked right up to me at the start of the race, in her wetsuit decorated with a small patch of pink, and a huge smile on her face and told me she was a survivor. She was proud to be here not only competing in this event, but showing all women that at age 51 they can come back from breast cancer and do anything they want to do.”
Miles of Hope, which recently started a campaign to help Hudson Valley employers get their employees healthy and involved in foundation events, encourages all levels of activity for women whether there is a threat of cancer in their history or not.
“Nutrition, exercise, and an overall healthy lifestyle are the keys to ward off any disease including cancer,” added Cathy Varunok, Miles of Hope co-founder. “Women are currently training for the Goals for Hope Women’s Soccer Tournament on August 4, at the Stringham Road Soccer fields in LaGrange. They are also training for the Softball Tournament, Hits for Hope on October 13 and 14, as well as various golf tournaments and athletic contests throughout the summer.”
The Miles of Hope Corporate Challenge invites employers to encourage their employees to participate in a Miles of Hope event and to train for it throughout the year.
“It is more exciting and motivating to have a goal,” explained Ms. Forood. “To tell your employees to form a team and play soccer or softball or basketball is much more fun that to tell them just to go to the gym or start an exercise program. We have events throughout the year for all levels and all skills and we want everyone to join us. So far Health Quest and Mid Hudson Medical Group have signed on as the first two companies in the Miles of Hope Corporate Challenge.”
Linda Hastey can’t wait to do the Miles of Hope Triathlon next year. “I also ran in the Miles of Hope Family Fun Run in April,” she said, “maybe I should learn to play soccer!”

Hopewell Triathlon June 9-10


Bikeway Triathlon

Bikeway presents the third annual Hopewell Triathlon.

The Kids’ Triathlon will be Saturday, June 9, with separate courses for ages 7-10 and 11-14. Sunday, June 10, is the adult (age 15+) triathlon. The  location for both events is Red Wing Park in Hopewell Junction.

Registration is open now for the Adult Triathlon and for the Kids Triathlon. For details of the Triathlon, please see the Bikeway Triathlon web page.

Bikeway is providing twice-weekly group rides with designated days for novice cyclists and triathletes, and free clinics to answer all of your questions, and get you prepared leading up to the race. See the Bikeway Triathlon web page for more information.

The Hopewell Triathlon benefits the Ryan McElroy Children’s Cancer Foundation and the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.

Bikeway/Miles of Hope Triathlon Winner

Triathlon 2011

1st place: Shelly Turk

The second annual Bikeway/Miles of Hope Triathlon took place on Sunday, June 12,  amidst clouds and puddles but no rain. Participants swam, biked and ran in and around Red Wing Park in Hopewell Junction, some for the first time and others who were veteran triathletes tried to improve their finishing times.

One beginner triathlete was very nervous to compete. She was in the women’s 40-44 division which is often times one of the most competitive. She had trained, and participated in 3 or 4 triathlons before but never in honor of her mother, in memory of her aunt and grandmother – never for breast cancer.

Shelley Turk is a wife, mother, and Treasurer of the Board of the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. She married into the Turk Family and immediately became busy with the family businesses including Rocking Horse Ranch in Highland, and Splash Down Beach in Wappingers Falls. She ran for exercise most of her adult life but she is a reserved person and usually ran alone on the Rocking Horse Ranch property.

Four years ago she watched a friend compete in a triathlon and she was hooked. “I push myself harder now and think of my body as a complex piece of machinery that performs well on a good day!” she explained.

Mrs. Turk continued: “When I got here today knowing that the race was benefiting Miles of Hope, I felt a certain sense of exhilaration- more than nervous tension- and I used it to improve my time and compete at optimal levels. I thought of my mother, a 12 year survivor, and my grandmother and aunt who died of the disease. Breast cancer is prevalent in my family and I am very involved with Miles of Hope both on the Board of Directors and on various committees supporting events.”

This is the first time Shelley has won a triathlon. “I was so thrilled to stand on the 1st place riser in the parking lot of Red Wing Park!” she exclaimed (see photo above). “There must have been some karma involved because I woke up this morning feeling great and eager to get started. I hit the water so hard and swam faster than I ever have and felt no fatigue when I climbed out of the lake to start my bike ride.”

Shelley Turk ran the race of her life and she isn’t finished. “I will do many more triathlons in all parts of our area but this one, here in Dutchess County, will always be special to me. I can’t wait to defend my title next year!”

Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation is a 501-c-3 public charity with a mission to fund support services for people affected by breast cancer in the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley.

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Hopewell Triathlon supporting Miles of Hope


Bikeway TriathlonBikeway will hold their 2nd Annual Hopewell Triathlon to support the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation the weekend of June 11-12, 2011.

Saturday, June 11: Kids race
Sunday, June 12: Adult race

Bikeway is also holding free clinics leading up to the event.

See the Bikeway web site for more information and to register for the Triathlon.

Bikeway Triathlon and Beginner’s Clinic for Miles of Hope


Bikeway, leading the way in cyclingNEW DATE — NOW JUNE 12

Information and registration at the Bikeway web site

More information here.

Bikeway Bicycles of Wappingers Falls is planning a Triathlon in support of Miles of Hope on Sunday, June 12, 2011. Save the date!

Meantime, in preparation for the Triathlon, Bikeway will hold a  free Beginner’s Clinic on Sunday, February 6 from 9:00am – 10:30am at Bikeway Bicycles, 1581 Rt. 376 Wappingers Falls.  Team president and professional triathlete Justin Harris will discuss equipment, how to setup transition area, will answer questions and more. Visit the Beginner’s Clinic event on Facebook or call (845) 463-RIDE.

For up-to-date information and to register for the event, please go to the Bikeway web site.