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.
For more info on the race (times, winners, details: http://bikeway.com/about/hopewell-triathlon-supporting-miles-of-hope-bcf-pg211.htm or firstname.lastname@example.org