Clifton Park race honoring local resident enters year 24

GAZETTE FILE PHOTO.GAZETTE FILE PHOTO.

CLIFTON PARK — A triathlon honoring a local man will be held for the 24th consecutive year this month.

The Anyone Can Tri Triathlon will be held on May 6 at the Southern Saratoga YMCA in Clifton Park. The regular race will begin at 8 a.m., with a kid’s race beginning at 11 a.m.

Costs for entrances are $50 for adults, $110 for teams, and $20 for children during the pre-registration period, which ends at 3 p.m. on May 3. Registration for the children’s race cost $30 the day-of. There will be no day-of registration for the adult race.

The race honors Clifton Park native and triathlete Chris Gleason, who died at the age of 40 after completing the Philadelphia Marathon on Nov. 20 in 2011.

Gleason was inspired by his wife Jennyfer, his mother Dale, and his sister Cara to begin running seriously  in 2004. Gleason’s first race was the Chicago Marathon with Cara and his lifelong friend, Mike Curtis.

Later on, Gleason encouraged his sister to become a triathlete and they completed the Ironman in Lake Placid together. Gleason and his wife also enjoyed running and biking together, often with their children, all over Clifton Park and the Adirondacks.

In July of 2011 Gleason finished his third Ironman race in just 10 hours, finishing in sixty-second place out of over 2,900 competitors. He also spent time volunteering his time to help train beginner athletes.

Visit the race website to register or find more information about the race.