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Clash Watkins Glen set to debut this weekend

Inaugural event in New York State takes place alongside the Finger Lakes Wine Festival

Photo by: Clash Endurance

Race organizers aren’t expecting a large field, but they are ready for a big weekend as athletes experience the rare opportunity to run around the famous Watkins Glen Nascar track and take in the Finger Lakes Wine Festival as part of the inaugural Clash Watkins Glen triathlon this weekend. The Festival is expecting about 25,000 people who will be tasting the wares of over 90 vineyards, so even if there isn’t a large crowd for the race, there will certainly be quite an atmosphere.

The event is organized by Clash Endurance, the company previously known as Challenge North America, that puts on events at Nascar tracks in the United States. The company started with the landmark event at Daytona International Speedway (Challenge Daytona that has since become Clash Daytona), then expanded Miami (Homestead-Miami Speedway). This year two more events have been added to the calendar – this weekend’s race in the Finger Lakes region in northern New York State, and Atlanta, Georgia.

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Athletes will compete in a middle-distance event this Saturday that includes a 1.9 km swim, 80 km bike and a 17 km run. There are also duathlon, relay and open water swim races, along with a 5 km fun run. In addition to a free entry to the Wine Festival, athletes and their families will enjoy the spectacular region filled with beautiful waterfalls, lakes, hiking in the numerous state parks and much more.

You can find out more about the event here.

It’s going to be a busy triathlon weekend in the Finger Lakes – Ironman 70.3 Musselman will be taking place on Sunday, sharing the same lake for the swim.

Canada’s Taylor Reid took 28th at last year’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship. Photo: Jordan Bryden

Larger pro women’s field

There are more pro women (11) registered for the race than men (nine). In the women’s race, former elite swimmer Haley Chura is expected to lead the way out of the water and try to hold off the likes of Sophie Watts and Lesley Smith. Canada’s Kirsten Marchant will be one to watch on the bike.
In the men’s race, Jason West rolls in as the pre-race favourite, but he’ll likely find himself chasing Andrew Starykowicz off the bike. Canadians in the field include Taylor Reid, Garrick Lowen and Jessey The Elf.
Here’s the complete pro field:

Professional Women:                                                            Professional Men:

Sophie Watts                                                                           Jason West

Lesley Smith                                                                            Andrew Starykowicz

Haley Chura                                                                            Nicholas Chase

Sarah Bishop                                                                           Taylor Reid

Jennie Hansen                                                                         Garrick Loewen

Liz Baugher                                                                             John Reed

Kristen Marchant                                                                    Jessey The Elf

Amy VanTassel                                                                        Tim Russell

Amanda Wendorff                                                                  Matt Schafer

Rebecca Wassner

Laurel Wassner

The race will be featured on FOX Sports One (FS1) on July 27, 2022 at 7 pm both in the United States and Canada.