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Sleepy Hollow Sprint Triathlon Raises $300,000

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – Sleepy Hollow resident Ellen McGlynn watched with anticipation Sunday as her husband and three children aged 21, 19 and 10 swam, biked and ran to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

“I really think they will do very well each in their own age group,” she said. “As long as they have no mechanical problems with their bikes, they should do fine.”

Triathletes raised on Sunday more than $300,000 at Kingsland Point Park with the fourth annual Sleepy Hollow Sprint Triathlon. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Diandra Kodl said the money raised from the event will be used in cancer research, providing patient services and financial aid.

Triathletes began the race by diving into the Hudson River, where they swam half a mile alongside Kingsland Point Park. Swimmers took off in waves from the beach near the Sleepy Hollow lighthouse and climbed out of the water on the other end of the park.

Once out of the water, participants ran past supportive onlookers to the transition area to change into bicycling gear and head out on the 10-mile course in Philipse Manor, Sleepy Hollow Manor and Route 117.

Bicyclists looped around the village before heading back to Kingsland Point Park to drop off their bicycles and run on the RiverWalk Park in Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow for 3 miles. Runners looped around the lighthouse before running through the General Motors site to Horan's Landing and Tarrytown. The race ended back at Kingsland Point Park, where those who finished the race were given medals as onlookers cheered.

McGlynn got a surprise as she walked over to the transition area to see if her 10-year-old and husband had made it that far. The pair competed together, and McGlynn noted her daughter beat her husband to that part of the course.

“That's going to be fun to talk about like after the whole thing's over with because I didn't know if she would actually get out of the water before him,” she said.

Kodl said the event was a great way to do something in the community.

“We love doing that,” she said. “It brings awareness to people about blood cancer and of course it raises funds for us through a fun way.”

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