Truesdale Lake  

South Salem, New York

5th Year for Church Tavern Biathlon

“Who Will Take The Tankards?” asks the sign at the end of Spring Street near St John’s Church. That means the Church Tavern Biathlon is BACK! The 7 mile biking portion of the course circles Lake Truesdale in a counter-clockwise manner while the run portion follows a shorter 4 mile course where runners catch a glimpse of the lake.

The South Salem Church Tavern Biathlon, is hosted by St. John’s Church and will take place on Labor Day, September 7th at 9:30am. The biathlon is returning for its fifth year in 2015.

Church Tavern Biathlon Bike Course

Church Tavern Biathlon Bike Course

The bike course starts at St. John’s at the corner of Spring Street and Route 35, travels down Spring Street, up Church Tavern road and back down to Spring Street where it backtracks to Lake Shore Drive then Truesdale Lake Drive. The course takes a right onto Salem Lane and then rejoins Truesdale Lake Drive for a bit (right turn) before making a left onto Boway then next left onto Country Lane onto Hoyt over the dam and then up Bouton Street (not Gilbert) up the hill. At the intersection of Bouton and Lake Shore the course continues down Lake Shore Drive on the west side of the lake. Bikers make the final right turn onto Spring Street for the last half mile and then transition to the running leg.

The running course is out and back on Spring Street with the Church Tavern loop thrown in again in case you didn’t get enough of the hill the first time around on the bike!

There will be prizes, BBQ, and music immediately following the event.

Locally the event supports The Community Center of Northern Westchester ( Nationally, it supports The Wounded Warrior Project ( Globally it supports Carpenter’s Kids ( Each is a very worthy cause and each does a great job fulfilling their missions responsibly.

DSC_0650-X3To sign up for the Biathlon (7 mile bike, 4 mile run) visit the registration page here: You can register as individual ($35) or team relay ($50).

If you’re still not feeling up to running and biking the whole course, there is a Run or Walk Only division for $20. The Run/Walk participants will be timed this year and will leave soon after the Biathlon start. You still get a medal, free BBQ, and the satisfaction of knowing you helped three great charities.

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If you are not planning to run, come out and cheer the runners & bikers on!

Contact Brian Stempel with any questions about the race or if you’d like to become a sponsor or booster (

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