First-time Half
Ray wrote to me the other day asking if Musselman is appropriate for beginners who have never done a Half before. I'd like to share what I told him - that in my humble opinion, the Musselman is ideal for those looking to plunge into longer triathlons. Here's why:

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    1,000 competitors max
    We would rather have good organization and flawless logistics than a million people on the starting line, so we're limiting entries to 1,000 people. The course can hold MANY more people than that, but we'd prefer to give you a little more room and be certain that you'll go the correct way. If you're going to prepare for a Half, you should be guaranteed of staying on course and doing the right distance.

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    little traffic on the roads
    The race takes place in a beautiful corner of the world on roads devoid of traffic. It's all vineyards and small country towns out in Seneca County, meaning you don't have to worry about honking motorists, engine exhaust, or anything else to distract you from gazing at the lakes. Or concentrating on the race, I mean.

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    kinder, gentler hills
    The half includes some rolling hills, but only to make it more interesting. There are no major grades.

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    crowd support on the run
    The run will go through the town of Geneva and its local college, Hobart & William Smith. The crowds should be out in force and will give you all the support you can handle to get you through the final 13 miles.

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    scenery
    A half is a long race. Ideally you'd like something to look at as you spend the hours pursuing the finish. The bike leg of the Musselman follows the shoreline of two lakes for about 50% of its distance; the first and the last 2 miles of the run also hug the shore on a lakefront path through the park. And in addition to the lakes, there are vast vineyards of ripening grapes, small towns of early New England vintage, and forests of depth and beauty. Part of the run goes through Hobart's Art School, where you can see the latest in modern art lining the course.