Hundreds swim, run, and bike to the finish line in Greenfield

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s known as a family event, jam packed with swimming, running, and biking.

The 32nd Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon drew hundreds to Franklin County on Sunday. Spectators stood on the sidelines and cheered, while athletes went on a 38-mile journey through the back roads of Greenfield.

Dianne Stefanini watched her son compete in the race, and she told 22News cheering him on has become a family tradition. “It’s a really important family event, we come to support him. We live about a mile away from here, and we’re really proud of this race and what Greenfield has to offer,” she said.

Mike Burns lives in Pennsylvania, but returns to Greenfield every year to compete in the triathlon. This year he signed up for the relay race with his family. “I did the swim, which is the first part. My nephew Luke, who’s local, he did the bike, and my daughter Claire, who’s 15, she did the running segment. It’s great to do a relay, pull my daughter and nephew into it, it’s just fun that way,” he said.

For many participants, the race is about so much more than just winning, it’s also a chance to spend quality time with family. Terry Mckeon competed in the triathlon, and he told 22News it’s really an event for the whole family. “My kids are here, there’s a playground here, it raises money for the rec department of the town, so it’s a feel good race for that reason too,” he said.

The Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon is the longest running triathlon in New England.

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