New triathlon in Skaneateles combats breast cancer

Eric Prager, Race Director of Gillie Girl's Triathlon

It's an incredible way to honor his mother.

Eric Prager of Skaneateles lost his mom, Carol, after she fought breast cancer for years and now has created a triathlon event with proceeds benefitting the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Carol Prager started her own breast cancer research fund, Women Supporting Women, in Maryland and Prager decided to honor her by localizing that cause and dedicating proceeds to combat the awful disease here in Central New York.

The event is called Gillie Girl's Triathlon and it's a sprint triathlon which by definition is an 800 meter swim, a 14 mile bike ride, and a 3.1 mile run.

Prager said the idea to fight something that affected his family and so many others really helped motivate him to create the inaugural Gillie Girl's which takes place Sunday at 8:30 in Veterans Park.

"My mom started an organization very much like the Baldwin fund, the method in which they distribute the money is a little bit different but it was called Women Supporting Women. Being that she was from Maryland and I live up here in Syracuse there really wasn't an opportunity for me to tie in the organization. But being tied in with another local organization was ultimately the key and made it feel very complete" said Prager.

There are over 300 participants in this Sunday's triathlon which is open to the public to spectate. Gillie Lake will open to spectators when the race itself ends, assuring a fun filled day for all who attend.

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