Above: 2015 Greenwich Cup Triathlon; Photograph by Jeff Yardis
Last year the world-class hospital, which specializes in treating a variety of orthopedic issues and musculoskeletal conditions, opened an 18,000-square-foot medical facility at Chelsea Piers Stamford. There, a total of twenty-two HSS physicians, including one-time Greenwich High School quarterback Dr. Sam Taylor, now see patients in an outpatient center with strong ties to HSS’s New York City campus.
“For a really long time, we’ve been attracting patients from Fairfield and Westchester counties, but this allows us to go deeper with those relationships,” explains John Englehart, HSS’s chief marketing officer.
So when it came to forming an alliance with the Greenwich Cup, which at thirty-one bills itself as the longest-running multisport series in the world, the relationship seemed like a perfect match. “We’re all about supporting athletic training and encouraging healthy lifestyles,” says Englehart, a longtime Westport resident. “But what we’re most excited about is the culture of the Greenwich Cup itself. There’s just a tremendous energy and goodwill about the event that makes it more exciting every year.”
Presented by the YMCA of Greenwich in cooperation with the Greenwich Parks and Recreation Department, Greenwich Cup signature events include the HSS Greenwich Cup Half-Marathon, the push-the-limits HSS Greenwich Cup Triathlon, and the HSS Tour de Greenwich XXXII 20-Mile Bike race. The schedule is packed throughout the year with events that appeal to more casual athletes too. And do stay tuned: At press time, race director Mickey Yardis, owner of Threads & Treads, was completing plans for more events, including the likely revival of a fan favorite or two.
Yardis says the marriage with HSS is a good fit for the expanding series. “The crew at Threads & Treads and the entire HSS Greenwich Cup team is excited to have Hospital for Special Surgery lead the charge for the 2016 series,” Yardis says. “Along with my gold sponsors, Betteridge jewelers, Greenwich Time/Hearst Connecticut Media, and Poland Spring/Nestlé Waters, I am surely one blessed race director to have such unwavering support.”
GREENWICH CUP 2016 EVENTS
HSS Greenwich Cup Half-Marathon:
April 10 at 7:30 a.m. at Greenwich Point
Jim Fixx Memorial Day Five-Mile run & Kid’s Half-Mile :
May 30 at 8:30 a.m. on Greenwich Ave.
Whole Foods Cook Your Buns Three-Mile Run & BBQ & Kid’s Mile:
June 10 at 6 p.m. at Greenwich Point
Greenwich Point One-Mile Swim:
July 16 at 7:30 a.m. at Greenwich Point
HSS Greenwich Cup Triathlon:
July 31 at 7 a.m. at Greenwich Point
HSS Tour de Greenwich XXXII 20 Mile:
Sept. 11 at 7:30 a.m. at Greenwich High School
For sign-up and more information about events, visit threadsandtreads.com