This triathlon began as the Farmington Valley Triathlon in 1985 based out of Bicentennial Park in Collinsville along the Farmington River near Canton's sewage treatment plant.
In 1988 and 1989, the swimming portion of the race was moved to Brodie Park and West Hill Pond in New Hartford with the bicycle transition at Mills Pond Park in Canton.
In 1990, the entire race moved to Brodie Park and was renamed the Greater Hartford Triathlon. In 1998, the race moved to Winding Trails in Farmington where it stayed until 2002. In 2003, the race was moved back to Brodie Park but was cancelled due to local road construction.
Since 2004, it was been held out of Brodie Park. In 2006, it was renamed the Litchfield Hills Triathlon.
For many years, the race was the USA Triathlon New England Regional championship race. From 1990-2002, it was the regional championship race.
NEW HARTFORD, Aug. 29, 2009 -- West Hartford's Thomas McWalters won the 2009 Litchfield Hills Olympic Triathlon by more than four minutes in 2:08.21. Second was John Anthony of Norwich in 2:11.47 while former Canton High and UConn soccer standout Karl Schilling of Canton took third in 2:14.41.
In the women’s division, Donna Kay-Ness of Somers broke the women’s course record of 2:22:52 by finishing in 2:20:54 and won the race for a record eighth time. She last won the race in 2001. Naugatuck's Cassandra Maximenko was second in 2:27.53 while Carlene Messinger of Upper Saddle River N.J. finished 3rd in 2:29.53. There were 214 athletes that finished the race.