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Runners Sought for R.J. Aaron Triathlon

Thu, 06/09/2022 - 14:32
Matthew Connolly, a past winner of the Robert J. Aaron Memorial Triathlon
Jack Graves

Registration is still open for the Robert J. Aaron Memorial Triathlon that is to be held at the intersection of West Lake Drive and Star Island Causeway in Montauk on Saturday morning.

Merle McDonald-Aaron, who oversees the race, which is in its 40th year, said Thursday that prospective participants can register online through Thus far, she said, there have not been many entries. There will be day-of-race registration too, she said.

The one-mile swim, 20-mile bike, and 10K run event was last held in 2019. The winner that year, besting a field of 315, was Matthew Connelly, then 25, of the Full Throttle Endurance Triathlon Club based at Chelsea Piers in New York City. His time was 1 hour, 51 minutes, and 14.2 seconds. Nadine Crane was the women's winner, and 19th over all, in 2:11.12.3.

The triathlon, which first was held in 1982, benefits the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

The one-mile swim in Lake Montauk is to get under way at 7:30 a.m., followed by the 20-mile bike leg out to the Montauk Lighthouse and back, and the 10K run out to Culloden Point and back.

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