The Steve Tarpinian Memorial Mighty Hamptons Triathlon returned to Long Beach Sunday morning, September 12, after last year’s race was virtual only due to the pandemic.
Over 300 people competed in the race, which was celebrating its 40th year of live, in-person competition. Race director Vicki Ventura said race conditions were perfect for the Olympic distance course that includes a 1.5K swim in Noyac Bay, followed by a rolling scenic 23.8-mile bike tour of the Hamptons and finishing with a fast, flat 10K run through the quiet scenic streets of North Haven. She noted that numbers were somewhat down as many people couldn’t train the past year due to the pandemic, but, overall, she was very happy with how everything turned out, as were the athletes.
“It was a happy place to be. Everyone was happy to be back at the race and happy to be with other triathletes. Overall, there was a lot of positive energy and good vibes.”
Roman Fodosieiev, 29, repeated as overall champion of the triathlon, crossing the finish line in 1:59:27. He had won the race in 2019 in 2:05:54. Jason Quinn, 23, only finished 20 seconds later than Fodosieiev in the latest race. Dylan McMurrer, 26, placed third in 2:01:37, Austin Quinn, 26, finished fourth in 2:04:43 and Brett Garrett, 33, finished fifth in 2:05:11.
Jodie Robertson, 36, was the female champion, finishing sixth overall in 2:06:48. Cheryl Regan, 43, finished second among women in 2:17:07 and Maurya Couvares, 37, finished third in 2:18:58.
Rick Illion, 69, who has competed in the Mighty Hamptons Triathlon since its inception, finished in 2:56:30.
Complete results are at eventpowerli.org.
The triathlon is in memory of Steve Tarpinian, who died in 2015 at age 54 and was a standout triathlete and swim coach, and the founder of Team Total Training and Event Power, which does the race timing for the Mighty Hamptons and a number of others across Long Island. Tarpinian was a well-loved, well-respected and influential member of the Long Island triathlon community, and is credited with growing and increasing the sport’s popularity in the area.
The main beneficiary of this year’s race was i-tri, the East End non-profit organization created in 2010 that is dedicated to connecting and empowering adolescent girls through triathlon training and workshops. The Southampton Town Parks and Recreation department was also a beneficiary.