The 26th annual Mighty Hamptons Triathlon set off from Long Beach early Sunday morning under grey skies in cool conditions, perfect for biking and running. Though a northeast breeze added a bit of chop to the water for the first event, 869 competitors finished the course which comprised a 1.5 kilometer swim (just over nine-tenths of a mile), a 40 K bike ride (23 miles) and a 10 K run (6.2 miles).
36-year old Kevin Farley of New York City finished first in two hours, 12 minutes and 23 seconds. 19-year old Ryan Siebert of East Patchogue was only 29 seconds behind with 39-year old Ken Rideout of New York City just 11 seconds behind him.
The first Harborite to come in was James Perry, 37, in 2:16:03, seventh overall. John Broich, 49, finished second in his age group and eleventh overall in 2:19:25. David Whelan, 59, was also second in his age group at 2:38:25.
Raquel Miller, 28, paced Sag Harbor’s women, coming in at 2:31:27, the fifth fastest female and 61 overall. Jessica Bellafatto, finished fifth in the 35-39 bracket at 2:51:59 just ahead of Elisa Carney, who came in at 2:52:15.
One of the day’s best local comeback stories was the success of Southampton’s Jim McWhinnie, a 38-year old personal trainer who suffered severe internal injuries when an oil tank he was helping his father move fell on him last December. Though he was initially given little hope of a full recovery, McWhinnie worked himself back into shape and finished the course in 2:24:16, 31st overall.