MightyMan Triathlon Returns To Fort Pond In Montauk

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The second wave of swimmers takes to the water at Fort Pond during the MightyMan Triathlon on Sunday morning. MICHAEL HELLER

The MightyMan Triathlon returned to Montauk on Sunday morning, October 3, for its annual festival of races.

The event is billed as one of the few triathlons in the area that offers three different distances — a half Ironman, Olympic and sprint — and as such is usually well attended, as it was this past weekend.

A competitor transitions to the cycling portion of the contest during the MightyMan Sprint Triathlon on Sunday morning. MICHAEL HELLER

The half Ironman tri, which consists of a 1.2-mile (1.9k) swim, 56-mile (90k) bike ride, and 13.1-mile (21.2k) run, was won by Matthew Raske, 39, in 4:28:20. Bill Harkawik, 29, placed second in 4:47:19 and David Putterman, 39, finished third overall in 4:47:19. Samantha Augeri, 38, was the female champion of the half Ironman, finishing in 5:32:07. Shannon Tahir was second among females in 5:32:07 and Rosellen Grant was third in 6:23:16.

The Olympic tri, which consists of a 1,500-meter swim, a 40K bike ride and a 10K run, was won by Tim Steiskal, 29, in 2:09:42. Thomas Gordon, 24, placed second overall in 2:14:22 and Kevin Stumpf, 34, placed third in 2:21:35. Anna Carlson, 38, was the female champion of the Olympic-distanced race in 2:26:48. Lena Resca, 32, finished second in 2:46:41 and Natacha Kozmann, 22, placed third in 2:47:37.

Kenneth Moore, 46, won the sprint tri, which is a 750-meter swim, 20K bike ride and 5K run. He finished in 1:05:57. Richard Hastings, 46, finished second in 1:06:24 and Caitlin Kappel, 37, was the female champion and finished third overall in 1:09:40. Neil Falkenhan, 37, rounded out the top three males, crossing the finish line in 1:09:43. Michelle Wootton, 21, finished second among women in 1:14:44 and Noni Degirmenci finished right behind her in 1:15:23.

Fort Pond has typically been the site of the swim in the past. In recent years, a blue algae spawn had forced race organizers to scramble to move the swim to Navy Beach, but that wasn’t needed this year, as seasonal temperatures held the blue algae at bay.

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