Long Beach in Sag Harbor was once again the site of the 38th annual Steve Tarpinian Memorial Mighty Hamptons Triathlon on Sunday morning, and unlike last year, when athletes had to deal with some tough conditions under gloomy gray skies, there were sunny and pleasant conditions that greeted those in attendance.
New to this year’s event was a total prize purse of $3,300 that was given out to the top three male and female finishers in all age groups, including clydesdale and athena participants, but excluding elite and pro athletes. Winners were given $1,000, second place finishers were given $400 and third place finishers were given $250.
The Mighty Hamptons Triathlon is an 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. There are individual, Aquabike, which is the bike and swim only, and relay portions to the event.
Roman Fedosieiev, 27, won the individual triathlon in 2:05.28.8, followed directly by Billy Holl, 33, who finished in 2:05:54.8. Austin Quinn, 24, placed third overall in 2:11:11.6. Hallee Foster, 26, was the female champion of the individual triathlon, finishing in 2:20:06.9. She was followed closely by Elizabeth Demers, 32, who finished in 2:21:40.2 and Olivia Ebenstein, 16, who finished third overall in 2:26:12.8.
Richard Picinich, 57, won the men’s Aquabike in 2:26:12.8 while Dawn Kiernan, 51, won the women’s in 2:07:29.9. Team 3 Non Blondes won the relay portion in 2:25:33.1.
Complete results are at eventpowerli.org.
The Mighty Hamptons has hosted top triathletes such as Dave Scott, Allison Roe, Danielle Sullivan, Karen Smyers, T.J. Tollakson, Scott Tinley and John Howard. It’s run 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.