By Gavin Menu
Julian Acevedo was the first to cross the finish line at the Mighty Hamptons Triathlon, held at Long Beach in Sag Harbor on Sunday, raising his hands in triumph as he broke the tape with an impressive time of 2:05:03. What the second-year triathlete didn’t realize at the time, however, was that a seasoned veteran, 49 year-old Adrian Mackay of New York, would finish later with a time of 2:03:06 to win the event, which is broken into separate waves to prevent congestion during the swim portion of the event. Most of the younger and elite competitors were in the first wave, which made Mackay’s win somewhat of a surprise.
It was during the swim and bike portions of the event, which features an Olympic-distance course that includes a 1.5K (0.93-mile) swim, a 40K (24.8-mile) bike and 10K (6.2-mile) run, where Mackay ultimately won the race. His times of 19:08 in the water and 1:02:07 on the bike were both more than a minute faster than Acevedo’s time.
David Powers, 47, of East Hampton posted a total time of 2:05:46 to finish third overall.
“The water was a little choppy, but other than that, the conditions were great,” said Acevedo, 27, whose time in the run was 38:40, the second best among the nearly 500 racers in attendance. “It’s one of the best courses I do all year. It’s well supported and the crowd is great.”
Danielle Sullivan, 38, of West Islip was the top female finisher with a time of 2:16:43, followed by Lisa Donnelly, 26, of New York (2:21:46) and Sarah Knox, 40, of New York (2:21:46). Sullivan said the last time she raced the Mighty Hamptons Triathlon was in 2006, when she was also the female winner.
“It’s a really great course,” she said.
Complete results are available at eventpowerli.com.