The Mighty Montauk Triathlon Celebrates 35 Years

Kevin ColvinFounded over 35 years ago, the Mighty Montauk Triathlon is a USAT-sanctioned event held in the oceanfront hamlet of Montauk in Suffolk County, New York. The triathlon is now named in honor of its founder, Robert J. Aaron, who first organized the event in 1982.

Comprising a mile swim, a 22-mile bike ride, and a 6.2-mile run, the triathlon takes participants into the salt water of Lake Montauk and along the historical and scenic routes that run throughout the area. Triathletes must complete the entire course in three hours and 55 minutes.

In addition to challenging competitors, the Mighty Montauk Triathlon helps raise money for several organizations. Major beneficiaries of the event include the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, Phoenix House, and the Montauk Ambulance Squad.

About the Author:

Kevin Colvin

Since 2011, Kevin Colvin has served as a director in Cantor Fitzgerald’s global market sales and trading division in New York City, where he lives with his wife, Jessica, a buyer at Macy’s. In his free time, Kevin Colvin stays active by surfing, playing basketball, and participating in marathons and triathlons. Over the years, he has competed in several events, including the RJA Memorial Mighty Montauk Triathlon.

Five Basic Marathon Training Tips

The following covers some basic tips for marathon training.

1. Consider your fitness level. Obtain an understanding of your current condition before you begin to create your training plan. A detailed self-assessment includes determining your strengths, weaknesses, types of runs you prefer, and previous personal records, if applicable.

2. Engage in dynamic workouts. Static stretches and warmups do not provide the appropriate pre-workout needed before running, and may even negatively impact your performance. Engage in dynamic workouts to prepare the body for running, activate the nervous system, and increase range of motion.

3. Set simple but flexible goals. Avoid setting too many goals for yourself, particularly hard ones that place too many demands on your mental and physical state. Set healthy expectations, and consider focusing on a single goal, such as finishing the marathon or beating a personal best.

4. Don’t neglect recovery time. Make sure you include recovery time in your training schedule to give your body a rest and prevent overexerting yourself. Pushing your limits can result in lingering fatigue, a drop in performance, and even physical injury.

5. Wear the right gear. Invest in a good pair of running shoes and the right kind of socks before you start training. Consider getting your feet fitted at a pro running store, and avoid wearing old running shoes. You will also need a good pair of socks to avoid blisters. In addition, pay attention to the weather forecast, and dress appropriately.

About the Author:

Kevin Colvin
Jessica and Kevin Colvin

A director in the global-market sales and trading division of Cantor Fitzgerald, Kevin Colvin is an active participant in fitness fundraising across New York. Fitness fundraising activities in which Kevin Colvin is involved include marathons and triathlons, which can require considerable physical training due to the demanding distances and exertion.

Team for Kids Prepare for 2017 New York Triathlon

The New York City Triathlon (NYC Tri) invites athletes to engage in a challenging course that incorporates swimming, biking, and running. Participating athletes begin the triathlon with a swim through the mighty Hudson River, followed by a 40k bicycling trek along the Manhattan’s West Side highway. The final stretch involves a 10k run through Central Park.

Participation as a Team for Kids runner in the NYC Tri helps the foundation raise vital funding for NYRR youth programs, which promote healthy and successful lives by teaching kids goal-setting, perseverance, and teamwork. Benefits of joining Team for Kids include guaranteed entrance into NYC Tri, a signature Team for Kids green racing singlet, and access to a personal fundraising page. Team for Kids participants must commit to a minimum fundraising goal of $2,000.

The 2017 New York Triathlon will take place on July 16, 2017 and begins on Manhattan’s Westside at 99th Street and the Hudson River.

About the Author:

Kevin Colvin
Kevin Colvin with wife, Jessica

Kevin Colvin serves as a director of global marketing sales and trading for Cantor Fitzgerald in New York, where he provides coverage for multibillion dollar accounts and collaborates with traders. Beyond his responsibilities for the company, Kevin Colvin enjoys participating in local fitness fundraising activities for such as New York Road Runners (NYRR) Team for Kids. Upcoming Team for Kids events include the 2017 New York City Triathlon.

The RJA Memorial Mighty Montauk Triathlon

Established in 1982 by the late Robert J. Aaron, the RJA Memorial Mighty Montauk Triathlon consists of a one-mile swim, a 22-mile bike ride, and a 6.2-mile run. The swimming section is held at Lake Montauk, a calm salt-water lake that averages a chilly 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Taking a number of historic roads, the biking section covers some hilly ground and offers a bird’s-eye view of the famous Montauk Lighthouse. The running section is also largely up-and-down but passes some exceptionally beautiful scenic vistas.

The RJA Memorial Mighty Montauk Triathlon is officially sanctioned by USA Triathlon. It benefits a number of local and national civic and charity organizations such as the Montauk Ambulance Squad and the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

About the Author:

Kevin Colvin

As a director of global market sales and trading in the New York City headquarters of Cantor Fitzgerald, Kevin Colvin covers several multibillion-dollar accounts with a focus on structured, fixed-income securities. When he isn’t working, Kevin Colvin is an avid marathon runner and triathlete. One of the triathlons that he has completed is the RJA Memorial Mighty Montauk.

RJA Memorial Mighty Montauk Triathlon Raises Money for Cancer Research

Established in 1982 by the late Robert J. Allen, the race includes a one-mile swim, 22-mile bike ride, and 6.2-mile run. The swim portion occurs in the salt water of Lake Montauk, the bike portion traverses through Montauk’s historical routes and past the Montauk lighthouse, and the run goes through the area’s hills. Since the race takes place early in the competitive season, race officials encourage participants to wear a wetsuit for the swimming portion. The USA Triathlon sanctions the race, and the money raised from the event goes toward the fight against pancreatic cancer.

The 2016 race, which occurred on June 21, saw 300 participants crossing the finish line in the allotted time of 3 hours 55 minutes. For the male competitors, Adrian Mackay finished with a time of 1:58:45.8. The first female competitor to complete the race was Katie Bottini, who earned a time of 2:11:29.0.

About the Author:

Kevin Colvin face

A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, Kevin Colvin serves as the director of global market sales and training for Cantor Fitzgerald located in New York City. An active individual, Kevin Colvin has participated in several running events, including the RJA Memorial Mighty Montauk Triathlon.