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.

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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.