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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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:

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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.