The 10th Annual MightyMan Montauk triathlons took place in Montauk this past weekend. There were three events—the Sprint, which took place on Saturday, and the Olympic and Half Ironman races, which took place simultaneously on Sunday. The Sprint, geared for younger competitors, but open to everyone, is a 750-meter swim, 17k bike and 5k run, while the Olympic includes a 1.5k swim, a 40k bike and a 10k run. Finally, the Half Ironman course is a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike and a 13.1-mile run.
Steve Tarpinian created EventPower in 1993 to save the Mighty Hamptons Triathlon, which had seen declining participation over a number of years. In addition to taking over and revitalizing the Mighty Hamptons, the company launched its first youth event in 1993 at the Mighty Hamptons.
Through his connection to the Mighty Hamptons, Tarpinian became friends with Chris Pfund, a Montauk local and owner of a bike store. During a ride together they came up with the idea of creating a Half Ironman distance triathlon in Montauk, and the first MightyMan Montauk took place in 2003.
The event was an immediate success and participation in the single event exceed 800 athletes in 2004. However, bad weather in both 2005 and 2006 caused a significant drop in attendance and so the Sprint was created to attract both younger and less experienced athletes.
Nearly 600 people took part in the three events this year, ranging in age from 17 to 74, including nine para-triathletes. The Montauk race benefits a group of local organizations including the Montauk Fire Department, the East Hampton High School Girls Swim Team and i-tri.
The overall winner of the Sprint was Mark Bruce from Bromley, Kentucky, while the Olympic winner was Ryan Siebert of Patchogue, and the Half Ironman winner was Patrick Wheeler of Worcester, Massachusetts.
The overall female winner of the Sprint was Patti Thorp of Boston, Massachusetts with Sarah Apgar of Huntington finishing first for the women in the Olympic and Gina Donato of Jupiter, Florida, leading the women in the Half Ironman.
The complete set of results are available online – Sprint results are at http://myraceresult.com/resultbanners/eventpower/montauksprint.html, Olympic results are at: http://myraceresult.com/resultbanners/eventpower/montaukolympic.html and Half Ironman results are at http://myraceresult.com/resultbanners/eventpower/montaukhalf.html.