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Jun 11, 2019 9:46 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Matthew Connelly Wins 37th Annual RJA Mighty Montauk Triathlon For Second Time In Three Years

Triathletes complete the 1-mile swim portion in Lake Montauk at the 37th annual RJA Mighty Montauk Triathlon on Saturday morning. KYRIL BROMLEY
Jun 11, 2019 9:46 AM

Matthew Connelly is no stranger to East End triathlons.

In 2017, the then 23-year-old New York City resident won not only the Robert J. Aaron Mighty Montauk Triathlon, but, three months later, won the Mighty Hamptons Triathlon. Fast forward two years and Connelly once again crossed the finish line, as champion of the 37th annual RJA Mighty Montauk Triathlon, in 1:51:14 on Saturday. Connelly competed in last year’s race but finished 13th overall in 2:08:08.

Last year’s champion, Tim Steiskal, 25, of Brookhaven, returned but placed fourth overall this year in 1:55:12. Andrew Gyenis, 24, of Herndon, Virginia, placed second overall in 1:52:54 and Michael Conroy, 30, of New York City, placed third in 1:52:57. Michael Poole, 27, of Albany, rounded out the top five in 1:56:29.

Nadine Crane, 41, of Blue Point, was the top female triathlete on Saturday. She finished in 2:11:12, which placed her 19th overall. Jaclyn Fahey, 36, of Long Beach, finished right behind Crane (23rd overall) in 2:13:48. Rachel Armstrong, 23, of New York City, placed third among women (28th overall) in 2:15:47, Caitlin Dowd finished fourth (37th overall) in 2:18:19 and Hallee Foster, 25, of New York City, finished in 2:20:02 (42nd overall).

The triathlon includes a 1-mile swim in Lake Montauk, a 22-mile bike ride and a 6.2-mile run in and around Montauk, and is named after Robert J. Aaron, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2002. It is a fundraiser primarily for the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. Major beneficiaries, according to mightymontauk.com, also include St. Therese Youth Group, Phoenix House, the East Hampton PBA and the Montauk Ambulance Squad.

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