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Jun 12, 2018 10:59 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Third Time's A Charm For Tim Steiskal At 36th Annual RJA Mighty Montauk Triathalon

Participants in the 36th annual RJA Mighty Montauk Triathlon get ready for the swim portion. KYRIL BROMLEY
Jun 12, 2018 11:11 AM

With a smile stretching from ear to ear, Tim Steiskal, 28, a Brookhaven resident, tore through the finish-line ribbon at the 36th annual Robert J. Aaron Mighty Montauk Triathlon as the overall winner on Saturday morning. It was an accomplishment that has been three years in the making.

Steiskal won this year’s event in 1:55:49, 10 minutes faster than his finish in 2016, which earned him second place, and four minutes faster than his time posted at last year’s race, which netted him another silver medal. Peter Ventura, 39, of Huntington placed second overall in 2:00:52. Cesar Villalba, 31, rounded out the top three of the 333 participants in 2:01:31.

Hallie Nicoll, 34, of New York, was the top female finisher, placing 15th overall, in 2:08:11.6. April Gellatly, 35, from Columbus, Georgia, was the second woman to finish (43rd overall) in 2:15:41. Right behind Gellatly was Jaclyn Fahey, 35, from Long Beach, who finished in 2:16:15.

Full race results can be found at start2finish.com.

The triathlon—which includes a 1-mile swim in Lake Montauk, a 25.8-mile bike ride and a 6.05-mile run in and around Montauk—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, East Hampton PBA and Montauk Ambulance Squad.

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