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Sep 12, 2017 11:23 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

RJA Montauk Triathlon Winner Matthew Connelly Wins 36th Annual Mighty Hamptons Triathlon

Sep 12, 2017 11:23 AM

The top two finishers from this past June’s Robert J. Aaron Montauk Triathlon returned to the East End to repeat performances in the 36th annual Mighty Hamptons Triathlon at Long Beach in Sag Harbor on Sunday morning.

Matthew Connelly, 23, of New York City, once again crossed the finish line in first place in 2:07:05, a bit slower from his time in Montauk, which was 1:56:44. Just as he did a few months ago, Tim Steiskal of Patchogue placed second in 2:11:41. Joris Esch, 41, of New York placed third in 2:12:21, followed by Matthew Raske, 35, of Bronxville in 2:12:56 and Matthias Dunse, 35, of Island Park in 2:13:20.

Katherine Nichols, 51, of Boston, was the first female finisher in 2:26:56, followed by Kristen Neimeth, 46, of New York City in 2:33:52; Felicia Mair, 35, of Middle Village in 2:37:13; Sarah Johnson, 33, of New York in 2:37:40; and Kelly Andricopoulos, 30, New York, in 2:43:19.

For the second year in a row, 25 relays teams competed. Team Grrrranimals of Hastings, New York, won with an average time of 2:20:57. Team On Your Left of Cutchogue placed second in 2:22:19 and Team Men In Tights of New York finished third in 2:25:51.

Complete results are at

The Mighty Hamptons is an Olympic-distance course with a 1.5K swim out and back along the shore in Noyac Bay, a 40K bike course with rolling hills, and a 10K run through the streets of North Haven. The triathlon continued to honor the memory of Steve Tarpinian for the third consecutive year. Tarpinian died in 2015 at the age of 54 and was a standout triathlete and swim coach, and the founder of Team Total Training and Event Power, which does the race timing for the Mighty Hamptons. Tarpinian was a well-loved, well-respected and influential member of the Long Island triathlon community and is credited with growing and increasing the sport’s popularity in the area.

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