Belmar/Lake Como Triathlon Participants Go the Distance to Support Autism Awareness

Steve Miller of Belmar, center, is the proud dad of 13-year-olds Luke, right, and Liam, who placed first and second, respectively, in their age group in the Triathlon for Autism, held on August 6. Credits: Courtesy of Ginny Kropac
Representing Lake Como in the Triathlon for Autism are Mayor Brian Wilton and Councilwoman Ginny Kropac, who placed third in her age group in the three-tiered event. Credits: Courtesy of Ginny Kropac
Don Griffin, right, of Belmar placed third overall in the triathlon, while Ken Kropac of Lake Como placed second in his age group in the duathlon portion of the Triathlon for Autism. Credits: Courtesy of Ginny Kropac
Enjoying a celebratory moment at Bar Anticipation are Ginny Kropac of Lake Como, left, and Dawn Lisko of Belmar, both of whom placed third in their respective age groups in the Triathlon for Autism. Credits: Courtesy of Ginny Kropac
From left are: Ken Kropac of Lake Como, Jon Lisko of Belmar and John Tallarico of Belmar. Kropac placed second in his age group in the duathlon, while Tallarico won in his age group in the triathlon. Credits: Courtesy of Ginny Kropac

LAKE COMO/BELMAR, NJ — Despite a chilly start to the day, participants in the annual Triathlon, Duathlon and Aqua for Autism on August 6 warmed up in no time after swimming a quarter mile in the brisk ocean to kick off the event.

That’s because following the swim at the Fifth Avenue beach in Belmar, they biked 10.6 miles and then ran 3.1 miles, following a route that took a couple passes along Ocean Avenue and looped around Lake Como several times as well, before returning to Silver Lake where it all started.

While more than 400 athletes and teams participated in the full triathlon, another 13 swam and biked in the aquabike, and nearly 100 others skipped the swimming and instead ran for another 2 miles as part of the duathlon.

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Ranging in age from 12 to 72, participants came from as far away as Florida and Michigan to compete in the annual fundraiser sponsored by DQ Events of Haddonfield, which has raised more than $50,000 from this race for efforts that serve individuals with autism.

Belmar and Lake Como was well-represented not only in the racing event, but at the after-event party hosted by Bar Anticipation in Lake Como. (Editor’s note: Thanks to Ginny Kropac of Lake Como for sending TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como photos from the celebration.)


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