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.
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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