This earth lost a special man, loving father, husband and triathlete this week. My friend, training partner and beloved supporter Bernie Garruppo passed away on Tuesday. It is with great sorrow that I write this knowing that he won’t be in the pool to push me, on the bike to accompany and challenge me or just be around to glow in discussing family. His ardent passion and dedication for the sport of triathlon is so evident in this picture after finishing the Ironman World Championships just a few short weeks ago in Kona, his 14th Ironman:) I had the pleasure to follow on this, a long time dream for him. As I grieve, his wife Mary Ann reminded me that “In heaven, he is competing in Ironman every day, so he is happy and at peace.” Happy thoughts:) Tri on Bernie…
End of July feels like the “Dog Days of Summer” this year in the Mid-Atlantic. Start-tri is just back from (a little bit cooler) Lake Placid where many triathletes competed in the now iconic 18th annual Ironman Lake Placid. This year the race presented itself with no rain, but a blazing sun that did not let up the whole day! While the temps were not as high as in years past, the dropout/DNF rate of 9% was the highest ever! That being said, Start-tri athletes all crossed the line safely and can call themselves an Ironman:) We were also lucky to witness the engagement of two first time IM finishers Hallie Halsey and Justin Berutich at the magical finish line!
Congrats to Ian Davis, John Mackin, Ed Riley, Bernie Garruppo, Justin Berutich, Hallie Halsey, Matt Lefkowitz, Amy Campbell and Leon Herszon!!!
Next up, Tuckahoe Tri, Belmar Tri, Rev3 Poconos Oly/70.3, West Point Tri, Ironman Mt. Tremblant, Lake Welch Tri, Skylands Tri, Savageman 70.3, Ironman Maryland, Ironman NC and others…Good luck at all races:)
This season has brought many podiums and AG wins in short course races. We have been updating along the way on Facebook and Twitter.
I want to thank all Start-tri athletes who have been competing and who continue to compete through the summer.
See you all at the races…
Action is heating up (and so is the weather) for Start-tri athletes this weekend…Tom Whelan will be hitting the Atlantic as he takes on the Asbury Park ice breaker swim.
Traveling to Staten Island to race the classic Flat as a Pancake Triathlon will be Steve Grimes, Mike Grussgott, Coach Mickey Cassu, Coach Kristin Cacicedo ???, Scott Johnson and long-time queen-bee Patty Willetts MacNaught from Paramount.
Further down the coast Morgan Miller will be racing the Manahawkin Triathlon.
In northern NJ, Steve Schepps will be tackling the hilly Wyckoff Triathlon.
Turn to Father’s Day and Asbury Park will be host to the annual Jersey Shore Triathlon. First timer Max Marell, Susan Levy and coach Mickey Cassu will be trying their luck in the Atlantic.
Not content with short races, recent Start-tri campers Hallie Halsey and Justin Berutich will be tackling the always difficult Syracuse half-Ironman.
Next weekend brings some more half-iron races. Leon Herszon will be looking to PR at the classic Tupper Lake Tinman in the hilly Adirondacks.
Iron-couple Matt Lefkowitz and Amy Campbell as well as Dave Swezey will be traveling north of the border to take on the challenging Mt. Tremblant 70.3.
Good luck to all racers!
See you at the races…