A slew of swimmers took to the Navesink under threatening skies in a past Red Bank Triathlon, the 2014 edition of which returns to the roads and rivers of the greater Green this Sunday morning, May 18.

It’s an aquatic display that’s as sure a sign of the imminent summertime season as any you’ll see — we speak not of seabirds or sailcraft, or even the odd pod of dolphins, but the priceless sight of scores of bathing-capped competitive swimmers, taking to the waters of the Navesink River for the Red Bank Triathlon.

The 2014 edition of the annual event — offering both Olympic Distance and Sprint Distance swim, bike, and run courses — commences at 7 am on Sunday, May 18, from Marine Park. Presented under the banner of race manager Doug Rice’s Split Second Racing and Sandy Hookers Tri Club, the USAT-sanctioned competition offers participants an opportunity to raise funds for numerous locally based causes and charities — in addition to “breathtaking views through Monmouth County on rural roads past farmlands, parks and the beautiful neighborhoods of Middletown Township, Holmdel Township and the Borough of Red Bank.”

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Nearly 400 athletes gathered in Marine Park bright and early Sunday for the Red Bank Triathlon, a swim-bike-run competition of Olympic and sprint distances that took them down a coned-off West Front Street, up Riverside Avenue and into Middletown and Holmdel.

Jonathan Winter of Highland Park took first place overall, finishing the Olympic race – a 1.5k swim in the Navesink River, a 40k bike ride and a 10k run – in 2 hours, 2 minutes and 13 seconds. Full results are here.

redbankgreen photographer Stacie Fanelli was there.

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