RED BANK: THEY TRIED

More than 270 athletes  including Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop – participated in Olympic- and sprint-distance competition at the Red Bank Triathlon Sunday morning. The event included a swim in the Navesink, a bike ride as far north as Holmdel, and a run into Middletown and back. Race results are here.

The event raised funds for the Red Bank Parks & Rec Department and CASA for Children of Monmouth County. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: FIT PEOPLE TRI HARD

rb tri 051814 1rb tri 051814 2Several hundred competitors took to the waters and roads of the greater Green for the Red Bank Triathlon Sunday, which for those taking on the Olympic challenge included a 1.5 kilometer swim in the Navesink River off Marine Park (right), a 40k bike ride and a nice 10k run in perfect weather.  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

A QUICK DIP, OR TWO

The bike and run portions were canceled because of a road washout in Tropical Storm Irene, but that didn’t keep several dozen registrants for the Red Bank Triathlon from the  swim leg of the race on Saturday.

Some competitors did one 1.2-mile loop, while others, hungering for more of a challenge, dove back in for a second go-round in our beautiful Navesink River.

redbankgreen was at Marine Park to catch the action.

ROAD WASHOUT WIPES OUT TRIATHLON

swimThe bike and run portions of Saturday’s event have been scratched, but 1.2- and 2.4-mile swims in the Navesink will be offered. Below, the planned bike route. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

tri-bike-mapRoad damage from Tropical Storm Irene five weeks ago has prompted organizers to pull the plug on this Saturday’s Red Bank Triathlon, redbankgreen has learned.

The problem is Hubbard Avenue, which was undermined when Shadow Lake overtopped its banks and is still in the process of being repaired, says race organizer Doug Rice.

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GIVING IT A TRY, OR THREE

Dozens of multitalented athletes took to the water and roads Sunday morning for the Red Bank Triathlon, run by the Sandy Hookers Tri Club to benefit the Riverview Medical Center Foundation and the KaBoom Fireworks.

The challenge consisted of a 1.5k swim in the Navesink River, followed by a 40k bike ride and a 10k run.

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DONE GOOD: HOP, BOP, BIKE, SWIM ‘N CRAWL

womans-clubThe Womans Club of Red Bank will host a “no junk” flea market on Sunday to raise funds for its weekly jazz shows. (Click to enlarge)

donegoodlogoThe name Fair Trade Town Crawl suggests that they’ve slowed things down a bit, coming off last year’s Shop Hop. But when the Fair Trade Red Bank organization celebrates World Fair Trade Day this Saturday, May 14, it’ll hit the ground running with new products, new participating merchants, and new shopping incentives centered around the retail reveille call of “Fair Trade Your Breakfast.”

From 11a to 4p, a group of downtown business that includes returning FT’ers  Ten Thousand Villages (scene of a breakfast pastry bake-off), soapmarket (where customers can make their own own sugar scrub from fair trade products) and No Joe’s (spotlighting a fair trade coffee of the day) will join with newcomers The Cheese Cave (hosting a coffee cupping demonstration), P.S. Poppyseeds and Good Karma Cafe for an afternoon of discounted merchandise, raffle prizes and other activities. Fair trade food products from vendors like Papa Ganache and The Cinnamon Snail can also be purchased at Red Ginger Home and Yummy Yummy Good Stuff @ Funk & Standard.

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A BUNCH OF GALS WHO TRI, TRI, TRI

ocean-swimMembers of the Jersey Shore Tri Gals take to the ocean on a training swim Wednesday. (Click to enlarge)

Twenty years ago, in the early days of the Danskin Triathlon, it used to take weeks or months for the event to get fully booked with participants.

This year, all 1,000 slots for the Sandy Hook edition of the swim-bike-run women’s series were filled in a matter of hours.

The event, and the clubs that feed racers into it, just keep growing, said Fair Haven’s Pam Mancuso, self-appointed “queen” and co-founder of the  Jersey Shore Tri Gals. The club, launched in 2004 with just four members, now has some 130, 65 of whom will be in the Danskin race.

“A couple of months ago, half these women wouldn’t even put a toe in the water,” Mancuso said of a group of about 18 women getting ready to join her on a training swim in rough surf at Sea Bright earlier this week. “Now, they’re attacking the water.”

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