The event raised funds for the Red Bank Parks & Rec Department and CASA for Children of Monmouth County. (Click to enlarge)
Several 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)
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.
By JOHN T. WARD
Road 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.
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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The 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.
This week’s edition of the TriCity News envisions a head-on political collision between two Red Bank residents Councilman Mike DuPont and former council member Jen Beck over the 12th-District state Senate seat she now holds.
But it’s not happening. Not this year, at least, DuPont tells redbankgreen.
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.”