Tri-For-Our-Veterans Triathlon During Memorial Day Weekend in Sea Isle City

By Press Release | Cape May County Herald | Capemaycountyherald.com | June 1, 2011

 

SEA ISLE CITY – On May 28, the 4th Annual Tri-For-Our-Veterans Triathlon in Sea Isle City raised nearly $42,000 for the Injured Marines “Semper Fi Fund and VFW Post 1963. The event, which was the largest to date, served as Sea Isle’s official kick-off of the 2011 summer season.

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Sherree McCulley completes the 4th Annual Tri-For-Our-Veterans Triathlon. She is the mother of Matt McCulley, who founded the popular race in 2008. Photo courtesy of Cape May Boston Herald.

With weather conditions that were considered “perfect” for any outdoor spring athletic event, the Tri-For-Our-Veterans Triathlon included over 300 participants and was very well-attended by a large crowd of spectators. The competition began with a one-quarter mile ocean swim followed by an eight-mile bike race and a three-mile run. Competitors, many of whom traveled from across the nation to participate in the race, included athletes from many different organizations, including the Marine’s Team Semper Fi, the United States Naval Academy, the Coast Guard’s Team Semper Paratus, Philadelphia Tri-Club, Drexel University’s Triathlon Team and many others groups from around the region.

 

In the end, the top competitor was Matthew Miller of Philadelphia, who finished in 1st place overall with a time of 48 minutes, 22 seconds. Close behind Miller was Tom Salveson of Cape May Court House, NJ, a Drexel University student who finished second place overall with a time of 48 minutes, 27 seconds. Jeff Whiteway of Potamac MD, a competitor in the military category, finished in third place with a time of 48:56.

 

In addition to the top three racers, there were also many other competitors who received awards in various divisions. One athlete who received a large round of applause during the post-race award ceremony was PFC Aaron McMihelk, a retired Marine from Valley Springs, CA, who completed the land-portion of the race course from his wheelchair. McMihelk, who was the race’s top “hand cycle racer,” finished the triathlon with an impressive time of one-hour, 51 minutes.

 

After the triathlon was over, Race Director Bridgette Summa was very pleased.

 

“I am very grateful to all of our sponsors and everyone else who participated in this race – including our many volunteers. We could not have done it without everyone pitching in together,” said Summa, who is the sister of Matt McCulley, founder of the first Tri-For-Our-Veterans Triathlon in 2008. “This was our most successful triathlon to date. It is a great feeling to give back to those who fight for our freedom.”

 

For all 2011 Tri-For-Our-Veterans race results, visit http://www.piranha-sports.com/race144.aspx .

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