Cape May County Herald: Triathlon in Sea Isle City Will Benefit Injured Veterans

May 9th, 2012

By Cape May County Herald | Capemaycountyherald.com | May 9, 2012

Tri for Our Vets Team Semper Fi Member Marine Aaron McHihelk

Team Semper Fi Member Aaron McHihelk at Tri For Our Vets 2011

SEA ISLE CITY – During Memorial Day Weekend, hundreds of athletes will gather in Sea Isle City to compete in the 5th Annual Tri-For-Our-Veterans Triathlon and Duathlon Sat., May 26, starting at 7:00 a.m. The popular sprint-distance race will attract participants from across the nation, including active-duty military personnel, cadets and midshipmen from West Point and Annapolis Military Academies, members of running clubs, university students and many other athletes who will help raise money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and Sea Isle City’s VFW Post 1963.

Those entered in the Tri-For-Our-Veterans race can compete in either a triathlon or a duathlon on May 26. The triathlon includes a ¼-mile ocean swim, an 8.3-mile bicycle course and a 3.1-mile run. The duathlon features a 2-mile run, an 8.3-mile bicycle course and an additional 3.1-mile run.

Athletes can register for the Tri-For-Our-Veterans competition online at http://www.piranha-sports.com/race193.aspx. No race day registration will be allowed. Prizes will be distributed to the top athletes in numerous categories.

This year’s race is being held in memory of Matt McCulley, the event’s founder, who passed away suddenly in 2010. McCulley’s sister, Bridgette Summa, is the event’s organizer. According to Summa, the Tri-For-Our Veterans race is a wonderful way to begin the summer while honoring America’s military heroes.

“It was always my brother’s mission to raise awareness for the needs of our veterans because they make so many sacrifices for our freedom,” said Summa. “This race is very popular because many people are touched by the sense of pride and camaraderie that it promotes. In 2011 we raised $42,000, and we will be blessed to reach that amount again this year.”

“Countless people have told me that the energy of our event is what brings them back each year,” added Summa. “We are often complemented on how well-organized the Tri-For-Our-Veterans race is. Plus, it is very inspiring to see competitors such as the members of Team Semper Fi, which includes heroes who have fought for our country and sustained serious injuries in battle – and they compete with the use of prosthetic limbs and hand cycles. They are amazing and truly inspiring.”

To learn more about the Tri-For-Our-Veterans race, visit http://www.piranha-sports.com/race193.aspx or email bridgettesumma@gmail.com

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