The Legacy of Lake Lenape

July 10th 2010 marked the 20th anniversary of the Lake Lenape sprint distance triathlon. This little jewel of a triathlon is nestled away in the quiet and scenic neighborhood of Mays Landing New Jersey and truly has become a community staple.

For 20 years Lake Lenape has offered something for everyone. First time triathletes, seasoned veterans, enthusiastic supporters, and the local residents all take part in the spirit and the excitement of what has evolved into a fantastic event for all.

The ¼- mile swim takes place at The Cove at Lake Lenape. This is a mild temperature and friendly lake featuring an inviting beach start. Deemed a very first timer friendly event, this is the perfect body of water to launch even the most hesitant participant into the very welcoming triathlon community.

The 10 plus mile bike ride is an out and back course with just enough gentle rollers and soft wrinkles in the road to keep your muscles loose and ready to tear up the run.

After the swim and bike, athletes take off through the surrounding neighborhood to run a fast and flat 5k as they wind past the cheers and support of many of the local residents perched curbside to take in the excitement.

The beauty of this race is that it really does welcome athletes of all sizes, shapes, and levels of experience. Race Director Sean Clancy does an excellent job of engaging all of his participants, their supporters, and the community as a whole; offering many special award categories such as top local police officer finishers as well as awards for first time triathletes.

On a personal note, this race is particularly special for me. In 2006 it was the first race that I did after my leukemia diagnosis once I reached remission and was given the green light to resume racing.

2010 Lake Lenape Tri 002This year, a few of us also honored Derek Valentino by adding his initials while being body marked. Derek was the athlete who lost his life pursuing his dream at another triathlon a few weeks ago.

This is a hometown event that is professionally backed and supported. This is a “must do” race.

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