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The Oyster Bay Lifeguard team of (l to r) Daniel Curiale, director of Lifeguards Bill Zang, and Adam Logiudice took home a second place team award and was congratulated by Town Supervisor John Venditto.

A record field of 1364 recreational athletes swam, biked and ran their way to the finish line of the 16th annual edition of the Vytra-TOBAY Triathlon at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay on Sunday morning, Aug. 17. It was once again the largest multi-sport event of the year in the New York Metropolitan area.

The first wave of swimmers entered Oyster Bay harbor at exactly 7:30 a.m., traversed a 1 kilometer courses around the harbor, then headed out on the bicycle course for a 15 kilometer ride through Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow before returning to Roosevelt Park, for a 3.1 mile run up to Planting Fields and back to the finish at the park.

Top finisher was Will Iaia of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, who navigated the course in 52 minutes, 57 seconds, comfortably in front of 1999 winner Andre Lapar of Clermont, Florida in second place and 18-year-old Damian Bergamaschi of Lynbrook, who finished third.

2002 Vytra-TOBAY women's champion Barbara Stagnari Cronin of Mineola was once again the first female across the finish line in 1:01:25, with Donna McMahon of Farmingdale second in 1:01:46, and Oyster Bay's own Jean Bohan third in 1:03:33.

In addition to Bohan, top local finishers included Scott Kessler of Cold Spring Harbor, who was fourth overall and first Masters (over age 40) finisher, John Lovejoy of Oyster Bay, who finished ninth overall and was the second Master, Ross Williams of Oyster Bay, 16th overall and fourth in the 15-19 age group, Katherine Cimonetti of Bayville, who took first place honors among the women in the 25-29 age group, Loretta Schuellein of Oyster Bay, fifth woman in the 25-29 age group Ranna Smith of Locust Valley, fourth in the 40-44 age group, Dorothy Whalen of Oyster Bay, who scored second in the 50-54 age group, Mark Ksieski of Bayville, who was fourth in the 55-59 age group, and Arnold Juzeyovic of Locust Valley, who took second place honors in the 65-69 age group. Kathy Prinz of Oyster Bay swam for the KYW relay team which placed third in the mixed 140-179 category.

Among the teams successfully completing the triathlon relay were "Team Nassau," with County Executive Tom Suozzi doing the bike leg in 32:59.

The Vytra-TOBAY Triathlon was conducted under the auspices of the Town of Oyster Bay and its Department of Parks and Recreation, and was managed by the Greater Long Island Running Club, with GLIRC's Steve Winkler serving once again as the triathlon director. Vytra Health Plans was once again the most generous title sponsor of the event, the latest of the community and sports activities that this terrific corporate citizen supports.

Thanks go to Assistant Race Director Jose Lopez, to coordinator of Volunteers Mindy Davidson, and to David Katz of Finish Line Road Race Technicians for the timing and results.

Proceeds of the event will go to the Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Oyster Bay-based environmental advocacy group, Friends of the Bay.

"We were thrilled with the success of this year's Tri," observed Triathlon Director Steve Winkler. "Thanks to each one of the 1364 competitors who once again proved that Town Supervisor John Venditto is correct in calling Oyster Bay the recreational sports capital of the Northeast. Special thanks to the wonderful people who live in Oyster Bay and surrounding hamlets who have been so understanding and enthusiastic in welcoming the athletes to their community. This event would be impossible without the great support of our neighbors!"


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