On Sunday, May 19, Special Olympics New Jersey hosted the 2nd annual Unified Indoor Triathlon at Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health & Wellness in Hamilton. The event included a 10 minute swim, a 30 minute bike ride, and ended with a 20 minute run. There were a total of twenty-seven participants, eighteen Special Olympics New Jersey athletes and nine Robert Wood Johnson Health and Wellness Center members.
The top competitors for each were as following: For swimming athlete Chris McMullen swam 650 yards and partner Molly Manzack swam 650 yards as well. Athlete Daisy Desimone cycled an average of 102 Watts. And Partner Jackie Franz had an average of 147 Watts. For the running event, athlete Bobby Fredericks ran a total of 2.03 miles and partner Amanda Borgstrom ran 2.22 miles.
Special Olympics New Jersey Athlete Ann Marie Lammerding was very pleased with her success in each event and over all enjoyed training with her friends. “I did really well!” she said, “I had a good time with the other competitors.” Ann Marie swam 400 yards for swimming, ran a 1.03 mile, and cycled an avg. of 28 watts.
The athletes trained for several months leading up to the event and had their own individual training plans to follow. For many of the competitors, this was their second time participating in this event. Some of the athletes that participated in the indoor triathlon will now begin training to complete outdoor Sprint Triathlons this fall.
Athletes who are interested in learning more about training opportunities over the summer should contact Ryan Ceresani at RKC@sonj.org or 609.896.8000 ext. 276.
Check out all the photos from the Unified Indoor triathlon on our Flickr site here!