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Competitors try their hand at the Escape the Cape Triathlon

Competitors try their hand at the Escape the Cape Triathlon

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The eighth annual Escape the Cape Triathlon & Open Water Classic took place Sunday morning at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry.

The annual event is one of about a dozen organized annually by race director Stephen del Monte of DelMoSports. It’s probably the most unique, as well.

Competitors of the Olympic and Sprint triathlons and the 1-mile swim begin their events by making the 16-foot leap from one of the Cape May-Lewes ferries. They swim to shore, transition to riding their bike through the vineyards and rural parts of Cape May before returning to the terminal and running the final leg of the race.

The Olympic consisted of a one-mile swim, a 25-mile bike and a five-mile run. The sprint consisted of a 0.35-mile swim, a 12.5-mile bike and a 3.1-mile, run.

Aaron Groff was the overall Olympic winner, finishing in 1 hour, 30 minutes, 52 seconds. Brian Lovett was second (1:33:56), and Colin Lough was third (1:34:10).

Reilly Brennan was the top woman Olympic finisher in 1:43.38. She was followed by Rachel Lacek (1:47:35) and Mary Kay Krause (1:48:36).

Zeb Hinker won the sprint overall title (1:03:11), and Cassandra Tripaldi (1:13:11) was the top female finisher. Christopher Salomone (non wetsuit; 22:52) and Zachary Schiavo (wetsuit; 21:06) were the 1-mile swim winners.

The Olympic and Sprint Triathlons were also divided into categories for women over 165 pounds (Athena) and men over 220 pounds (Clydesdale), as well as various age groups. There were also winners for relay teams and the aquabike.

Complete results can be found at delmosports.com.

Contact John Russo:

609-272-7184

jrusso@pressofac.com

Twitter: @ACPress_Russo

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I graduated from Rowan University in 2011 where I studied journalism. I covered local high school and college sports at the South Jersey Times and Vineland Daily Journal. I have been a sports reporter with The Press since July 2013

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