Adam Dehavenon and Kathryn Duncombe Top Male and Female Athletes in the Inaugural Aquathlon: Stars & Stripes
Posted online: Saturday, 18 June 2005
|NEW YORK, N.Y., June 18, 2005 --- Adam Dehavenon, 27, from Bryn Mawr, PA, won the inaugural Aquathlon: Stars & Stripes, New York City’s first-ever swim/run event, on Saturday, June 18, 2005. His winning time was 39.49. The top female finisher was Kathryn Duncombe, 24, an advertising traffic coordinator from New York City, who completed the dual-sport event in 45:41. She finished 23rd overall.|
"The water was fine," said Duncombe, who swam the 68 degree Hudson River without a wetsuit. "The water was quite pleasant for me."
Second and third place overall went to Anil Jina, 34, of Dublin, Ireland, who finished in 40.08, and Larry Seidman, 41, of Colorado Springs, CO, with a time of 41:24. Finishing second and third in the women’s division were Caroline Gaynor, 21, of Evanston, IL, who finished in 46:32, and Katherine Kowalski, 25, of New York City, with a time of 46:55.
"The weather was perfect," stated race co-director Scott Willett. "It was a tremendous experience; all the racers enjoyed the beautiful views of the Hudson River and Riverside Park in New York City’s first-ever aquathlon."
The unique and challenging dual-sport event included a 1.5 km swim in the Hudson River and a flat, fast and scenic 5 km run through Riverside Park with views of the Hudson River, George Washington Bridge, and the New Jersey shoreline. Over 100 athletes and seven two-person relay teams, represented the boroughs of New York City, the states of New Jersey, Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania as well as Ireland. Swimmers ranged in age from 16 – 61.
The Aquathlon: Stars & Stripes is organized and sponsored by the Manhattan Island Foundation (MIF), Hudson River Park Trust, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, Battery Park City Parks Corporation and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Proceeds from the swim benefit the Parks & Recreation Learn to Swim program, which helps establish swimming programs for children as well as rehabilitate swimming pools. MIF has donated more than $100,000 to the Learn to Swim program. This year MIF's slate of swimming events includes: the Lady Liberty Swim, NYC Aquathlon: Stars & Stripes, the Around Governor’s Island Swim, the Cove-to-Cove Swim, the Race for the River, the Park-to-Park One Miler and the Little Red Lighthouse 5-Miler. MIF’s cornerstone event is the annual 28.5 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim. In addition, MIF is offering Open Water Swim clinics to help prepare swimmers for their first or fastest open water finish.
More information about MIF, the Aquathlon: Star & Stripes including complete results, can be found at www.nycswim.org.