1500 athletes endured 140.6 miles of swimming, biking and running in Atlantic City
ATLANTIC CITY – The Challenge Family triathlon series made its debut in the United States with a full triathlon that finished at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. 1500 athletes competed in a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26. 2 miles running Atlantic City’s famous boardwalk was the final portion of the road race.
Fredrik Croneborg of Sweden won the test of endurance in a time of 8:31:47. Scott Defilippis, a native of Normandy Beach in Ocean County, was 6:09 behind to finish in second. Racing in his home state, Defilippis was disappointed that he finished just short of winning in his home state jokingly calling himself “the first loser” shortly after tying for his career best result in the Challenge Family series.
On the women’s side, Laurel Wassner of New York City won the women’s race with a time of 9:29:20. Wassner is a cancer survivor, overcoming Hodgkin’s. She says she is inspired to compete in triathlons for those who can’t compete. Another Jersey Shore product, Jacqui Gordon of Point Pleasant, finished in second place.