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SWIMMING, LACROSSE TEAMS VOLUNTEER AT TRIATHLON

Courtesy: ICGaels.com
          Release: 09/27/2010
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Thirty-two members of the Iona College men's and women's swimming team, along with 26 volunteers from the women's lacrosse team, joined together in a community service project as they acted as race marshals on the Bike Course of the 25th Annual Westchester Triathlon this past Sunday, Sept. 26.

The event is regarded as the premier Olympic distance triathlon in the Northeast with nearly 1000 competitors and a race course that starts at Rye Beach and travels through Rye, Port Chester, Harrison, Purchase, Greenwich and North Castle and finishes at Playland Park in Rye. The contestants compete over a 1500-meter swim; 25-mile bike and 10K run course.

This is the third year in a row the lacrosse team has volunteered at the event, and the second consecutive year they have worked at the adult portion of the event.

The triathlon was sponsored by Jarden, Inc and run entirely by volunteers benefits six primary charities including: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; MAC Angels Foundation; Rye YMCAChallenged Athletes FoundationWounded Warrior Project and The Blazeman Foundation for ALS.

The Iona Teams provided valued directional and safety services through the windy and hilly course scattered through 30 busy traffic intersections on a clear and mild Sunday morning, providing support along side local police and EMS workers.

"Our involvement is critical to the success of the event," commented Head Swim Coach Nick Cavataro. "More so this year as the bike course was changed due to construction on some key routes, so many of the repeat participants needed added direction."

"In addition to helping the event succeed, our members get to witness first hand and up close not only elite athletes; but, many physically challenged athletes, some using hand cycles and racing wheelchairs, which is truly inspiring!"
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