Monday, October 8, 2012
Two Fort Lee residents, one of whom took competed in the Ironman U.S. Championship in August and both of whom founded TriTrekker.com, produced a video dedicated to those who participated in various capacities.
Monday, October 8, 2012
A Fort Lee athlete who competed in the Ironman U.S. Championship in August and his business partner hosted a post-triathlon party Friday evening they called “Party Like An Ironman.” A celebration benefitting Athletes to End Alzheimer’s, a chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and Max Almenas's sponsor for the race, as well as programming for seniors at the Richard A. Nest Senior Citizens Center in Fort Lee, a major component of the event at the Assembly Steak House in Englewood Cliffs was the presentation of a video tribute "dedicated to everyone who made the Ironman memorable," according to Almenas, who, along with Donna Brennan of Fort Lee, founded the website TriTrekker.com and co-produced the video. If you missed the Friday evening …
Friday, October 5, 2012
The party and fundraiser, organized by a local athlete, is also a chance for everyone involved in the Ironman U.S. Championship in August to get together post-race, with a portion of the proceeds also going to the Senior Center in Fort Lee.
A Fort Lee athlete who competed in the Ironman U.S. Championship in August is hosting a post-triathlon party Friday evening he’s calling “Party Like An Ironman,” a celebration benefitting Athletes to End Alzheimer’s, a chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and his sponsor for the race, as well as programming for seniors at the Richard A. Nest Senior Citizens Center in Fort Lee. Max Almenas, a Fort Lee journalist and co-founder of the website TriTrekker.com, said the party is also intended to thank the many volunteers, vendors, athletes, government officials, emergency personnel and event organizers involved in the first-ever Ironman U.S. Championship (IMNY) held in Fort Lee, parts of Bergen and Rockland Counties and New York City on Aug. …
Monday, September 17, 2012
IRONMAN announced its U.S. championship won’t be coming back to the area next year after what local officials and volunteers hailed as a successful event in August.
Just a day after the Fort Lee Mayor and Council issued proclamations recognizing competitors and the many volunteers who played an integral role in making the New York City area’s first Ironman U.S. Championship a local success, the Ironman organization dropped the bombshell, announcing that the competition would not be returning to the New York City metropolitan area next year. “By suspending registration for the 2013 Aquadraat Sports IRONMAN U.S. Championship, we were able to take the time to thoroughly review all aspects of the event,” organizers said in a statement released Friday. "Our conclusion: this race cannot be conducted in the way our athletes expect and deserve." IRONMAN said it took into account feedback from athletes, …
Friday, September 14, 2012
Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich issued proclamations to members of the Fort Lee Regional Chamber of Commerce, who took a lead role in coordinating hundreds of volunteers, and a local athlete who competed—and finished—the race on Aug. 11.
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Friday, September 14, 2012
It was Aug. 11, 2012, and about 2,500 athletes from around the world competed in the New York City area’s first Ironman U.S. Championship, jumping into the Hudson River to begin a 2.5-mile swim ending at Ross’s Dock in Fort Lee, where they hopped on their bikes for a 112-mile leg along the Palisades Interstate Parkway and then made the transition—again in Fort Lee—to the 26.2-mile run that would ultimately end at Manhattan’s Riverside Park after crossing the George Washington Bridge The competition was marred by tragedy when an athlete died competing during the swimming portion of the race, but that didn’t stop race organizers and local officials from hailing the event as a success. On Thursday, the Fort Lee Mayor and Council issued …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Police say the road, which is being used for the triathlon, will close on Aug. 11 from 12:01 a.m. to about 10 p.m. No parking will be allowed there, and traffic will be diverted, as officials face a “complex operation.”
The 2012 Ironman U.S. Championship on Aug. 11 will thrust Fort Lee into the national spotlight, but it will also put local police to the test, as officials plan for the logistical challenges of keeping traffic moving through the borough on the day of the triathlon. “We don’t know the full impact of this because this is the first year that it’s being done,” said Capt. Keith Bendul of the Fort Lee Police Department. “It’s a very complex operation.” The southbound lanes of the Palisades Interstate Parkway (PIP) will be shut down from exit 18 in Bear Mountain State Park to the George Washington Bridge between 2 a.m. and 8 p.m. on race day, authorities announced recently. Bendul said Wednesday that Hudson Terrace from the Edgewater border to …
Monday, July 23, 2012
Palisades Interstate Parkway Commission and race officials say the triathlon on Aug. 11 will not affect the PIP’s northbound lanes, but that southbound lanes will close from 2 a.m. to 8 p.m. on race day.
The 2012 Ironman U.S. Championship, scheduled to take place Aug. 11 in New York City and parts of New Jersey for the first time in its history, will put Fort Lee in the national spotlight and be a boon to local businesses, with thousands of spectators expected to descend upon the borough, according to local volunteer coordinators with the Fort Lee Regional Chamber of Commerce. The race is also going to shutdown the southbound lanes of the Palisades Interstate Parkway (PIP) from exit 18 in Bear Mountain State Park to the George Washington Bridge for most of the day, according to the Palisades Interstate Park Commission. That’s because the PIP is being used for the 112-mile cycling portion of the triathlon, which also includes a 2.4-mile …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
Fort Lee native Paul Mandala has been an avid hiker and long distance cyclist for years, but when a friend signed up for his first Ironman, Mandala could not resist the challenge.
After hiking through the Appalachian Mountains last year from June 7 through Oct. 2, Fort Lee native Paul Mandala decided he was ready to set his sights on a new challenge, the Ironman U.S. Championship on Aug 11. His longtime friend, Fort Lee firefighter Keith Elisberg, informed him of the iconic world class endurance race coming to their hometown. “We did it [Appalachian hike] faster than most people do,” said Mandala, adding that he was prepared mentally to push on for 10 to 14 hours, despite the 45-pound backpacks. “Most people take [the Appalachian Mountains] about six months and we did it in three months, three weeks and three days.” "If you’re not ready, you’ll always hit that bonk point and completely run out of energy,” added the …