by Shaun Dolan
On Sunday, August 2, 2009 the small beach town of Belmar, NJ took a huge step towards increased awareness of autism. The town hosted a triathlon/duathlon and included participants from neighboring communities of Lake Como and Spring Lake. Fortunately for the participants, as well as the supporters, the weather held out for them and it was a very successful day for all of the competitors and for autism supporters alike.
The Triathlon/Duathlon for Autism contained a ¼ mile ocean swim off of the coast of Belmar, a 10k mile bike ride, and a 5k run up and down Ocean Avenue. The duathlon portion eliminated the swimming portion and substituted a 2 mile run. The large turnout of nearly 400 people were all there to support autism research and garnering more awareness for the condition that affects millions of Americans.
The winner of the race was Donald Griffin of Belmar, NJ, but everyone who participated in competing for a cause was a winner. Additionally, everyone who came out that day to support the individuals who currently suffer from autism won. This event was successful in its mission and that was to inform and create attention for autism.