TNBA plans annual triathlon

A scene from a previous TNBA Triathlon, a biker makes his way to SUNY Maritime for the final leg of the race. - Photo by Alfred Giancarli

The Throggs Neck Benevolent Association is hosting its 6th annual triathlon in memory of one of its founding board members, Tom Garvey. Garvey was instrumental in laying the foundation for the organization.

Garvey was one of the owners of the former Throggs Neck Stadium, a catering hall located on Schurz Avenue. The hall was a popular destination for many kinds of social functions in the neighborhood for many years.

“Tom was a very influential businessman in the community, and made the foundation what we are today,” said Karin O’Conner, a member of the TNBA who is helping to organize the triathlon. “When he passed away, after a long battle with cancer, we decided to do something special to honor him.”

The triathlon will take place on Saturday, June 28 beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Like any traditional triathlon, the event will include several different sports testing endurances: swimming, biking, and running.

Participants are to check in at the Manhem Club at 626 Clarence Avenue or the DA Beach Club at 665 Shore Road.

The contestants will swim 1/6th of a mile at either the Manhem or DA Beach club pools. There will then be a 10k bike run from Clarence Avenue to Pelham Bay Park and then back to the campus of SUNY-Maritime College, where there a 5k run will conclude the race. After the competition, there will be a post-race party at Maritime college for the contestants and all residents who wish to attend.  Awards will also be given out. 

“Maritime College is gracious enough to donate the space for the party,” O’Conner noted, “while the two beach clubs were generous to give us use of their pools.”

The fees for the racers are $40 for a single person, $55 for a group of two racers, and $70 for a team of three racers. Those fees include the race, a t-shirt, and the post-race party.

All who wish to participate have to pre-register, as they will be called the week of the competition with their pool assignments and be given a map of the race-route on the day of the event.

A deadline has been set for June 18.  An application can be found at

If you do not participate in the triathlon, but wish to attend the barbeque after the race, the post-race party costs $20.

According to O’Conner, “The money raised will go to [TNBA’s] common fund, through which we give grants to organizations and families in need.”

The TNBA sponsors numerous events around Throggs Neck year in and year out, including the annual Throggs Neck St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot. 

For more information, or to become a contestant, contact TNBA at (718) 931-7749 or via e-mail at

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