Pass it Along Triathlon challenges for a cause
9th annual swim-bike-run event at Lake Mohawk

The races started with swims in Lake Mohawk Photos by Amy Shewchuk

SPARTA — Mother Nature cleared away the rain clouds and the sun shone brightly this past Saturday morning as almost 350 athletes participated in Pass It Along’s 9th Annual Triathalon.
Proceeds from this swim-bike-run event go toward Pass It Along’s affiliated charities and programs for teens which provide leadership opportunities, volunteer experience and close friendships throughout and beyond high school.
The races began at 8 am with a swim in Lake Mohawk, followed by a challenging bike ride and ending with a foot race. For this year, as was the case for last year's event, the courses were split into two races, one being a “Sprint Course” which included a 400 meter swim, a 10.8 mile bike ride and a 3.1 mile run and an “Olympic Course” which consisted of a 1500 meter swim, a 21.6 mile bike ride and a 6.2 mile run.
The Olympic course top male finisher was John Bye of South Orange, NJ with a time of 2:12:42 and the top female finisher was Taryn Ferrara of Morristown, NJ with a time of 2:21:05.
For the Sprint Course, the top male finisher was Jeremey Lindauer of Springfield, NJ with a time of 00:57:22 and top female finisher was Paula Elejalde of Randolph, NJ with a time of 1:40:10. The top team relay finisher was “The Trifecta” with a time of 00:56:42.
Lindauer received a gift certificate from Sussex Bike & Sport Shop for being the fastest finisher on the sprint course using an off-road bicycle.
There were also medals given for top finishers in different categories, including relay teams and male and female age groups ranging in increments of five years; starting with ages 9-13 and up to ages 74-78.
Local chiropractor Tim Holovacs and his family have been participating in the Triathalon since its inception 9 years ago.
“My family and I have participated every year and my father, Tom Holovacs, is always the oldest competitor,” Holovacs said. This year Tim’s son Finn and daughter Shea also competed. “It’s a great community and family event and it’s so nice to enjoy the beauty of Lake Mohawk while getting a great workout.”
“It was pretty difficult,” said Hannah Calderone, top female finisher in the 14-19 year old age group, “but I recommend doing it to anyone. It’s a great way to really test your limits and see what you’re capable of.”
“I couldn’t be happier!” said Eleanor Young, finance director and event coordinator for Pass It Along. “We’ve been doing this for 9 years and it’s a lot of hard work, but all the happy faces I see, and knowing we are raising money for such a great cause that goes back to the community, makes it all worth it.”
“This Triathalon represents the type of energy that our Pass It Along program represents,” PIA President Kurt Walton. ”It’s exciting to be around a triathalon. People are motivated to be there and motivated to do their best. With around 350 participants and over 80 volunteers the spirit was definitely there and we plan to continue the tradition.
“We’d also like to thank our presenting sponsors Atlantic Health Systems, Newton Medical Center and Atlantic Sports Health and to Lake Mohawk Country Club for hosting the event as well as The Orthopedic Institute of NJ, Lakeland Bank, iHeart Radio, Thorlabs, Eastern Propane, Sussex Bike & Sport Shop and Pine Cone Chiropractic as well as a long list of other sponsors,” Walton said. “We are so grateful to everyone who makes this event possible."
For a complete list of triathalon results, please see