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Cape May's Rob Moran is congratulated after winning the Cape May SuperAthalon for the third time in four years.

  • Cape May's Rob Moran is congratulated after winning the Cape May SuperAthalon for the third time in four years.
  • Cape May's Rob Moran swims to the finish.
  • Longport's Tim Schwegman, a past two-time winner, heads toward the swim leg of the Cape May SuperAthalon.
  • Upper Township's Nick Matousch in the row.
  • Ocean City's Brian Theiss breaks away from the beach for the row at the SuperAthalon. He placed third.
  • Wildwood's Patrick Clemens checks his course during the row.
  • Wildwood Crest's Patrick Bakey navigates the surf at the start of the row.
  • Winner Rob Moran of Cape May (left) and second-place finisher Patrick Clemens embrace after each finished the Cape May SuperAthalon.


CAPE MAY — Rob Moran made his experience in the Cape May SuperAthalon count Monday evening.

Moran, representing the host patrol, won the run-row-swim triathlon-style race for the third time in the last four years, coming from well behind the leaders after two-thirds of the race to get the win.

Moran was eighth following the second leg of the race, the 1.5-mile row. But a few of the leaders took a southern course into the swim and got caught in a current that pushed them away from the turning buoy. Moran, who posted the second-best 400-yard swim split at 11 minutes, 7 seconds, quickly made up the difference by staying as far north as possible during the swim and won going away.

Moran posted a final time of 44:58.9. The 30-year-old part-time lifeguard who works full-time as a public defender in Atlantic City repeated as champion after also winning in 2016.

Wildwood’s Patrick Clemens used a strong showing in the swim — he had the best split in the leg at 11:00.1 — to place second in 45:42.4 in his first-ever appearance in the race. Clemens, 39, is a former year-round lifeguard in Deerfield Beach, Fla., who moved back to the area when he landed a full-time job as a firefighter in the City of Philadelphia.

Ocean City’s Brian Theiss edged Ocean Beach’s Michael Barrett for third place in 46:27.5. Barrett was timed in 46:27.7.

Randy Townsend of Harvey Cedars rounded out the top five in 47:32.8.

Fourteen lifeguards participated in the 36th annual event.