Clarkstown Police Officer Andrew Kelly completed the recent New York City Ironman Competition with a finishing time of 11 hours and 55 minutes.
The officer, a Marine known for his marathon run for the Wounded Warriors group, finished 600 overall and 112th in the 40 to 44 age group.
Jordan Rapp, 32, formerly of Tarrytown, won the competition with a time of 8 hours, 11 minutes, 18 seconds, 13 minutes faster than Maxim Kriat of Clermont, Fla., who finished second. Jozsef Major of Scottsdale, Ariz., finished third.
Kelly, a police officer for more than a decade, competed in two Ironman events in 2001 and 2006.
Clarkstown Police Chief Michael Sullivan heaped praise on Kelly, saying, “I am tremendously awed by all of these remarkable athletes and particularly proud that one of our own officers successfully competed in this physically and mentally demanding event.”
Kelly has made a name for himself by completing a 100-mile benefit run for the Wounded Warrior Project in July 2008.
The run over 24 hours went through Vermont’s Green Mountains and raised more than $35,000 for the veterans organization.
UPPER LEFT: Officer Andrew Kelly is congratulated by then-Clarkstown Police Chief Peter Noonan at the Rockland Police Academy graduation in December 2006