Monroe Physician To Compete In International Triathlon

MONROE—Dr. Gerardo Goldberger, a senior member of Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute of Freehold and Monroe townships will also compete for Team USA as a triathlete at the World Maccabiah Games, being held in Israel this July.

Goldberger has also been named one of the team physicians for the games. He previously had the opportunity to work as a field physician at the 1996 Olympic Games and the 1994 Soccer World Cup.

As one of the official team physicians, Goldberger will travel throughout Israel to where athletes are competing in various sports. On July 15, however, he will be joining other “Olympians” in Tiberias where he will participate as a member of the U.S. Triathlon team.

The triathlon, a multi-sport Olympic endurance race made up of swimming, biking, and running, includes a 1500 meter swim (just short of a mile), a 40 kilometer (25 mile) bike ride, and finally a 10 kilometer (6.2 mile) run.

In an effort to bypass the temperature, which can range to more than 110 degrees, the race will begin around 6 a.m.  The swimming portion will take place in Lake Kinneret, also known as the Sea of Galilee. The cycling course will be challenging, including a hill with an elevation of 600 feet. The foot race will take place on a fairly flat course.

“This is the second time I have participated as an athlete in the World Maccabiah Games,” says Goldberger.  “The first time, when I was 17 years old, I competed as an athlete for Argentina. Now I will be going back to Israel as both a physician and as an athlete.”

Goldberger started racing in triathlons in 1986 as a way to keep in shape.
“In college I was on the rowing team. One of my classmates at Rutgers invited me to run a triathlon as a way to keep in shape during the off-season,” he said.

“Since then, I have participated in multiple ironman races around the world, such as those in Switzerland, Austria, Chile, and Brazil, along with 120 races in the United States, including Coeur d’Alene and Lake Placid.  I have also competed for Team USA and represented the United States at the 2007 Aquathlon World Championships held in Ixtapa, Mexico.”

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