On June 17 Lou Mucardo celebrated his 60th birthday by completing a triathlon that consisted of a one mile swim, 26 mile bike ride and 6 mile run.

The former Olympic weightlifter started and finished his effort at the Channel Marker Café at the Ocean Beach Marina just south of Lavallette where he is the restaurant manager. You may not be that impressed by Mucardo’s effort but what if I told you that was only the beginning and that every day since he has completed that same triathlon.

Admit it. Now you are a bit impressed.

The Point Pleasant resident is just two days away from setting a Guinness World Record by finishing a triathlon in 51 consecutive days and if all goes according to plan he’ll conclude his record-setting effort on Sunday around 10 a.m.

A member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic weightlifting team that competed in Los Angeles, Mucardo’s motivation was two-fold. He wanted to prove that age should not be a barrier when it comes to dreams and goals and just as importantly help kids through fundraising efforts tied in with his daily triathlon effort.

To that end he formed Tri4Kids to help various children’s charities that fight cancer, cystic fibrosis and other diseases and ones that also promote healthy youth activities. Throughout his near two-month record-setting bid Mucardo has raised money through sponsors and just regular people who often donate while dining at the Channel Marker Café which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week,

A father of two his summer-long quest has gone amazingly well and most importantly without injury. Each day he’s done his one mile swim, 26 mile bike ride and 6 mile run in the morning before beginning his work day. Mucardo said this will not be his last challenge as he’s already thinking about what to do for an encore.

It’s also not too late to donate and you can do so by visiting Lou at the Channel Marker Café or his web site Tri4kids.org.