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Vermont Sun stages its first triathlons of the season

Posted on June 25, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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SALISBURY — The Vermont Sun Triathlon Series kicked off its 30th season on Saturday at Branbury State park in Salisbury with a pair of races — a Vermont Sun Sprint Triathlon and a longer Lake Dunmore Olympic Triathlon. Local athletes fared well in each event.

The sprint consisted of a 600-yard swim in Lake Dunmore, followed by a 14-mile bike ride and a 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) run. The Olympic swim was 1,600 yards, while the bike ride was 28 miles and the run a 10K.

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Vermont Sun Triathlon set for this Saturday

Posted on June 18, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



SALISBURY/LEICESTER — Vermont Sun Fitness Center in Middlebury and Vergennes this Saturday will kick off the 30th season of its Triathlon and Running Series at Branbury State Park on Lake Dunmore.

The Vermont Sun series consists of five triathlons and three running races. The sprint triathlon dates are June 20, July 12 and Aug. 9 — the races all start at 8:30 a.m. A sprint triathlon consists of a 600-yard swim, a 14-mile bike, and a 5K (3.1-mile) run.

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Talking triathlon training with a pro

Posted on May 22, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



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MIDDLEBURY — Steve Hare, owner of Vermont Sun Fitness in Vergennes and Middlebury, has competed in triathlons of varying lengths all over the United States and the world. But he didn’t start out wanting to be a triathlete — he wanted to be a body builder.

“I was lifting weights, trying to get big, but there were people that spent three times the time I was on these old treadmills and stationary bikes,” he recalled. 

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County's triathletes excel at Dunmore

Posted on August 13, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



SALISBURY — Bristol’s Todd Smith led the way for local triathletes by becoming the men’s overall winner of Sunday’s Olympic-distance Lake Dunmore Triathlon in 2:09:52.

Smith, 40, finished a minute-and-a-half ahead of All-American William Schumann of West Hartford, Conn. (2:11:23), and also bested last year’s champion, Dave Connery of Shelburne, who took third in 2:12:42.

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Frank hits milestone in Sunday's triathlon

Posted on July 24, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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SALISBURY — The racing gods were smiling on Jason Frank and Donna Smyers on Sunday morning as they dominated their respective male and female competitors in the Vermont Sun Triathlon held at Branbury State Park in Salisbury.

Frank, 32, became the first athlete to break the one-hour barrier in three different runnings of this sprint triathlon, which consisted of a 600-yard swim, 14-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run. The Burlington resident’s winning time of 59:51 was just 47 seconds off the course record.

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New Haven's Coffey among triathlon winners

Posted on July 2, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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SALISBURY — New Haven’s Chris Coffey was among the winners on Saturday as the Vermont Sun Triathlon Series opened its 29th season at Branbury State Park on Lake Dunmore with two simultaneous races.

Coffey prevailed the men’s side of the shorter Vermont Sun Triathlon, consisting of a 600-yard swim, 14-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run. Also contested was the Lake Dunmore Triathlon, an Olympic distance event consisting of a 1,600-yard swim, 28-mile bike ride and 6.2 mile run.

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Vermont Sun triathlons start Saturday

Posted on June 25, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



SALISBURY/LEICESTER — Saturday, June 28, kicks off the start of the 2014 Vermont Sun Triathlon and Running Series at Branbury State Park on Lake Dunmore. Individual triathletes or teams of two or three will have their choice of two triathlon courses.

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Triathletes set a lightning pace in season finale

Posted on August 19, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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SALISBURY — In a double Olympic and Sprint Vermont Sun Triathlon event on Aug. 11 at Lake Dunmore, Jason Frank of Burlington missed breaking the sprint triathlon course record (set in 2006 by Darby Thomas) by just seven seconds, winning in 59:11.

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Middlebury College grad wins Vt. Sun Triathlon

Posted on July 29, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



SALISBURY — Twenty-two-year-old Dustin Weigle of Middlebury and 56-year-old Donna Smyers of Adamant won the men’s and women’s divisions, respectively, of the second Vermont Sun Triathlon of the season on July 21. The triathlon was the second in the four-event series for the summer. The race, which started and finished at Branbury State Park in Salisbury, consisted of 600 yards of swimming, 14 miles of biking and a 3.1-mile run.

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Cornwall's Donavan excels on world stage in triathlon

Posted on May 6, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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CORNWALL — A little motion picture called “Iron Man 3” opened this past weekend.

Addison County has its own Ironman, whom you won’t be able to find at the movie theaters. This Ironman can swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 and then run a full, 26.2-mile marathon in one day — then go home and put her three kids to bed while holding down a full-time administrative job.

And she does it without a metal suit or computer-generated imagery.

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