Local runners shine at Vt. Sun events at Branbury

SALISBURY — Brandon native Corey Robinson won the seventh annual Vermont Sun Half Marathon this past Sunday with a time of 1:25:21, bettering the 2017 record by 15 seconds. Matthew Jerauld of Round Lake, N.Y., was runner up, cruising through the 13.1-mile race in 1:29:15.

The women’s winner was Isabelle Dickens of South Glens Falls, N.Y. Her time of 1:33:22 just missed breaking the women’s record. Burlington’s Siobhan Donegan claimed second in 1:44:03.

“With the great conditions today I thought I had a good chance at the record. It was close but, I made it!” exclaimed Robinson, a triathlete who has also won the Vermont Sun Triathlon.

The half marathon was held at Branbury State Park in Salisbury along with 5- and 10-kilometer races. In the women’s 5K race, New Haven’s Amanda Bodette broke the course record in 19:59, taking 1:11 off the former record, which was set in 2016. Chris Mitchel of Brandon was the men’s winner in 26:17.

The men’s 10K record was also broken as Scott Moylan of Williston bettered the 2015 mark by 11 seconds to win in 42:24. The women’s winner, Danuta Wiazowski from Knowlton, Quebec, finished in 52:04.

“I almost entered this huge race in Montreal but, I’m so glad I came down here to this beautiful place in Vermont,” Wiazowski said.

For complete results go to vermontsun.com.

The races began in cool, 50-degree air that warmed to close to 60 by the end of the half marathon. Clear bright sunshine made the conditions perfect for a run on an early fall day.

The races are supported by local businesses, and benefit local organizations, including the Lake Dunmore, Fern Lake Association and the Middlebury Union Middle School cross country team, who staffed all the aid stations along the course.

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