TWO DIFFERENT TRIATHLONS sponsored by Vermont Sun Fitness drew a July record of 280 competitors to Branbury State Park on this past Sunday despite steady rain. One of the two triathlons, above, included a paddling leg, replacing the more traditional opening swim.
Photo by Pat Hendrick
SALIBURY — After winning the June Vermont Sun Triathlon, Tim Russel, 32, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., returned on Sunday to make it two for two in 1:02.08. His closest rival in Sunday’s men’s sprint triathlon was Burlington’s Sean McLoughlin, 50, who finished second in 1:06.34.
Shannon Sweeney, 25, of Tampa, Fla., won for the women by just 48 seconds over South Burlington’s Katie Dolbec, 1:15.35 to 1:16.08.
The 600-yard swim, 14-mile bike, 3.1-mile sprint triathlon was held in steady rain that made the bike ride treacherous, especially on the turns onto and off Route 7, as the riders circled...