Vermont Sun


VERMONT SUN TOPPED off a very popular and successful triathlon season on Sunday with a record number of participants over the summer. Corey Robinson of Brandon finishes up the running leg of Sunday’s Sprint Triathlon, where he placed second. Photo by Pat Hendricks Photography
SALISBURY — The final two Vermont Sun Triathlons of the summer were contested on Sunday at Branbury State Park and drew a record crowd of 380 participants. They signed up for one of two events: a Sprint Triathlon of a 600-yard swim, 13-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run, or the Lake Dunmore Olympic Triathlon of a 1,600-yard swim, 28-mile bike ride and 6.2-mile run. In sunny, cool weather Tim Russell, 32, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y, once again easily won the Sprint Triathlon, this time in 1:00:07. Brandon’s Corey Robinson, also 32 and a former winner, finished eight minutes back in second place in...

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...

WOMEN RUSH INTO Lake Dunmore at the start of the Olympic-distance triathlon held in Salisbury on Saturday morning. They swam around a mile before completing a 28-mile bike race followed by a 6.2-mile run. The women’s race winner completed the course in about two and a half hours. Vermont Sun also hosted a shorter sprint triathlon that day. Photo by Pat Hendrick Photography
SALISBURY — If the two triathlons held Saturday in and around Lake Dunmore are any indication, the summer racing season is back in a big way. Race founder and director Steve Hare was pleased with the day, which saw nearly 250 triathletes from as far away as California and Florida taking part in the Vermont Sun-sponsored state championship races. “This is the biggest and strongest June triathlon field we’ve had in our 36-year history,” Hare said. “The athletes and everyone involved with this event put in really great efforts today.” The day’s events included the Lake Dunmore Triathlon, an...

BETHANY MORRISSEY, A teacher at Salisbury Community School, organized a contingent of runners from Salisbury to take part in this past Sunday’s Vermont Sun 5K race at Branbury State Park. More than 50 children and adults from Salisbury took part. Courtesy photo
SALISBURY — At the season kick-off to the Vt. Sun Run and Triathlon Series around Lake Dunmore this past Sunday morning, Michaela Young of Addison set a new half marathon course record of 1:30:35. Her time was more than 13 minutes ahead of her closest rival, Heidi Underwood of Catskill Bay, N.Y. In the men’s division, Waylon Kurtz of Montpelier ran a 5:37 pace over the 13.1-mile course to shatter the men’s half marathon record with 1:13:37 finish, nearly 12 minutes faster than the old mark. David McHarrie of Circleville, N.Y., was second in 1:15:22. Organizers said that 300 racers signed up...
SALISBURY — The 2021 Vermont Sun Half Marathon, with 5- and 10-kilometer runs, kicks off the 36th season series Sunday, May 16, at 9 a.m. at Branbury State Park. Online entries close at midnight, Wednesday, May 12. Space permitting, race day entries will be available at the park from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. The Triathlon Series begins with the Vermont Sun Triathlon (600-yard swim, 14-mile bike ride, and 3.1-mile run) and Lake Dunmore Triathlon (0.9-mile swim, 28-mile bike ride, 6.2-mile run) on Saturday, June 26. These events are open to teams and individuals. Both races are the official USAT...
MIDDLEBURY — Despite high hopes and lots of planning, Vermont Sun has canceled its summer triathlon and half marathon series for this year. The announcement was made by Vermont Sun owner and race organizer Steve Hare in a letter this past Thursday.  “We have to cancel our entire 35th season of races on Lake Dunmore. The state of Vermont and the Vermont Department of Parks have revoked our permits to stage the events due to the coronavirus,” Hare wrote.  For the last six weeks organizers have been making contingency plans to safely operate the races, including online pre-race instructions,...

ROTH BERNSTEIN OF Burlington was the men’s winner on Sunday of the Vermont State Triathlon Championships, hosted by Vermont Sun Fitness at Branbury State Park. Photo courtesy of Vermont Sun
SALISBURY — Roth Bernstein of Burlington and Julia Schofield of Charlotte were the winners on Sunday of the Vermont State Triathlon Championships, hosted by Vermont Sun Fitness at Branbury State Park on Sunday. Conditions for the race were almost perfect with sunny skies, light wind and a comfortable 75 degrees. Bernstein, 25, claimed the men’s crown in 1:06.52, while Schofield, 37, earned the women’s title with a time of 1:11.18. They competed in a sprint triathlon that consisted of a 600-yard swim, a 14-mile bike ride, and a 3.1-mile run. In the men’s event, Jeff Schumann of Salisbury, 62,...

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