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May, Fix win Ironman

Only one woman had a better run than Fix as Fix cruised to victory. Chaffins 2nd place time was 5:35:08. Fronhofer took 3rd in 5:36:35. Mariana Lara Planas, of Colchester, VT, had a great run1:49:50 to Fixs 1:49:04to almost catch Fronhofer and finish 4th in 5:37:06.

Half-Ironman triathlons by their nature draw only the best-trained, serious triathletes. The Journey had athletes attend from all over the East Coast, Canada, California, as well as some from the Midwest. Vermont Sun events usually see about 40% of the field coming from Vermont. The Journey had 20% from Vermont.

Superior local finishes included Middlebury 50-54 age group women Caryn Etherington and Linn Larson. Despite a flat tire on the bike, Etherington took second in the group in 6:14:21 while Larson used a solid swim and bike to finish third, in 6:52:33.

Middleburys Steve Hare had a strong, balanced race, dominating the mens 50-54 group winning in 5:03:29 and placing 11th overall. Pete Solomon of Middlebury took fifth in the mens 45-49 in 5:35:12. Joel Palmer, of Vergennes, celebrated his 43rd birthday by placing tenth in the mens 40-45 group in 6:29:00.

Two Middlebury teams did very well as Townsend/Rosenberg/Carrara won the mens over-40 division, in 4:50:02. Team Holmes/Dayton/Madden won the female team under 39 group, in 5:10:40.

The athletes were supported with aid and refreshments on the bike course by the Middlebury and Vergennes Union High School cross-country teams coached by Chas Lyons (Vergennes) and Noah Hurlburt (Middlebury). The run course had members of Kelly Higgins Middlebury field hockey team handing out food, water and aid at every mile. Race organizers received many post race e-mails from athletes thanking all volunteers for the support, encouragement and aid they received throughout the day.

The volunteers on the bike and run course deserve a great deal of credit. They were absolutely awesome, said racer Julie Dewaele.

The kids energy and enthusiasm at the aid stations was amazing. It made the very difficult conditions easier to handle for the triathletes. We live in a great community, said race director Jerrod Rushton.

The Vermont Journey had many sponsors including local businesses Mr. Ups, the Middlebury Inn, All Occasions Tent Rentals and J.P. Carrara.

For race results and series information see the Ironman website: www.vermontsun.com .

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