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Plans underway for Vt. Sun Triathlon

SALISBURY Its the local summer athletic event that separates the wheat from the chaff. Each summer, after a long winter and spring spent in training, weekend warriors from Addison County and beyond look forward to the Vermont Sun Fitness 2008 Triathlon Series. The series, sponsored by the said named fitness center in Middlebury, consists of four superhuman events which are staged in Branbury State Park in Salisbury. The triathlons are carefully organized and are safe, fun, fair, and affordable. This summers Vermont Sun Triathlon competitions will be held on June 22 and July 13. The sprint races consist of a 600 yard swim, 14-mile bicycle route, and 3.1-mile run. Sprint events are open equally to veteran and newbie triathlete. The swim is held in Lake Dunmore; the biking and running courses cover scenic routes around the lake. The course are not all level but offer gently rolling terrain. The next-to-final chapter of the 2008 series begins with the Lake Dunmore Triathlon Aug. 2. This includes an Olympic-scale distance race a .9-mile swim, a 28-mile bike route, and a 6.2-mile run. This event is counted as a USA Triathlon State Club Championship race as well as the Vermont qualifier for the Best of the U.S. Amateur Triathlete Competition. Aug. 23 is the triathlons final event the Half Ironman Triathlon. The Half Vermont Journey, held on Aug. 23 is exactly half the distance of the well-known Hawaiian Ironman race. The competitors will complete a 1.2 mile swim, 56-mile bike, and 13.1 mile run. The event is sanctioned by USA Triathlon and features a pre-race meal the day before, a post race meal, music, amazing sponsor giveaways, vendor exhibits and much more. Each race has team divisions so participants can simply team-up and do one or two events rather than the entire race. The series benefits the United Way, Salisbury and Leicester schools as well as other non-profit entities.

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