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Shelburne pair win first triathlon

SHELBURNE Twenty six-year-old Kevin Bouchard-Hall of Shelburne won the Vermont Sun Triathlon last Sunday in 1:02:3635 seconds ahead of runner, Luke More, age 29, of Stowe. The event, held at Branbury State Park in Salisbury was the first in the four race Vermont Sun Triathlon Series. Over 200 triathletes from a dozen states competed in the 600-yard swim, 14-mile bike, and 3.1-mile run-sprint triathlon. Triathlons are categorized by length as sprint, Olympic, long and ultra races. Vermont Sun Fitness Center, in Middlebury, put on their first triathlon in 1986 making this their 23rd season. The series is one of the nations oldest. The womens race wasnt as closely contested as the mens as another Shelburne resident, Maria Cimonetti claimed first in 1:10:38, 1:26 ahead of second place finisher Kerry Litka of Nashua N.H. Cimonetti coaches a team of youth triathletes which she brought to Middlebury two weeks ago to compete in the Vermont Dun Kids Triathlon. Cimonetti was the second women out of the water, but took the lead immediately on the bike. Litka was over three minutes behind after the swim so even though she out rode Cimonetti by 20 seconds and outran her by thirty five seconds, she couldnt overcome the deficit. Bouchard-Hall was only no. 24 overall after the swim but used the days fastest bike time, 32:50, to take the lead. He had a solid run (18:59, eighth best) to cruise to victory. The next series race is the second and final sprint to be held July 13. The series olympic distance triathlon (.9 mile swim, 25-mile bike, 6.2 mile run) is Aug. 2. The long event is the Half Vermont Journey, which is exactly half of a full Iron man triathlon (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run). For information call 802-388-6888. All three events are staged at Branbury State Park.

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