The skies parted long enough for over 200 competitors in the 33rd annual Sugarbush Adventure Games to run, paddle, bike and ski in the four-event triathlon last Sunday, April 3. The Kids’ triathlon took place on Saturday at Mount Ellen.
Overall individual winner Hugh Pritchard finished with a total time of 2:15:52.6, David Sinclair took second overall with a total time of 2:17:25.9 and Justin Beckwith finished in third place with a total time of 2:23:29.7.
Reid Greenberg finished fourth with a total time of 2:28:18.2 and Terry Kellog finished in fifth place overall with a total time of 2:31:33.2.
The best overall team, Washington West won with a total time of 2:07:48.6, Team Lake Placid took second with a total time of 2:09:26.9, Watch This! placed third with a total time of 2:18:03.3, Clearwater Sports was fourth with a total time of 2:18:06.5, and Well That Was Hard finished in fifth place with a total time of 2:26:47.9.
The event was hosting by the Mad River Path Association, a partnership that began last year. The two-day four-event triathlon tests the athletic versatility of individuals and teams with running, whitewater boating, cycling and cross country skiing.
Sugarbush race organizers met Wednesday, March 30, to decide whether the river leg of the triathlon would still be feasible with hazardous weather predictions. Ultimately there were no course changes.
The boat leg consisted of a six-mile paddle in Class II whitewater followed by an approximate 10-mile run over a paved surface with significant uphill stretches. The cross country ski leg consisted of three miles of laps on an uphill/downhill course at the base of Mount Ellen.
The first-, second- and third-place teams received glassware awards, and the fastest time awards were given to male and female in the run, boat, bike and ski legs.
Proctor’s paddles were given to the fastest male, female and mixed canoes in addition to awards for best individual and team costumes.