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White River’s Dunne Wins Race to Top of Vermont

Stowe, Vt. — White River Junction’s Gered Dunne pedaled past 115 competitors on Sunday to win the bicycle division of the Race to the Top of Vermont, an uphill bicycling and running event along the 4.5-mile Toll Road to the summit of Mount Mansfield.

Dunne pulled away for a two-minute victory, putting up a winning time of 32 minutes, 58.2 seconds. Jake Hollenbach, of Shelburne, Vt., was second in 35:01.0, with Montpelier’s Kip Roberts in third (35:32.0).

A former professional triathlete, the 32-year-old Dunne was the only Upper Valley resident to compete in the race’s cycling division.

Hall Runs to Second
In Stowe Age Group

Stowe, Vt. — Enfield’s Len Hall finished second in his age group to lead local participants in Sunday’s Race to the Top of Vermont, an uphill running and bicycling event along the 4.5-mile Toll Road to the summit of Mount Mansfield.

Competing in the men’s 60-69 age group, Hall completed the route in 47 minutes, 15.3 seconds for his runner-up divisional result, about four minutes behind age-group winner Keith Woodward, of Stowe. Hall was also 59th overall in a field of 442 competitors.

Former Dartmouth cross country skier Ida Sargent, of Craftsbury Common, Vt., also earned runner-up status in her age group. Her time of 42:42.5 was behind only fellow U.S. Ski Team competitor Liz Stephen (37:22.0) in the women’s 20-29 division. Stephen was the top woman in the race and finished 10th overall, while Sargent was 31st.

Hanover’s Tom Perekslis had the best result for an Upper Valley resident. Competing in the men’s 20-29 division, Perekslis claimed 30th place overall in 42:38.8. Meriden’s Chuck Landry was 78th in 48:36.2, good for fifth in the men’s 50-59 age group.

The Upper Valley Running Club trio of Suzanna Smith-Horn, Nancy Dunbar and Carla Chandler competed as a group, taking first in the women’s masters division. Smith-Horn, of Strafford, was 157th overall (53:54.9), Dunbar took 165th (54:46.3) and Chandler was 170th (55:07.7).

Eric Blake, of West Hartford, Conn., won the race in 32:51.3.

WNHTRS Concludes
With Lebanon Events

Lebanon — The Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series is down to its final two events, both of which will be staged in Lebanon in September.

The first is the Farnum Five.5 on Sept. 7 in the Farnum Hill Preserve on Poverty Lane. The series concludes on Sept. 21 with the Lost a Lot Trail Race, a 7-mile trek through the Boston Lot. Both races begin at 9 a.m.

The cost to race in the Farnum Five.5 is $15 in advance and $20 on race day. The cost for the Lost a Lot Trail Race is $20 in advance and $25 on race day. Online registration and deadlines are available on each race’s page at www.wnhtrs.com.

For more information on the series, visit www.wnhtrs.com or contact series director Chad Denning at 603-558-2352 or cdenning@teamamp.org.

On the Tee

Allbright Wins at Morey

Fairlee — Meriden’s Kathy Allbright was among the winners during the Vermont State Women’s Golf Association’s state day tournament at Lake Morey Country Club on Tuesday.

Playing out of Green Mountain National Golf Course in Killington, Allbright shared the Division A low-gross award with Mari Harter.

Lake Morey’s Mickey Potwin took second in the Division B low-gross competition, finishing behind Kathy Mee.

KMS Tourney Set

Killington, Vt. — The Killington Mountain School will host a fundraising golf tournament to support its KMS trail initiative project on Sept. 20 at the Killington Golf Course, across from the Killington Grand Hotel.

The cost to participate is $125 per player for the 10 a.m. shotgun scramble. Four-player teams will get an 18-hole round, a power cart, a barbecue lunch and a post-tournament cocktrail receptoin at the Lookout Tavern at the end of the day.

Prizes will go to the teams with the low net and low gross scores. Individual golfers will have chances to win prizes for the longest drive and closest shot to a designated pin.

For more information or to register, contact Chuck Hughes at 802-422-5671, ext. 274 or chughes@killingtonmountainschool.com.

On Two Wheels

Tour de Taste on Tap

Fairlee — The Upper Valley Trails Alliance will put out the picnic table for pedalers when it hosts the annual Tour de Taste progressive bicycle ride and fundraiser on Sept. 8.

Riders will get to pedal at their own pace along one of three routes, with stops along the way to sample fare from a dozen Upper Valley restaurants and caterers. Routes range from the family-friendly circuit of Lake Morey (six miles) to a 20-mile loop and the 34-mile River Road extension.

Organizers will provide route maps and support vehicles throughout the day. Everything starts at 10 a.m., with all routes beginning and ending at Samuel Morey Elementary School.

Details and online registration can be found at www.tourdetaste2013.eventbrite.com. Proceeds from the Tour de Taste go toward trail work throughout the Upper Valley. Call the UVTA at 802-649-9075 for more information.

On the Ice

Twin Valley
Equipment Swap

Meriden — The Twin Valley Youth Hockey Association will hold its annual hockey and soccer equipment swap on Sept. 7 at the Plainfield School.

The swap runs from 9-11 a.m. Families are welcome to drop off equipment that no longer fits and pick up some that does, all for no charge.

Twin Valley still has a few openings for this winter for all of its youth hockey teams. The Flyers practice and play all home games at Kimball Union Academy’s Akerstrom Arena.

For more information on the swap or program, contact Stephanie Schell at 603-469-3527 or tschell@aol.com.

On the Mat

Hanover Blue Wave
Classes Upcoming

Hanover — Hanover Blue Wave will begin a new series of tae kwon do classes for the fall session at the R.W. Black Community Center on Sept. 3.

Classes in this traditional Korean martial art will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Children ages 7 and older will meet at 5:30 p.m., with adults to follow at 6:30 p.m. Participants will learn such skills as breaking boards and trick kicking in addition to Olympic-style sparring. All classes are led by World TKD Federation instructors Linda Smith-Blais and Stephen Hopkins.

Visitors are welcome to observe classes at any time. For more information, contact Hopkins at shopkins@bluewavetkd.com or 603-306-9132.