Barton Claims Vermont 50 Mountain Bike Race

  • 20th Annual Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra-Run<br/>Brownsville VT  September 28-29, 2013<br/>Copyright ©2013 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy<br/><br/>VT50 Image Galleries:<br/>

    20th Annual Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra-Run
    Brownsville VT September 28-29, 2013
    Copyright ©2013 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
    VT50 Image Galleries:

  • 20th Annual Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra-Run<br/>Brownsville VT  September 28-29, 2013<br/>Copyright ©2013 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy<br/><br/>VT50 Image Galleries:<br/>

Brownsville, Vt. — Riding for Lebanon-based Mason Racing, White River Junction’s Mike Barton prevailed out of a field of more than 800 competitors in the mountain-bike portion of Sunday’s Vermont 50 ultra run and bike races at Mount Ascutney Resort.

Barton was one of just two riders to break the four-hour mark in the bike race, held on the resort’s trail network. His time of 3 hours, 55 minutes, 36.6 seconds topped that of runner-up Ted King, of Brentwood, N.H., but just more than four minutes (3:59:43.1.). Barton also won his expert veteran division by more than 11 minutes over Dereck Treadwell, of Topsham Maine (4:06:38.9).

The event included 50-mile and 50-kilometer trail runs as well. Montreal’s David LePorho won the 50-mile race in 6:09:31.2, while Burlington’s Richard Thompson took the 50K in 4:10:01.1.

A chart listing the top 10 results and Upper Valley finishers in both running events, along with all mountain bike division winners, can be found in the picture package on this page. Hanover’s Jonathan Smolin took 22nd in 3:12:24.

Montgomery Wins
DeMar Marathon

Keene, n.h. — Claremont’s Justin Montgomery led a field of more than 400 runners to the finish line to win the 36th Clarence DeMar Marathon on Sunday.

Montgomery, 37, ran the 26.2-mile route in 2 hours, 34 minutes, 19 seconds to win by about 4½ minutes. It was his first victory in the annual Keene running race.

Croydon’s Neal Graves also ran well in the DeMar, finishing seventh overall in 2:49:41.

Hurricane Hill
Winners Crowned

White River Junction — Simon Shepherd and Emma Patriquin led runners across the finish line on Saturday to win their divisions of the Hurricane Hill 5K/10K Trail Run.

Shepherd, of North Pomfret, won the men’s 5K in 23 minutes, 44.8 seconds. Patriquin, of Wilder, claimed the women’s win in 28:28.5.

Josh Grant, of Nashua, N.H. won the 10K race over a small, all-male field in 37:15.5. The races served as a fundraiser for the Friends of Hartford Track.

On the Tee

Double Eagle at Carter

Lebanon — Golfers Al Guilette and Dick Nelson combined to net a rare double-eagle 2 on the par-5 third hole at Carter Country Club during Tuesday morning senior league play.

Guilette started the hole off the tee with a drive on the downhill 458-yard hole that left playing partners Nelson and Jim Schramm 142 yards to the pin. After Schramm and Guilette hit their approaches short of the green, Nelson holed his for the double eagle. The trio went on to win the day’s tournament at 5-under-par 31.

It was Nelson’s first competitive round of the year, having been sidelined by rotator cuff surgery since March.

On the Ice

Free Girls Clinic

West Lebanon — Girls between the ages of 8 and 11 who are interested in trying ice hockey for the first time will have a free opportunity to do so this weekend.

Campion Rink will host two-hour clinics on Saturday and Sunday from 11:40 a.m.- 1:40 p.m. A parent meeting will be held on Saturday while the girls are on ice (12:40 p.m.), and the weekend ends with a pizza party on Sunday.

Any girl with no previous hockey experience (regardless of any past skating experience) is welcome to attend. Participants are asked to bring full equipment. Contact Elizabeth Dann at or 603-398-0313 for more information.

On the Trails

Fall Friday Hikes

Lebanon — The Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department has scheduled a series of Friday fall hikes for folks of all ages.

Each trip begins at Lebanon City Hall at 9 a.m. with transportation to that day’s trailhead, with a planned noon return. The schedule:

Oct. 11: Quechee Gorge. Quechee (easy/moderate).

Oct. 18: APD Nature Trails, Lebanon (easy/moderate).

Oct. 25: Two Rivers Conservation Area, West Lebanon (easy).

Participants are asked to bring snacks, water, a backpack (if necessary), properly layered clothing and hiking boots or sturdy sneakers. Each hike is free, but pre-registration is required. Call 603-448-5121 for more information.

Wednesday Walkers Back

White River Junction — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department is hitting the Upper Valley’s prime hiking spots again this fall with the resumption of its Wednesday Walkers program.

Meeting every two weeks, trip leader Jay McDonough will guide walkers on two-hour hikes at various locales. Hikers meet at 9 a.m. at the Hartford Municipal Building for transport to the hike site, returning by noon. The schedule:

Oct. 9: Gile Mountain, Norwich.

Oct. 23: Cole Pond Trail, Enfield.

Nov. 6: Velvet Rocks, Hanover.

Hikers are recommended to bring boots, appropriate clothing, water and a snack. For more information on this series of free hikes, call Hartford Parks and Rec at 802-295-5036.

On the Ice

UA Leagues Recruiting

Woodstock — Union Arena is seeking new players for the four adult hockey leagues it has planned for the coming winter season.

UA plans an Oct. 20 start to the hockey season. Levels of play include the high-level Upper Valley Hockey League, the B-level Union Arena Hockey League (mostly ages 30 and older), the Coed Adult Fun League for those seeking a new challenge or a relaxing level of play and the Women’s League for women of all abilities. All leagues are run to be competetive and fun at the same time.

For more information, contact team captains or Union Arena by Sept. 30 at 802-457-2500. Information is also available at

With Paddles

Benefit Ping Pong Event

Lebanon — The Lebanon Assembly of God will host a fundraising ping pong tournament on Oct. 26 for the benefit of the Pregnancy Center of the Upper Valley.

The event will be held at the church, located at 45 Buckingham Place in Lebanon, starting at noon. Prizes will be available, including trophies for the tournament winners. Potential participants are asked to register online via the ping pong link at by Oct. 17. The registration fee is $25 for the tournament along with a $5 hot dog lunch.

For more information, contact Joel McPherson at 603-448-3333 or