Shout-out of thanks to triathlon organizers

To the Editor:

I wanted to give a public shout-out “thank you!” to Rayne Herzog and the Shelburne Athletic Club folks for many years of fun triathlons here in Vermont. I am saddened that they have determined that they won’t be doing them anymore.

From the Shelburne series to the National Championships, to the Basin Harbor ones, and others, they made this area a place one could find a great triathlon at a great price, near home. I will miss them.

Though Steve Hare and the Vermont Sun folks, and Donna Smyers and the Elmore crew also have great events, triathlons in the area seem to be diminishing in number and in participation.

This is a real shame, as swimming, cycling, and running are all lifetime sports, and the balance triathlon training forces upon oneself helps avoid injuries and enhances overall body health, unlike many individual and team sports. My wife and are into our fourth decade of triathlon and have no intention of stopping!

Heartfelt thanks to Rayne et al for bringing triathlon to many. I am sad to see these races end, but wish them continued good luck with all the other races and events RaceVermont puts on!

Terry Ryan

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