Monday, May 14, 2012
What a nice weekend to be in the Valley! After a dreary, wet, and cold week -- with even some snow on the upper mountain -- it finally felt like spring as dawn broke on Saturday.
It was in the 40's for the start of the 34th annual Mad Triathlon (formerly called the Sugarbush Adventure Games). The weather was perfect for the runners at 8 AM as they departed the Lincoln Peak base area on a course that followed German Flats Road to Route 17 and then down to the Mad River, across from Lareau Farm, where the canoeists and kayakers entered fast-moving and chilly water for their paddle north.
The bikers took over on Route 100 by the Airport Road for their eleven-mile ride back down 100 to 17 and then up German Flats Road to Lincoln Peak.
The final and fourth leg of this so-called "tri"-athlon was a 2.7-mile trail run up to the Valley House, across Coffee Run onto Lower Downspout, and then down Header and the Castlerock Runout to the base area.
Runners did two loops before finishing to the music of The Phineas Gage Project in the plaza between Clay Brook and Gate House Lodge, followed by a BBQ lunch.
There were two special entries in this year's event. Alan Yen and Cheryl Tivey participated in the triathlon before getting married later that day at Sugarbush. Alan did the run and kayak while Cheryl took the bike and one of the groomsmen completed the official trail run. Alan also ran the final leg, unofficially of course. Congratulations, Alan and Cheryl, on your very special day and thanks for choosing Sugarbush for your wedding. This was our second wedding of the season with twenty-five to go.
After driving the lead car for the race, I joined Lili and two of her daughters for lunch at Hogan's and nine holes of golf. It was really gorgeous afterwards, with temperatures in the sixties, a beautiful blue sky and light breezes. For early season, the golf course is really looking good. The over-seeding on the greens that we did last week should be taking root, putting them in great shape for the summer.
Everywhere, the Valley is greening up. By this weekend, which is the first Farmers Market, it should be in full bloom. Here comes summer!
Hope to see you soon,
A moose out inspecting the mountain bike trails at Lincoln Peak. May 14th, 2012.