Vermont Sun road races draw a record field

BETHANY MORRISSEY, A teacher at Salisbury Community School, organized a contingent of runners from Salisbury to take part in this past Sunday’s Vermont Sun 5K race at Branbury State Park. More than 50 children and adults from Salisbury took part.

SALISBURY — At the season kick-off to the Vt. Sun Run and Triathlon Series around Lake Dunmore this past Sunday morning, Michaela Young of Addison set a new half marathon course record of 1:30:35. Her time was more than 13 minutes ahead of her closest rival, Heidi Underwood of Catskill Bay, N.Y.

In the men’s division, Waylon Kurtz of Montpelier ran a 5:37 pace over the 13.1-mile course to shatter the men’s half marathon record with 1:13:37 finish, nearly 12 minutes faster than the old mark. David McHarrie of Circleville, N.Y., was second in 1:15:22.

Organizers said that 300 racers signed up for this morning of racing, which included 5K and 10K races, in addition to the half marathon competitions.

More than 50 kids and adults from the town of Salisbury entered the 5K, representing 5% of the town’s total population. Twelve-year-old Isla Weaver of Salisbury was the female winner in 24:01. Five of the top six women were from Salisbury. Runner-up Brooke Lloyd, 13, ran 27:48; 9-year-old Evelyn Fuller was third in 29:13; Selena Fuller, 39, claimed fourth in 29:54; and 41-year-old Bethany Morrissey, sixth, ran 30:23. Morrissey organized the Salisbury contingent.

Isaac Vernon of Arlington, Vt., was the first male 5K finisher in 19:43. Two Salisbury 13-year-olds, Brady Lloyd and Levi Nuceder were third and fourth, respectively, in 22:37 and 22:49.

Running a 5:28 pace, Lucas Calcagni of Milton cut 8:30 off the men’s 10K record finishing in 33:57. Brandon’s Cory Robinson was second in 37:57. Burlington’s Alison Hall also set a 10K course record for the women, winning in 46:01.

Running conditions were perfect on this opening day for Branbury State Park’s 2021 season. The sky was clear, the wind was light and the temperatures were in the mid 60s. While in the park everyone still wore masks as the COVID-19 threat continues to decline. The Middlebury Union Middle School cross county team is an event beneficiary and they provided support at all the aid stations.

For complete race results go to, click “Triathlon” and run, “athletes,” then race results. Event organizers reminded the field that the upcoming triathlon series, with the run portion being 5K, is open to teams where these runners team up with a biker and swimmer to participate. Those races are held in June, July and August.

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