ST. ALBANS TOWN – For those who participated in the 42nd annual Great Race Triathlon on Saturday, the waters of St. Albans Bay were smooth and the skies were blue.
Lower Newton Road, however, retained its windy reputation.
“It’s like when we walked in the snow to go to school. No matter where you are on Lower Newton Road, it’s always uphill,” said Chris Bedell of St. Albans.
After finishing the race on Saturday, Bedell and Curt Weeber checked the final results of the annual triathlon on a screen displayed near the finish line. They have been participating in the event since 2008.
“The bay isn’t always smooth, but it was pretty good today,” said Weeber, of Winooski. “For the distances, it’s a tough race.”
About 50 people took part in the race, which shut down some of the main thoroughfares in St. Albans Bay on Saturday morning July 2. Bedell said it’s always good to see some of his old rivals compete each year.
He ended up taking fifth place overall. Weeber took seventh place in the men’s finishers.
“It’s nice to have this year after year,” Weeber said. “And it’s a bargain for $35. You get the run, a burger and a beer. A real beer, not just a Budweiser.
Meanwhile, André Bolduc was calming down after crossing the finish line. Like the other two runners, Bolduc said he’s been competing in the triathlon every year for more than a decade. Coming back every year helps him stay active, he said.
“The challenge is beautiful,” he said. “I started doing it right out of college. I was in better shape then, but I’m glad I was able to do it in less than two hours.
Once the race was over in the morning, vendors began setting up their tents and crowds began pouring in to celebrate the rest of the traditional St. Albans Bay Day celebration.
Attendees could grab a bite to eat at a carnival booth or food truck, compete in a volleyball tournament, and listen to live music from AC/DC cover band Bon/Fire later in the evening.
As dusk fireworks lit up the sky as one of the first bursts of the Independence Day weekend.
“[This is just] put on a fun event in the community that helps everyone,” City of St. Albans Director of Public Works Alan Mashtare said of the event.
The top three in each category of The Great Race can be found below. Full results are available at http://802timing.com/.