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Triathlon time - sink or swim, run and ride

If you like to swim, run and ride your bicycle, then what could be better than doing all three at the same time? How about doing them at one of Vermont's most beautiful ski resorts. On August 6th it's time to unleash your inner triathlete, as the Mount Snow Triathlon returns for its second year.

Don't let the name scare you. The Mount Snow Triathlon is no Tough Mudder challenge. There are no walls to climb, mud pits to navigate or electrically-charged finish lines to brave. But it's no "sugar on snow" either. The event is both challenging enough for intermediate triathletes while still a great introduction for beginners.

What does a triathlon entail? It begins with a 1/4 mile swim in Snow Lake at the base of the mountain. Then triathletes hop on their bicycles and pedal to the intersection of Handle Road and Route 100, and back to the resort; a 12-mile ride in total. Lastly, they hit the trail for a 3 mile run along ski trails ending behind the Main Base Lodge. Need a visual? See the map below for a bird's-eye view.

Still not convinced you're ready? The course will be marked out Friday before the event, so you can scope out every turn, hill and straight away in advance. Registration for the event will run from 6:30-8:00 a.m.  the day of the event, and you can also pre-register online. The first heat will dive into the water at 8:30 a.m. After the last athlete has crossed the finish, and grabbed themselves a victory beer from Cuzzin's, an awards ceremony will be held and medals given to the top 3 competitors in each class.

All that paddling, pedaling and pedometer pacing will be tiring work. Take a load off at one of our short-term rental homes around Mount Snow. They're the perfect place to rest your triathlete bones after the race.

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