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Precocious Scotera wins 2016 Patrick Bell Award
8-8-2016_The Recorder_Sports_ by Jason Butynski
Although it may be difficult to remember the type of things you were doing as a 10-year old, running triathlons probably wasn’t among them.
Greenfield’s Luke Scotera will forever be able to boast about doing just that as a 10 year-old, however, as he was awarded the Patrick Bell Award, which is given annually to the youngest finisher in the Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon Sprint Division. The award is named in memory of Greenfield native Bell, who got his start in triathlons in 1995 at the Greenfield event at age 13. He continued competing in the sport for 10 years before tragically dying in 2005 at the age of 23 after completing the Ashland Lions Club Triathlon. Each year his family comes out for the Greenfield Triathlon and many of his brothers and sisters compete in teams. Then the family hands out the award that typically goes to someone around 12 or 13, but this year was awarded to someone even younger.
“My mom encouraged me to do it,” Scotera said about his impetus. “It was great. I had a lot of fun.”
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Bensen, Cameron, Poe repeat champions
8-8-2016_The Recorder_Sports_ by Jason Butynski
Familiar faces adorned the podium following the 33rd running of the Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon Sunday at the Green River Swimming & Recreation Area, where three defending champions retained their crowns.
Deerfield’s Dan Bensen and Conway’s JoEllen Cameron returned to the top of the podium in the Sprint Division, while Northampton’s Carson Poe repeated as Men’s International Division champion. Katie Mason of Brooklyn, N.Y ., was the only first-time champion this season, winning the Women’s International Division.
Sunday’s victory marked the first celebration of the month for Cameron, who will be celebrating again in two weeks when she marries fiance John Reino, who doubles as her training partner for the multiple triathlons in which they both compete, and who, incidentally, also won his age division (men’s 50-54) Sunday. Cameron joked that this will be the final time that JoEllen Cameron will compete. She will be JoEllen Reino in any future appearances. All the more reason for her and Reino to come back early from their vacation in Maine to compete in Sunday’s event.
“We just love this race,” Cameron said, “and we love triathlons in general. We train together, it’s something we like to do. We are doing another one Wednesday in New York. We probably do about seven or eight triathlons per summer.”
Winning the women’s Sprint Division was no easy feat for the bride-to-be, thanks to Easthampton’s Kate Mc-Cully, who had the fastest swim time of any competitor, male or female. McCully completed the .31-mile swim in 7 minutes, 12 seconds, which was more than 30 seconds faster than any of the other 155 entrants in the Sprint Division, and nearly 2 minutes better than Cameron. . . . Click here for full article
Endurance for the win
8-8-2016_The Recorder_Main_ photos by Matt Burkhartt
Athletes from all over the region biked, swam and ran their way to victory at the Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon on Sunday. Above, Mark Waller of Greenfield races down Nash’s Mill Road during the Sprint individual bike leg. . . . Click here for full article
Former champs abound for Sunday’s race
8-5-2016_The Recorder_Sports_ by Jason Butynski
The 33rd running of the Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon will take place Sunday morning at the Green River Swimming & Recreation Area in Greenfield, where three former champions will be among the few hundred people competing.
Last year’s Sprint Division champions Dan Benson and JoEllen Cameron are both returning to defend their titles, as is last year’s International men’s champion Carson Poe. Benson finished the .31-mile swim, 15.14-mile bike and 3.09-mile run in 1 hour, 8 minutes, 1.5 seconds to claim the 2015 Sprint men’s championship, marking the second time the Greenfield native has won the event, the other coming in 2012. Last year was also Cameron’s second title, as the 2011 champion hailing from Conway earned the Sprint women’s championship with a time of 1:17:16.3, finishing five minutes ahead of her nearest rival. Last year also marked the return of the Pumping Station covered bridge to the course, after what might be the most popular part of the course was washed away by Hurricane Irene in 2011. . . . Click here for full article
Talk about full circle
8-2-2016_The Recorder_Sports_Jaywalking by Jay Butynski
Hank Lange remembers it well — Greenfield Triathlon, Aug. 4, 1991, he the 37-year-old overall runner-up and men’s 30-39 division champion.
Although it would be no stretch to assume that his grueling accomplishment that day could not have been topped by anyone in his immediate family at that time a quarter-century ago, such a logical assumption about his grueling ordeal would be inaccurate indeed. In fact, dead wrong. Because, you see, just 20 hours before the starting gun had sounded, Lange’s wife, Diana, had given birth to their first child, a daughter. Now, 25 years after the birth of Sarah Wellington Lange, she and her dad will return to Greenfield to participate in the 33rd annual triathlon Sunday morning at the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area.
The Brattleboro residents had not returned to the race until last summer, when the Langes attended the 32nd running of the event as spectators. While cheering competitors, father and daughter could feel their competitive juices begin to flow and then and there a challenge was issued for the following summer.
“The idea was hatched while we watched that day,” Hank said. “She’s out for blood, I’m afraid.”. . . . Click here for full article
Bensen, Cameron give Triathlon local champs
8-3-2015_The Recorder_Sports_by Jason Butynski
On July 23, Greenfield native Dan Bensen celebrated his marriage to college sweetheart Rachel Meyer with a wedding. Ten days later, he was again celebrating — this time, Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon’s Sprint Division championship.
Bensen cruised through the 32nd running of the event to finish in 1 hour, 8 minutes, 1.5 seconds to beat the field by more than three minutes Sunday morning at the Green River Swimming & Recreation Area. . . . Click here for full article
Out To Dry
8-3-2015_The Recorder_photo by Matt Burkhartt
Competitors in the 32nd annual Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon exit the Green River after completing the swimming leg of the event at the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area on Nashs Mill Road Sunday . . Click here for photo
Covered bridge is back for Sunday’s Triathlon
7-31-2015_The Recorder_Sports_by Jason Butynski
The bridge. Ah, the bridge. Finally, it’s back.
After a three-year hiatus, the covered Pumping Station bridge on Eunice Williams Drive makes its long-awaited return to the Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon during the 32nd running of the annual race Sunday morning at the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area in Greenfield.
The most famous and picturesque part of the course has always been that covered bridge, but the floods from Hurricane Irene in 2011 destroyed it and caused race officials to create an alternate route for the past three years. The bridge reopened this past fall, so now the triathlon can return to its original route, much to the delight of organizers and participants.
“I’m extremely excited, it’s nice to have our traditional course back,” Greenfield Recreation Director Christy Moore said. “I think the athletes are excited, too. They missed it. It’s just so quintessential New England to have a covered bridge on the route. I don’t know of any other triathlon that has a covered bridge on the route.” . . . Click here for full article
Skidmore dominant at Lightlife Triathlon
8-4-2014_The Recorder_Sports_by Jason Butynski
It was not going to be easy for Meghan Skidmore to best her 2013 performance at the Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon, but the North Conway, N.H., resident put on a show to remember during the 31wst annual running of the event. Skidmore not only won the women's overall International Competition, she also beat all the men in the event to claim her second consecutive title Sunday morning at the Green River Swimming & Recreation Area. . . Click here for full article
8-4-2014_The Recorder_Main_photos by Micky Bedell
Participants of the Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon make their way through the event course. . . Click here for full article
Greenfield Triathlon on tap Sunday
8-2-2014_The Recorder_Sports_by Mark Durant
Now in its fourth decade, the Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon appears to be as strong as ever. Race Director Christy Moore of the Greenfield Recreation Department said that 229 athletes have registered for the various age groups and divisions as of Wednesday night – including 123 for the individual Sprint course and 73 for the individual International course for the 31st-annual event, which takes place Sunday morning beginning at 8 a.m. at the Green River Swimming & Recreation Area. . . Click here for full article
Greenfield Triathlon draws old pros and newcomers
8-5-2013_The Recorder_Main_by Chris Curtis
The finish area of the Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon fills rapidly with spectators as finishers begin to trickle in, to be immediately surrounded by family and friends with water and congratulations . . . Click here for full article
Shea, Bensen steal show at Lightlife Triathlon
8-5-2013_The Recorder_Sports_by Jason Butynski
Last summer, Gregory Shea was disappointed that the swimming portion of the Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon had to be canceled due to high levels of bacteria in the Green River. This year, he showed why . . . Click here for full article
Meaningful Bell Award winner
8-5-2013_The Recorder_Sports_by Jason Butynski
Noah Kramer was a spectator five years ago, watching father Daniel Kramer run the Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon. During the awards ceremony following the event, Noah, then 9, listened as the Patrick Bell Award was given out to Lexi Skovran, a 12-year-old who was the youngest competitor to finish the race . . . Click here for full article
Greenfield Triathlon hits 30 years
8-3-2013_The Recorder_Sports_by Jason Butynski
The Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon will celebrate its 30th year of racing on Sunday morn-ing.More than 200 athletes are slated to take part in the 30th running of the competition, which takes place on the first Sunday of August and has become a staple in Greenfield after three decades of racing . . . Click here for full article
‘To finish is to win’ Hundreds expected at Greenfield’s 30th triathlon Sunday
8-3-2013_The Recorder_ Life & Times_by Kathleen McKiernan
From June until August, Luke Toritto, 18, of Greenfield wheels his bike from his home or laces up his sneakers after work and takes to the pavement . . . Click here for full article