MANCHESTER - Registration is now open for the 2014 Southern Vermont Sprint Triath lon which will be held on Aug. 24 at 8 a.m.

The triathlon (SVST) begins at Hunter Park (Riley Rink) with an 8 mile bike to Emerald Lake, which will be followed by a 1/4 mile swim (out and back, close to the island), an 8 mile bike back to Hunter Park and a 3.4 mile run that finishes through the path from Rec Park to Hunter Park.

"The SVST is an event designed to introduce people to triathlons," said Stephen Murphy, the race director.

"Sprint" merely refers to the distance as opposed to the speed at which one completes the triathlon.

"We are in our second year and have wonderful support from our sponsors: The Spiral Press Cafe, Vermont Country Store, and the Lions Club," said Murphy.

To encourage more people to experience a triathlon, SVST is offering a 20 percent discount to students and teachers. Those interested should contact Hunter Park at 802-362-0150 or smurphy@rileyrink.com to verify eligibility for the discount.

The proceeds from the event go to support Hunter Park and its development as a more diverse facility that will offer resources to the community both in terms of healthy, fun activities and as a draw for people to make Manchester and the area a travel destination.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Stephen Murphy or Vanessa Beattie at 802-362-0150 or email smurphy@rileyrink.com.


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