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There was an added incentive to swim/bike/run as fast as possible on Saturday morning, Aug. 11, at the 10th Sharon Sprint Triathlon sponsored by the town’s recreation department and organized by Rec Director Matt Andrulis Mette.

The sky was cloudy and threatened rain (something new and different); anyone who wanted to miss the downpour was going to have to finish quickly.

The triathlon started in the relatively warm waters of Mudge Pond at the Sharon town beach. Fifty swimmers plunged in between the docks on one side and the water lilies on the other, then swam out to...

Lakeville Journal Sports

Nice hikes at Sharon preserved lands

With approximately 3,000 miles of conserved land under its auspices, the Sharon Land Trust offers pristine walks that can appeal to both the casual walker and eager hiker. 
On Friday, Aug. 3, I was able to meet with the only three employees of the Sharon Land Trust: Executive Director Maria Grace, Land Steward Tim Hunter and summer intern Nick Winburn, a rising senior at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. 
We hiked two different parcels of preserved land and I was able to get a small taste of the natural treasures that lie all around Sharon.

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Everyone’s a winner at regional swim meet

LAKEVILLE — More than 120 swimmers from area towns congregated at The Hotchkiss School pool on Wednesday, Aug. 1, for the annual Housatonic Valley swim meet. 
The athletes ranged in age from 6 to 17 and represented recreation swim teams from Salisbury, North Canaan, Cornwall, Litchfield and Woodridge Lake. 
Every swimmer competed in the preliminary races in the morning. After a lunch break, the racing resumed with the finals, which started at 1 p.m. 

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The event of the season: White Fly Hatch

By the time you read this a mystical event of epic proportions should be underway on the Housatonic River.
I refer to the White Fly Hatch.
This burrowing bug, which goes by the moniker of Epheron leukon, is unusual among mayflies in that it emerges, mates, lays eggs on the water and dies, all in the same night (according to the Wisconsin Fly Fisher website).
That’s a depressing prospect for an ambitious mayfly, but for the Housatonic fly-rodder it is cause for joy and merriment.

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From Georgia to Maine. Or, from Maine to Georgia

SALISBURY — The Appalachian Trail follows a 2,181-mile chain of mountains that stretches from the southern terminus at Springer Mountain in Georgia to the northern terminus at Mount Katahdin in Maine. 
Every year, hikers by the thousands attempt to walk the entire trail, living out of their backpacks for typically around six months. 

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How to keep hydrated in summer’s heat

As a high school senior who is a hoping to play college football, a large part of my summer this year has revolved around attending showcases and camps to be evaluated by college scouts. 
During these camps the field temperature often reaches 95 degrees and sometimes reaches triple digits. Exercising in this extreme heat makes it crucial to know how to stay properly hydrated. Here are a few tips to staying hydrated that I’ve found work for me.

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Watch the game of kings at Mashomack

PINE PLAINS — Polo competitions continue through the summer at the Mashomack Polo Club fields in Pine Plains, with matches and tournaments scheduled through the weekend of Sept. 21-23, when the club will host the Smithfield/Shekomeko Open.
Spectators are invited to come and watch what is known as “the sport of kings.” Athletes are also invited to learn to play, either as part of the weekly coaching league, in private lessons or in clinics with master coaches.

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Capturing biggie smalls in the river: some tips

Ahh, summer. The water temperature in the Housatonic rises to about 80 degrees, the flow is reduced to a trickle, the trout go into the Witness Protection Program and smallmouth bass is the name of the game.
I’ve been targeting Housatonic smallmouth bass for about six years now, which means I am an advanced rookie.
That means that I don’t know much, but at least I have a good idea of what I don’t know.

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Record turnout at Lime Rock Park’s racing weekend

LIME ROCK — It was one of the major race weekends of the year at Lime Rock Park, with the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) bringing both the WeatherTech Sports Car Championship and the Continental Tire Sports Car Championship here for the Northeast Grand Prix from July 19 to 21. 
These two championships race all over the country and boast some of the best drivers in the world. They are endurance races, which means that drivers were in the car for upward of two hours, working in teams of two.

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Racer finds rest, relaxation in Sharon

LIME ROCK — Lee Carpentier’s journey to becoming a professional race car driver is even curvier than the courses he navigates in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. 
Born and raised in Long Island, N.Y., Carpentier worked as a car mechanic until his early 20s and never really considered racing.
“We didn’t grow up in a racing community; it just randomly happened for me.”  

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Honoring the life of talented John Fitch

LIME ROCK — When John Fitch crossed life’s finish line at the age of 95 on Oct. 31, 2012, three years after his beloved wife, Elizabeth, passed, we lost a widely loved hero. 
Someone who simply refused to be just one thing, Fitch had a career that could easily describe the lifelong efforts of 10 men. Inventor, designer, World War II Army pilot, race car driver, promoter, entrepreneur, auto safety pioneer … that just starts the list of all that John Fitch was. 

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