Shelburne’s Champlain Classic turns 25

Shelburne runners (from left) Harper Danforth, Dani Bronk, and Harper Riley, get pumped for the start of the Champlain Classic 5K race on Sunday, May 3 in Shelburne. Visit www.shelburnenews.com for more photos.
Shelburne runners (from left) Harper Danforth, Dani Bronk, and Harper Riley, get pumped for the start of the Champlain Classic 5K race on Sunday, May 3 in Shelburne. Visit www.shelburnenews.com for more photos.

For the second consecutive year, Todd Lavinge of Winooski won Sunday’s 5K Champlain Classic. This year’s finish in 17 minutes and 4 seconds was 25 seconds faster than his first place overall finish of last year. Lavinge was followed by Milton resident Eric Brigham, and Don Kjelleren was the first Shelburne resident to cross the finish line in fourth place. The winner of the 15K race was Jason Frank of Burlington, who also won last year, with a time of 56:52 followed by Rick Carrick of Burlington and Garry Mathieu. Dan Bahrenburg was the first Shelburne resident to cross the finish line with a time of 59:29.

Blessed with a beautiful day, participants in the 25th annual Champlain Classic Race were happy to compete on the scenic course in Shelburne. Betsy Cieplicki, Director of the Town’s Recreation Department and organizer of the event, mentioned “We had just under 160 participants this year. That’s thanks in part to “No Boundaries,” a Fleet Feet Sport beginners-running program designed for non-runners and new runners who brought a group of 25, along with coaches and mentors, that graduate from their 11-week program by running in the 5K Champlain Classic,” she shared.

The event wouldn’t be possible without lots of help, and Cieplicki voiced that sentiment clearly, offering “special thanks to Fleet Feet, Associates in Orthodontics, Drs. Angus, Blasius, and Librizzi; and Sweeney Designbuild, for sponsoring this event and the Automaster for providing the lead car.” She also expressed gratitude to all the volunteers who came out and helped during the race, “especially timer Matt Chandler, Champlain Classic webmasters, and all the other many volunteers who help make this event successful.”

Proceeds from the race benefit the ADA accessibility improvements, a lift and ramp, at Shelburne Beach.

Shelburne residents who completed the Champlain Classic 5K include: Don Kjelleren (4); Chris Danforth (11); Oliver Pudvar (20); John Blaise (21); Tim Singer (22); Allan Miller (23); Craig Abel-Palmer (26); Harper Danforth (29); Erin Bahrenburg (30); Jordan Royer (31); Carly Trapeni (36); Laura McCray (37); Julie Minnear (39); Zoe Klein (44); Chris Sheahan (49); Mitch Terricciano (51); Kacie Peters (52); Kim Dittus (53); Neva Williams (54); Dani Bronk (55); Briege Riley (56); Maggie Glover-Stief (57); Enca Terricciano (61); Janet Nunziata (62); Miranda Oppenheimer (63); Karen Oppenheimer (64); Skyler Kingsbury (65); Lisa Kingsbury (66); Brian Flynn (67); Tim Ryan (71); Harper Riley (73); Matt Riley (74); Gina Normand (75); Flo Meiler (91); and Heidi Lacroix (98).

Shelburne Champlain Classic 15K results were as follows: Dan Bahrenburg (4); David Connery (7); Ed Hamilton (9); Anne Klein (13); Erika Sanramm (18); Brian Galloway (21); Paula Miller (31); Jill Mauro (34); Stephanie Konowitz (37); Sarah Rogers (41); Marz Qubti (44) and Sonell Knudsen (45).

For a complete listing of results visit www.champlainclassic.com.