LSC’s TEAM USA TRIATHLETE. Meg Skidmore, a 2007 graduate of Lyndon State College’s Mountain Recreation Management department, will be representing Team USA in the World Triathlon Championships in September. The competition will be held in London’s Hyde Park – - the same location as the 2012 Olympic Games – - and much of the course will follow that of the London 2012 route. More than 5,000 athletes from all over the world will vie for championship titles.
A triathlon is a “multiple-stage competition involving the completion of three continuous and sequential endurance disciplines.” It is an individual sport with each athlete is competing against the course and the clock for the best time. Skidmore will be competing in the “short course,” also known as the “Olympic distance,” which will require her to swim 1.5 kilometers (.93 miles), bike for 40 kilometers (25 miles), and run for 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).
Skidmore, who works at New Hampshire’s Glen Ellen resort and Bretton Woods, is searching for donations to get her to London.
She said, “I’ve been training hard since I raced at the Nationals last August and am getting ready for a full slate of races to prepare me for London. I am representing Team USA in London this September but they do not help financially. I have put together a team of volunteers – - Team Skidmore – - to help me raise $9,000 for summer travel to races, training and nutrition as well as travel and registration to London. I’ve got a personal coach, a manager, a publicist writing press releases and some friends campaigning for me!”
Skidmore writes a blog with information about a summer-long raffle, fundraising events, and dinners at skidmoreracing.blogspot.com. Donations can also be made via PayPal. She is also selling Team Skidmore t-shirts for $10.