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Sonoma County’s Vineman triathlons mark first race under new Ironman ownership

Published Saturday July 9

When the starter’s pistol goes off and more than 2,000 athletes dive into the Russian River at Johnson’s Beach Sun morning for the first leg of the Ironman 70.3 Vineman, it will mark the dawning of a completely new era for triathlon in Sonoma County.

For a quarter of a century, the series of Vineman endurance races, most of them triathlons, has garnered broad acclaim not only for the beauty of the courses but the family feel of the events cultivated under their founder, Santa Rosa resident Russ Pugh.

That change alone has stirred not ease if not outrage among racers.

“It’s gentle of the life cycle of things,” he said.

Article length: About 1910 words.
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