By Grant Mollett, M.Ed. East Ridge High School The East Ridge High School girls cross country team’s official practices began on Monday, July 29.  The runners have several weeks of practice to get themselves ready for their first cross country...
submitted by Kendyl Cardwell, parkrun This weekend’s Clermont Waterfront parkrun was a breath of fresh air, literally. A whopping 67 first timers lined up at the start line at Hiawatha Park on Saturday. The newbies made up more than 30%...
By Linda Charlton Early in 1993, editors of the very last yearbook for the very last year of existence for Clermont High School declared "they saved the best for last." Could be they saved the best for the next generation,...
USA Triathlon today announced that the 30th Annual Great Floridian Triathlon has been designated the 2020 USA Triathlon National Ultra-Distance Championship. An ultra-distance triathlon, or full distance triathlon as it is often called, features a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike,...
Rowing embodies grace, power, and symmetry but at Saturday's 2nd annual cardboard boat regatta, rowing was all about keeping the boat afloat.  Races started at 12 pm at Victory Pointe, Clermont last Saturday. Participants built their boats, hoping to...
  By Kevin Grogan The biggest cycling race in the world, the Tour de France, should be decided in the next few days.  But Clermont's Michael Hernandez isn't concerned about this year's results.  He is looking ahead to a future Tour...
Early Saturday, July 13, Sommer Sports hosted the second in a series of four themed events featuring a Triathlon (Bike/Swim/Run) as well as a 5K Run/Walk. Hundreds of athletes gathered on the shores of Lake Minneola to compete in the...
After 13 years of empowering Clermont and the surrounding South Lake communities, Kevin and Kimberly Grogan, owners of Gear for Multisport, announce a rebrand and expansion for their local business. The company will be known as Dash-Sports, and is expanding...
By Kevin Grogan Most locals will tell you the most upbeat coach at Clermont's National Training Center is Stacy Loudon.  Constantly on the move up and down the hall in the Center, Stacy Loudon brings a sense of passion and...
The 6th annual Clermont Waterfront Festival was held on Saturday, May 18th. Ten and twenty paddler teams from across the state competed in 40 ft.-long dragon boats on Lake Minneola. Each team raced three times on a 380-meter course.   In...
Clermont City Council approved the Olympus project at its May 14th city council meeting. What is Olympus - Olympus is one of the largest private investments in Clermont. The project creator, Olympus Sports & Entertainment Group, is a Florida Limited...
Clermont Councilwoman Diane Travis recently returned from Pontevedra, Spain, where she won the silver medal in her age group at the World Triathlon's Duathlon World Championships.  Travis won the gold at nationals earlier this year. Congratulation to a Clermont...
By Kevin Grogan Over the past few years, I have interviewed a lot of amazing people that bring so much to our growing community.  Timothy Etttridge has been on my list (to interview) for some time.  Always on an epic...
by Kevin Grogan One of the first Track and Field Olympians to put Clermont on the map was certainly Damu Cherry-Mitchell. The world-class hurdler spent many hours grinding away and perfecting her trade at the National Training Center track leading...
by Kevin Grogan Lance Brauman, the high profile coach behind what is arguably the very best sprint group in the World, calls South Lake home. For a decade, the Adidas Pure Athletics Professional Track Group has trained out of the National...
Submitted by Phil MacHarg A month shy of his 55th birthday, PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont defeated top qualifier Jason Belmonte of Australia, 237-219, to win his 39th PBA Tour title in the Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis...
By Grant Mollett, M.Ed. East Ridge High School On Wednesday, February 6, schools around the country had athletes participate in National Signing Day ceremonies.  For student-athletes to sign a national letter of intent is both a day of celebration, but also...
Clermont City Councilwoman Diane Travis is known for her competitive spirit. She is, after all, a world and national champion duathlete who runs, bikes and runs. But this year, Travis is bringing a special dedication to her sport. That’s...
by Kevin Grogan The 3rd edition of the Cherrylake Farm Duathlon took place this Saturday morning with near perfect racing conditions. While the duathlon is the marquee race, the event also consists of a 10k and 5k kilometer run.  The...
CHALLENGEFAMILY, the world’s leading global triathlon festival race series and the fastest growing mass endurance triathlon brand, announced today a strategic partnership with Olympus, a visionary new community development that uniquely fuses sport, entertainment, fitness, health and more. The...
Belinda Boulter, representing the Federation Aeronautique International (FAI or World Air Sports Federation), announced today that the 2020 World Hang Gliding Championships will be hosted in Groveland at Wilotree Field. Boulter said the 2019 pre-world competition also will be...
By Michelle Delaney (pictures taken at Champions Pointe Disc Golf Course in Lake Hiawatha Preserve) On a cool, crisp day in October 2015, I was introduced to the game of disc golf while visiting family in Summit County, Colorado.  It was...
Rapper Drake recently posted a photo on Instagram of him wearing a Montverde Academy Basketball uniform. Aubrey Drake Graham known as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur.
Kevin Grogan, Gear for Multisport As the 2019 college basketball season gets underway, it seemed like a perfect time to check-in with Clermont's favorite NBA legend; former UF Gator great Andrew Declercq.  A longtime resident of south Lake County, Declercq is...
Kevin Grogan, Gear for Multisport After Hurricane Michael hammered the Gulf Coast, the 20th edition of the Ironman Florida Triathlon was relocated.  What was scheduled in Panama City Beach was quickly shifted by a day to Haines City, Florida; which is about...
Submitted by Kevin Grogan There are very few people around Clermont that have seen the National Training Center (NTC) really evolve the way it has through all of its phases. Julie Nunn is one of them. She has grown up in...
submitted by Kevin Grogan In July 2016, Josephus Lyles and his older brother Noah turned professional and signed with Adidas.  They soon joined our professional sprint group, Pure Athletics, here at the National Training Center in Clermont that boasts close to twenty professional...
“Triathlete” magazine just named Clermont one of the Top 35 destinations for triathletes in the world. The coveted spot was among exotic locales, such as West Brisbane, Australia; Quebec, Canada and Kato Paphos, Cyprus. Writers Erin Beresini and Chris Foster...
Submitted by Kevin Grogan. Former Pro Triathlete and Clermont resident Sara McLarty had a plan as her professional career wound down.  The upbeat and enthusiastic swim specialist teamed up with Coach Misty Becerra and began putting together triathlon training groups...
The Boston Marathon has been called the Superbowl of Marathons.  Runners only get in by hitting qualification standards in smaller marathons (26.2 miles). Kimberly Grogan, a local mom of two and with her husband Kevin owns and operates Gear...
This past year Lake County Rowing Association (LCRA) received a $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation of South Lake County (CFSLC) which was used to purchase a competitive 8+ racing shell. On Friday, April 20, LCRA’s Youth Team hosted a ceremony,...
by Michelle Delaney Fred Sommer, a long-time resident of South Lake County and founder of Sommer Sports, has played a significant part in establishing Clermont’s identity as a “Choice of Champions” and a hub for athletes. The city of Clermont has...
By Kevin Grogan A marathon is a 26.2-mile long-distance run.  That is a long distance to run or even drive a car for that matter.  Now imagine running a marathon over a hundred times, and in all 50 States! Clermont resident...
By Kevin Grogan - The National Training Center (NTC) is certainly the spot for Northern groups to come down for some warmer base training this time of year.  Boasting the States longest swimming pool that has recently been redone in...
Submitted by Kevin Grogan Lisa Bentley is an 11-time Ironman Triathlon Champion; not to mention the dozens of half Ironman races she has won overall.  During the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run, it is hard to find a...
Submitted by Kevin Grogan It is well documented that Montverde Academy (MVA) has a strong history of athletic excellence.  To an outsider, the success may seem as simple as getting the right personnel in place in the respective sports.  What is often overlooked...
By Kevin Grogan Just about every sport is covered when you list professional athletes in South Lake. Florida's favorable climate makes for ideal training year-round for northern athletes that come down and then end up staying.  Wisconsin native Jake Rhyner is one these athletes. ...
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