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Construction won’t put off triathletes

Triathletes are a pretty hardy bunch.

Here in Glenwood Springs, participants are used to running five miles, swimming 825 meters, and riding 15 miles as part of the Glenwood Triathlon. So it’s not likely an obstacle like a little road construction is going to deter anyone when the 22nd annual event takes off on Sept. 10.

The race, which sees more than 300 competitors each year, will begin and end at the Hot Springs Pool. The snag this year is that much of Interstate 70 has been under construction and will still be under construction when the race begins. The stretch of I-70 from the main Glenwood exit to Canyon Creek and back is where the cycling leg of the triathlon takes place.

However, race organizer Cindy Lundin said that she’s been given personal assurances by the Colorado Department of Transportation that the first layer of resurfacing will be complete on the highway’s shoulders by the start of the race.

CDOT spokeswoman Nancy Shanks confirmed that crews fully expect to have the shoulders repaved in time for the triathlon. Additional safety measures such as cautionary signs for motorists will also be in place.

But of course, nothing in life is certain, and Lundin knows that.

“Quite frankly, I’m just keeping my fingers crossed until the end of August,” said Lundin. “We’ll get an update at that point.”

The only time in 22 years that the Tri-Glenwood Triathlon has come anywhere close to being canceled or altered was two years ago, just after Lundin had first taken over supervision of the race. Not only was there road work underway on I-70 then as well, but the morning of the race was also greeted with a light drizzle.

“I contemplated canceling the race, and did not do so,” said Lundin. “I asked (the racers) what they would have done if I had canceled the race, and they would not have been happy.”

Lundin said she’s glad she didn’t cancel the race that year, and won’t even consider it this year.

Even if the repaving isn’t complete, she’s certain that all of the triathletes are simply going to tough it out.

“They’d put heavy duty tires on, and they’d race. Triathletes come to race,” she said.

Contact John Schroyer: 945-8515, ext. 529

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