Framke repeats as Tri-Glenwood winner |

Framke repeats as Tri-Glenwood winner

Jeff CaspersenPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, Colorado CO
Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – As he strode down Seventh Street, along the downtown esplanade and toward the Tri-Glenwood Triathlon finish line, Kirk Framke signaled for his 8-year-old son, Campbell, to join him.The impromptu gesture, and subsequent side-by-side sprint to the finish, is something neither will likely forget.”He beat me,” conceded dad, standing beside his young son just beyond the finish line out in front of Hotel Denver. “Yeah, we were racing,” Campbell enthusiastically added.Campbell was the only one to finish ahead of his dad at Sunday’s 28th annual Tri-Glenwood.The elder Framke won the Tri-Glenwood overall title for the second year in a row, clocking in at 1 hour, 18 minutes, 5 seconds on a sun-splashed morning.”This is my last race of the year,” said the 38-year-old Denver Public Schools math teacher. “You can’t ask for a better place to end the year. It’s beautiful. There’s not a cloud in the sky.”Framke, a veteran triathlete and former college football player, added the Tri-Glenwood to his competitive schedule last summer. No doubt to the chagrin of the race’s regulars, he plans on making it a yearly trek.”Normally, when we ask the kids if they want to go to a triathlon, it’s no,” he relayed. “When I ask the kids if they want to go to the Glenwood Springs triathlon, they’re in the car three days early, all buckled in and waiting to go.”Saturday featured a trip to the Hot Springs Lodge pool for the Framkes. Sunday’s itinerary included a trip to the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.”We couldn’t ask for a better weekend,” said Framke, who’s in town with not only his son but his wife, Erin, and 4-year-old daughter, Anja. “We love coming here.”Finishing second behind Framke was Carbondale’s Charlie Wertheim, a copy editor at the Post Independent who still owns the race record of 1:17:27. He set that in 2002. In 2012, Wertheim clocked in at 1:25:50.Rounding out the top five were Glenwood’s Dave Weidemann, who broke his own bike course record by 3 seconds (1:28:46), Denver’s Neil Krauss (1:31:01) and Golden’s Jeffrey Hulett (1:32:17).Sunday morning’s race comprised an 825-meter swim in the Hot Springs Lodge pool, a 15-mile bike leg from the pool to Canyon Creek and back and a five-mile run along the Glenwood Springs River Trail and Midland Avenue.

The swimming portion of triathlons always intimidated Amy Ackerman. It’s an intimidation she’s overcome.Finishing up Sunday’s sprint triathlon in 1:35:34, the 2003 Glenwood Springs High School graduate placed second behind only Aspen’s Katie Elliott (1:35:06) at Tri-Glenwood.”I did not have a very good swimming background,” said Ackerman, standing beside a group of fellow competitors. “I was on the diving team for Glenwood High School, but I was not a swimmer. All these swimmers could tell you I was horrible at swimming.”Ackerman got into running while attending college at the University of Colorado in Boulder. The triathlon itch is a recent affliction. She began competing in them last year.”I was always really into running, then I had some knee injuries that came up,” she said. “I started swimming, and branched out to biking. I think someone mentioned, ‘You should try a triathlon,’ so I got a bike. It took me a while to really commit to doing one because I was always really worried about the swim.”The intimidation still lingers, just a bit.”Even today I was getting kicked,” she said with a smile. “Once, I got knocked on the head. It’s kind of intimidating when you’re not a swimmer.”Ackerman now lives in Steamboat Springs, where she coaches for Steamboat Springs Triathlon Club and works remotely for Boulder-based TrueToniqs, an organic beverage company she helped start.”I feel so lucky to work from home and live in the mountains,” she said. “I really like Steamboat. It feels a lot like Glenwood. It’s really active, and close to here. I come back here quite a bit.”Finishing behind Ackerman were Heather Meacham (third, 1:37:18), Lori Deacon (fourth, 1:38:25) and Christina McClard (fifth, 1:40:07)

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