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Glenwood Springs man, family volunteer for and participate in annual triathlon

John GardnerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Ron Carr was busy Thursday night. He inflated 48 plastic buoys to line the Hot Springs Pool for the swimming segment of the 24th annual Tri-Glenwood Triathlon, which took place on Sunday.”I’m just involved with the swimming part and starting the race,” Carr said humbly.However, Carr, 66, and his family, wife Roselan Carr, and two sons, Jason Carr, 37, and Daren Carr, 32, have helped with setting up the pool since 1991.”It started for me when a friend of mine, Tony Casanova, was working on the thing and invited me to help set up one night before the race,” Ron said. “So, it started with me helping him for about three or four years.”It didn’t take long for the rest of the Carr family to get involved.

“I knew how things went together and (my family) jumped right in and started helping me out,” Ron said. “And we’ve gotten a few others involved, too.”The Carrs’ mission each year is to set up and break down the Hot Springs Pool for the race.Sounds simple enough, right? Well, it’s not exactly the pool party one might think of. The triathlon starts at 6:30 Sunday morning. So the Carrs go out the night before with a group of volunteers to set up the pool. However, the Hot Springs Pool stays open until 10 p.m. That makes a rather late night for the family.”We don’t like to be up till midnight,” Ron said. “We try to get out of there as soon as possible.”It’s work, but they still enjoy it.And for the past five years it’s been even more enjoyable, according to Ron, since he and his two sons have not only volunteered to help set up, but have also begun competing.”I didn’t compete for several years,” Ron explained. “We just worked at setting up the pool and getting it ready as a volunteer. But about five years ago we decided that this was too much fun to pass up, so we thought we would do it as a team.”Ron underwent triple bypass surgery just one year earlier, and that contributed to his decision to start competing.”After that, I got more interested in being more fit and healthy,” Ron said. “I figured that I would like to join in with them and started participating.”He also started teaching a spinning class at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, just for fun.

“Biking is what I do for fun,” he said. “I do the biking leg, Jason does the swimming and Daren is the runner.”Since then it’s been all smiles for Ron and the family, despite being stressed for time.”It’s a little rushed, but we don’t mind. It keeps us busy, and it’s more fun than anything,” Ron said. “It’s such a fun thing to work with, set up, and participate in. The fact that we can have it right here locally makes it really nice.”Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.com


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