Tri-Glenwood Triathlon returns to area Sunday |

Tri-Glenwood Triathlon returns to area Sunday

Post Independent staff report
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Tri-Glenwood Triathlon and its uber-loyal following turns 26 years old this Sunday.

Some 352 starters, a total that includes 40 teams, get their day started with an 825-meter swim at the Hot Springs Lodge pool. From there, competitors head west for a 15-mile bike ride out to Canyon Creek and back and then transition at the Hot Springs parking lot before heading out for a five-mile run along the River Trail.

A packed finish line always awaits racers outside Hotel Denver on Seventh Street.

Participants vary from first-time triathletes to seasoned veterans.

Local six-time overall winner Charlie Wertheim, who holds the overall course record of 1 hour, 17 minutes, will have returning competition from Dave Weidemann (holds the record for fastest biker), Mark Bauer (last year’s fastest first-time triathlete), Jeffrey Hulett, John Turtle, Kevin Bax and Rich Kiser.

Seven of the top 15 men from 2009 are returning.

The top returning women from 2009 include previous overall winner Kallie Carpenter and 2009 top-15 finishers Myriah Blair, Heidi Vosbeck, Jessica Smith, Helen McQueeney, Julie Lyons and Rachael Rey.

The first heat begins at 6:30 a.m. and the last of the six heats kicks off at 8:35 a.m. The most competitive athletes start in the later heats.

“The competition is quite serious in all the heats, but the last heat is a blur of arms and water as they fly up and down the seventh lengths of the pool,” Tri-Glenwood organizer Cindy Lundin said.

Tri-Glenwood features a number of intriguing entrants, including 81-year-old Ken Whitney of Greeley and 83-year-old Marilyn Olen from Denver.

Whitney is an active triathlete and enters six to 10 races each year.

A number of women from the Roaring Fork Triathlon Team, a local group headed up by Nancy Reinisch and Judy Norton, will be on hand.

Howard Jay, who’s missed only one of 25 Tri-Glenwoods, will also be out there. Jay holds the record swim time of 10:26.

Also in the field will be a number of families, Lundin passed along.

“The Tri-Glenwood is a family event,” she said. “Many of our racers are husband and wives who challenge each other to stay in shape. When their children turn 15, they frequently join the family activities. It is exciting to see the family teams which include parents, kids and sometimes grandparents.”

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