Maybe a 6:30 a.m. plunge into the Hot Springs Pool on a moody Sunday morning followed by a half-mile swim, 15-mile bike ride and a five-mile run is not for everyone, but for 300 triathletes, it was an event they had been waiting for all year.The Tri-Glenwood Triathlon, which donated extra proceeds to Youthzone, is in its 20th year and continues to be one of the most competitive and anticipated events of the season for locals. One of the reasons the athletes like it is the cheering crowd at the finish line.Competitors had the option to race individually or as a three-person relay team.The race is popular with spectators, especially those watching family and friends compete. Aisha Weinhold watched her dad race for Team Vanilla, which took first in the co-ed relay.He beat all his friends! she said.The swim began with 50 athletes in each heat swimming seven lengths of the pool in 25-minute increments.I felt like I was in the water with a bunch of sharks! said race director Cindy Lundin, who has competed in all 20 Tri-Glenwoods.The cycling portion consisted of a 15-mile bike ride to Canyon Creek and back against a strong headwind.When Kristi Shelton, who rode for her team, was asked why she entered the race, she pointed to her teammate, Christy Wohletz. Its her fault! The duo competed in the relay and trained every morning at 6 a.m. in preparation for the race.The last leg, a 5-mile run, started at the pool, continued along Seventh Street and wound around Midland Avenue back to the Hotel Denver.Mark Williams, who competed individually, found the running a little easier this year.I felt less suffering, he said. Its usually abject torture.After the race, activities moved to Sayre Park for a barbecue and awards ceremony where some of the athletes sported race T-shirts designed by Silt artist Bernie Boettcher.The race logo features a representation of a wave for the swim, spokes for the bike racing and bare feet for the run. Marble sculptor Greg Tonozzi drew one foot in the water and one out of it to remember that we always stand with one foot in this world and one foot in the next.
Team competitors Kristi Shelton of Glenwood, left, is vice president at Alpine Bank and Christy Wohletz of New Castle works for Glenwood Insurance
From left, competitors Jennifer Sutherland of Glenwood, who works for the River District; Helen McQueeney of El Jebel, a personal trainer who posted a top-ten finish; Maureen Nuckols of Carbondale, a nursing instructor at Colorado Mountain College; and Karen Paul of Grand Junction, a dental assistant.
Competing in the individual race are Nic Vanderhoof, 16, a junior at Glenwood Springs High School and uncle Steve Vanderhoof of Glenwood, senior executive vice president at Weststar Bank.
Chris Carroll, left, of Glenwood and Forbes Grizzell of Battlement Mesa both work for grounds maintenance at the Hot Springs Pool and helped direct traffic during the triathlon.
Competitors, from left, Thomas Rumery of New Castle co-owns Osage Gardens; Molly Rumery of New Castle is a freshman at CSU; Theresa Rumery of New Castle is a graduating student at CU; and Sarah Rumery, co-owner of Osage Gardens, is a triathlon volunteer
From left, first place co-ed relay team members Christine Hirsch of Rifle, a biologist for the Forest Service; Lisa Belmonte of Meeker, a wildlife biologist for the Forest Service; and Mark Weinhold of Carbondale, a hydrologist for the Forest Service. Aisha Weinhold of Carbondale, 12, attends Carbondale Community School.
From left, Katie Haefner of Glenwood works at the Hot Springs Pool and the Springs Sports Bar & Grill; Maria Passenti of Glenwood; and Brian Passenti of Glenwood, who is assistant pool manager at the Hot Springs and took third place in mens overall.
Triathlon volunteers Mary Jay, left, of Glenwood works for the Re-1 School District and Jeane Walker of Glenwood works at Valley View Hospital.
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Glenwood’s Sunlight Mountain Resort opens full-time for the season Friday with all three of its lifts providing access to expanded terrain. Oh, and it’s supposed to snow!