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Volunteers keep the wheels spinning at Glenwood Springs’ triathlon

John GardnerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Kim Montague knows the value of a volunteer. As the second-year volunteer coordinator, and a volunteer herself, for the Tri-Glenwood Triathlon, she knows just how much work the nearly 100 volunteers do to pull off this grand event.”They are incredible,” Montague said. “It could not happen without the volunteers, because there are so many jobs that need to be done.”Montague added that there are nearly 100 jobs that need to be performed in the time the triathlon takes place. The race had 258 competitors and 43 teams that participated in Sunday’s event.Volunteers help with everything from setting up the transition area between events to checking in competitors in the early morning hours.”There’s not even enough sunlight to read the roster when the first heat goes into the pool,” said volunteer and competitor Ron Carr.

Carr has volunteered with setting up the pool for 17 years, and he’s seen firsthand the importance of the volunteers.”Overall, it couldn’t happen without the volunteers,” Carr said. “We are just one small part at the pool. There are people setting up the bike racks, getting the run organized, volunteers out on the road watching out for the riders …”It’s an event that has such a wide spectrum of tasks spread throughout the three courses that Carr doesn’t even know all of the volunteers.”The part I see is setting up the pool and getting the race started,” Carr said. “There are a lot of the volunteers on race day that I don’t even see.”

For Carr, it’s more than a community event, it’s a family event. His wife, Roselan, and two sons, Daren and Jason, also volunteer with the pool setup. “It’s nice that we have so many volunteers who come back year after year,” Montague said. “Everyone knows what they are doing and what needs to be done. And it’s nice that the volunteers are out cheering on the participants.”Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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