24th Tri-Glenwood Triathlon takes place Sunday | PostIndependent.com

24th Tri-Glenwood Triathlon takes place Sunday

Anthony Dion
Glenwood Springs, Colorado, CO

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” On Sunday, the TriGlenwood Triathlon returns to the area for its 24th consecutive year with the same challenge and many of its top challengers. The race will get under way with the first heat beginning at 6:30 a.m.

It all begins with a swim in the Hot Springs Pool (seven lengths), then transitions immediately to a 15-mile bike ride to Canyon Creek and back to Glenwood Springs where the contestants transition at the Hot Springs parking lot to a five mile run along the scenic river trail where they race to the finish line at Midland and 7th Street Esplanade.

Local five-time winner Charlie Wertheim will have returning competition from Marco Salmen, Casey Vaughn, Phil Hackbarth, Jeffrey Hulett, Brian Passenti, Rich Kiser, Chas Salmen, Kevin Bax, John Hughes and Ed Strack, who comprise 12 of the top 15 men from last year’s race.

The participants vary from first time triathletes to seasoned veterans. Due to the popularity of the race, the number of participants has once again been increased. Currently there are 340 starters and 46 teams to give the TriGlenwood its most participants in history.

The top returning women from 2007 include previous overall winners Susan Griffen Kaklikian and Jenny Barsness as well as several top five finishers like Nicole Cavarra, Sarah Shepherd, Traci Case, Shannon Ullman, Kari Toni, Sara Krauss and Rachael Rey. Altogether, they make up 8 of the top 15 women finishers from last year.

Also, there are several ladies from the Roaring Fork Triathlon team looking forward to the Tri-Glenwood after a summer’s long training.

The Tri-Glenwood is very much a family event with several of the area’s families competing in whole. Some of the family participants include the Hert Family (eight), Ruben (two), Thorsen (two) and Salmen/Reinisch (4) families.

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