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46 teams enter Tri-Glenwood

Joelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. It’s the 23rd year and it is expected to be as strong as ever.Yes, the Tri-Glenwood Triathlon is back and hitting the Hot Springs Pool and the streets of Glenwood on Sunday.The race is at capacity, but last-minute registrations will be taken at 5 p.m. on Saturday night if registered participants don’t pick up their race packets.For participants already registered, packet pick-up will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.. at the AmericInn Lodge and Suites Conference Room. If you do not pick up your packets by 5 p.m., they will be given to someone else.As for race-day events, bike check-in begins at 5:45 a.m. Swim check in will follow at 6 a.m. and the first of six heats will begin swimming at 6:30 a.m. The rest will follow with a heat starting every 25 minutes.The course starts with a 825-meter swim, or seven Hot Springs Pool lengths. The bike leg will be a 15-mile trek out of Glenwood, to Canyon Creek by means of I-70, and back to Glenwood. Participants will then enter the run section of the course, a five-mile stretch which will start at the Hot Springs Pool, wind up Midland to 27th, then circle back to finish on 7th Street between Blake Avenue and Grand Avenue. There will be a barbecue at Sayre Park at 12:30 p.m. and the awards ceremony will start at 1 p.m.All proceeds from the event will be donated to YouthZone.Last year, Paul Quere took the overall title with a time of 1 hour, 19 minutes and 44 seconds for his fifth Tri-Glenwood win. Quere will not be in the race this year, but former winner and overall course record holder Charlie Wertheim will. His record of 1:17.27 was set in 2002. In 2006, Jenny Barsness won the women’s title with a time of 1:32.36. Former women’s winners Leslie Fotopolis and Susan Griffin-Kaklikian will be back to try for another crown.”The women’s race should be a good competition,” said race director Cindy Lundin.There is more team entries than ever this year.”We have a record of 46 teams. We had 36 last year,” Lundin said. “The team event should be very exciting.”The Tri-Glenwood is looking for volunteers for a variety of positions on Sunday. Volunteers receive a T-shirt and a ticket to the post-race picnic. For information, call Kim at 945-7724.

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