Carpenter, Wertheim tri-umphant at Tri-Glenwood Triathlon |

Carpenter, Wertheim tri-umphant at Tri-Glenwood Triathlon

Jeff CaspersenGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Not more than a few minutes after winning the women’s division of Sunday’s Tri-Glenwood Triathlon, Kallie Carpenter promptly resumed the duties that accompany motherhood.Namely, taking her nearly 1-year-old son, Quinn, into her arms as he gleefully took in the finish-line scene outside Hotel Denver on Seventh Street.Carpenter, a Carbondale resident, had no idea she had won in her first stab at the Tri-Glenwood race. “It was good,” she said. “It’s typically not my kind of race. I like hills.”While the course involved little in the way of grade, Carpenter easily outpaced the women’s field. Her time of 1 hour, 31 minutes put her well ahead of second-place finisher Shannon Prince (1:33:59) and landed her in seventh overall on a course that included an 825-meter swim at the Hot Springs Lodge pool, a 15-mile bike ride along Interstate 70 and a five-mile run along the river trail and Midland Avenue.

Carpenter, who’s raced in triathlons the last five years or so, seemed a little surprised she fared so well. Having young Quinn and his almost 4-year-old brother, Corbin, to watch over leaves little spare time to train.”You train when you can,” she said. “I usually spin the bike at home. I bike when they’re sleeping.”And Carpenter’s training runs usually involve pushing a stroller.Her summer triathlon count is down from the norm, too. She had planned to run a triathlon in Aspen, but that ended up getting canceled. Sunday’s triathlon was her first of the year.So she’s made due in satiating her appetite for competition.”I usually do running races or bike races,” she said. “I’ll probably do the Golden Leaf [Half Marathon in Aspen]. I’m just playing it by ear with the kids.”As well as she performed Sunday, it’s downright scary to think what Carpenter will accomplish once her young sons get a little older.Wertheim wrangles another win

Glenwood Springs’ Charlie Wertheim returned to Tri-Glenwood competition in 2007 after a one-year hiatus and finished third.In Sunday’s 2008 race, he accomplished what he’d done five times in his previous 13 Tri-Glenwood appearances – he won the whole thing.Wertheim, 45, clocked in 47 seconds ahead of second-place Benton Line, posting a time of 1:22:09 that stood almost a minute better than his third-place time of a year ago.”I was actually hoping to be under 1:22,” Wertheim said. “But my run was a lot slower than I hoped.”Ever since noticing a neighbor’s Tri-Glenwood T-shirt upon moving to the area from Alaska in 1993, Wertheim’s been a Tri-Glenwood staple.”I thought, ‘I’ve always wanted to do one,'” he recalled. “I signed up and got hooked.”If his six titles speak to anything, it’s safe to say Wertheim found his competitive calling.

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