Memories amass for Lundin | PostIndependent.com

Memories amass for Lundin

Jon Mitchell
Post Independent Sports Editor

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Cindy Lundin on Friday looked through all of the newspaper clippings which chronicled the Tri-Glenwood Triathlon over the past two-plus decades, wondering how it happened.

“When it first started, we thought it would last for maybe three or four years,” the 62-year-old Glenwood Springs resident said. “There’s no way we would have thought it would last this long.”

Lundin, at the urging of her late husband, Fritz, competed in the inaugural swim, run and bike competition in 1985. She’s been competing in it in some capacity ever since, even spending a decade-long stretch as race director while running the thing from 2002 to 2011.

So it would only make sense that she would be involved in some way during Sunday morning’s running of the event, which features a swim through the Hot Springs pool and a bike and run through Glenwood Springs.

But why?

“There’s a sense of community,” Lundin said. “There’s people you look forward to seeing every year and there’s that sense of accomplishment you have after running it. It’s a great thing all-around.”

Start time is 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, with race packets available today at Treadz, 812 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs. Proceeds from the event will fund future triathlons along with the swimming and cross country teams at Glenwood Springs High School. Registration is still open at http://www.triglenwood.com, and close to 400 people between team members and individuals are participating so far.

Lundin is one of nine people who have directed the race in some capacity, and her tenure has been the longest. She’s the second local athlete who has directed and run the race — Charlie Wertheim competed in the race and directed it from 1997 to 2001.

She got a few tips from Wertheim on how to stay sane while taking on that kind of a workload, which included planning the triathlon, training for the race and earning a paycheck. Lundin admits that it wore on her, but cherished the time that she got to not only compete in the race, but direct the race with her son, Gus, for 10 years.

And she didn’t expect to have had that opportunity when she ran it for the first time.

“I’m overwhelmed,” she said. “I just looked at this letter to the editor that was a thank you letter from 1994, and I had forgotten that I had written it. There are so many memories I have since I started.”

Lundin is participating, but not competing this year. She’ll do the bicycle ride as part of one of the 30 participating teams, meaning she’ll miss out on the shorter running course which will be put into play.

The running course will go from underneath the Grand Avenue Bridge up the Rio Grande Bike Path, make a turn over the Sunlight Bridge onto Midland Avenue, then turn onto 7th Street before going back into Two Rivers Park where the finish line is. The total running distance is 4.75 miles, which is about 200 yards less than the running course used prior to this year.

Not that Lundin is upset about missing that part of the race. She’s done the full thing plenty of times already.

“There are so many rewarding things that have happened,” Lundin said. “Too many to count.”

jmitchell@postindependent.com


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