Five races, five wins.That sums up Paul Quere’s history at the Tri-Glenwood triathlon.
On a cloudy morning on Sunday, 43-year-old Quere raced his way to his second consecutive win, besting the field of 300 participants at the annual event. The Fort Collins resident swam 825 meters in the Hot Springs Pool, rode his bike 15 miles along I-70 and ran the 5-mile course that wound through town in 1 hour, 19 minutes and 44 seconds.Outside of the joy of winning and getting to visit a town he enjoys, there is another reason why Quere keeps being drawn back to the race.”I love Glenwood Springs. It’s a great town and the people are great. I enjoy the whole thing. Glenwood just has a great atmosphere and Cindy (Lundin) does a great job running it. And to be honest, my buddy Chirs Michael keeps betting me on it, so I have to come back,” Quere said with a smile. “I won the bet.”
Quere also earned titles at the Tri-Glenwood in 1993, 94 and 95. He said he noticed a difference from his wins then and his wins now. “(The hardest part) is that I am so old,” Quere said between laughs. “It just hurts. It hurts more every year.”Tyler Kent, also of Fort Collins, finished at the 2006 runner-up, crossing the finish line with a time of 1:21.22. Glenwood’s Scott Marr was the quickest local racer, taking fifth place after posting a time of 1:28.29.
Fellow Glenwood athlete Jenny Barsness took the women’s title at the Tri-Glenwood, 1:32.36.After participating in her first triathlon last year, where she finished third in the women’s division, Barsness was pleased with her victory.”I love it. It is so fun. Just when you get sick of one of the events, you get to switch. It is really nice,” 37-year-old Barsness said. “It was windy on the bike, but pretty good overall. Good temperature – it was perfect conditions.”
The run was no problem for Barsness, who is training for the Twin Cities Marathon on Oct. 1. It was the bike and swim she was worried about.”This year I am training for a marathon, so I have bumped up my running. It’s hard to get the other disciplines in because it’s pretty taxing,” said Barsness, who balances her workouts with being a mother of three. “It’s not easy.”The biking portion of the race went smoothly despite construction on I-70. There, cyclists rode on newly paved asphalt going westbound toward Canyon Creek and as they peddled in the right lane on eastbound I-70, sharing the road with motorists.
Runners were welcomed into the finish line where 7th Street was lined with supporters, volunteers and other finishers. All participants then headed to Sayre Park for lunch and the awards ceremony.Blind triathlete and Glenwood resident Nancy Stevens completed the course in 2:07.53, winning the physically challenged division in her fifth Tri-Glenwood competition. Steve Blair, of Glenwood, and Maribeth Oscamou, of Boulder, took home the first-time triathlete titles with times of 1:45.46 and 1:55.55 respectively. The Quick Chicks finished on top of the female relay bracket with a time of 1:39.08, The Can Openers took the coed team relay division in 1:28.16 and the Flippin’ Sweet Moves won the men’s relay in 1:28.43.
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