Triathletes hit the roads, water Sunday at Tri-Glenwood |

Triathletes hit the roads, water Sunday at Tri-Glenwood

The Tri-Glenwood Triathlon is an ideal event for virtually anyone interested in spending a part of their day swimming, running and biking.

This year’s 270 competitors range from ages 15 to 76, and the course is ideal for the first-time triathlete, as well as the seasoned veteran.

The Tri-Glenwood is so ideal for the entire spectrum of competitors, it filled up by May 22 – 3 1/2 months before the start date.

The event kicks off for its 18th year Sunday, with the first heat entering the Glenwood Hot Springs pool at 6:30 a.m.

“The Glenwood triathlon is my favorite race out of the ones I have done,” said first-year race director Cindy Lundin, who has participated in all 17 Tri-Glenwoods. “The volunteers, the comfort of the hot springs pool compared to an open-water swim. The bicycle ride … is a simple course and the run is through the beautiful streets of Glenwood along the Roaring Fork River.”

After swimming 825 meters (7 lengths) in the Glenwood Hot Springs pool, competitors hop on their bicycles for a 15-mile ride, which starts west on I-70 along the Colorado River to Canyon Creek before looping back to the transition area at the Hot Springs parking lot. From there competitors don their running shoes for a 5-mile jaunt along the Roaring Fork River before returning to the finish area at the 7th Street Esplanade.

This year’s men’s overall battle for the top spot will likely be similar to the previous five years. Denver resident Dirk Bouma had a stranglehold on the title for three years until Glenwood resident Charlie Wertheim won in 2001. Wertheim had finished second to Bouma the prior three years and was the champion in 1997 before Bouma went on his three-year streak.

Wertheim finished the course in 1 hour, 21 minutes, 12 seconds last year, but Bouma holds the course record of 1:19:18, set in 1999.

“He’s the real athlete of the two of us,” Wertheim said of Bouma, a former U.S. Air Force athlete. “I have had faster runs than him, but he was always ahead of me, so he ran as fast as he needed to. He’s definitely a better swimmer.”

On the women’s side, last year’s winner Shannon Prince and former champion Carolanne Turtle are favorites on the women’s side.

Prince clocked a time of 1:30:33. The women’s record is 1:21:24, set by Jennifer Gutierrez, also in 1999.

The race also features a team division with classifications for men, women and co-ed.

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