Try, Tri again
On Sunday, 300 people will be swimming through the Hot Springs Pool, biking to Canyon Creek and running on the River Trail as they make their way through the 22nd annual Tri-Glenwood Triathlon.This year’s course starts, as usual, with a 825-meter swim, or seven laps across the Hot Springs Pool. Unlike other Triathlons in cold, open waters of reservoirs or lakes, competitors in the Tri-Glenwood are welcomed to the race with warm waters.After the swim, triathletes start peddling on their bikes, heading west along I-70 to Canyon Creek. They will then turn around and bike back to the Hot Springs Pool parking lot, totaling 15 miles of cycling.
Then comes the run. The racers will cruise through a 5-mile course along the River Trail and run back to Midland Avenue before crossing the finish line at the 7th Street Esplanade.Last year’s winner, Paul Quere, who also took titles in the event in 1993, 94, and 95, will be back to defend his championship. It won’t be easy for Quere, with runners like Gus Lundin, Scott Marr, Tyler Kent, Kevin Bax, Brian Passenti, Charlie Senz, Robert Adams and Jeffrey Hulett, who will enter his 19th year of competing in the Tri-Glenwood, vying for the top spot.Howard Jay, who holds the swim record of 10 minutes and 15 seconds set in 1998, will also be in the hunt for a title.
One runner who will not be participating this year is course record holder Charlie Wertheim, who put up the record pace of 1:17:27 in 2002. It will be the first time in 12 years Wertheim will not be contending in the race.On the women’s side, Susan Griffin Kaklikian, the women’s winner in 2005, will be fighting against a group of talented athletes including Leslie Fotopulos, Jenny Barsness, Traci Case, Brook Kroffrs, Dana McMakin and Toni Hecksel.A record-high 36 teams will be participating in the event, many of which are family teams like 2006 Colorado state prep swimming champion Emily McDonald and her parents Ken and Kae. Race director Cindy Lundin enjoys the family appeal that the Tri-Glenwood has – especially for husbands and wives who partner up.
“The Tri-Glenwood is a family event. Many of our racers are husbands and wives who challenge each other to stay in shape and see the day-to-day training process as a positive aspect of their marriage,” Lundin said in a press release. “It’s exciting to see the family teams which include parents, kids and sometimes grandparents.” There will be six heats going through the course on Sunday, with the first diving into the pool at 6:30 a.m. The last heat will begin at 8:35 a.m. There will be a barbecue following the race at Sayre Park at 12:30 p.m. The awards ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. Spectators are encouraged to come and cheer on the competitors.
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