Wertheim retains Tri Glenwood championship
The challenge never materalized.
Any thought of a wire-to-wire battle between Charlie Wertheim and Dirk Bouma at Sunday’s Tri Glenwood Triathlon vanished halfway into the bicycle race.
The Glenwood Springs resident retained his overall men’s championship by setting a new course record of 1 hour, 17 minutes and 27 seconds and beat his longtime rival by almost five minutes.
Wertheim admitted the thought of Bouma’s speed during the 5-mile run, pushed him to his best.
Wertheim got concerned when he spotted Bouma running on the Grand Avenue pedestrian bridge.
“I saw him when I was going under the bridge, and I figured that’s not very far ahead for a guy who runs as fast as (Dirk) does,” Wertheim said.
“I thought he was much closer to me than he was.” I was running along. I’d go by aid stations and course marshals, and they’d say, `Go Charlie’ and five seconds later they’d say, `Go Dirk.'”
“I thought for sure he was there, and he wasn’t.”
Of the three elements, Bouma bested Wertheim in one.
The Denver resident finished the swim portion of the race in 11 minutes, 33 seconds, compared to Wertheim’s 12:27.
Bouma’s early 53-second lead was gone after the bike race. Wertheim clocked in a 34:57 to Bouma’s 37:14. The 5-mile run followed the same pattern.
Wertheim added to his advantage with a men’s best time of 30:03.
Phil Hackbarth of Colorado Springs took third place. He finished 90 seconds back at 1:23.51.
Winter Park resident Jed Conforth, the winner among 20-to-24-year-old men, was fourth. Glenwood residents Chris Spence and Brian Passenti finished sixth and eighth, respectively.
Susan Griffin-Kalikian from Castle Rock defeated the defending women’s overall champ, Shannon Prince of Denver, for the 2002 title.
Griffin-Kalikian’s time of 1:29.31 was the eighth-best time, regardless of gender in the race.
Heidi Vosbeck of New Castle clocked the fastest time among area women at 1:37.59. Helen McQueeney’s time of 1:39.37 earned the Carbondale resident eighth place in the women’s standings. It was her second 50-to-54 year-old women’s title in as many years.
Kae McDonald of Glenwood rounded out the top 10 women’s times at 1:40.36.
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