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Steamboat triathlon opens for registration

Posted Apr 02 2009 12:18pm

Steamboat Steamboat Springs, CO – Registration is now open for the Steamboat Springs Triathlon! On Sunday, August 30th, 2009 at 8:00 am, join 650 athletes at the edge of Lake Catamount, nestled in the Yampa Valley near the Medicine Bow & Routt National Forests, just 20 minutes outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Offering a sprint distance event, the Steamboat Triathlon will take place entirely in Steamboat Springs. The swim, bike and run courses will challenge athletes among the mountains of Northern Colorado, along the pristine Yampa River.

“Great cities have great marathons and great triathlons,” said Event Director Joy Rasmussen. “Look at Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Chicago. We have our great marathon -- the Steamboat Marathon -- and the great city of Steamboat Springs welcomes participants with our signature triathlon -- the Steamboat Triathlon.” “The spectacular valley location makes this event perfect for spectators, and provides great opportunities for volunteers who want to be part of a triathlon event.”

The triathlon will be staged at Lake Catamount, where Sarvice Creek empties from the Sarvice Creek Wilderness Area. The swim will be a point to point course in Lake Catamount. The bike course will run on county roads making a turnaround in downtown. The run will be on paved roads near Lake Catamount.

The ¾ swim course will be a water start, waist deep, and you will be guided by buoys on the course. This is a wetsuit-legal race, with anticipated water temperatures from 66 to 70 degrees.
The 20 mile bike course will start at Lake Catamount, in an out and back ride. There are no major hills on this beautifully scenic route, which features riding along the Yampa River, and offering spectacular looks at the mountains that grace the area. The 10 mile mark and turn around area is at historic Howelsen Hill in downtown Steamboat Springs.

The 4-mile run will leave the transition area and go 2 miles, there will be a turnaround, and you will run to the finish on this out-and-back route. There will be no major hills, and it is all paved.

The Steamboat Springs Triathlon is limited to just 650 entries and is sanctioned by USA Triathlon, the sport of triathlon’s national governing body. For more information, go to www.usatriathlon.org.

To view race maps, look for special lodging rates and ask questions go to http://www.steamboattriathlon.com. Entries are available for individual age group, relay, Clydesdale and Athenas at www.active.com (search “Steamboat Triathlon”). A special category for ages 14 – 19 will be offered for just $20 per entry.

For more information, to receive a sponsorship package, or to volunteer for the race email Event Director Joy Rasmussen at info@stamboattriathlon.com .

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