The beautiful mountain town of Eagle, Colorado comes together annually to host the LG Tri. “This event is held in memory of our friend, Laura Genelin, who passed away in July of 2008 from colon cancer. Laura loved participating in triathlons. To keep her passion alive, we chose to hold one annually in her hometown of Eagle, Colorado. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, helping locals like Laura in medical crisis since 1996. To learn more about our nonprofit, visit www.vvcf.org.” Race director Robye Nothnagel and coordinator Jeanne Stough.
The 9th annual LG Tri held July 8, 2017 was greeted by a crisp, blue sky Colorado morning with temperatures in the mid 50’s reaching to the 70’s. The heated pool steamed as the athletes gathered into groups of 3 to get the race underway. 85 athletes ages 14-73 participated in the 500 yard pool swim, a scenic 12 mile out and back bike along Brush Creek Road (don’t take the 500 ft elevation gain for granted!), and a 5K run through Eagle Ranch.
Also, seven teams participated – female, male and co-ed, and even a kid team made up of three female six-year-olds!
“I love this triathlon because it’s a family event. We all can go together and share the sport together, cheering each other on.” – Carolanne Williams – 1st Overall Woman Finisher
Sy Grothe, a first time event participant from Las Vegas, NV said that he likes the “country tri” feel. It is welcoming to newcomers and a great way to see new places.
Upon completion of the sprint tri, the 5th annual LG Kids Tri was underway. 63 children ages 6-13 showed their triathlon skills with big smiles and competitive hearts. From newbies to seasoned triathletes, everyone participating shared in the fun of the day.
Next year will be a big celebration since it will be the 10th anniversary!
-Kim Welk is a two time sprint participant, parent to a three time kid participant and proud supporter of the event.