Weekend Preview: Get Ready to Swim

Triathlon Events

Friday April 14th


OWS Panel Discussion

Highlands Ranch


Join us at SwimLabs for our first Open Water Panel Discussion to kick off the 2017 open water swim season!  Guests include Sarah Thomas, Sarah Sweeps, Karl Kingery and Joey Pedraza


Cycling Events

Saturday April 15th


Lee Likes Bikes Level 1 MTB Clinic



Everyone who wants to ride safer, more confidently and faster on a greater variety of terrain.  We will focus on the most important safety/control skills and core skills will help you ride everywhere, whether you are cruising on local singletrack or ripping the ski resorts.


East Side Epic



Front Range Classic

Colorado Springs


Gravelanche Series Ride #2, The Golden Egg Ride



Sunday April 16th


Front Range Classic

Colorado Springs


OWS Panel Discussion

Highlands Ranch


Join us at SwimLabs for our first Open Water Panel Discussion to kick off the 2017 open water swim season!

Panel Guests:
Sarah Thomas – Recognized as the 2016 Solo Swimmer of the Year by Marathon Swimmers Federation, Open Water Performance of the Year by World Open Water Swimming Association plus 2016 Sportswomen of the Year for her 80 mile world record swim across Lake Powell.

Sarah Sweeps Solo Swims: http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2017/01/sarah-sweeps-solo-swims.html

Karl Kingery – An age group state champion who set over 88 records during his career, many of which still stand, experienced English Channel Swimmer, and a 40 degree Ice Mile finisher.

Joey Pedraza – All american swimmer from the University of Florida who represented Team USA in the 10K at the World University Games in Russia.


Event details and free registration here

Rueter-Hess Reservoir hosting swim race in July

By Joe Rubino, The Denver Post

For years, slow-filling Rueter-Hess Reservoir has tantalized endurance athletes living in the metro area. With a maximum capacity of 75,000 acre-feet of water east of Interstate 25 in Douglas County, the possibilities for swimming or triathlons there were enough to drive the average Ironman crazy in the otherwise dry portion of the Front Range.

“For probably the past five years I have been fielding calls from area residents suggesting we host a triathlon there,” professional race organizer Lance Panigutti said. “I think everyone in the community was really just looking at it saying, ‘OK, what’s it going to look like?’ It’s huge.”

In July, Panigutti and 150 athletes will finally get the up-close look they’ve been waiting for when his Without Limits Productions hosts the Parker Open Water Swim. The event, set for 7 a.m. July 29, will be the first time a sanctioned swim race is allowed at Rueter-Hess. Paniguitti organized a successful cyclocross race on a piece of property just north of the reservoir this fall, establishing a relationship with Rueter-Hess owner, the Parker Water and Sanitation District.

“It’s definitely been a long time coming,” Panigutti said. “It’s going to be a simple swim event. We’re marketing it as breaking the ribbon so to speak of being the first people to swim there legally.”

There will be two race options: a 1.2-mile loop and a 2.4-mile loop. Panigutti said he expects everyone to be done and out of the water by 9:30 a.m. and anticipates very little impact to the rest of the reservoir property.

Tickets went on sale to the general public Wednesday, March 15. Some slots are reserved for members of the Altitude Multisport Club. The collective of amateur endurance athletes from the south metro area has been aching for nearby events since an Arapahoe County road use rule change caused the cancellation of several triathlons at Aurora Reservoir last year. . .

Read the full story


303Triathlon Rueter-Hess Reservoir OWS story here

303 Calendar event details here

Mountain Swim Series Returns for 2017 Season

The Mountain Swim Series is back!  The Mountain Swim Series is excited to announce that it will be entering into its third year in 2017. Under new ownership, the swim series will be moving forward with three of last year’s events and will be bringing in a new event for 2017. These events, which will be put on by MT Exile Productions LLC, focuses on giving swimmers a fair, competitive and enjoyable experience in some of Colorado’s most popular lakes.


The first event of the year, the Boyd Lake Spring Splash, will be held at Boyd Lake near Loveland, Colorado on June 3, 2017 at 7:00 AM. It will feature the 1.2 and 2.4 mile races that have been present in years past and also a 5K race for those wanting to go a little bit further. Participants will also be able to sign up for either the 1.2 mile race AND either the 2.4 mile or 5K. This flexibility is new for 2017. This is one of the first open water swims in the area for the year and is a great lead-in to events like the Boulder Ironman and for people getting back into shape for the summer swimming season. With the option to swim both the 5K and the 1.2 mile swim, it also an excellent event for those looking to train for longer distance swim or make an attempt at getting on the podium twice in one day.


The second event of the year, the Solstice Sunset Swim is hosted in conjunction with the City of Longmont’s Kinetics Festival on June 24, 2017. Annually held on the weekend of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, this swim will usher in summer for 2017. The race will start at 6:00 PM and awards will follow from the festival and beer garden stage. Immediately following, there will be a bonfire on the lake trying to extend the day just one more hour.



The third event of the year is the Carter Lake Crossing. This three mile swim is in one of Colorado’s most picturesque lakes and will be an early morning point to point swim. It will be held on July 29, 2017 at 7:00 AM. This event has always been the Mountain Swim Series biggest event with approximately 200 people participating last year. It is a great warm-up for longer open water swims later in the year and due to its straight and long course, will allow faster swimmers stuck in the back of the pack the chance to “reel in” their competition.


The last and final event, which is new for 2017, is the Chatfield Classic swim, which will be held on August 13. This swim’s granddaddy, which was held in the main reservoir in 2015 was not renewed for 2016 and it is being brought back at the gravel pond. It will feature both a 1 mile sprint and a 2 mile endurance race. Since it is in the gravel pond, those familiar with the pond will know that in the middle of the lake is a sandbar, which offers a chance for some technical shallow water sprinting. The gravel bar also acts as a great landmark for navigation. Many swimmers know of the gravel pond through the Saturday morning workouts that are held there each week.

The Mountain Swim Series is excited to bring these events back for 2017 and is looking forward to bringing in some new opportunities for swimmers. Much of what people enjoyed last year, raffles, cash purses and a great atmosphere will be returning. Also, this year will feature separate awards for both “wetsuit” and “natural” (non-wetsuit) swimming categories.


Early registration is now open here.

Vixxen OWS Clinic



Coaches  of Vixxen Racing will be hosting a FREE open water swim clinic targeting for beginner open water swimmer, but all levels of open water swimming ability are welcome.  

Limited to the first 25 people to RSVP to maintain a small coach to athlete ratio.

What does the clinic cover?

  • Approaching your first wave start-where do you seed yourself, setting yourself up for success
  • Equipment-different wetsuits and goggles-pros and cons
  • Beach Starts versus Deep Water Starts
  • Sighting
  • What to do when things don’t go as planned

Clinic is FREE for all Stroke & Stride registrants, but you must RSVP by clicking here

Note: If you’d like to just attend the clinic and participate in that night’s Stroke & Stride  the cost is $10 – e-mail for more details


Chatfield Classic

Chatfield Reservoir, Littleton


4th Race in the Mountain Swim Series


This is a new event for 2017.  It will consist of a 1 mile swim followed by a 2 mile swim.  In between the two races, there will be a short break to allow people to warm up, warm down and rest.  Participants who have not swam at the Chatfield gravel pond in the past should be aware that there is a gravel bar in the middle of the lake.  The gravel bar can create some shallow and slightly technical swimming, and also adds some race character.

Participants may sign up for either the 1 mile swim, 2 mile swim or both.  It will be the last event of the year for the Swim Series and overall series winners will be announced at this event.  It is also a good training swim for the Horsetooth Open Water Swim, which will be held on Sept. 10, 2017 approximately 1 month later.  We hope to see you in the water!!!


Event details and registration here


Other events include:

Boyd Lake Spring Splash, June 3rd

Solstice Swim, June 24th

Carter Lake Crossing, July 29th


Carter Lake Crossing

Carter Lake Reservoir, Loveland


3rd Race in the Mountain Swim Series


The Carter Lake Crossing is a point to point crossing of Carter Lake in Colorado.  Situated at just below 5800 feet, this nearly 3 mile swim is located in one of the most picturesque lakes in Colorado.    Awards will be given out to the top three finishers in each division for each race.  Divisions will be both non-wetsuit and wetsuit for both men and women for each race.  Hope to see you there!

Event details and registration here


Other events include:

Boyd Lake Spring Splash, June 3rd

Solstice Swim, June 24th

Chatfield Crossing, August 13th

Solstice Swim

Union Reservoir, Longmont


2nd Race in the Mountain Swim Series


The Solstice Sunset Swim is a swim created in cooperation with the Longmont Kinetics Festival.  Participants have the opportunity to swim either a 1.2 mile race or a 2.4 mile race.  Awards will be given out to the top three finishers in each division for each race.  Divisions will be both non-wetsuit and wetsuit for both men and women for each race.  Following the race, there will be a bonfire on the lake. Before the event there is the festival.  Details can be found here.  Hope to see you both in the water and in the beer garden!

Event details and registration here


Other events include:

Boyd Lake Spring Splash, June 3rd

Carter Lake Crossing, July 29th

Chatfield Crossing, August 13th

Reuter Hess Reservoir OWS

by Erin Trail

After more than a year of waiting, the very first event within the confines of the new Rueter-Hess Reservoir is set for 2017.  Many people in the South Denver Metro Area have been anxiously awaiting the opening of this reservoir since the Open House meeting in February 2016 (meeting recap here).  Without Limits Productions will be hosting the very first open water swim race for this venue, consisting of either a 1.2 mile course or a 2.4 mile course, on July 29, 2017.  The race is limited to 150 participants and will cost $25 for the 1.2 mile or $30 for the 2.4 mile.  It is expected to sell out quickly, so if you’re interested, sign up soon!


Since this is a completely new event, details are still being finalized. Here’s some basics to get you started:

–  Estimated swim start times are: 2.4 mile distance at 7:00 AM, 1.2 mile distance at 7:10 AM. Specific details regarding start waves are still pending, but will likely be 10 year age-group brackets divided into men and women.

– The swim will follow USAT rules, meaning wetsuits and speedsuits with zippers will be allowed, in addition to traditional swimsuits.

– There will be NO opportunities for any practice swims at Rueter-Hess. Per Without Limits “If you want to touch Rueter-Hess water this year, then sign up for this race!”

– The Course will consist of a long, rectangular out and back swim. The 1.2 mile will be 1 loop, the 2.4 mile will be 2 loops (athletes will stay in the water to start loop #2).  Buoys will be placed every 150 meters.

– And the question everyone wants to know – what’s the water temperature??? It’s estimated to be 70-72 degrees, but since this is the first swim ever at this reservoir, no one really knows what to expect.



Volunteers are also needed!  Without Limits needs 12 safety kayakers and 4 registration helpers.  Volunteers will get a free entry for this swim or $25 towards any Without Limits / 5430 race. Also, for anyone that recruits a kakayer, they’ll get a free entry.


E-mail gaby@withoutlimits.com to volunteer.





Personally, I’ll be racing the 2.4 mile race.  I’m a swimmer by background and I want to get as much swim distance as possible at Rueter-Hess.  I’m also incredibly excited at the opportunity to be amongst the very first group of people to be able to swim.  Think about it – how many times can you say you were the first to swim in a brand new body of water?  This is made even more exciting because my regular cycling route is around this reservoir and I’ve been watching it fill for YEARS wondering when I’d be able to swim in it.  Well, I finally know the answer to that question and I can hardly wait.


The success of this event – and future events (including triathlons) – at Rueter-Hess depends on a fantastic athlete and community response to this race.  It is SUPER important that we show the Town of Parker that events like this are fun, well supported, and safe. So even if you’re not planning on swimming, come out and volunteer or spectate! Hope to see you out there!


303Triathlon calendar event here

Event details and registration coming soon