Longmont Triathlon Story Bowl Stories

The Longmont Triathlon is just a few days away.  Colorado’s longest running triathlon has long been a favorite of locals, seasoned athletes, first time triathletes, kids and so many more.

Several years ago, local business owners and sponsors of the Longmont Triathlon wanted to showcase and honor more than just those who ‘won the race’ and ‘won their age groups’.  Everyone has a story that got them to the start line.  Here are a few of those stories.

 

Tiffany H., Most memorable/inspiring Longmont Triathlon experience

March 25, 2016 my (then) 10 year old son was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, medullo blastoma.  In the past 14 months he has endured 4 surgeries, 30 days of radiation and 9 cycles of chemo.

Running is my therapy and I wake in the dark and run the stress & anxiety away.  I haven’t been able to get to the pool except twice a month ago – there is always a drs appointment to get in the way.  

So, when I wanted to give up, I remember my son and the endurance and fortitude, persistence and tenacity . . .and just keep thinking one more stroke, one more lap, one more step.  As God has sustained him, He will sustain me.

For His Glory

#jammingforjamin

 

Marilyn B., Most memorable/inspiring Longmont Triathlon experience

I’ve done the Longmont Triathlon several times with my twin daughters (Kara & Dani). The 1st time or two we did it as a team ( I remember Kara nursing her 2 month old baby before she did the swim).  After we started doing it as individuals, we usually had more fun training than we did actually racing.  I’m not very fast, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve apparently outlived some of my competition because I’ve occasionally gotten awards. 

In 2012 I had back surgery and have used triathlon as a way to motivate myself to stay active.  This year is my first time back to this triathlon and my first time to do it without either daughter (one is in France, the other in Russia).  So, I will be hearing their voices, especially on the run, saying, ‘C’mon Mom, you can do it.’ And I will picture my grand-kids, 6 of them, cheering me from the playground equipment as I run by.  I’m just happy to be able to compete now that I’m ‘old’ (70).

 

Previous inspiring stories

May 17th

May 23rd

 

LG Tri: Splash, Grind, Sprint

Eagle

 

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.

Event details and registration here

FoCo Kids Tri

Ft. Collins

 

Level One

50 yard swim

1.75 mile bike

1K run

 

Level Two

100 yard swim

3.5 mile bike

1K run

 

Level Three

150 yard swim

3.5 mile bike

2K run

 

Cost

$30 per individual (child or parent) – $35 raceday

Fee includes race, t-shirt for kids ages 6-14 (parent shirts are $5), entry for prizes, and spaghetti dinner the night before, and a pancake breakfast after the race!

 

Event details and registration here

 

Lookout Mountain Triathlon

Golden

 

A fun course, an amazing venue, and the best post-race meal ever!!! In 2014, Paul Karlsson and Dig Deep Sports took over management of this Colorado classic, started by Racing Underground. Paul is the founder and original race director of the Boulder Peak Triathlon, and currently organizes XTERRA Snow Mountain Ranch. Paul also grew up at the race venue, and the run course passes his boyhood home. Racing Underground will continue to be involved with the event, providing top-notch timing and coordinating the pool swim.

The Lookout Mountain Triathlon kicks off with a 525 yard pool swim at the amazing aquatic facility located within the Mount Vernon Country Club atop Lookout Mountain in Golden. The Racing Underground team are the masters in coordinating on-time, efficient pool swims!

Next, comes a challenging 10 mile bike course that features some good climbs and fast descents as you travel the well maintained paved roadways on top of Lookout Mountain. Following the ride, you’ll complete a rolling 5K run on dirt roads, entirely within the Country Club property.

The Mount Vernon catering staff will be serving the most amazing post-race breakfast ever following the race. They will be set up in the expo area, serving you from a fantastic menu. This race is not to be missed, but enter early as we are strictly limited to 300 entrants. This race has sold out well before race day every year!

 

Event details and registration here

38th Annual Longmont Triathlon

Longmont

 

A Brief History of the Longmont Triathlon

In 1981, the first Longmont Triathlon started with 56 participants.

The event was held as 3 separate events. The run was a 10K that started at 9am, the 25 mile bike race started at noon and the 1000 meter swim began at 3pm – truly an all day event! There were no transition times, but the times for all three individual events were added together to determine the winner. Overall winners that year were Patti McNitt and Dennis Wilson, both in the 20-29 age category. The cost for the race, which included a 50/50 t-shirt and refreshments, was $12. The oldest age group offered was 40 and over.

This format continued for one more year with the bike changing from 25 miles to 19 in the second year. In subsequent years, the race was combined so all events were consecutive. In addition, the course has seen numerous changes most dictated by road construction and the growth of Longmont on the East side of town.

The Longmont Triathlon is becoming a historic event in Longmont and, with a 7-0 vote in 2014, the Longmont City Council unanimously supported continuing the tradition.

 

Event details and registration here

Lookout Mountain Triathlon

Golden

 

A fun course, an amazing venue, and the best post-race meal ever!!! In 2014, Paul Karlsson and Dig Deep Sports took over management of this Colorado classic, started by Racing Underground. Paul is the founder and original race director of the Boulder Peak Triathlon, and currently organizes XTERRA Snow Mountain Ranch. Paul also grew up at the race venue, and the run course passes his boyhood home. Racing Underground will continue to be involved with the event, providing top-notch timing and coordinating the pool swim.

The Lookout Mountain Triathlon kicks off with a 525 yard pool swim at the amazing aquatic facility located within the Mount Vernon Country Club atop Lookout Mountain in Golden. The Racing Underground team are the masters in coordinating on-time, efficient pool swims!

Next, comes a challenging 10 mile bike course that features some good climbs and fast descents as you travel the well maintained paved roadways on top of Lookout Mountain. Following the ride, you’ll complete a rolling 5K run on dirt roads, entirely within the Country Club property.

The Mount Vernon catering staff will be serving the most amazing post-race breakfast ever following the race. They will be set up in the expo area, serving you from a fantastic menu. This race is not to be missed, but enter early as we are strictly limited to 300 entrants. This race has sold out well before race day every year!

 

Event details and registration here