Event open to all of the Boulder community at Outdoor Divas highlighting the Without Limits Outdoor Divas Triathlon and encouraging women of the community to set a goal to race that race and to let us help them along the way.
This will be our introduction night of why we believe the Find your Feisty movement is so important and what we will teach throughout the season
Vixxen Racing is the premier name of Colorado women’s amateur triathlon racing. They are a community of “elite development” women working together to push limits beyond what is achievable as individuals. They strive to serve as role models in the sport by bringing women together through training, athlete development programs and access to peer-to peer mentoring and support.
The Vixxens aim to create and foster an environment where women are not afraid of competition, but embrace and grow from it.
On Thursday June 22, Vixxen Racing will be offering a beginning OWS clinic. This clinic is open to any novice or inexperienced open water swimmer.
Liz West will lead this clinic that will 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
What to do when things don’t go as planned
This clinic will happen in conjunction with the June 22nd Stroke n’ Stride race at the Boulder Reservoir.
Check out all the event details and registration here
Additional Find Your Feisty series events, look here
Hey Ladies! The PERFECT First Tri For You Or Someone You Know! Have you always thought how fun/awesome/challenging/life-changing it would be to complete a triathlon, but you thought you could NEVER do something like that? Well think again! Without Limits, the top multisport racing company in Colorado, has something just for you! The Outdoor Divas sprint distance triathlon has been awarded the best women’s event in Colorado by Competitor Magazine and is a safe place for women on all ages, shapes, sizes, abilities, and backgrounds to come together and experience what it is like to become a triathlete.
A few things make this race ideal for beginners…
1. It’s a women only event so you can feel supported and safe. 2. It’s capped at 600 women so the numbers aren’t overwhelming in the swim and transition areas. 3. It’s a sprint distance which is 750 meter swim, 12.9 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run/walk. 4. Each swim wave only has 50 swimmers so there is plenty of space to avoid getting touched and swam over by other swimmers. 5. There is a swim wave designated for first-timers only with more safety and support, and fewer fast, intimidating swimmers. 6. The water is warm enough in July you don’t need to wear a wetsuit. 7. You can use ANY type of bike to ride. You don’t need any fancy gear. 8. You can walk the entire run. 9. If you are a mom of little ones, there will be a kid sitting area during the race so you can focus on yourself and your race. 10. There is no time cut offs so every single person can finish!!
This race is held at the Union Reservoir in Longmont which is fairly flat with smooth roads, and amazing views. When my mom turned 50, I gave her a race entry into an all women triathlon. She was so scared but I promised her she would cross the finish line with my help. She had never been an athlete, was overweight, and had arthritis in her knees and hips. The race she did was similar to the Outdoor Divas Sprint Triathlon and with the positive environment, the support from the volunteers, families, and other women racing, and the sense of accomplishment she felt when she crossed the finish line, she went on to race 3 more all-women triathlons. She considers these some of her top accomplishments in her life! I want that for each and every one of you! Please share this with any woman you know who may want to challenge herself, accomplish something incredible, try something new, have an excuse to get into shape, looking for a new hobby, or just want to have a fun experience surrounded by other positive healthy women. Check out all the race info today and make sure you register ASAP! Due to the low cap, this race has sold out the past 9 years. Last year reached capacity on June 20th so please take advantage of the early registration!
Ironman Boulder’s bike course is now THREE loops (passing through the Boulder Reservoir four times!), potentially faster, and should be tons of spectator-friendly fun!
Ironman continues to refine this course, and after listening to athlete feedback proclaiming they want a more connected and spectator-friendly bike ride, the new course will feature three loops, passing through the reservoir area four times giving racers that extra boost of crowd energy. There, family and friends will be able to cheer and hang out at the beer garden, listen to music, swim in the lake and enjoy the time (and amazing views!) while waiting for their athlete to pass through.
Food trucks will be there along with other entertainment and features still being planned. Shuttle buses will run throughout the day for easy transport between the Reservoir and downtown Boulder.
The course could potentially be faster, especially as racers will head east from Highway 36 on St. Vrain road with its nice downhill instead of on Highway 66 like the last three years. The three loops will still utilize most of the same roads as previous years, but on the last lap racers will spend time on a closed Four Mile Creek bike path for a couple of miles before dropping riders onto a few streets heading into T2.
An added plus?No Railroad crossings!
Pro Triathlete, Chris Leiferman, competing this year and who led the group on Saturday, said he “likes the bike path near the end as it’s quiet and will give everyone a chance to stretch out a bit and relax before hitting the run.”
Poppy Sports owner Melanie Mitchell, who isn’t currently signed up, says she is more tempted now after riding the course because, “Three loops mentally seems more attainable than 112 out in the middle of the plains. Having done the 70.3 it is very familiar territory and training will be easier to ramp up mileage doing loops of the course.”
Tim Brosious, the new race director (don’t worry Dave Christen will be around too—he is a regional director now), says, “This is a celebration day not only for the athlete but also for the families, friends, and supporters who have taken on extra responsibilities over the past year to make sure their athlete has a memorable day and crosses the finish line with a sense of fulfillment and pride.”
Today we interviewed North American Race Director Dave Christen and the new Ironman Boulder Race Director Tim Brosious… we learned all about the new North American Headquarters office (and how the staff spends its lunch hour), details on Team Colorado, and some *WOW* news about the new bike course! (By the end of the interview Bill Plock – who had sworn off iron distance racing this year, was looking up the registration page on his phone…)
Check out all the behind-the-scenes photos at the link below, and stay tuned for the podcast publishing very soon! Don’t miss the Group Ride tomorrow, which will feature the bike course reveal!
#303Radio recording today: Passing the IRONMAN Boulder #RaceDirector torch from Dave Christen to Tim Brosious , how…
Hey U.S. Triathletes – have you ever wanted to try a non-U.S., destination race? Challenge Regensburg, an iron-distance race in Regensburg, Germany, features a stunning host city and surrounding area, and incredibly warm and welcoming Bavarian hospitality. AND, race organizers have put together an incentive package for international athletes with a number of benefits, including an exceptional deal on accommodation (think stay 5 nights/pay for 4, or stay 7 nights/pay for 5—and that’s on top of the already discounted event rate), a dedicated mechanic (to help with those post-travel bike builds), and more.
Want to know more about the race? Check out Colorado industry insider Holly Bennett’s Facebook gallery and write up from last year’s inaugural race. Holly says, “The race organizers are husband and wife team Tom and Sonja Tajsich. Sonja is a beloved professional triathlete who has graced the top 5 podium in Kona and who knows all the important details that make a race athlete-focused and athlete-friendly. Their intense passion for the sport shines through in every detail.”
And use special code IOL-Z99H-F1AR-SSBB for the International Athlete Program.
More notes from Holly if you want to include: “I know a lot of people are nervous about racing internationally, or they don’t want to deal with long flights and the hassles of traveling with a bike. That’s why this race is really perfect for them. Munich is a direct flight from many US cities (including Denver), and then it’s just a short drive to Regensburg (1.5 hrs). With a dedicated mechanic for international athletes, there’s no need to worry if you don’t feel confident putting your bike back together yourself, or if you just want to be sure there’s someone convenient to give it a once over. And the hotel deal is fantastic—the rates are really affordable and include breakfast & wifi, plus you get the extra night(s) free, and the hotels are right in the city center, walking distance to nearly everything. Plus, Challenge race entries are far more affordable than IM!”
Balogh said prohibited substance was for medical use, not sport.
Jackson amateur triathlete Holly Balogh tested positive for a prohibited substance last year and accepted a four-year suspension from Ironman, according to a press release sent out Feb. 21 by the Ironman Anti-Doping Program.
Balogh, 46, tested positive for an exogenous testosterone or its metabolites. She was tested May 14 following her first-place finish in the women’s 45-49 age group at the 2016 Ironman North American Championship Texas.
Balogh did not have a therapeutic use exemption for the testosterone and began serving her suspension July 11, 2016. The Jackson real estate associate said she didn’t apply for a therapeutic use exemption — which those in the sport abbreviate to TUE — because she said she didn’t know what a TUE was.
“I didn’t think that I was doping,” she said. “I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong.”
The press release said Balogh “was aware of the inherent risks associated with her conduct and proceeded to knowingly take the prohibited substance.”
Balogh called the statement “completely inaccurate.”
After she was tested Balogh immediately began surfing the internet to find out if there was anything in her body that could produce a positive test. When her research revealed that the testosterone was a banned substance, she then disqualified herself from the race.
“Even though I was taking a substance within my body’s normal hormonal range, that because it was a synthetic, it would not be allowed,” she said.
Balogh initially exercised her right to appeal the hefty penalty for a first-time offender, but withdrew the appeal.
“At the end of the day it was going to cost me in excess of $12,000 and expose significant details of my health history, which as an amateur athlete just didn’t make sense to me,” she said.
On Thursday, March 2, triathlon website 303 Triathlon published an article by Tim Heming stating that Holly Ballogh (née Hancock), a triathlete who had recently been giving a doping suspension by IRONMAN’s Anti-Doping Program, had turned to competing in ultramarathons under her maiden name of Holly Hancock and was entered to race this past Saturday’s Old Pueblo 50 Mile and had previously finished The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Mile – Utah in September 2016, also registered under her maiden name.
The text of the press release that explains her ban says it is a four-year ban starting on July 11, 2016, which precludes her from racing in “IRONMAN-affiliated competition or any events organized by any other WADA Code Signatory” during that time span.
By end-of-day Thursday, March 2, Holly Balogh (née Hancock) was no longer on the Old Pueblo entrants list. On Friday at 2 p.m., the race administration posted the following to their Facebook page, “I’ve been in touch with US Track and Field and USADA since Tuesday morning. I spoke to the person in question and she has been removed from the entrants list. All this can be verified by contacting Jeff Cook in the legal division at USADA, or you could have just checked the entrants list since Wednesday.” Thus, it seems conclusive that Holly Balogh (née Hancock) didn’t compete this weekend. (iRunFar attempted to contact the race administration on Friday, March 3, but has not received a response as of this publishing).
Given that her ban was announced on February 21, 2017, but that its start date preceded the TNF 50 Mile – Utah race day in September 2016, it looks like her results from that race should be removed as well. To be most precise, it actually looks like Holly Balogh (née Hancock) should not have been allowed to race TNF 50 Mile – Utah because she was already under a provisional suspension and because The North Face Endurance Challenge Series has an anti-doping policy that went into effect in August 2016 that disallows runners under current doping suspensions from participating in their events.
IRONMAN EARNS EVERGREEN LEVEL CERTIFICATION FROM THE COUNCIL FOR RESPONSIBLE SPORT FOR EFFORTS AT IRONMAN BOULDER TRIATHLON
TAMPA, Fla. / EUGENE, Ore. (March 7, 2017) – IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holding Company, and The Council for Responsible Sport announced today that, in collaboration with Waste Management (NYSE:WM), IRONMAN has earned the highest possible level of certification—Evergreen—recognizing the successful implementation of socially and environmentally responsible practices at the 2016 IRONMAN® Boulder triathlon. The event earned credits across all five categories of standards including planning and communications, procurement, resource management, access and equity as well as community legacy.
“The Council applauds IRONMAN on the achievement of Evergreen certification for 2016 IRONMAN Boulder,” said Shelley Villalobos, Managing Director of the Council for Responsible Sport. “Staging events in many places poses a challenge for genuine local cooperation, but IRONMAN has shown itself to be a willing partner in working to leave a positive impact on the Boulder community and steward borrowed venues as if they were home.”
Since 2008, the Council for Responsible Sport has certified over 100 sporting events within four levels – Certified, Silver, Gold, and Evergreen. IRONMAN Boulder is in elite company being amongst only nine events to receive the highest (Evergreen) status, and is also the only triathlon to achieve this level of certification. Click on the following link for a look at how the status was earned: https://youtu.be/njRGhitI1Io.
“Achieving this certification is the result of a strong and strategic partnership with the team at Waste Management,” said Cameron O’Connell, Senior Director of Sales for IRONMAN. “With their guidance, we have been able to implement sustainable standards across our event series. Our success with IRONMAN Boulder can now serve as a best-practices example for our company and for race organizers everywhere.”
IRONMAN worked with Waste Management, first, by capturing current environmental initiatives and then by identifying opportunities for improvement and innovation with a focus on IRONMAN Boulder. This led to green initiatives that have now been rolled out across the North American race series, such as utilizing compostable cups at all aid stations and donating leftover nutrition to local food pantries and shelters.
”Waste Management is proud to support IRONMAN on a wide variety of sustainable event programs on its journey to achieve the highest level of certification from the Council for Responsible Sport for the Boulder race,” said Lee Spivak, Senior Associate with Waste Management’s Sustainability Services group. “We are excited to continue this relationship and help IRONMAN grow its sustainability initiatives across all five categories of standards. It was also great for our team to utilize our sustainable event management expertise to help another major event achieve Council certification.”
Highlights from the IRONMAN Boulder triathlon sustainability initiatives included:
- Collected bike inner tubes and tires for reuse through TerraCycle.
- Reduced waste generation by reusing fencing, flags, finish line materials, tents, signs, inflatable arches and the IRONMAN Village truss from previous IRONMAN events.
- Collected 64 carbon dioxide canisters from event activities to ensure they were reused instead of ending up in the landfill.
- Provided a free shuttle service to and from major venues; IRONMAN shuttled close to 10,000 people between locations, reducing about 3,000 vehicle trips in each direction.
- Reduced the material sent to landfill by asking all vendors to sign a participation agreement so they only use materials for the event that were locally recyclable, compostable or reusable.
- Measured the total event water use at 14,925 gallons and purchased Water Restoration Certificates from Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) to restore 50,000 gallons to the Colorado River Basin.
- Offset 100% of the greenhouse gas emissions from event operations by purchasing 10 MTCO2e through the Colorado Carbon Fund.
- Donated 5,621 pounds of unused, perishable food and 9,022 pounds of bottled water to Community Food Share in Louisville, Colorado.
- Engaged children ages 3-15 in the United Healthcare IRONKIDS Boulder Fun Run to include individuals who otherwise might not participate in an IRONMAN race.
- The IRONMAN Foundation presented Paradox Sports with a $10,000 Community Grant for a second straight year to support their mission to create adaptive outdoor adventures, such as rock, ice, and mountain climbing for individuals with physical disabilities.
- IRONMAN encouraged fundraising for a cause through the “Your Journey, Your Cause” initiative. Participants in IRONMAN Boulder raised over $26,000 for their causes in 2016.
- Waste Management and IRONMAN estimate that the 2016 IRONMAN Boulder race generated an economic impact of approximately $3.9 million.
For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com. For more information on the Council for Responsible Sport, visit www.councilforresponsiblesport.org.
A Wanda Sports Holdings company, IRONMAN operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150TM Triathlon Series, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, six of nine International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon Majors Series, mountain bike races, premier marathons and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than 680,000 participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 260 events across 44 countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
About Wanda Sports Holding
Wanda Sports Holding is the world’s leading sports business entity, founded to capture the opportunities in the global sports industry and to contribute to the prosperous international sports landscape – in three key areas: 1) Spectator Sports (media & marketing business), 2) Participation Sports (active lifestyle business), 3) Services (digital, production and service business). Wanda Sports Holding incorporates the international sports marketing company Infront Sports & Media, the iconic endurance brand IRONMAN, and Wanda Sports China. The headquarters are in Guangzhou, China.
About Waste Management
Waste Management Sustainability Services is a nationwide network of environmental professionals offering sustainability advisory services, environmental and project management experience to help organizations advance along the path towards sustainability. We serve as true collaborators who are there from start to
finish, with full access to the resources, technologies and innovations from the largest environmental solutions provider in North America.
About the Council for Responsible Sport
The Council’s vision is a world where responsibly produced sports events are the norm and its mission is to provide objective, independent verification of the socially and environmentally responsible work event organizers are doing to make a difference in their communities. The current version of the Council’s Certification standards (v.4.2) was developed by an outside working group of both sustainability and sport industry experts, reviewed by a wide range of stakeholders throughout 2013 and implemented in January 2014. www.councilforresponsiblesport.org
IRONMAN Dan Berglund email@example.com; (813) 868-3731
Council for Responsible Sport Shelley Villalobos, firstname.lastname@example.org; (530) 570-2526
Silverthorne, CO Join us in the shadows of the Gore Range and along the Blue River in Beautiful Silverthorne, Colorado. The swim begins at North Pond (open water), while the bike course trails along HWY 9. Finish with a strong run along the Blue River and HWY 9 for an altitude driven competition you can’t miss. You provide the training, we’ll provide the post race beer. See you all in the mountains!
Legend Sprint: 400 yard Swim, 12 mile Bike, 5k Run
Following the lead of the International Triathlon Union ITU, who approved the use of disc brakes for competition in 2016, Ironman will allow road and triathlon bikes equipped with disc bikes at all Ironman and 70.3 events.
Cell phones are allowed on the course—kind of.
Two-way communication devices, such as walkie-talkies and cell phones, have long been banned on the race course. It’s been a difficult rule for officials to enforce, especially as more and more athletes use their cell phones for bike/run data or race-day tracking. As a sign of the times, Ironman will now allow cell phones on the course, but that isn’t an open invitation to live-tweet your race: athletes using cell phones in a “distractive manner”—in their words, “making and receiving phone calls, sending and receiving text messages, playing music, using social media, taking photographs and mounting the device to a bike for purposes of using the device like a bike computer.”—will be disqualified.