• JB Tobin’s Breakaway Athletic Events Company Thriving in Ft. Collins

    Submitted by Bill Plock on May 5th, 2021

    JB Tobin started Breakaway Athletic Events in 2018 and has built a nice group of multisport and running events in Northern Colorado. Last year with very few triathlons, Larimer county granted JB permission to hold his events that culminated with Last Call Triathlon at Boyd Lake in late September. Read more

    • Sam Long, “Absolutely a Break Through Race.”

      Submitted by Bill Plock on May 2nd, 2021

      St. George Utah, May 1st 2021–For the last couple of years they have exchanged blows on social media and swapped Strava KOM’s on Mt. Lemmon, but yesterday they battled in person to very end. Sam Long and Lionel Sanders ran shoulder to shoulder for last three miles of IRONMAN 70.3 St. George, the North American 70.3 Championship. If it had been a 70.1, Sam may have won, but with an obvious final grimace, Sanders had one last kick and pulled away in the final turns and edged Long by five seconds.  Read more

      • From Galveston To Cherry Creek, CO Triathletes with Some Big Smiles and Fast Finishes; Betsy Mercer Overcomes 2019 DNF for 4th

        Submitted by Bill Plock on April 12th, 2021

        Colorado triathletes raced this weekend, in Texas and Colorado. In Galveston Texas, not only did the Colorado pros make a big impact, but one well known age grouper, Betsy Mercer raced in redemption of her 2019 attempt in Galveston where she was stopped 100 yards from the finish line because of weather. At Cherry Creek State Park, The Barking Dog Duathlon kicked off the multi-sport season with about 150 athletes racing.

        Betsy finished fourth in her age group but cried at the finish line, not because she finished, but because her friend Michael Jones finished his first 70.3. Said Betsy, “I didn’t cry this time when I crossed the finish line, I cried when Michael did. That’s the beauty of triathlon, the community you’re a part of.”  Read more