ITU World Grand Final, Loads of Coloradans, Steph Popelar Defends Title

Lausanne, Switzerland…Many Coloradans are competing in this weekend’s ITU World Triathlon Grand Final featuring sprint and olympic distances and draft legal sprint distances along with many para categories.

Shannon Dee and Melissa Langworthy with 303’s Khem Suthiwan

Coloradans competing in the Elite, Junior and Para categories are:

Summer Rappaport (Thornton, Colo.)
Eli Hemming (Kiowa, Colo.)
Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.)

Liberty Ricca (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Allan Armstrong (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Allysa Seely (Glendale, Ariz.), Hailey Danz (Wauwatosa, Wis.), Kendall Gretsch (Madison, Wis.) — all resident athletes at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs

In the age groups, , Steph Popelar (F50-54, Elizabeth, Colo.), defends her world title. The rest of the age group Colorado athletes are:

Non-Draft Standard/Oly Dis AMES Taylor 33 MALE GOLDEN
Non-Draft Standard/Oly Dist Beckman Jeff 47 MALE Golden
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Caldwell Alicia 57 FEMALE Denver
Non-Draft Standard/Oly Dist DANDLEY Lori 65 FEMALE denver
Non-Draft Standard/Oly dist Dee Shannon 36 FEMALE Littleton
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance DEVINCENZO EVAN 24 MALE Arvada
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Dunn Michael 37 MALE Denver
Non-Draft Standard/Oly Dist Elliott Katie 39 FEMALE ASPEN
Non-Draft Standard and Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Framke Kirk 45 MALE Denver
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance HOBAN Jennifer J 48 FEMALE Parker
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Hodge Christeen 38 FEMALE Boulder
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Hoffmann Heidi 70 FEMALE Aspen
Non-Draft Standard/Oly Dist Isaacson Cora 18 FEMALE Superior
Non-Draft Standard and Draft-Legal Sprint Distance KOSTNER Barbara 71 FEMALE Lakewood
Non-Draft Standard/Oly Dist Laney Judith 66 FEMALE Denver
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Langworthy Melissa 39 FEMALE Denver
Non-Draft Standard/Oly Dist Lowry Danielle 32 FEMALE GOLDEN
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Maloney Melissa 53 FEMALE Durango
Non-Draft Standard and Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Mason Jonathan 43 MALE fort collins
Non-Draft Standard/Oly Dist MATTERN Tess 32 FEMALE FORT COLLINS
Non-Draft Standard/Oly Dist McDonald Laura 37 FEMALE Castle Rock
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance McLaughlin Neal 59 MALE CENTENNIAL
Non-Draft Standard and Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Meisner Stephanie 46 FEMALE greenwood village
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Myers Kristy 40 FEMALE Lakewood
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance NEELAN NANETTE 61 FEMALE Lakewood
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Orcutt Paige 29 FEMALE Morrison
Non-Draft Standard/Oly Dist Popelar Steph 52 FEMALE Elizabeth
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Swayze Jetson 34 MALE louisville
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Trujillo Charles 53 MALE Denver
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Valentyik Peter 50 MALE Boulder
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Vanderstoep Sandy 78 FEMALE Colorado Springs
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Waterman Robin 56 FEMALE Golden
Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Welber Jack 81 MALE Boulder
Non-Draft Standard and Draft-Legal Sprint Distance Wood Lockett 80 MALE Lyons

At the 2018 ITU Age Group Triathlon World Championships in Gold Coast, Team USA raced to 34 world championship medals between the sprint and standard events, including 13 golds, eight silvers and 12 bronzes.

For more information about Team USA, comprised of the amateur athletes who represent the United States in ITU Age Group World Championship events, visit

The ITU World Triathlon Grand Final, held from Aug. 29-Sept. 1, marks the culmination of the ITU World Triathlon Series by crowning the men’s and women’s elite world champions. The week of racing also features ITU Paratriathlon, Junior and U23 World Championships, in addition to the age-group races. Visit for coverage of U.S. performances in all events, and follow @TriathlonLive on Twitter for live updates during each race.

Eli Hemming of Kiowa To Compete in Worlds Saturday

The ITU World Championship, Olympic distance triathlon is this Saturday, August 31 in Lausanne, Switzerland. 303 will highlight a few Colorado athletes participating. Today we offer you some background on the top U.S. man at the 2018 Championship in Gold Coast, Australia, Colorado’s Eli Hemming.

Eli was a standout track and cross-country runner at Ponderosa High School, earning the Colorado 4A state title in cross country as a senior. He went on to run cross country for Metropolitan State University of Denver, where his older sister Brenna was on the women’s team. Hemming has become an athlete to watch leading in to the 2020 Olympic Games after having several breakthrough races on the ITU circuit over the past year. He was the top American male at the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Gold Coast, Australia, finishing 16th. Later that year, he earned his first career ITU Triathlon World Cup medals, a silver in Miyazaki, Japan, and a bronze in Tongyeong, South Korea. Hemming then earned his first ITU World Cup victory in Tiszaujvaros, Hungary, in July of 2019. He was named the 2016 and 2017 USA Triathlon Under-23 Athlete of the Year, and the 2018 USA Triathlon Men’s Olympic/ITU Triathlete of the Year. 

Career Highlights

2019 Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup gold medalist
2018 Miyazaki ITU Triathlon World Cup silver medalist
2018 Tongyeong ITU Triathlon World Cup bronze medalist
2018 ITU Mixed Relay Series Nottingham gold medalist
Eight-time CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup medalist (5 golds, 2 silvers, 1 bronze)
Three-time CAMTRI Triathlon Mixed Relay American Championships medalist (1 gold, 2 silvers)
2018 Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon North American Championships gold medalist
2017 USA Triathlon U-23 National Champion
2017 Sarasota CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Championships silver medalist
2016 West Des Moines CAMTRI Triathlon U23 American Championships silver medalist
2016 Nyon FISU World University Triathlon Championship men’s team bronze medalist
2013 Vila Velha PATCO Triathlon Pan American Championships junior men’s silver medalist

Elite Triathlon Career

2019: Finished 13th at the Dam an World Triathlon Abu Dhabi on March 8 • Earned silver as a member of the U.S. Mixed Relay team at the Daman World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series Abu Dhabi on March 9 • Finished 39th at the ITU World Triathlon Yokohama on May 18 • Finished in 9th as a member of the U.S. Mixed Relay team at the Hamburg ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships on July 7 • Won gold at the Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup on July 14 • Placed 27th at the Tokyo ITU World Olympic Qualification Event on Aug. 16

2018: Earned his first two career ITU Triathlon World Cup medals with a bronze in Tongyeong on Oct. 27 and a silver in Miyazaki on Nov. 10 • Placed 16th at the Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Triathlon World Cup, which was held as a duathlon, on Oct. 13 • Led the U.S. men with a 16th-place finish at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Gold Coast, Australia, on Sept. 12 • Finished 23rd at ITU World Triathlon Hamburg on July 14 • Placed 20th at ITU World Triathlon Leeds on June 10 • Was part of the gold-medal-winning U.S. team at the first-ever ITU World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series event in Nottingham, England, on June 6, teaming up with Kirsten Kasper, Matt McElroy and Katie Zaferes • Took fifth at the Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup on June 2 • Placed 11th at ITU World Triathlon Bermuda on April 28 • Was part of the gold-medal-winning mixed relay team at the Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon North American Championships on March 11 • Started the season with victories at the Clermont CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup on March 3 and the Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon North American Championships on March 10 

2017: Earned a silver medal in the men’s elite race and was part of the silver-medal-winning mixed relay team at the Sarasota CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon and Mixed Relay American Championships • Took the win at the Hamilton CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup • Placed seventh at the Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup • Finished 38th at ITU World Triathlon Leeds • Won gold at the West Des Moines CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup, earning the USA Triathlon U-23 national title in the process • Placed 26th at ITU World Triathlon Edmonton • Took 14th at the ITU Under-23 World Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands • Placed 23rd at the Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Triathlon World Cup

USA Triathlon hosting triathlon combine for female high school athletes

By Khem Suthiwan

What sport comes to mind when you hear the word combine? For most it’s football. Now the sport of triathlon is using the same venue to grow and recruit collegiate hopefuls, and right in our own backyard.

With 31 NCAA varsity triathlon programs and growing, there has been great success among single-sport athletes (swimmers and runners) who participate in triathlons. This combine will be the perfect opportunity to showcase their potential to collegiate recruiters.

Here are the details:

Who: The clinic will be limited to 30 female individuals; no experience needed; ages 12-18;

When: Saturday, August 17th 8:00am-12:00pm

What: 100 meter swim and 1600 meter run time trials; skills analysis

Where: Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Road, Colorado Springs

Cost: Free

Have a high school athlete interested in giving triathlon a tri? Click here to register.

Free Open Water Swim, Sunday, Grant Ranch to Support Swim Across America

Join SwimLabs for a special fundraising day for Swim Across America – Denver at Grant Ranch on Sunday, July 21 from 7:30AM – 9:30AM! Open water swimming will be FREE but we highly encourage a donation amount of your choice. All proceeds will be going to SAA Denver’s local partner Children’s Hospital Colorado to help raise money for pediatric cancer research.

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National Triathlon Week Approaching – June 24-30

From USA Triathlon

National Triathlon Week is a nationwide initiative to celebrate the sport of triathlon and all its constituency groups. It is taking place from June 24-30, 2019. This week is geared toward education, celebration and participation in the multisport lifestyle. A different theme will be featured each day, starting with a spotlight on each discipline of triathlon: swim, bike and run. Don’t be fooled — National Triathlon Week is a celebration of not only triathletes, but all members of the multisport community, including officials, coaches, race directors, families and friends of triathletes and more.

There are many ways to get involved in National Triathlon Week! Whether you have 5 minutes or a full day, you’ll find a way to join the celebration. Check out the Get Involved page for ideas on how to share your excitement for the sport of triathlon, and be sure to use the hashtag #TriWeek on social media. This is your chance to share your story and compete against friends and triathletes across the country for daily prizes.

New to triathlon? Visit to get started today! Triathlon is an amazing sport, and we want to share it with you.

We’re going to raise the roof during National Triathlon Week, and we want to celebrate with everyone! We look forward to hearing your best stories and advice, seeing your favorite photos and sharing the multisport lifestyle all week long!

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Volunteer opportunity, Longmont Triathlon – June 1st & 2nd

Hello folks!

It’s that time of year to start planning for summer! Hopefully, your calendar still has a hole the weekend of June 1 and 2, that you would love to fill with volunteering for the Longmont Triathlon Weekend! We would greatly appreciate your help for one day or both days, your choice. 

  • Saturday, June 1, 7am-11am- Longmont Kids’ Only Triathlon and Try-a-Tri
  • Sunday, June 2, 6:15am-11am- Longmont Triathlon
  • Email or call Sara Taylor to sign up!
  • 303-774-4771

Please consider joining us to cheer, direct participants, hand out water, or help with registration and/or hospitality. If you volunteered last year and would like to return in a similar capacity please let me know what you did and which day/days you would like for this year. 

Thank you in advance for your time and energy. This event wouldn’t be the same without your smiling faces and encouraging cheers.

Get ready for racing with coach Will Murray clinics.

Coach Will Murray is offering two clinic to sharpen mental skills to get ready for the race season. May 9th and May 16th at Colorado Multi-sport.

Best Emotions and Moods for Training and Racing
Colorado Multisport, 2480 Canyon Boulevard, Boulder, CO 80302
May 9, 2019 6:05PM-6:55 PM, open to the public at no charge.

Your emotions and moods can greatly affect your training and racing. Fortunately, you can quickly and effectively choose your emotions and moods to have the best training sessions and races possible. In this session, you will practice and learn a few fast, effective techniques for setting the right emotions for your workouts and races, and get out of less helpful ones. Bring something to take notes—this is a working session that will be fun, intriguing and really useful come race day.

Will Murray is mental skills coach at, co-author of The Four Pillars of Triathlon: Vital Mental Skills for Endurance Athletes, and a licensed triathlon coach.

Will is offering a follow up clinic on race planning. 

Race Strong with a Race Plan
Colorado Multisport, 2480 Canyon Boulevard, Boulder, CO 80302
May 16, 2019 6:05PM-6:55 PM

You already may have a training plan, but what is your specific plan on race day to have your best day? In this session you will create a complete plan for race day and learn some targeted mental skills to adorn that plan with your best chance of having a great day. You will also learn how to plan for unexpected events and how to incorporate them into your plan to be prepared for anything.

Colorado Springs Engineer Stephen VanGampleare qualifies for Olympic Marathon Trials

From the Masses, an Elite Emerges at Boston

From Runners World
By Sarah Lorge Butler

Photo credit: MARATHONFOTO

Stephen VanGampleare, an engineer from Colorado, ran negative splits on his way to an Olympic Marathon Trials qualifying time.

The night before the 2019 Boston Marathon, Stephen VanGampleare slept on a buddy’s couch, in a studio apartment across from Fenway Park. The 28-year-old’s feet might have hung off the end—he’s 5-foot-10—but he was too grateful for the hospitality to admit it if he was the slightest bit uncomfortable.

“I don’t have much of a problem sleeping on a couch,” he said.

On Monday morning, he got up, met a few other runner friends at 5:45 a.m., and took the T down to baggage check for the race. From there, they boarded a yellow school bus out to the athletes’ village near the marathon start in Hopkinton. He ate a bagel with peanut butter, a banana, a crunchy peanut butter flavor Clif bar. He got comfortable on a plastic trash bag in the soggy grass, waiting until it was time to walk the 0.7 miles to the start. On the way, he stopped in the CVS parking lot on Main Street and changed into dry shoes and socks.

And from that mundane marathon morning routine—one that resembled the ritual thousands of other runners went through on the same day—he took his place at the front of wave 1, corral 1, and ran 2:18:40. Wearing bib No. 143, he qualified for the Olympic Marathon Trials.

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Women’s Wednesday: My Daughter has Angelman Syndrome. She’s The Reason Why I Race

From USA Triathlon
By Deanna McCurdy

I signed up for my first triathlon nine years ago. My 16-month-old daughter, Hayden, had just been diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome (AS), a rare genetic disorder that affects one in every 15,000 births. As Hayden pushed herself every day to learn how to stand, to walk, to communicate using assistive devices (she is nonverbal), and even eat, I challenged myself with learning the sport of triathlon. I wanted to use the sport to help raise money and awareness for her condition.

I soon discovered that triathlon became a metaphor for our life. I wasn’t a natural swimmer, so learning proper swim techniques was a challenge for me. Swimming in a race was new territory to navigate, similar to the special-needs world I had been thrown into. Just when I thought I had figured out the swim, a wave would splash me in the face or I would get kicked by another swimmer fighting for space in the water.

Here’s the thing I’ve discovered with swimming: No matter how hard you get pummeled, you have to keep moving your arms and legs or you will sink to the bottom, just like in life. Many days I want to throw in the towel, but I have a child who needs me to not only care for her, but be her voice, to fight for her and help her reach her full potential—so I have to keep moving forward.

I’ve always loved the outdoors. I grew up riding bikes with friends around the small Georgia town where I grew up. I learned how to mountain bike while dating my husband, who has become my training partner and biggest cheerleader on this journey. Little did I know that something I did for fun on the weekends before having a family would help pave the way for not only mental therapy sessions in the woods, but also success in the sport of triathlon.

Learning how to race on a bike was work, but it was such rewarding work, just like overcoming daily challenges and not giving in until they are figured out. Grinding away over steep, rocky terrain with burning lungs and straining legs is incredibly hard, but unbelievably rewarding once you reach the top of a mountain and look back on where you came from to get to where you are now.

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USA Triathlon Announces Inaugural National Youth Series

From USA Triathlon

Photo by Archi Trujillo

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced its first-ever National Youth Series, a packed calendar of youth-focused multisport events across the country in 2019. The non-competitive, participation-based series includes 59 youth triathlons, as well as the 73-event Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series. Races are geared toward children ages 7-17.

USA Triathlon partnered with race directors, community centers, coaches, clubs, and parks and recreation departments to provide participation opportunities across USA Triathlon’s six Regions, with a calendar spanning from March through October.

“USA Triathlon is proud to showcase some of the most beloved youth multisport events in the country through our inaugural National Youth Series,” said Meg Duncan, Youth Program Manager at USA Triathlon. “The Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series, launched by USA Triathlon in 2012, has seen enormous success and continued growth with each new year. The National Youth Series now allows us to expand on that participation-based concept while opening up triathlon opportunities to more youth nationwide.”

All youth triathlon events are short in distance (typically a 100-400-meter swim, 2-10-kilometer bike, and 1-2.5-kilometer run), and are intended to expose youth to the basic elements of triathlon while providing a unique sense of accomplishment.

The Splash & Dash series is designed to introduce youth athletes to the multisport lifestyle through the fast-growing discipline of aquathlon (swim-run). With a focus on participation over competition, many of the events are not timed.

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