Want a Tri/travel/food experience of a Lifetime–seriously?

BOULDER, COLORADO, June 6, 2019 – Fabio Tours has partnered with Craig “Crowie” Alexander to to offer two 7-day, all-inclusive triathlon tours in Marche, Italy from September 23 – 29, 2019 and June 15 – 21, 2020.

With daily swim, bike, and run workouts, the tour has a triathlon-focused training regime but gives guests the ability to explore the beautiful Marche region. After riding, running, and swimming, guests can explore historic Italian villages including Jesi, Ancona, and Pesaro and soak up the sun along the beaches of the Adriatic Sea. Ocean views, open roads, and rolling hills make Marche the perfect training and relaxation destination.

Limited to 16 people each week, guests will have the opportunity for plenty of personal interaction and side-by-side training with Crowie all week. Plus, guests will enjoy privately prepared gourmet recovery meals from Chef Fabio Flagiello featuring authentic, local cuisine.

Registration is now open at https://www.fabiotours.com/triathlon-crowie.html

Craig “Crowie” Alexander is one of the most recognized names in the sport of triathlon. With Crowie’s lengthy resume of achievements and remarkable reputation, he is one of the most respected people in all of endurance sport. He is a 3x Ironman World Champion (2008, 2009, 2011), a 2x Ironman 70.3 World Champion (2006, 2011) and he continues to break age barrier myths with wins and podiums at some of the biggest races on the Ironman 70.3 circuit. Crowie runs Sansego, a fitness and wellness brand and always makes time to coach his kids’ soccer games.

Fabio Tours, a vacation tour company based in Boulder, CO, was founded by award winning chef, Fabio Flagiello, to combine his three passions: cycling, cooking, and Italian culture. With more than ten all-inclusive tours per year, guests enjoy incredible meals prepared by Chef Fabio, taste local wines, cycle through stunning scenery, and experience a more intimate, authentic Italy than many other cycling tours. Learn more at www.fabiotours.com.

Tulsa awarded new IRONMAN

By Bill Plock

Five days after it was announced IRONMAN Boulder was discontinued, Tulsa was awarded a full distance IRONMAN for 2020. In the latest of IRONMAN gauging a growing trend where athletes are in search of new experiences in new places, Tulsa beat out Des Moines, Fayetteville, and Memphis.

The competition will start at Keystone Lake for the swim, then transition to cycling, which will include a roundtrip to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater followed by the marathon in Tulsa at the RiverParks trails and finish in downtown.

Tulsa’s bid for the event was facilitated by VisitTulsa, the city’s convention and visitors bureau housed at the Tulsa Regional Chamber.

Existing IRONMAN communities have measured as much as $13 million in economic impact from the triathlon, with hotel room bookings of 12,000 for athletes and fans

Tulsa was one of four finalists for the endurance triathlon in 2020. Other finalists were Des Moines, Iowa; Fayetteville, Arkansas; and Memphis, Tennessee.

Stay tuned for more thoughts on the departure of Boulder and this growing trend of new IRONMANS in new locations.

Hanson, Brandon win IM Boulder, but 4 Coloradans fill rest of Podium.

By Bill Plock

The last edition of IRONMAN Boulder featured two athletes in Matt Hanson (7:57) and Lauren Brandon (9:09) setting two course records on their way to victory. The other four podium spots were filled with Tim O’Donnell and first-time pro Kennett Peterson for the men and Lesley Smith and Danielle Mack for the women. All will be competing in Kona at the IRONMAN World Championships this fall. For Kennett and Danielle, this will be their first trip to the big island as professionals. Danielle won IRONMAN Boulder in 2014. Says Danielle, “I’ve been a professional for 7 years, won 3 Ironman’s and have never competed in Kona….thank God!”

Kennett Peterson and wife Adelaide Perr

The story of the day might be Kennett Peterson who until yesterday hadn’t competed in a full-distance IRONMAN or even ran a marathon! He settled in on the bike early in the race in second place and never relinquished that position. Tim O’Donnell lead through the bike segment with Kennett, Sam Sam Long jostling for second and third and Matt Hanson right behind. The race took shape on the run with Hanson running everyone down with a 2:48 marathon, O’Donnell dropping back with a 3:05 and Peterson held tight with a 2:54. Colorado’s Tripp Hipple crossed in forth place with Boulder native Sam Long rounding out the top five.

The women’s race featured and course breaking swim time of 48:43 and course breaking overall time of 9:09 by Texas’s Lauren Brandon. It was her first IRONMAN 104.6 victory. Says Brandon, “got my Kona spot, and I’m ecstatic!” Off the bike she was 37 minutes ahead of the field, but “with the likes of Lesley Smith running, I knew I had to have a big lead.” Boulder’s Smith indeed had a fast run of 3:11 narrowing the gap by nearly 25 minutes. Smith chased down the field passing seven others on her way to second.

The “Flatiron wars” are complete and was a great battle fought during the last IRONMAN to be held in Boulder. A bittersweet day and much more to come on that!

IRONMAN Boulder “Flatiron War” on Sunday, what a possible farewell!

By Bill Plock

The infamous “Iron War” in 1989 between Dave Scott and Mark Allen at the IRONMAN World championship in Kona is considered one of the greatest endurance races of all time. But this years IRONMAN Boulder is shaping up to have it’s own legendary finish in the pro’s race and what better way to possibly celebrate the last six years of this race? The “Flat Iron War” is about to begin, buckle up!

Tim O’Donnell

There are any number of pros with a good shot to win, but tomorrow, six pro men and two pro women who live and train in Boulder will battle it out. Three of them, Tim O’Donnell , Justin Daerr and Danielle Mack have won IRONMAN Boulder.

Also competing is two time Olympian, top five finisher in Kona, Tyler Butterfield. Now add in a rising star, Boulder native, Sam Long who has won two 70.3’s this year (Victoria just a week ago) with the other Boulder native and “speedo man” Colin Laughery (303 video) and his contagious love of triathlon with Kennett Peterson (303 video) making his pro debut tomorrow and we have the unofficial “Flat Iron War”.

In the women’s race, local pro and Boulder native, 2014 Ironman Boulder Champion Danielle Mack will battle it out with Boulder’s Lesley Smith (303video) in what will surely be a great competition on this final stage.

This will be a fun race to watch. Click on their names to go to their websites and learn more about these amazing athletes!

2019 will be the last IRONMAN Boulder

By Bill Plock

The champion of Sunday’s race will be the last champion for the foreseeable future of a full-distance IRONMAN race in Boulder. For us at 303 Endurance Network, parent of 303Triathlon, it’s been an amazing 6 years of covering and racing this race.

The first race director of IRONMAN Boulder, Dave Christen shared his thoughts saying, “IRONMAN Boulder has been such a great event because of the people who raced it and those amazing volunteers who put the race on. Between Dan, Tim, and myself as the different Race Directors of the event for the 6 years, we all agree we have only played a very small role. The City of Boulder, Boulder County, and Colorado State Patrol, all hosted a world class event in a world class city. We are excited about the changes in the IRONMAN calendar as we are seeing athletes gravitating towards new experiences and new host communities. Boulder will always be in the IRONMAN calendar in some form and we are are proud of the athletes who raced one of the most beautiful and challenging courses in the series. I personally want to say thank you to everyone who played a role in the event and for those that provided such honest and constructive feedback over the years. I wanted it to be a race dictated by the athletes and I can say we did that. Congratulations to everyone who has and will conqour this race! “

Sunday’s race should be iconic with three former champions racing the men’s and women’s pro field and Boulder native pros Sam Long, Colin Laughery and Danielle Mack competing.

For us at 303Triathlon, this race has been our “Super Bowl” and covering it with the iconic Boulder creek path “flux capacitor” run course, the downtown finish line, and the amazing support of so many local triathletes made the atmosphere simply electric.

No doubt the race had declined in popularity and there are many possible reasons for that. When you look at the national landscape and see the decline in participation in some long standing races and the increase in participation in new venues, it seems to support how athletes do like different choices. Some races will be returning to their origins such as St. George and Penticton. So who knows, maybe a return to Boulder is possible someday.

A few of our favorite stories from over the years:

5 great stories, athletes and inspirations at Newton, 2pm Friday

By Bill Plock

In one place, at one time, you will have a chance to hear about five amazing people, how they approach life, triathlons, and how they shape the experiences of fellow athletes and fans. Maybe there will be some good tips for those racing Sunday! Newton Running is hosting this opportunity to hear these stories at 2pm at their store at 3655 Frontier Ave, Boulder, CO 80301

The panel of athletes includes:

Craig Alexander, three-time world IRONMAN World Champion. Learn about his path and what’s it’s like to win it all.

Chris McDonald, multi-time Ironman champion and founder of Big Sexy Racing. Learn about his journey to becoming a champion and who he transformed himself and wanted to inspire others.

The Pease brothers–the team of brothers who conquered Kona last year. Kyle has cerebral palsy and Brent pulls him in the swim, on bike trailer and pushes him in the run. Check out this ARTICLE

Andrea Ramos, from Mexico and of “Mortal Athlete” is part of a movement to involve others in sport and share her passion.

Newton’s own Andrew Maxwell will lead the panel and there will be time for some Q & A. I asked Andrew what he most hopes to learn tomorrow and he said, “I want to really find out their why and what legacy they hope to leave behind in this sport we all love.”

Should be fun, and there will be some prizes and raffles, get there early!

Eric Kenny’s podcast on IRONMAN Boulder with Hugo Mendez–Tri Coach Tue.

Ironman Boulder is almost HERE! So if this is your first 140.6-mile race or if you are doing Boulder for the first time, this is a MUST-LISTEN podcast
Chaskis founder and Dig Deep Podcast host, Hugo Mendez, invited experienced Boulder-based coach Eric Kenney to share his knowledge and advice on how to have a great Ironman Boulder! Eric has great advice on several key topics like pacing yourself, especially if you are racing at altitude, nutrition, the course, logistics, how to have a smart bike ride and solid marathon, key sections of the race, logistics and more.

https://www.chaskis.us/blogs/the-dig-deep-podcast/episode-27-ironman-boulder-eric-kenney-on-how-to-execute-a-great-race

Boulder’s Mirinda Carfrae and Sam Long win IRONMAN Victoria 70.3

Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae and Sam Long both had the fastest runs of the day and both overcame deficits to win IRONMAN Victoria 70.3 on Sunday.

Both Colorado athletes are having terrific seasons. It was Sam’s second win in as many weeks having won IRONMAN Chattanooga 70.3 just two weeks ago. Rinny took second in IRONMAN Cancun 70.3 at the end of April.

Sam will be racing IRONMAN Boulder next week (June 9th) so come cheer him on for three in row.

Be sure to listen to Mile High Endurance podcast that will be released during IRONMAN Boulder. Rich Soares and Bill Plock interviewed Sam while he was in Canada preparing for Victoria last week. He shared his plans for that race (along with Boulder) and it seems he executed them well!

Colorado Triathlon, is this the next big race, or maybe it already is?

Five years ago the Colorado Triathlon by Without Limits had 430 athletes check in and now over 800 athletes started–and Eric Kenney won the first sprint distance race in 2015 and won again yesterday–only 1 min slower than 2015–way to age Eric–or not! Some things change, some things don’t!

First timer sprint men and women’s waves

This past weekend kicked off the outdoor triathlon season at the Colorado Triathlon which featured sprint and olympic distances, along with a duathlon and aqua bike and relay teams. The week leading up to yesterdays race was filled with questions of the water temperature and the temptation to switch to a duathlon. But somehow, in typical fashion, the water warmed up just enough and the atmosphere was electric at the Boulder Reservoir.

First timer Maria Giordano

Most impressive besides conquering the 62 degree water, was the finish line conquer by more than 100 people who had never raced a triathlon before. This race continues to grow and competitors ranged in ages from 14 to 80. There was even a podium for the first-timer categories.

Eric Kenney won the men’s sprint race and Tim Hola took the olympic distance. Lindsay Knast and Steph Popelor were the women’s champs. First timer’s Christian Moden and Maria Giordano stood on top of the podium for the sprint distance and Julien Schaller and Katherine Kerr won the Olympic distance.

First timer, Shannon Simpson said afterwards, “I was impressed at how welcoming the triathlon community is and the feel of the race is “chill” and “fun” and has strong sense of community. When race director Lance Panigutti told us before the race, “that we will get everyone through the day,” I just felt like I wouldn’t’ be left behind.”

Lance’s motto found on the finisher medals, “collect moments, not things” seems to have permeated the atmosphere well!

For more race pictures, go to our Facebook page album HERE