Hallberg, Walker set pace at 37th Annual Longmont Triathlon

From the Daily Camera

Longmont’s Jim Hallberg heads for the bike segment of the 37th annual Longmont Triathlon on Sunday. Hallberg won the men’s title in 55:09 and was the fastest overall finisher.

On a sunny Sunday in Boulder County, the 37th annual Longmont Triathlon went off without a hitch, as Longmont’s Jim Hallberg and Aurora’s Lori Walker both raced their way to victory. The course ran in and around the city’s Centennial Pool, and was graced with the participation of 268 competitors from teenagers to 75 years old.

Throughout the morning, competitors started out with a 525-yard swim, transitioned to a 12-mile bike ride, and then finished with a 5-kilometer run.

For 39-year-old, D3 Multisport coach Hallberg, who finished first overall in 55 minutes and nine seconds, the title of Best Longmont Triathlete has become familiar to him over the past three years — every year of which he’s won.

“I’ve done it the last few years, and this is a fun race,” Hallberg said. “It’s low key and a very fun beginner (race), but some people always show up, so I always try to defend my title, if you will, to keep first place. It’s good, I’m glad it’s over with.”

Despite the worsening conditions of the race course, he said he’s happy with how he performed.

“Today, my strongest event was the bike,” Hallberg said. “I’ve been fairly consistent between all three disciplines, but usually the bike is my strength. Unfortunately, the course is getting chopped up with all the traffic. There’s more and more. There’s potholes, there’s construction going around causing that, unfortunately. I know the course. I live here, so I’m very familiar with the bike route and the run one, so I know what to expect, what to avoid.”

Between 2002 and 2008, Hallberg competed in multiple Ironman races, including the World Championship in Kona, Hawaii in 2008, so to him, races like this are a little more relaxed.

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