Ironman Boulder: Professionals take center stage once again

Colin Laughery speeds out of the bike transition area at the Ironman Boulder in 2014. (Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer)

From the Daily Camera

Event welcomes back the best from around the world

Endurance athletes, even the ones at the peak of their particular professions, aren’t any different than their more widely recognizable brethren in, say, the NFL or NBA.

Be it a runner, cyclist, or triathlete, there are few more fulfilling thrills than the opportunity to compete at the highest level on one’s own home turf.

The rich running community across Boulder County enjoyed its annual competition-turned festival a few weeks ago at the Bolder Boulder. Now an equally vibrant local contingent of endurance athletes, including the best of the best from around the world, get to take center stage.

Moving the annual test of physical endurance ahead on the calendar has resulted in a far more intriguing buzz around the fourth annual Ironman Boulder, with the schedule alteration allowing race organizers to feature a pro-only field for the first time since the event’s inaugural running in 2014.

“It’s so engaging when you have the pro field, especially here in Boulder, because so many of them live in Boulder full-time, or train here for most of the year,” race director Tim Brosious said. “Any time any of our races have a pro field, it brings out some national attention. For Boulder especially, it’s the home turf. They have to defend their road.”

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