Boulder’s Sam Long takes 2nd as “Rookie” at XTERRA Beaver Creek

Long, fastest run XTERRA Beaver Creek
Long, fastest run XTERRA Beaver Creek

Boulder’s newest pro triathlete, 20-year-old Sam Long, is tearing it up on the race scene. He landed solid second place finishes at XTERRA Beaver Creek and then Ironman 70.3 Calgary just one week later.

Just before Calgary he posted, “I love where triathlon is taking me, the limits it is helping me push, and the self actualization it is bringing.”

From Slowtwitch, XTERRA Beaver Creek:

Long, whose triathlon debut was a 13th place overall finish at the 2014 edition of Ironman Boulder and whose breakthrough was a 13th overall and first overall age group finish at the 2015 Ironman Coeur d’Alene, started with a swim 11 seconds behind Middaugh. Long surrendered another 1:50 to Middaugh with a 2nd-fastest mountain bike segment, and then took back 1:31 with a race-best 37:20 trail run to earn 2nd place.

“Outrageous, I can’t even believe it right now,” said Long, who has a double major at CU in psychology and integrated physiology. “Second in a pro race, against these guys – it’s incredible.”

Long may have been a rookie pro but he is a very experienced mountain bike rider.

“I’ve grown up in Boulder my whole life and my family has been fortunate enough to have a house in Crested Butte so I have mountain biked up there tons. Every summer I go up there and just hammer it, so I like to think this course is a lot like Crested Butte.”

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