XTERRA Beaver Creek
By Bill Plock
Coloradans were all over the world this weekend, competing in the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in France, to IRONMAN Wisconsin to three different multisport festivals in Colorado– Grand Junction, Avon and Loveland (Boyd Lake).
Boulder’s Rudy Von Berg took 3rd overall in Nice at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships (article here). In the age group category, Boulder’s Caitlin Standifer took 2nd in her 30-34 age group and locals Molly Smith and Elise Lagerstrom cracked the top 100 overall in France.
Locally, the 8th annual Deserts Edge Triathlon Festival took place in Grand Junction offering everything from off-road triathlon, to a road sprint, olympic distances a SUP category, runs only and just about any category possible. All the results found HERE
In Avon, the Avon Fest coupled with the Major League Triathlon offered both amateur and professional triathletes a chance to compete in draft legal and non-draft legal events. 303’s Rich Soares covered the event saying, “Multisport, mountains and music – Avon Fest has it all! The Major League Triathlon features a variety of fast pace racing throughout the weekend. This year saw the additional an age-group non-draft Sprint to the line up of draft legal races, mixed-team-relays, beer mile and 5k. The short formats and course designs made for exciting racing and spectating. Avon’s weather and breathtaking scenery make this a great time of year to race during the day and enjoy live music in the park at night.”
In Loveland, Breakaway Athletic Events’, held the first ever Boyd Lake Bash and gave athletes all kinds of options including a kids race and even a Zumba class.
In Wisconsin, Colorado’s Tim Hola got 3rd in the 45-49 category and 27th overall while his dad Ken, won his 75-79 age category! Well known Denver triathlete Todd Lytle completed his 13th Ironman giving him a legacy entry to the 2020 IRONMAN World Championships in Kona. Boulder’s Lauren Vallee punched a ticket there as well by qualifying in Wisconsin and placed 2nd in her age group.
Congrats to all!
For some people, open water swimming is about connecting with nature and escaping the day-to-day of life. For some it is an amazing full-body workout. For others it is part of their triathlon training. For some people it is just a really fun, exhilarating experience. For us it has been all of these things, and we love it! We want to give our fellow swimmers a chance to experience it in a comfortable, safe, and fun environment.
Town of Avon staff provide lifeguards and setup a .25 mile/400 meter (approximate) triangle course set up on the south side of the lake.
Check in by the boat dock and log cabin located at the southeast shore of Nottingham Lake.
Event details and registration here
Nottingham Lake is back and better than ever this summer! The Avon Recreation Department provides the only open water swim in the valley. It’s a perfect way to train for your first (or third) outdoor triathlon. Just be sure to bring a wetsuit – the water can be chilly!
Fee:$5 per person
Check-in at the Avon Performance Pavilion
Average water temp. is between 60 – 68 degrees, wet suits recommended
Must be 15 years of age with parental release
For your safety – lifeguard staff and distance buoys will be provided
Event details here