The Boulder Sunset Triathlon BBSC Triathlon really could be labeled an endurance festival. With 1,500 athletes competing in an Olympic and Sprint Distance triathlon, a duathlon and a 5k and 10k run, there was something for everyone. Families with parents racing with their kids were everywhere. Many challenged athletes participated as well. Universities from CO, WY, UT, NM, AZ competed and added to the vibe. If you have raced in Boulder before, the course was familiar and the weather couldn’t have been better. With such a variety of competitors and many first timers on the course, with seasoned veterans, it made the atmosphere fun and unique. This was the 10th anniversary of this race and no doubt will continue to grow and with it’s multi race format, late in the summer will undoubtedly attract endurance athlete of all sorts for years to come.
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From the Daily Camera
Craig Towler, the Boulder man who lost both of his legs after being crushed between two SUVs a year ago, is celebrating his “Alive Day” by helping with a Fourth of July run in his honor.
He said he learned about the idea of celebrating the anniversary of his close escape from death while recovering in the hospital.
“I really took that to heart,” he said. “We choose how we want to remember that day. Every year that we’re still here, that’s a good thing that needs to be celebrated.”
The company where he works, BBSC Endurance Sports in Boulder, decided to rename its annual Fourth of July 5K and 10K run as the “Craig Towler Freedom Run.” There’s also a virtual race option for those who won’t be in town for the event.
“We can move forward together,” Towler said.
He said he considers the Fourth of July the day he became a survivor.
That day, he spent the morning working BBSC’s Star Spangled Splash event at the Boulder Reservoir, timing his first race by himself.
As he was unloading his car in the 3300 block of Aurora Avenue after the event, Dylan Gottschling, who was 19 at the time, crashed his car into a parked black SUV at about 40 mph, pushing it about 12 feet into another parked SUV.
Towler was pinned between the two SUVs. He instructed his roommate and neighbor to lay him on the ground and create tourniquets out of their belts until paramedics arrived. Doctors told him the tourniquets saved his life.
Gottschling pleaded guilty to Class 5 felony vehicular assault operating or driving in a reckless manner and an added count of driving while ability impaired.
Police said Gottschling admitted to using heroin and then taking Xanax before the crash, along with admitting to looking down at his phone while trying to select music when the crash happened…
If you go:
What: Craig Towler Freedom 5K and 10K Run
When: July 4, registration starts at 6:30 a.m., run starts at 8 a.m.
Where: Boulder Reservoir, 5565 N 51st St., Boulder
Cost: 10K is $50, 5K is $45