‘The Beast’ Long Course distance will be back for its second year! As one of Colorado’s most popular summer triathlons, Tri Boulder offers many different multisport race distances, all in one eventful day.
Take in the natural beauty of the mountain backdrop that sets the scene for this iconic race destination. Most of the bike course will take place on rural Boulder county roads, with spectacular views of the Flatirons and surrounding green fields.
Enjoy the after-race party with music, post-race food & beer, plus an awards ceremony with awards and prizes. Mark your calendar for this epic race at the end of July!
You asked for it, you got it! Introducing ‘The Beast’ long course triathlon, and aquabike to one of Colorado’s already most popular races. Tri Boulder also features an Olympic, Sprint, and Relay so we’ve got a distance to fuel everyone’s competitive spirit. Mark your calendars because this is a race you don’t want to miss!
Formerly known as the Harvest Moon Triathlon the 18th edition of this event takes place at the beautiful Boulder Reservoir. on September 17th, 2017. Est. in 2000 this Colorado classic provides the veterans to beginners a challenging, affordable, and competitive race with a local flavor. Whether this is your final event of the season, or a tune-up for a fall long course triathlon, don’t miss the 5430 original! The Aquabike portion is one of the fastest growing Aquabikes in the nation, while the duathlon is Colorado’s only long-course duathlon.
One of the biggest expos, stocked goodie bags, and event long sleeve tech pullovers are just some of the highlights that make the 5430 Triathlon the experience you’ve been waiting for. When you cross that line make sure to sprint because there’s no better way to cool off that the Without Limits Slip n’ Slide! Once that finisher medal is in hand it’s time to hit the Wahoos Fish Taco’s buffet line for the best post race food around!
By Kirsten McCay-Smith
As I am writing this, there are only 18 spots left in the 17th running of the Harvest Moon Long Course Triathlon. Without Limits (the company putting on the race) is also offering a duathlon and aquabike. The race will take place on Sunday, September 18th this year and due to the ban on all triathlons taking place at Aurora Res, the race has moved to the Boulder Reservoir for 2016.
I have done the Harvest Moon Triathlon 5 times over the 16 years it has been around, and it’s always an adventure. September in Colorado is beautiful, yet unpredictable and I have been witness to ice on the lake race morning, crazy winds, and temps varying 60 degrees throughout the day! But whatever the weather, the Harvest Moon is one of my faves. It’s a low key, affordable, and fun race that is great for both beginner and competitive athletes.
The duathlon and aquabike options are great for those who want to go long, but only like 2 of the 3 sports in the triathlon.
Plus…with a slip-n-slide at the finish and great post-race food, it’s a fun event for the whole family.
Here is a rundown of the course…
SWIM: The swim is in the Boulder Res which has cooled down quite a bit since last month and will be wetsuit legal. The temps at the res are in the mid-60s right now. The 1.2 mile swim is a one lap, clock-wise swim around a rectangle shaped course. Orange buoys will mark the straight line, with lime green buoys marking the corner turns at the far end of the reservoir. This will be a wave start swim to help those who are new to triathlon or a little nervous for the swim. The aquabike will start in its own wave.
BIKE: This 56 mile bike course will be FAST!! If you have ever raced in Boulder, you have already ridden on all these roads. If not, basically the course is two loops: a slight incline for the first 5 miles, rollers the next 5, fast downhill the next 10, rollers the next 8, and then repeat.
RUN: The run course is 2 loops on dirt roads around the res. The course is mainly rollers with some climbing in the first half of the loop, which means the last half has some downhill. YAY!
DUATHLON: The duathlon course starts with an out and back 5K and then follows the same 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile course as the triathlon.
AQUABIKE: The aquabike follows the same swim and bike course as the triathlon.
I am very excited for the new course. I think it will be fun and fast. Without Limits ALWAYS puts on great races. I hope to see you all there!!