Lake to Lake Triathlon

Loveland

 

The Loveland Lake to Lake Triathlon provides triathlon enthusiasts with a safe and enjoyable event in which to compete, regardless of their competitive level. It promotes the triathlon sport and the opportunity to give back to the community. — Enjoy!

We are happy to be producing this event for you — the athletes — for the 19th year! Lake to Lake has been owned and organized by Peggy Shockley and her family since 2001 – making it the longest running privately owned triathlon even tin Colorado – no ownership changes!

Every athlete has their own story as well as their individual goals and aspirations and it’s OUR goal to provide you with an event that will help you achieve your goal. Whether you are a first timer, novice or veteran triathlete, come out and compete at Lake to Lake, we’ll do our best to make it a great day! That’s our story.

 

Event details and registration here

Meet a new triathlon race company

Breakaway Athletic Events | www.BREAKAWAYATHLETICEVENTS.com

What led you to create Breakaway?
I’ve been a serial entrepreneur for nearly 15 years and a triathlete for ten. Throughout this time, I’ve completed multiple triathlons and run races including everything from a sprint to a full distance and 5k’s to a marathon – even some fun half-marathon trail races. I’ve been involved in the race world in a variety of roles, including as an athlete, a “pro” spectator (my wife gets much more credit there), a volunteer & as a staff member helping to organize and execute race days. There’s a high energy, such excitement and anticipation in the air and sense of accomplishment that comes with these races. But I felt there was a lack of multisport events in the northern Colorado area, specifically in and around Fort Collins. This realization, combined with my passion for these sports, led to the creation of Breakaway Athletic Events.

How is Breakaway different?
I think one characteristic that sets us apart is that we are athletes first. We’ve experienced race days, the adrenaline, the passion for and pursuit of a podium finish. I know what frustrates me on race morning and also what motivates me. Our goal is to use this insight and knowledge to enhance the overall athlete experience. We’re doing this by paying attention to the details and all the race aspects we’ve found bothersome over the years. For example, our events will be as eco-friendly as possible. This means occasionally ditching the traditional aid station model and having athletes focus on reusing their bike water bottles (vs hundreds of half used plastic water refill bottles). Another example, is that our athlete meals will be plant-based. Why? It’s super healthy, less harsh on the planet and much better in terms of food safety. In addition, our clearly marked and detailed course maps and layouts allow for awesome spectator fun and support for athletes as the athletes pass spectator areas multiple times throughout their race, not just once or twice all day. These are just a few of the many examples we are implementing. Our primary goals are strong community support through local businesses & sponsors and an awesome athlete experience with attention to race details, safety & spectator fun .

What specific races will you have?
We are working to shed the mold of traditional event creators by creating more unique races. We’re always working to create races that fill a space that might not have existed before. One example of this is our Epic Mini Triathlon in Fort Collins. We haven’t had any road triathlons in Fort Collins for years. This short distance race has a well laid out course, highly organized transition area & fun beginner-friendly pool swim. It’s intimate and inviting, something that can be tough to find at the larger scale events.

Our specific calendar is always available at breakawayathleticevents.com/races. But briefly, for 2019, we have seven events in the works including an off-road ride & run, the Epic Mini (mentioned above), and a great destination triathlon. We have also worked into the schedule a multisport race festival! It’s an awesome multi-race event happening at a great location. There will be music, a beer-garden and a youth series race as well so the whole family can get involved – ten races in total. We’ll announce more on new events as the details get confirmed. We’re excited about each and every one! 🙂

What is the multisport festival you mentioned above about?
The Boyd Lake Bash Multisport Festival takes place at a great venue and will include ten individual events all in one day. Sitting on the east side of Loveland and southeast of Fort Collins, this close-to-home multisport race event will have a festival feel that’s intimate, fun and mildly challenging. The course layouts make race morning packed with spectator cheering and multiple athlete flybys. Every race takes place within the park. This creates a safer and more exciting race for all of the athletes. We have a youth splash and dash series taking place that morning as well. Fun for the whole family! With ON-SITE camping options, make a weekend out of this event and plan some extra relaxation time.

Some race companies have a discounted entry or free entry program if you volunteer. Does Breakaway offer this as well?
Yes! Volunteers help make races happen. Not only can volunteers earn discounted race entry, they also get to experience a race event from a unique perspective and with much less pressure. This often leads to them having a great race of their own on that same course whenever they are ready to tackle it in future years to come.

What are the biggest challenges to organizing a new event especially in a new venue?
Any event, whether new or an annual recurrence, takes a lot of planning. I find the largest challenge to putting a new race event in place is navigating the permits process, as well as finding unique ways to promote the event on a large scale. Dreaming up a fast bike course or a wicked run challenge can be easy. But going through the permits process, which often requires a lot of paperwork and time spent waiting to hear back can be a challenge, though I do enjoy getting to connect with the local permitting agencies and area managers. After the hurdles of permitting and venue approval, it’s on to registration and thinking about ways to reach people who may be interested in our events. It’s all about getting the word out!

What do you think the future holds for Breakaway?
We’re excited for a strong first event season and plan on adding new races each year as we grow and connect with more athletes, staff & volunteers. We look forward to growing our audience and participant numbers, involving local businesses and getting youth involved in athletics and group physical activity. We hope to increase our contributions to local charity groups with each passing year and anticipate our events will help to promote our local parks and open spaces, as well.

Loveland Lake to Lake Triathlon: A Great Event

by Rich Soares

Loveland Lake to Lake has been one of Colorado’s oldest and most popular multisport races – here’s why!

 

Photo by Ryan Muncy

#1 – Courses: The race starts in Lake Loveland with a well-marked swim course and plenty of water safety support.

Since 2001, the Olympic-distance bike course has been a generous thirty-miles (approximately six-mile longer than the standard Olympic-distance) that favors strong riders. A good portion of the race course was closed to cars, giving the riders a safe course to confidently hammer the pedals without concern for traffic. The course starts from Lake Loveland and follows the foothills to the north, featuring a climb to a breathtaking view of Horsetooth Reservoir. On the return from Horsetooth, riders enjoy an exhilarating descent and then a straight shot south back to Lake Loveland where they transition to a relatively flat and fast run course around the lake.

Starting in 2006, Aqua-Bike and Relay were added as categories, and starting in 2013 a Sprint distance course was added to the offering. The Sprint bike course is a flat and fast 15 miles, and the Sprint run course is equally fast taking athletes through North Lake Park with a handful of eye-catching sculptures.

 

#2 Competition: Prior to USAT’s region consolidations, Loveland Lake to Lake served as the Regional USAT Championship race and has historically attracted some of the most competitive triathletes.

Overall Olympic-distance winners Matt Malone and professional Uli Bromme threw down great performances with 2:13:30 and 2:26:09 respectively. The male overall Olympic-distance podium was separated by a mere 60 seconds with Karl Kahsar and Robby Chalfant rounding out 2nd and 3rd places.

The female podium showed Bromme’s domination with nearly 7 minutes separating 1st place from Linsey Knast’s 2nd and Annie Poland’s 3rd place. Whether competing for the races’ top spots, age grouper awards, or beating a previous PR, triathletes showed great sportsmanship and support of their fellow competitors.

#3 Community: For eighteen years, the Lake to Lake race has been a part of the fabric in the northern Colorado community. Race organizer, Peggy Shockley, reflected on how her children have grown up with the race and there is lasting evidence of her family’s fingerprints.

Ft. Collins resident Bruce Fries donned a race shirt from the original 2001 race that featured the artwork drawn by Peggy’s then grade-schoolers. Non-profits, church groups, the Loveland 4-H Club, and other local volunteers have been involved since the beginning. Peggy remembers that there were just a half dozen Loveland athletes in 2001. Now the race has a few hundred athletes from around the region, plus athletes from Texas, Nebraska, California, and as far as Florida.

 

#4 Celebration: The post-race celebration and award ceremony is one of the highlights of the race. This is not the type of race that gives athletes brown bananas and cold bagels as a recovery meal. Peggy and the Loveland Lake to Lake crew pull out all the stops and offer a catered full breakfast buffet.

Peggy explains, “we have hundreds of athletes that come to race with us and we want to give them a great experience.” Athletes built their own breakfast burritos with tortillas, scrambled eggs, pork sausage, pulled beef, ground turkey, black beans, rice and salsa. If that didn’t fill them up, they were able to graze the other buffet table of granola, yogurt, bagels, fruit and more. With their plates full, athletes sat on the lawn of the pavilion to eat and watch the award ceremony.  Food was provided by Catering to You by James   

Loveland Lake to Lake continues to be one of my favorite races in the region and I’m already looking forward to 2019!

Race Director Peggy Shockley shares the History of the Lake to Lake Triathlon

Race Director Peggy Shockley shares the history of the Lake to Lake Triathlon and how over the last two decades the race has become a fixture in the charming town of Loveland, Colorado, about 50 miles from Denver. Lots of participants come from many states riding one of the most beautiful bike rides in the state.

 

Love, Loveland Lake to Lake on Valentines

By Bill Plock

Since 1947 the city of Loveland has been post marking Valentine Cards to send to loved ones all around the world. We thought we would throw a little triathlon love to the Lake to Lake Triathlon and ask a few participants why they love it so much.

Here are the top 10 reasons:

1. Peggy Shockley, race director, nice, caring, genuine and supportive
2. Beautiful bike course with views of Horsetooth reservoir and fun hills
3. The brunch at the end of the race is worth the price of admission alone!
4. Luscious grass to run on from swim exit to transition
5. Amazing volunteers
6. Run around the lake and downhill finish in statue park
7. The lake! Nice water, great beach8. Easy for families to watch

9. Great finish line!
10. It’s in Loveland!

Want to try Lake toLake? It’s on June 23 and thereis a Sprint and Olympic distances as well as Aquabike events to choose from.

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Carter Lake Crossing

Loveland

 

The Carter Lake Crossing is a point to point crossing of Carter Lake in Colorado.  Situated at just below 5800 feet, this nearly 3 mile swim is located in one of the most picturesque lakes in Colorado.    Awards will be given out to the top three finishers in each division for each race.  Divisions will be both non-wetsuit and wetsuit for both men and women for each race.  Hope to see you there!

3 mile competitive swim

 

Event details and registration here

Loveland Lake to Lake

Loveland

 

The Loveland Lake to Lake Triathlon provides triathlon enthusiasts with a safe and enjoyable event in which to compete, regardless of their competitive level. It promotes the triathlon sport and the opportunity to give back to the community. — Enjoy!

We are happy to be producing this event for you — the athletes — for the 18th year! Lake to Lake has been owned and organized by Peggy Shockley and her family since 2001 – making it the longest running privately owned triathlon event in Colorado – no ownership changes!

Every athlete has their own story as well as their individual goals and aspirations and it’s OUR goal to provide you with an event that will help you achieve your goal. Whether you are a first timer, novice or veteran triathlete, come out and compete at Lake to Lake, we’ll do our best to make it a great day! That’s our story.

 

Event details and Registration here