Saturday morning greeted athletes with a spectacular show – a full sunrise rainbow that stretched over Parker and the calm waters of Reuter-Hess. The water was a perfect 70 degrees and wind was practically non-existent. Participants were the first group of swimmers to EVER swim in this reservoir and everyone was excited to experience its pristine waters.
Fun Event Facts:
The water depth at the first buoy was 95 feet. That’s DEEP!
80 people raced the 1.2 mile swim; 56 people raced the 2.4 mile distance
Some seriously speedy swimmers were out there! The top finishers for the 1.2 mile distance finished in 27:54 (Michelle Orgill) and 28:07 (Ryan Turbyfill). The top finishers for the 2.4 mile distance finished in 50:03 (Kathleen Steffe) and 46:53 (Niki Siloahti)
Participant ages ranged from 11 years of age to 68 years young!
The reservoir still has another 60 vertical feet of filling capacity, which means future events won’t include that long walk down the boat ramp to the water’s edge.
Without Limits and Parker Parks and Recreation are planning on making this even an annual occurrence. Plan on seeing the 2018 announcement early in the spring!
XTERRA Indian Peaks returns to Eldora. After a 3 year detour over the Continental Divide to Snow Mountain Ranch the very popular XTERRA Indian Peak off road triathlon is returning to the Eldora Mountain Resort on August 5th.
The adventure begins with a chilly 1000m swim in Peterson Lake and after a 600 uphill run to the transition area competitors will head off on a 2 loop 23km bike on the trails of the Eldora Nordic Center. This bike course offers a bit of everything, dirt road, double track, tight descents, muddy climbs, singletrack and a bit of no track. After dismounting the bike the athletes will embark on what many call the best XTERRA run course out there. This 4 mile run is a true trail challenge with steep climbs, singletrack and primitive trails that will put the hurt on even the most seasoned pro.