Tri Club Tuesday: Inaugural Reuter-Hess Reservoir OWS

by Ambassador Erin Trail

 

For the very first time since filling with water, Reuter-Hess Reservoir opened its doors to nearly 150 athletes for the inaugural Parker Open Water Swim.  The 1.2 mile and 2.4 mile swim event was organized by Without Limits Productions  and the event title sponsor was SwimLabs Denver.

 

photo credit: Joe Long

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!

 

Weekend Preview: It’s an OWS Weekend

Triathlon Events

Thursday July 27th

 

Stroke n Stride

Boulder


Saturday July 29th

 

Rueter-Hess OWS

Parker


Carter Lake Crossing

Loveland


BAM Swim

Boulder


Reverse Indoor Tryathlon #3

Lone Tree


Sunday July 30th

 

Outdoor Diva Sprint Tri

Longmont


Legend Rocky Mountain Tri – CANCELLED


Mark Your Calendar

Saturday August 5th

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.



Cycling Events

Thursday July 27th

 

BVSC Bike Ed Program

Boulder


BVV Track Night

Erie


REVO CX Strength & Conditioning

Boulder


Tour de Freeze

High Line Canal


The Heart of Colorado

Manitou Springs


Endurance Cycling Camp

Steamboat Springs


Friday July 28th

 

Pastries on the Path

Boulder


Leadville Stage Race

Leadville


Salida Classic

Salida


Tour de Freeze

High Line Canal


The Heart of Colorado

Manitou Springs


Endurance Cycling Camp

Steamboat Springs


Saturday July 29th

 

Denver to Aspen Classic

Denver


14th Annual Grin & Barrett Charity Ride

Montrose


Breck 100

Breckenridge


Laramie Enduro

Laramie, Wy


DUST2: Bush’s Pump Track

Pagosa Springs


Lee Likes Bikes Level 1 Mtb Skills Clinic

Boulder


Leadville Stage Race

Leadville


Salida Classic

Salida


Tour de Freeze

High Line Canal


The Heart of Colorado

Manitou Springs


Endurance Cycling Camp

Steamboat Springs


Sunday July 30th

 

Avista Women’s Weekly Ride

Louisville


Leadville Stage Race

Leadville


Salida Classic

Salida


Tour de Freeze

High Line Canal


The Heart of Colorado

Manitou Springs


Endurance Cycling Camp

Steamboat Springs