There is Hope for More Swim Spots at Chatfield

By Bill Plock

Open water swimming is happening, but if you missed out on the “swim lottery” and are hoping to swim, things may change soon.

Holly Solomon

303 made a stop last week at the gravel “pond” at Chatfield State park. The park zoomed with paddle boarders, cyclists, fishermen, boaters, campers and swimmers of course. At first glance, other than people wearing face masks, it seemed like a typical summer day.

Tristen Rogers and Todd Lytle

At the swim beach several groups including the Rocky Mountain, CWW, and YTT triathlon clubs carved out space on the beach for a monitor to check in and out swimmers. As it stands right now, those groups, plus COMSA (Colorado Masters Swim Association) and a few other groups are the only ones allowed to host open water swimmers. This isn’t different than past years, but what has changed is the number of people allowed access and how the groups work together. This year each group offered a limited number of swim spots to their members. Members are then required to sign up for a time via an ap and each group provides a monitor to ensure people arrive at their time and enter and exit the water. The idea is to allow only 10 people at a time to enter the water and then stagger groups of 10 over the allotted open water time. Thus the limit of total swimmers per group. The groups with permits have been working together to minimize the total number of people congregating and people are being asked to not gather on the shore before or after swimming and to wear masks to and from their car.

Jeanette Sorensen Hickok

In the past, people who didn’t belong to any other groups holding permits could swim by joining COMSA and basically show up during open swim times and check in with the monitor on duty. COMSA held a sign up for swimming and currently is not offering swim spots. But that could change.

According to COMSA chair, Chris Nolte, “we are hopeful that when and if Governor Polis increases the group gathering size from 10 to 25 we will be able to offer more swim spots, so keep checking our website.

Chatfield is the only public option for open water swimming. The rangers and park staff are no doubt keeping a close watch on swimmers following the rules. A couple of other lakes opened briefly and then closed, so be sure if you do go swim, follow the rules.

Tri Club Tuesday: Colorado Clubs take IMBoulder Division Titles

At the IRONMAN Boulder awards ceremony on Monday morning Mike Reilly announced the top 10 pro finishers and the amazing top 5 athletes in every age group.  Sandwiched between all this individual talent and the winners of the coveted Kona slots, Mike announced the Team Winners.


Division I

Rocky Mountain Tri Club


We’re proud to be part of the Colorado triathlon community, and love to make a strong showing at local events.  With nearly two dozen athletes participating, and more than 75(!) volunteers on course, Rocky Mountain Tri Club was able to win the Division I Tri Club Challenge for the fourth year in a row.  Congratulations to all yesterdays Ironman participants and a heartfelt thank you to the 2000+ volunteers who made the day possible! 


Salt Lake Tri Club

Division II

Big Sexy Racing


Wattie Inc.

Division III


Alien Endurance

Division IV



From D3 Multisport Head Coach Mike Ricci:

Sunday was the best Ironman Boulder weather we could have asked for and the volunteers were a valued asset to the race experience.  All athletes have their own personal challenges during a race, but we are proud of the Team D3 athletes as they executed their race plans flawlessly!  3 made the podium, 1 qualified for Kona and that is a fantastic Ironman day!”




Boulder Tri Club

Division VI

Cannibal Team Triathlon

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