The New Boyd Lake Tri, Listen to Lance Panigutti Share More

By Bill Plock

Stand up paddle boarding instead of swimming? The bike ride never leaves the park? Camp before the race, stay overnight to celebrate afterwards? Who knows what is in store for subsequent years, but on September 7, triathlon comes to Boyd Lake located East of Loveland with the Boyd Lake Bash Triathlon Festival co-hosted by Without Limits Productions and Breakaway Athletic Events.

This race has a lot of potential for growth and some alternative racing in the future. Boyd Lake’s beauty, awesome beaches and warm water make it a great family destination and provides an inviting venue for all types of athletes.

Here is a conversation with the owner of Without Limits Production, Lance Panigutti:

Loveland Lake to Lake Tri, more women than men, few reasons why.

By Kirsten Smith

Last week I learned that the local favorite Loveland Lake to Lake triathlon in Loveland, Colorado has more female participants that male. This is not surprising to me but is very rare in the world of triathlon where most races (other than women specific races) are around 75% male and 25% female.

I have done the Lake to Lake triathlon several times, including the inaugural race in 2001. At that time, there weren’t very many races in Colorado, other than Denver and Boulder, so it was very exciting that there was a local race to Northern Colorado where I was living at the time.

I am a triathlon coach and work with many beginner female triathletes. When going over race options for locals, the Lake to Lake is one I often recommend. Now that I have this new info about the number of women who participate, I’m excited to share it as many of my newbie women triathletes. I reached out to the community of local female triathletes to find out the appeal. Here are some of my findings…

For starters, many love Loveland’s friendly, small-town community and the local charities the race supports.

They also mentioned the “welcoming” and “fun” aspects of the race and one of the best finishing picnics in the sport. Several liked the “organization” of the race and since it is smaller and “not in Boulder” it is less intimidating. Also noted was the warmer water temp in Lake Loveland and the park like atmosphere and grassy transitions feels very welcoming and calm. The run winds through the local neighborhood and around the lake and finishes passing the bronze statues in the park.

Being on June 22, the timing of this race is great for families. It’s early enough in the summer that it’s after school gets out but before most summer vacations. It gives moms enough training time while school is still in session but before the business of the summer sets in.

Both the Sprint and Olympic distance bike courses are very safe and scenic and away from a lot of the local traffic. As a new mom, I am concerned more about my safety than before I had my baby. It’s more of a priority for me to be around to see her grow up! Numerous women I spoke with, who did the race for the first time, did it on recommendation from a friend! They heard “good things” about the race as a whole. Women tend to share their experiences with other women (both good and bad) so this doesn’t surprise me at all as a main reason why women choose do this race!!

There is a Sprint distance, an Olympic distance, and an Aquabike. There are age group, Athena, Clydesdale, and Relay categories. I hope to see you all out there this year!

Lookout Mountain Triathlon

Golden

 

A fun course, an amazing venue, and the best post-race meal ever!!! In 2014, Paul Karlsson and Dig Deep Sports took over management of this Colorado classic, started by Racing Underground. Paul is the founder and original race director of the Boulder Peak Triathlon, and currently organizes XTERRA Snow Mountain Ranch. Paul also grew up at the race venue, and the run course passes his boyhood home. Racing Underground will continue to be involved with the event, providing top-notch timing and coordinating the pool swim.

The Lookout Mountain Triathlon kicks off with a 525 yard pool swim at the amazing aquatic facility located within the Mount Vernon Country Club atop Lookout Mountain in Golden. The Racing Underground team are the masters in coordinating on-time, efficient pool swims!

Next, comes a challenging 10 mile bike course that features some good climbs and fast descents as you travel the well maintained paved roadways on top of Lookout Mountain. Following the ride, you’ll complete a rolling 5K run on dirt roads, entirely within the Country Club property.

 

Event details and registration here

ColoradoTriathlon

Boulder Reservoir

 

ALREADY 42% SOLD OUT AS OF 12/28/2018!

Who’s ready to kick off the 2019 season?! The Colorado Triathlon is where Colorado comes to race on June 1st, 2019! The Colorado Triathlon – sprint & olympic distances, duathlon & aquabike options. To make the “can’t miss” event of the season, we’ll also have: amazing food and beverages provided by Noodles & Co., Ska Brewing Beer Garden, athlete full zip sweat shirts, and the best swag bag of the season.

For us this race is about one person, the Colorado local who knows Colorado has the best, and the friendliest, triathlon scene in the nation. It’s a local scene we’re darn proud of, come see what this amazing community is all about!

 

Colorado Tri Series includes:

Colorado Triathlon

Boulder Peak Triathlon

Harvest Moon Long Course

Series details here

 

Event details and registration here

The Epic Mini Triathlon

Ft. Collins

 

General Information

Course Info: The name says it all. The EPIC MINI Triathlon. Taking place at a central venue located in Fort Collins Colorado, this race packs a punch of fun into a short course. A short 450 meter pool swim, followed by 2.5 loops on a 10-mile bike course and an easy 2 miles on a closed path/trail for the run. BIG triathlon experience – SHORT distance fun. All of the bike course portion is on wide shoulder roads. This is a great beginner friendly race, family fun morning at transition & a good option for a season start “rust buster”.

Event details and registration here

 

Oktoberfest 2018: A Blast of a Season Closer

by Rich Soares

The Oktoberfest Triathlon has earned a reputation of being the “don’t miss the fun” race of the season.

 

Officially the last local triathlon race of the season, more than 700 athletes come from around the country to say goodbye to the summer triathlon race season by letting their fun flag fly! Oktoberfest featured sprint, relay team and collegiate division races including draft legal and non-draft races from twelve Universities.

 

Sunday’s race began with the draft legal men’s and women’s races. The men’s division had ten athletes representing five universities, including Colorado Mesa, CU Boulder, Utah, Wyoming and Colorado State. The women’s NCAA division had 49 athletes representing twelve universities, including Arizona State, Black Hills State, Colorado Mesa, Colorado State, Daemen College, Northern Vermont University, United States Air Force Academy, University of California Berkeley, CU Boulder, South Dakota, Utah and Wagner College. The non-draft collegiate competition followed with 98 athletes (50 women and 48 men) representing Colorado School of Mines, CSU, CU Boulder, Wyoming, and USAFA. Sprint triathlon and team relay waves followed the collegiate start with 415 athletes in the triathlon and 30 relay teams.

Clear skies and mild temperatures made for perfect conditions at Union Reservoir in Longmont. The course started with a 750-meter square left-hand swim course around four neon yellow buoys. The water was calm and temperatures were in the low-mid 70’s making it reasonably comfortable for those who did not care to swim in wetsuits. The 13-mile bike course led riders out of the reservoir north on County Rd 1, east on Route 66, south on County Road 7 and back east on 119. All intersections were well controlled and large sections of the course were coned off in high traffic areas to provide the riders separation from automobiles. The run course led athletes through the race village past the vendor and club tents, spurring energy and excitement for spectators and athletes alike. Runners donned costumes adding to the “let your fun flag fly” vibe. Costumed or not, the runners headed on to the gravel out-and-back course with an energetic aid station located a mile from the race village. The finish line was lined
with spectator cheering and partying to the beat of race music.

After the race, athletes enjoyed good music and great food catered by Wahoos. The post-race party was capped off with the awards ceremony recognizing the serious competition of more than 700 athletes.

The collegiate competitions posted fast times. Nick Dorsett took out the men’s draft legal race with a time of 00:58:10, while Hannah Henry from ASU bested the rest of the NCAA women with a time of 1:00:04. In the non-draft collegiate race Jack Toland from CU Boulder won the men’s competition with a 00:56:28 and Kelly Grier of USAFA won the women’s with 1:09:58. In the age grouper sprint race 49 year old Kevin Konczak from Boulder won the overall with at time of 59 minutes even and 29 year old Caitlan Standifer of Boulder was the overall winner for women with a 1:05:39.

Complete results here

Thanks to Lance Panigutti, the entire Without Limits Productions crew and volunteers for putting on a fantastic 2018 season. I’m already looking forward to 2019!

Weekend Preview: Boulder Peak Triathlon

Triathlon Events

Saturday July 7th

 

LG Tri: Splash, Grind, Sprint

Eagle


Grant Ranch OWS

Littleton


Sunday July 8th

 

Boulder Peak Traithlon

Boulder


Silver Rush 50 Run

Leadville


Rocky Mountain State Games: Triathlon

Colorado Springs



Cycling Events

Thursday July 5th

 

BVV Thursday Night Racing

Erie


Saturday July 7th

 

BME Series: Keystone

Keystone


EPIC Singletrack Series: Race RendezVous

Winter Park


BVV Saturday Sprints

Erie


Laramie MTB Series

Happy Jack, Wy


USAC Masters Track National Championships

Trexlertown, Pa


USAC Junior Track National Championships

Trexlertown, Pa


Sunday July 8th

 

Sunshine Hill Climb

Boulder


Silver Rush 50 MTB Race

Leadville


USAC Masters Track National Championships

Trexlertown, Pa


USAC Junior Track National Championships

Trexlertown, Pa

Lookout Mountain Triathlon

Golden

 

A fun course, an amazing venue, and the best post-race meal ever!!! In 2014, Paul Karlsson and Dig Deep Sports took over management of this Colorado classic, started by Racing Underground. Paul is the founder and original race director of the Boulder Peak Triathlon, and currently organizes XTERRA Snow Mountain Ranch. Paul also grew up at the race venue, and the run course passes his boyhood home. Racing Underground will continue to be involved with the event, providing top-notch timing and coordinating the pool swim.

The Lookout Mountain Triathlon kicks off with a 525 yard pool swim at the amazing aquatic facility located within the Mount Vernon Country Club atop Lookout Mountain in Golden. The Racing Underground team are the masters in coordinating on-time, efficient pool swims!

Next, comes a challenging 10 mile bike course that features some good climbs and fast descents as you travel the well maintained paved roadways on top of Lookout Mountain. Following the ride, you’ll complete a rolling 5K run on dirt roads, entirely within the Country Club property.

The Mount Vernon catering staff will be serving the most amazing post-race breakfast ever following the race. They will be set up in the expo area, serving you from a fantastic menu. This race is not to be missed, but enter early as we are strictly limited to 300 entrants. This race has sold out well before race day every year!

 

Event details and registration here

Littlefoot Triathlon

Morrison

 

Enjoy a fun late season tri at beautiful Bear Creek Lake Park in the Lakewood/Morrison area. Set at the base of the foothills, the Littlefoot Triathlon starts off with a 750 meter swim in Soda Lake, with water temps expected to be approximately 70 degrees.

Next, a rolling bike 15K bike ride that covers nearly the entire park, offering great views throughout! Finish it up with a scenic 5K run on a bike path that winds through the park.

Enjoy a delicious catered breakfast following the race!

 

Event details and registration here

 

Front Range Tri Series

July 22nd – Evergreen Sprint Tri

August – My Way or the Tri Way

Sept. 15th – Littlefoot Triathlon