Editors note, this letter has good information on where things are at with Covid and how Without Limits is handling not only capacity for venues, but also the demand levels to race with a new wait list program that offers utmost flexibility in this uncertain environment.
Dear Colorado Triathlon Community, As the days start to grow longer, that cabin fever has many of you wondering; what will triathlon season look like? Things are starting to move in the right direction for Colorado and the current COVID-Dial 2.0. Just this past week, Jefferson and Broomfield Counties recently moved to Level Blue, and the state enters Vaccine Phase 1B.3 for ages 60+ this Friday. Boulder County (Colorado Tri on June 5th) and Larimer County (XTERRA Lory on June 12th) “should” still safely enter Level Green (500 event limit) by the end of May.
We use “should” in quotes, as our goal continues to stay on the side of caution, giving each event the best possible chance to move forward. That being said, we’re placing a 250-athlete cap (Level Blue) on ALL June events. Our new registration provider (TriReg) has a waitlist feature. How does it work? Once we hit the 250 level you’ll be able to register for the waitlist, and it will store your payment info temporarily without charging you. Assuming we hit Level Green, then you’ll be automatically rolled into the event without any additional sign-up needed, receiving an immediate update e-mail.
Our goal is to notify all wait list athletes a minimum of 3 weeks prior to race day. Please note, that current 250 capacity level is combined for all distances. Unlike some running events that have been able to stage multiple waves throughout the day, we face unique obstacles such as limited water access, that prevent this option.
Special Incentive for Volunteers: This season ALL volunteers will receive their discount code immediately upon signing up, even if they want to use their code for a race prior to their volunteer assignment. Why the change? We want to ensure all volunteers have first dibs to register before a race reaches a COVID-19 capacity restriction. Please don’t abuse the system, if you race then bail on your future volunteer assignment we’ll hunt you down faster than Liam Neesen in Taken. To sign-up for the discounted entry program please email Olympia@withoutlimits.com TO REGSITER FOR A 2021 EVENT – CLICK HERE!
With love, hope, and support, Lance, and the entire Without Limits A-Team
The “news” in this videocast is that the Boulder Sports Chiropractic Colorado Triathlon slated for June 6th is canceled. The “story” is how it all went down, what it means for triathletes, Without Limits and the event industry in general. Here, you will hear how much race directors like Tim Brocious of Lifetime Events (formerly IRONMAN), Peggy Shockley of Lake to Lake Triathlon, Darrin and Jill Eisman of Racing Underground communicate and help each other navigate this COVID landscape. Learn how Lance’s dream career would’ve been as a history professor or what he has learned about his staff and wife. He talks about how is extrovert staff like Lindsey McGee, Tricia Dixon and Olympia Von Berg are so bummed to not being seeing all their friends at races–and how he will pay them anyways. How the race community is so important to him and his staff from a personal level.
Lance Panigutti, owner of Without Limits Productions, the producer of cycling, triathlon and cyclocross races talked about how his company is handling canceling and postponing races and how he sees the future. He talks about the short term challenges, but also talks about many positives that may emerge and looks at this as an opportunity to adjust and refine his business. He talks about his new implementations based around sustainability and giving back. He put initiatives in place long before the virus outbreak to change the carbon footprint of racing and to give back locally and globally in new ways. Find out a lot more about Lance and Without Limits!
600 triathletes, including 130 collegiate athletes made for an electric atmosphere at Union Reservoir in Longmont at the Without Limits Oktoberfest Triathlon. In it’s tradition, the Oktoberfest triathlon signals the end of the triathlon season along the Front Range in Colorado. Also in tradition, the Rocky Mountain Tri Club keeps it extra fun by encouraging members to wear costumes. Little Bo Peep, Pinocchio, and a host of other characters crossed the line.
With the collegiate challenge, the costumes and perhaps knowing it’s the last triathlon of the season, there was plenty of banter and fun and everyone stuck around for the awards—maybe knowing, many folks won’t see each other again until the spring? Who knows.
As far as the collegiate race CU’s Mike Meehan, Benedict Bettin and Seth Kurtz finished first, second and third respectfully in the men’s race. In the womens race, CSU’s Katrina Lems, Victoria Dippold were first and second and CU’s Alexandra Schwein was third. Athletes from Wyoming, Air Force, School of Mines and Montana State also competed.
In the age group categories, Kevin Konczk, Chris Knaute, and Sam Smith won for the men and Liz West, Diane Edwards and Dore Berens won for the women. There were 16 relay teams and the male relay team, Team Triron War took top honors with a winning time only the top 2 single men racers beat with a time of 1:02:54 and the third place male finisher finished in 1:02:55.
It was an exciting day and all the finishing times can be found HERE
The Boulder Peak Triathlon is one of the oldest and best known olympic distance triathlons in the country. This past Saturday in its 28th edition, about 700 people competed in the Triathlon, Duathlon, Aquabike, Tri Relay, Duathlon Relay and Aquabike Relay. There was a race for just about anyone! Mike Meehan won the mens race and Caitlin Standifer won the women’s race. Here is a link to all the results (RESULTS)
The course’s signature is the iconic climb up Old Stage Road on the north end of Boulder. It’s a little over a mile of climbing with some parts of the road exceeding 10% grade. There is no shortage of wildlife with a deer passing through this year and reports of a bear seen as well! But with a good uphill comes a fast downhill! The fastest male bike split of the day belonged to Mike Meehan of 1:01 and the fastest female was Caitlin with a 1:08.
The 10K run takes runners across the dam at the Boulder Reservoir. Sixth place finisher Julian Wheating had yesterdays fastest 10k with a 35:27 just edging out second place finisher Colin Laughery by four seconds! Caitlin also was the fastest female runner with a 37:59.
But race to the slip and slide for everyone is really the most fun with such a large turnout, there was much to celebrate at the end.
Five years ago the Colorado Triathlon by Without Limits had 430 athletes check in and now over 800 athletes started–and Eric Kenney won the first sprint distance race in 2015 and won again yesterday–only 1 min slower than 2015–way to age Eric–or not! Some things change, some things don’t!
This past weekend kicked off the outdoor triathlon season at the Colorado Triathlon which featured sprint and olympic distances, along with a duathlon and aqua bike and relay teams. The week leading up to yesterdays race was filled with questions of the water temperature and the temptation to switch to a duathlon. But somehow, in typical fashion, the water warmed up just enough and the atmosphere was electric at the Boulder Reservoir.
Most impressive besides conquering the 62 degree water, was the finish line conquer by more than 100 people who had never raced a triathlon before. This race continues to grow and competitors ranged in ages from 14 to 80. There was even a podium for the first-timer categories.
Eric Kenney won the men’s sprint race and Tim Hola took the olympic distance. Lindsay Knast and Steph Popelor were the women’s champs. First timer’s Christian Moden and Maria Giordano stood on top of the podium for the sprint distance and Julien Schaller and Katherine Kerr won the Olympic distance.
First timer, Shannon Simpson said afterwards, “I was impressed at how welcoming the triathlon community is and the feel of the race is “chill” and “fun” and has strong sense of community. When race director Lance Panigutti told us before the race, “that we will get everyone through the day,” I just felt like I wouldn’t’ be left behind.”
Lance’s motto found on the finisher medals, “collect moments, not things” seems to have permeated the atmosphere well!
For more race pictures, go to our Facebook page album HERE
editors note: Barry Siff, for those newer to triathlon or Colorado, has had a major impact on the sport of triathlon. For years he headed 5430 which produced iconic races such as the Boulder Peak (now owned and run by Without Limits, Info here)
We at 303Endurance Network wish him the best in his future endeavors and thank him for his contribution to our sport and his kindness throughout the years.
USA Triathlon today announced that Barry Siff has resigned as President of the USA Triathlon Board of Directors, effective immediately, in order to accept the role of Chief Executive Officer for USA Team Handball. It is a full-time, paid staff position for the National Governing Body in the U.S. Olympic Movement.
Jacqueline McCook, Vice President of the Board of Directors, has accepted the role of interim President.
Siff joined the USA Triathlon Board of Directors in 2012, and was elected President in 2014. A former race director, he was integral in identifying and advancing USA Triathlon’s key organizational priorities, including development of the current 2020 Quad Strategic Plan. Siff also led the hiring process for Rocky Harris, who was named USA Triathlon’s CEO in August of 2017.
“I have been a triathlete since 1986, and it has been an incredible honor and privilege to help lead USA Triathlon as its Board of Directors President for the past five years,” said Siff. “The current team at USA Triathlon is truly world-class, and I leave knowing that we have laid an incredibly strong foundation to achieve its mission of growing, inspiring and supporting the triathlon community.”
A champion for gender diversity within USA Triathlon governance, he helped to exponentially increase female representation on the Board of Directors. Siff also added an integral perspective to the Board as a former event organizer, and was a strong voice for all race directors while pushing the organization to better serve this key constituency group.
As a member of the Executive Boards of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) and the American Triathlon Confederation (CAMTRI), Siff has served on several committees guiding the global direction of the sport over the last two years. His roles with the ITU and CAMTRI remain unchanged moving forward. Similarly, Siff was USA Triathlon’s top international ambassador, and directly supported triathlon development programs in Africa and Panama.
Siff was also a driving force for USA Triathlon’s ambitious efforts to grow participation and expand awareness for the sport — highlighted by the launch of the unprecedented Time to Tri initiative in partnership with IRONMAN, as well as the Legacy Triathlon, a new event leading up to the LA 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games and set to debut this July in Long Beach, California.
Siff, who currently serves as Chair of a newly formed group comprised of Board Chairs from U.S. Olympic National Governing Bodies, has been an integral part of the multisport scene since 1986 as an athlete, coach, race director, writer and executive leader. He first became involved with USA Triathlon in a volunteer leadership role in 2009 as Chair of the Race Director Committee.
“Barry Siff has made an indelible impact, both in the U.S. and internationally, during a span of nearly 30 years in multisport,” said Harris. “USA Triathlon has been incredibly fortunate to have such a passionate and dedicated leader at the helm of its Board of Directors, as well as his innumerable roles over the years. We are grateful for his service and passion, and we know that he will remain an integral part of the triathlon landscape for the foreseeable future.”
“Under Barry’s leadership, USA Triathlon has focused on better serving each of its constituent groups, as well as creating meaningful programs and initiatives to grow the sport, and investing resources strategically to ensure long-term, sustainable success,” said McCook. “Barry has always brought his unbridled enthusiasm, dedication and passion for the sport to his role as Board President, and for that we are extremely grateful. I look forward to working with the Board, Rocky and his team, to continue our work to grow, inspire and support our amazing triathlon community as I step into the role of interim President.”
McCook has served on the USA Triathlon Board as an Independent Director since 2013. She was elected the first-ever President of the Board of Directors for the USA Triathlon Foundation in 2014, and served in that role until 2018. McCook brings significant consumer-facing strategic, marketing and operational experience to the Board. She has served in senior executive positions in the consumer foods, retail and restaurant industries, including with PepsiCo, YUM! Brands, Diageo and ConAgra Foods.
Her professional career also includes the consulting firm, McKinsey & Company; the national retailer, Target; and the investment-banking firm, Morgan Stanley. McCook received her Bachelor of Arts in international relations from Stanford University, and her Master of Business Administration with honors from the Harvard Business School. She completed her first triathlon in the early 1990s, and was a founding member of the Stanford Women’s Water Polo Team.
The 12th annual Oktoberfest Triathlon on September 22nd, 2019, is the party of the season and also a 2019 Mountain Collegiate Conference Race! As the leaves change color this race will officially end the Colorado Triathlon Season! It’s been a long fun season but before the snow begins to fall let’s get one more triathlon celebration in.
The Oktoberfest Triathlon is about friends and teammates, smiling and cheering. Men’s or woman’s cut technical t-shirts are back. Great goodie bags, one of our biggest expos of the year, a ton of raffles, and a closed race course are just some of the hghlights. This race is capped at 600 athletes to maintain a fun, yet lively, and laid back feel. Due to the low cap, we’ve sold out for the past 10 years so be sure to take advantage of early registration. Every year we pick a different Lander (province) in Germany as a theme for the event t-shirts! 2017 was Hessen (Light Blue), 2018 theme was Sachsen-Anhalt (Green).
The Harvest Moon Triathlon the 20th edition of this event takes place at the beautiful Boulder Reservoir on September 15th, 2019. Est. in 2000 this Colorado classic provides the veterans to beginners a challenging, affordable, and competitive race with a local flavor. Whether this is your final event of the season, or a tune-up for a fall long course triathlon, don’t miss the Harvest Moon! The Aquabike portion is one of the fastest growing Aquabikes in the nation, while the duathlon is Colorado’s only long-course duathlon.
This is the third event in the Colorado Triathlon Series
The Steamboat Triathlon features a sprint distance, olympic distance, aquabike, Olympic distance duathlon, & NEW stand-up paddle-board options. The swim starts off in the picturesque Lake Catamount. Triathletes will the quickly transition to the bike course with amazing views of the Yampa Valley and River! The olympic distance course will take athletes out to the historic Howelsen, while the sprint distance will feature a single loop course. The run course hugs Lake Catamount for a flat and fast route which finishes back at the Lake!
NEW FOR 2019: This season the Steamboat Triathlon will feature stand-up paddle-board options for both the sprint & Olympic distances
Hang out post race in the grassy lawns and enjoy great prizes, raffles, awards, and food from our local sponsors of Steamboat! Race is capped at 500 participants for all the event combined, please join us for one of Colorado’s most intimate destination events!